Tuesday, July 04, 2023


Threads: Instagram owner to launch Twitter rival on Thursday . Screengrabs show a dashboard that looks similar to Twitter. Meta describes Threads as a "text based conversation app"........ Meanwhile, Twitter has said that the popular user dashboard, TweetDeck will go behind a paywall in 30 days time........ It appears from Meta's Threads app that it will be a free service - and there will be no restrictions on how many posts a user can see. ........ It being a Meta app, Threads will also hoover up data on your phone, including location data, purchases and browsing history. ........ Several apps that bear a striking resemblance to Twitter have sprung up in recent years - such as Donald Trump's Truth Social and Mastodon. Another similar app, Bluesky claimed to have seen "record" traffic after Mr Musk's move to restrict usage at the weekend. ......... Threads could be the biggest threat faced by Twitter to date. Mark Zuckerberg has a history of borrowing other company's ideas - and making them work. ...... Meta's Reels is widely seen as a TikTok copy, while Stories looks similar to Snapchat. .

Meta’s ‘Twitter Killer’ App Is Coming Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, teased a new app called Threads that is set to take on Twitter for real-time digital conversations........ Mark Zuckerberg has long wanted to dislodge Twitter and provide the central place for public conversation online. Yet Twitter has remained stubbornly irreplaceable. ............ On Monday, his company, Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, teased a new app aimed squarely at Twitter’s territory. .......... The app appears to function much like Twitter, emphasizing public conversations, with users able to follow people they already do on Instagram. Some techies have referred to the coming app as a “Twitter killer.” .......... Then over the weekend, Mr. Musk imposed limits on how many tweets its users would be able to read when using the app. He said the move was in response to other companies taking Twitter’s data in a process called “scraping.” Twitter’s users were soon met with messages that they had exceeded their “rate limit,” effectively making the app unusable after a short amount of time viewing posts. Many Twitter users became frustrated............ “If there’s ever been a more self-destructive owner of a multibillion-dollar enterprise who resents the very customers who determine the success of that enterprise, I am unaware of it,” Lou Paskalis, founder and chief executive of AJL Advisory, a marketing and advertising technology strategy firm, said of Mr. Musk and Twitter............ The latest turbulence at Twitter appears to have given Mr. Zuckerberg an opening for Threads. .......... Meta’s executives have discussed how to capitalize on the chaos at Twitter since last year, including by building a rival service. “Twitter is in crisis and Meta needs its mojo back,” one Meta employee wrote in an internal post last year, according to a report in December by The New York Times. “LET’S GO FOR THEIR BREAD AND BUTTER.”............. Meta remains the most credible competitor to Twitter, with deep pockets and an audience of more than three billion people who use Facebook, Instagram or its other apps. Other platforms trying to capitalize on Twitter’s weakness — such as Tumblr, Nostr, Spill, Mastodon and Bluesky — are all much smaller than Meta.......... In Twitter’s earliest days, Mr. Zuckerberg offered to purchase the company, but was rebuffed .

SCO summit: Putin says sanctions making Russia stronger The 2023 SCO summit is taking place virtually under India's leadership. ...... "Russia counters all these external sanctions, pressures and continues to develop as never before".......... He added that more than 80% of trade between Chinese and Russian people was in roubles and yuan, and urged other SCO members to follow the same process. .......... China, Russia and four Central Asian countries formed the SCO in 2001 as a countermeasure to limit the influence of the West in the region. India and Pakistan joined the group in 2017.

America’s Foes Are Joining Forces Iran is helping to manufacture drones for Russia. China operates a spy base in Cuba. ......... until the late 1940s, Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese nationalist leader, believed the United States “could be the champion of his cause” of independence from France. During World War II, Mr. Minh’s rebel army, the Viet Minh, worked alongside the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor of the C.I.A., in America’s fight against Japan. ......... But as Cold War tensions rose, the Truman administration disregarded its Asia experts — many of whom considered the Viet Minh a primarily nationalist rather than Communist movement — and backed French efforts to preserve its empire. By 1950, the Viet Minh were receiving arms from Communist China. ...... U.S. animosity, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev observed, pushed Cuba toward the U.S.S.R. “like an iron filing to a magnet.”

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