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Now in Tech: 1/23/2018
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Liz Page
By Liz Page
Jan 23, 2018
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Now you can buy house from Letgo​

Letgo, as an app more known from its cute commercials to sell used items, now adds housing sales to its secondhand marketplace. The Craigslist look-alike gives users the option to buy or rent houses and apartments in the app and it will be fully available by the end of the month to all users.

 

Rupert Murdoch request Facebook and Google to pay for news

Rupert Murdoch, the executive chainman of News Corporation, proposed in his statement today that big tech platform should pay publishers in exchange for the value those publishers add to the platforms. He stated, "If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar to the model adopted by cable companies" and "The publishers are obviously enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook through their news and content, but are not being adequately rewarded for those services. Carriage payments would have a minor impact on Facebook’s profits but a major impact on the prospects for publishers and journalists". Thoughts?

 

Montana to keep net neutrality

Steve Bullock, the Governor of Montana signed an executive order to force ISPs with state contracts to continue abiding by net neutrality rules that have been repealed by FCC on national level. Yet the future of this order will likely face a legal battle, as in FCC's repeal specifically blocks state from having its own rules.

 
Netflix jumps over $100 billion in worth

After having an outstanding fourth quarter by adding a total of 8.3 million subscribers, Netflix's stock price rose to $227.58 at market close, pushing up the market cap to over $100 billion. The strong performance is largely driven by Netflix's growing overseas presence, with 75% new subscribers collected from international market.

 

Meet Flick, Facebook-invented new time unit

Facebook launched Flick, a new time unit that is slightly larger than nanosecond, the smallest time unit. A flick is 1/705,600,000 of a second and is used to sync video frame rates. The unit is evenly divisible by the commonly adopted framerates and frequencies in media production such as 24 frames per second, 120 hertz and 44.1 KHz, thus ridding the inconvenient and infinite decimals resulting from the abovementioned fractions of 1/24, 1/120 , 1/44100 (which will in turn become 29,400,000 flicks, 5,880,000 flicks, and 16,000 flicks).

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