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Google Doodle celebrates the search engine’s 23rd birthday

Google is marking its 23rd birthday on Monday with a new Doodle. The animated Doodle features a layered birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles and the number 23 written on the top. The search giant’s name, which is also covered in frosting and sprinkles, is floating above and the flickering green birthday candle stands in for the “L” in “Google.”

Officially established on Sept. 4, 1998, Google was co-founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. In 1997, Brin, a graduate student at Stanford University at the time, was tasked with showing Page around campus. The following year, the pair developed the first prototype of Google together in their dorms.

Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Google and its parent, Alphabet, succeeded Page in 2015.

Since those early days, Google has grown to become one of the most expansive tech companies in the world. With its market dominance has come increased scrutiny from lawmakers, regulators and its own employees. In July, a group of state attorneys from 36 US states and Washington, D.C., sued Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws with its Play store for Android apps. In recent years, Google employees have protested and accused the search giant’s management of retaliating against some of its workers. Google and Alphabet employees have also formed a union so they have a “meaningful say” in decisions.

Source: Cnet

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TikTok Star Addison Rae’s Account Reinstated After Being ‘Permanently Banned’

On Thursday, Addison Rae, one of TikTok’s biggest and highest-paid stars, was notified her account had been “permanently banned” from the social media site, but it has since been reinstated – a decision that has many wondering why the app would quiet one of its most popular traffic attractions.

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  • Rae, who has over 85 million TikTok followers, posted screenshots of a message from the video-sharing app on Twitter late Thursday night, saying her account had been “permanently banned due to multiple violations of our Community Guidelines,” but did not elaborate or speculate on how she violated the terms.
  • Rae’s account “was momentarily offline yesterday night then restored within an hour,” according to TikTok representatives.
  • Rae’s reps and TikTok declined to comment on why Rae’s account was suspended.

Crucial Quote

“Well, it’s time to find a job,” the 21-year-old said alongside the screenshots on Twitter.

Background Information

Rae’s true name is Addison Rae Easterling, and she was last seen on TikTok on Thursday. She joined the platform in 2019 and soon rose to become one of the app’s most popular characters. Rae defeated Charli D’Amelio, the most-followed person on TikTok, to the top of Forbes’ list of the highest-paid TikTok producers in 2020. Rae became famous after releasing brief dancing and lip-syncing videos on YouTube. Outside of the digital realm, the former LSU student has had a lot of success. She featured in Netflix’s “He’s All That” earlier this year. In September, she attended the Met Gala. She became good friends with Kourtney Kardashian and made an appearance on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” “Obsessed,” a song by Rae, was also published. Item, her cosmetics line, is sold at stores such as Sephora.

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5% of the total According to TechCrunch, that’s how many videos on TikTok were pulled down by the automatic function for breaching standards but were eventually reinstated.

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TikTok’s community standards are inconsistently implemented, owing to an algorithm that frequently leaves creators in the dust. Users are not allowed to transmit violent extremism, hate speech, illegal actions, violent and graphic content, suicide, self-harm, and dangerous acts, nudity or sexual activity, harassment, or bullying, according to the standards. Videos are also scrutinized for kids’ safety and authenticity, as well as for disseminating false information, artificially increasing interaction, or impersonating someone else. According to TechCrunch, Black artists have raised concerns about the automated takedown tool, claiming that their films are labeled as improper but comparable footage from white users are not.

Credit: Forbes

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Snapchat Is Down; The Latest In A Long Line Of Technology Outages

Snapchat users reported widespread disruptions Wednesday morning, the latest in a series of significant social media outages that began nine days ago with Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp going dark for six hours.

  • Beginning at about 7 a.m., tens of thousands of users reported that Snapchat was down and they were unable to send or receive messages, according to Downdetector, a website dedicated to tracking outages.
  • The outage lasted more than three hours, and the company’s official support account tweeted that the issue was resolved at 10:31 a.m.
  • There is no reported cause for the interruption of service, and a Snapchat spokesperson wouldn’t comment on the cause, but told Forbes that “the issue has been resolved.”
  • Snapchat tweeted Wednesday morning during the outage: “We’re aware that some Snapchatters are having issues using the app right now – hang tight, we’re looking into it!”

Last week, Snapchat competitor Facebook faced a huge outage, with Facebook and its Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger applications going black for six hours, costing Facebook an estimated $65 million in revenue. Snapchat usage increased by 23 percent during the Facebook outage, according to analytics firm Sensory Tower.

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Twitch source code and creator payouts part of massive leak

Twitch appears to have been hacked, leaking source code for the company’s streaming service, an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, and details of creator payouts. An anonymous poster on the 4chan messaging board has released a 125GB torrent, which they claim includes the entirety of Twitch and its commit history.

The poster claims the leak is designed to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.” The Verge is able to confirm that the leak is legitimate, and includes code that is as recent as this week. Video Games Chronicle first reported details on the leak earlier today.

Twitch has confirmed it has suffered a data breach, and the company says it’s “working with urgency to understand the extent of this.”

The leak includes the following:

  • 3 years worth of details regarding creator payouts on Twitch.
  • The entirety of twitch.tv, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.”
  • Source code for the mobile, desktop, and video game console Twitch clients.
  • Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch.
  • An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.
  • Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge.
  • Twitch’s internal security tools.

The leak is labelled as “part one,” suggesting there could be more to come. Video Games Chronicle reports that Twitch is aware of the breach, but the company has not yet informed its userbase.

The leak doesn’t appear to include password or address information on Twitch users, but that doesn’t mean this information hasn’t been obtained as part of this breach. In fact, the leaker seems to have focused on sharing Twitch’s own company tools and information, rather than code that would include personal accounts.

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While Twitch has confirmed a data breach, it’s still unclear exactly how much data has been stolen. We’d recommend changing your Twitch password and enabling two-factor authentication on your account if you haven’t done so already.

Twitch has been struggling to contain ongoing hate and harassment recently. After weeks of hate raids, some Twitch streamers took a day off in August to protest against the company’s lack of action. Twitch has responded to the #DoBetterTwitch movement, and it’s a hashtag that the anonymous poster has used today to promote this leak.

Update, 7:35AM ET: The Verge can confirm leak is legitimate, and we have included more details on the data within the leak.

Update, 11:25AM ET: Twitch has now confirmed it has suffered a data breach.

Source: theverge

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