Elon Musk Hits Twitter Board of Directors and Other Tech Clicks


Bogotá, Apr 7 (EFE).- These are the main technological news of the week in America.

1. Elon Musk “grabs the feathers” of the little blue bird

He is one of the stars of the social network, he has more than 80 million followers and is the richest man in the world. Yes: we are talking about Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX who now has a chair on the board of directors of Twitter.

This week it became known that Musk acquired 9.2% of the messaging platform, which guaranteed him that position at the “small table” of the Little Blue Bird network.

Musk himself promised that he would make “significant improvements” in the coming months to the microblogging platform founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey.

The news of Musk’s arrival was given by the CEO of the social network, Parag Agrawal, who assured that he was “excited to share” the good news.

And it seems that “significant improvements” are already on the way. Do you want to know the first one? Read the point below.

2. Oops… I didn’t want to tweet this like that. I better edit it

Voila! Twitter confirmed earlier this week that it intends to add the option to edit already posted messages, though it will begin testing that feature in Twitter Blue before it reaches all users.

Precisely Elon Musk, after having bought 9.2% of the company’s shares and promising “significant improvements”, conducted a survey on the platform to ask his followers if they wanted to have the ability to edit messages (tweets) once. once published, and in which more than 70% said yes.

But on Twitter they later said something like “Ojo! That had happened to us before.”

Welcome Elon and his crazy but always effective ideas to Twitter!

3. Amazon wants to continue “stealing space” from SpaceX

Amazon wants to be a giant in “terrestrial” retail but also one of the telecommunications in space, where its great rival is Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and for that it announced the contracting of 83 space launches with three different providers to help deploy its ambitious internet satellite network.

The firm led by Andy Jassy indicated that it reached agreements with Arianespace, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin to carry out the launches over a period of five years.

These launches should put into orbit most of the 3,236 satellites that Amazon plans to deploy as part of its Kuiper project to provide internet broadband around the world.

This really is internet for everyone from space!

4. Canada seeks to “stop” Facebook and Google in front of the media

Again this old controversy! This fight between technology platforms and the media has nowhere to end!

This time it was the Government of Canada that presented a bill for Google and Facebook to pay the media for the use of their content.

The legislative project is inspired by a similar law approved last year by Australia.

But the Government wants to put more force into this initiative since it determines that if the agreements are not reasonable, the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will have the ability to impose the compensation to be paid by internet companies.

Good information on the internet is worth it and you have to pay what is fair.

5. A bitcoin “council” in Miami

This week the Bitcoin 2022 Conference was held in Miami, a cryptocurrency “council” that is expected to be the largest in the history of this asset, and in which the president of El Salvador, Nayib Buquele, could not participate due to “unforeseen circumstances” due to the public order situation in your country.

El Salvador became in 2021 the first country in the world to convert bitcoin into legal tender.

The organizers expected the presence of more than 35,000 attendees, almost triple the 12,000 who participated in the 2021 edition, held in Miami Beach in June.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged El Salvador to “limit the scope of the Bitcoin Law by eliminating its status as legal tender” and also expressed its “concern” about an announced bond issue in this cryptocurrency.

But even Bukele’s intention to participate in events like this indicates that he is not going to pay much attention to the IMF.

6. USA, “on top” of Salvadoran bitcoin

And speaking of the quixotic Salvadoran adventure with bitcoin, the United States is already very concerned about it and two congressmen presented a project to analyze the risks it poses for the financial system of the North American nation.

It is a complementary legislation to the “Law for the Responsibility of Cryptocurrencies in El Salvador” proposed last February by three senators, according to a statement from congressmen Norma Torres and Rick Crawford, its promoters.

The text orders the US Department of State to analyze “the risks to cyber security, economic stability and democracy” that bitcoin has for El Salvador and design “a plan to mitigate the risks for the US financial system.” .

The IMF, USA…. Who else cares about this bold idea of ​​Bukele?

7. A huge “Fortnite” collection for Ukraine!

It is one of the most popular games today, and joint initiatives can also be carried out through it.

This is “Fortnite” and Epic Games, its creator, managed to raise 144 million dollars in humanitarian aid for Ukraine thanks to it, which will be distributed to UN agencies and the World Food Program.

Epic Games and Xbox indicated that they would donate all of their “Fortnite” proceeds between March 20 and April 3 to support Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

Luis Alejandro Amaya E.

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