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The reason Google’s Streaming Service ‘Stadia’ fell apart

“The “surprise” shutdown of Stadia, Google’s game-streaming service, is currently the topic of much discussion.”



The reason Google’s Streaming Service ‘Stadia’ fell apart

The “surprise” shutdown of Stadia, Google’s game-streaming service, is currently the topic of much discussion. The main issue, as with most of Google’s products these days, is that no one trusted them to keep it alive for more than a year or two. It’s true that competitors like Geforce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming presented entrenched competition, and Google knows very little about gaming.

Nobody trusts Google, it’s really that simple. At this point, people are hesitant to invest in even its most well-known products because it has demonstrated such poor understanding of what people want, need, and will pay for.

There was no denying that the technological implementation was flawless. Stadia was almost miraculous in how it delivered on the promise of getting from zero to in-game in one second and was, at its best, superior to its rivals.

Never before had the business side of things been so inspiring. The infamous pre-launch hype show for Stadia is now well remembered: the ill-fated Dreamcast, the meaningless Power Glove, and E.T. for Atari, a game that had a few question marks behind it, followed by an empty pedestal on which Stadia would soon rest.

It’s obvious that this was a humorous misinterpretation of everything connected to it, but it ended up being rather pertinent. Stadia was headed for an ugly death that had no purpose.

The most recent first: Stadia’s Twitter account only confirmed to a user who was worried that the service was not actually shutting down two months ago.

Actually, the strategy was probably already in place; the higher ups simply hadn’t yet informed the social team, the coders, or pretty much anyone else of it.

Some saw the writing on the wall earlier when Google shut down the first-party development team it had assembled to produce exclusive video games before it had a chance to do much of anything. The time needed to create a game from scratch may have been underestimated by the company; a Google Doodle, at the very least.

However, if it had produced a strong product, it may have prospered even without exclusives.

Although its execution was excellent, there were questions over its target audience.

The question of why purchase Deathloop for Stadia as opposed to a PS5 or on Steam arises because an enormous percentage of gamers who want to play the newest hit, such as Deathloop, will already own either a console, a gaming PC, or both. Naturally, they have already put hundreds of dollars into those platforms, and it will play and look better natively.

The reason Google’s Streaming Service ‘Stadia’ fell apart

You could certainly play on the move, on your laptop, or on another device. But not only do there already exist services that achieve that, but the actual experience isn’t that fantastic either. These days, full-priced games are intense, immersive experiences that require you to sit down on the couch for a while and immerse yourself in them while the surround sound system is turned up.

While this is happening, AAA-level mobile games like Genshin Impact are played by millions of people. Once more, what made Stadia a superior deal?

If the plan had stated that you could play your PC, PlayStation, Xbox, or Switch games wherever you like for $20 per month, it might have made sense. A true platform-neutral bridge builder for which Google would likely be paying millions behind the scenes which is quite similar to what Samsung is trying to do.

You were unable to use your own controller or even access your saved games! You had to pay a bill to enter, pay a monthly fee on top of that, and then pay full price for the games.

It was really doomed at this point, though. People are happy to pay a few dollars here and there for Google services, but they won’t shell out hundreds of dollars for something they know will soon become absolutely useless.

Google is notorious for destroying products. Everyone now understands that they cannot be trusted with anything outside of their core services—and that they even like to mess those up occasionally because of their constant shifting of priorities, branding, standards, and everything else.

The reason Google’s Streaming Service ‘Stadia’ fell apart

However, Google puts the onus on the other foot. Outside of a small number of goods, Google has only built a level of distrust, that no one wants to change. The death of Google Reader served as a turning point for a lot of Google enthusiasts.

Given that Stadia’s entire business strategy was presumably doomed from the outset, its chances of success were bleak. However, if the foundation is strong and a sizable, engaged community forms, even a long shot can be turned into a lucrative product with a few pivots.

For Stadia, it was never going to be the situation. No community will ever again be able to really trust Google, whether it be YouTube creators, Colab programmers and scientists, or media and marketers in Search.

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UK Government To Set Online Bill Criminalizing Self Harm



UK Government Sets Online Bill To Criminalize Self Harm

In an effort to stop what it calls “tragic and preventable deaths caused by people seeing self-harm content online,” the UK government has announced it will further broaden the scope of online safety legislation by making encouraging self-harm a crime.

According to the most recent modification to the divisive but popular Online Safety Bill, in-scope platforms would be compelled to remove anything that purposefully encourages someone to physically harm themselves, or face legal repercussions.

The government intends to tackle “abhorrent trolls urging the young and vulnerable to self-harm,” according to the secretary of state for digital. People who post such content online may also be prosecuted under the new offence of encouraging self injury.

The maximum fines will be announced in due time, according to the administration.

In the UK, it is already unlawful to promote or aid suicide, whether in person or online. By creating a new offense, self-harm content will now be subject to the same laws that already ban suicide promotion.

Following a snag, last summer associated with political unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, the Online Safety Bill’s progress through parliament is now on hold. However, the newly reorganized UK government has declared that it will reintroduce the measure to parliament next month after making changes to the law.

The abuse of intimate imagery is a problem that will be addressed by recent revisions to the Online Safety Bill, which was just made public by the Ministry of Justice. However, other revisions are planned regarding “legal but harmful” information, thus the final form of the Act is still up in the air.

The government responded to concerns about the bill’s impact on online freedom of expression a few months ago. The (new) secretary of state, Michelle Donelan, announced in September that she would be “editing” the bill to lessen concern about its impact on “legal but harmful” speech for adults.

The most recent changes, making it illegal to send online communications encouraging self harm, came after that announcement.

UK Government Sets Online Bill To Criminalize Self Harm

Donelan was quoted by the BBC as claiming that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old teenager who committed suicide five years ago after watching thousands of online articles on self-harm and suicide on websites like Instagram and Pinterest, was a factor in the most recent changes.

Social media was found to have contributed to Russell’s death, according to the results of an inquest into her death in September. While the coroner’s “prevention of future deaths” report from last month that a number of steps be done to control and monitor young people’s access to social media content.

The addition of the crime of promoting self harm, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, will outlaw “one of the most worrying and prevalent internet harms that now falls below the threshold of criminal behavior.”

Donelan stated in a statement:

“I am determined that the abhorrent trolls encouraging the young and vulnerable to self-harm are brought to justice.

“So I am strengthening our online safety laws to make sure these vile acts are stamped out and the perpetrators face jail time.

“Social media firms can no longer remain silent bystanders either and they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms under our laws.”

Hate crimes, rules regarding revenge porn (including disseminating deepfake porn without content), harassment, and cyberstalking are among the other top criminal offenses already mentioned in the bill.

Regardless of what the measure states on paper, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how platforms will react to having legal obligations imposed on them to police all forms of speech, as well as if it would actually increase web user safety as claimed.

Critics worry that the regime will have a chilling effect by turning platforms into de facto speech police and encouraging them to overblock content in order to reduce their legal risk of paying a hefty fine.

The regime’s penalties scale up to 10% of global annual turnover, and non-cooperative senior executives even run the risk of going to jail.

On Monday, December 5, the bill is scheduled to return to parliament.








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Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next



Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next

Tesla CEO and newly appointed Twitter CEO, Elon Musk did promise a new dimension for the micro-blogging social media platform prior to taking over, and his actions recently, have just about lived up to the promise, but now, the billionaire is set for an ‘amnesty’ that surely will drive some political divides nuts if certain individuals are granted Twitter amnesty as he wants.

Elon Musk announced on Thursday that starting the next week, Twitter will provide suspended accounts “a general amnesty.” The day before, the platform’s CEO published a poll asking users if they thought affected accounts should be restored.

The announcement comes just after Musk lifted the platform’s restriction on former president Donald Trump after conducting a related poll. Trump declared he had no intention of returning to the platform despite being banned following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Users of the Twitter platform who had their accounts suspended could rejoin the network “assuming they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam,” according to Musk’s user survey.

Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next

The survey received responses from about 3.2 million individuals, who voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said, using a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of god.”

Historically, Twitter has deactivated accounts who advocate violence, celebrate hate and harassment, or persistently disseminate false information that may be harmful.

Some well-known people who were banned from the website include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who made a number of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election, former Trump advisor and former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, who said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who broke the website’s rule against violent extremist groups.

Considering that more voices with possibly negative views will be returning to the site, it’s unclear from Musk’s brief post how Twitter will handle content control going forward.

These worries have only grown as a result of Musk’s huge firings and the outflow of workers who would rather leave than remain “hardcore.”

Elon Musk is surely growing more unpopular by remaining popular these days.

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Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts



Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts

Writing a thread on Twitter can be considered daunting especially when you have to divide the text into 280-character sections for it to make meaning.

Good news though as the platform is stated to be working on a way to convert lengthy texts into threads automatically.

When a tweet exceeds the 280-character limit, Twitter’s composer will automatically divide it into a thread, according to a tweet from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

Twitter wants to make making threads less difficult, as she stated in a message to a user (identified as me).

Currently, in order to add a tweet to a thread and post the subsequent 280 characters, users must click the Add button. This can be particularly unpleasant when you are trying out an idea or pasting information from another document.

Several users have recently brought up the difficulty posting to and reading conversations with more than a few tweets; the thread in question was 82 tweets long and focused on the defunct crypto-currency exchange FTX. In response, Musk stated that the team is working to make thread writing simpler.

It will be useful to have markers to designate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, although the exact implementation details remain unknown, as Financial Times product manager Matt Taylor noted. This makes it simpler for users to change the text in a way that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow.

Musk has previously addressed the problem of posting lengthy tweets. He previously stated that the social network is developing the capability to attach long-form content to tweets. If that will be a standalone feature from the new thread composer is unclear.

Currently, some users rely on third-party programs like Typefully, ThreadStart, and Chirr App, which offer capabilities like scheduling along with tools to automatically divide your post into threads without interfering with sentence flow.

Thanks to its acquisition of Threader the previous year, the company today provides Twitter Blue customers with a simple way to read threads. However, Musk hasn’t actually stated whether he is altering the reading experience for the typical user.

There is already a long-form writing program on Twitter called Notes, but it is exclusively available to a small number of writers, and under Musk’s leadership, its future is unclear.

Even though Twitter programmers are already working on it, it is unclear when the new composer tool for threads will launch. Since taking over the business, Musk has let go of more than half the employees.

Numerous executives have left, and the new leader even gave the remaining employees yesterday an ultimatum: either be “hardcore” or quit. There is no assurance that goods will be delivered on time in this situation.

The new Twitter Blue plan with a verification mark was hurriedly launched by the firm, only for the scheme to be discontinued a few days later. Musk stated earlier this week that the launch date had been moved to later in the month.

Wong just found code that suggests Twitter is working on encrypting direct communications from end to end.


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