Issue 1438 - Thursday 26th August, 2021

In Today's Issue

The News

OnlyFans reverts plan to remove and ban porn

OnlyFans has changed its mind and is not going to remove all the naked people from its platform on October 1st. Earlier this week they blamed banks for the porn ban, saying "JP Morgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon and the U.K's Metro Bank had cut off OnlyFans' ability to pay creators". That's since changed and OnlyFans said they've "secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community". This kinda thing is a constant threat for sex workers, even in jurisdictions where their work is totally legal. Cut them off from banking services and they can't really operate, legal or not. You'd think this would be cryptocurrency's time to shine, but that doesn't seem to be happening.

Big tech agrees to help White House fight the cyberwar

The bosses of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, IBM and Microsoft met with Joe Biden at the White House to discuss cybersecurity. The President said that "reality is, most of our critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, and the federal government can't meet this challenge alone" and convinced these megacorps to help the government protect itself in the cyber battlefield - some more than others. Google's gonna spend $100m on fix vulnerabilities, IBM will train 150,000 people in cybersecurity skills and Microsoft will spend $20b "to integrate cybersecurity into its products and services". Meanwhile, Apple's going to "work with suppliers" and Amazon is gonna hand out 2FA devices for free to "selected" AWS accounts. Kinda pissweak IMHO.

Victorian governemnt invests $73m into NBN

The Victorian government has invested $73m into NBN Co and in return "NBN Co has made funding available through its $300 million Regional Co-Investment Fund and $700 million Business Fibre Zone program to partner with the Victorian Government". I had to read the article a few times to grasp what's going on (and I'm still not sure what's happening exactly), but essentially the NBN was gonna upgrade a bunch of premises from FTTN to FTTP, but the businesses in those areas had to pay for the connection costs. The Victorian government is now "investing" in NBN Co and NBN Co will not charge connection costs to businesses in areas the Victorian government outlines.

Something I Saw On The Internet

Kanye West's Donda Stem Player

To accompany Kanye West's new album, Donda, the man also known as Yeezy is releasing the Donda Stem Player. It's a "a little tan puck" with LEDs made out of a "soft silicone blended skin" that'll let you remix old mate's tunes via "four touch strips on the device" and a motion sensor. The Verge's article has some embedded vids showing how it works. Artists releasing stems to their songs isn't new, but this weird device that lets you do it witout a computer is kinda cool. Donda Stem Player costs US$200 and pre-orders are open now with a "summer" (US summer, which is almost over??) release date.


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