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Wednesday 28th October, 2020 #

  • There is some pretty radically futuristic bits in the ToS for Starlink’s new internet service, the governing law section contains the following words: earth, moon, mars, free planet, transit, starship, colonisation spacecraft, earth-based government, Martian activities, and of course Martian settlement - wow the bar for ToS's just got raised rather significantly
  • RIAA’s YouTube-DL Takedown Ticks Off Developers and GitHub’s CEO
  • Reddit worries it’s going to be crushed in the fight against Big Tech - Interview with Reddit’s general council Benjamin Lee, the thing that strikes me is how he’s saying what chance do they have against the tech giants if section 230 is repealed, well if he’s saying that about Reddit, the so called “front page of the internet”, what chance do the rest of us have?
  • SpaceX prices Starlink satellite internet service at $99 per month, according to e-mail
  • Amazon is turning Audible into a true podcast app - Always good to see the podcasting landscape moving forward, meanwhile I was able to upload another recording to the internet archive, which should drop in the feed by tomorrow, tried to upload another, and uploads are blocked again :(
  • Zuckerberg And Facebook Throw The Open Internet Under The Bus - There is a lot of talk about reforming a bit of law called “Section 230”, it’s what has made it possible for smaller startup companies to build their products and services without fear of being squashed by existing companies, it’s become synonymous with the “Open Internet”, but some people feel it’s leading to disinformation spreading too easily - It doesn’t paint Zuckerberg in a very good light, but it also is quite thin on what the proposed reforms might be