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Reddit introduces its own native videos Platform, Aims to push user created content

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Reddit, popular Online discussion forum has launched native videos platform on both mobile and desktop. In June, Reddit has opened beta testing for some communities to upload movies directly in to the website.  Reddit is a social networking, entertaining, and news site which enable registered community members to send content such as text posts or even direct links.

The users can discuss the content published on the website making it essentially an online bulletin board system. Reddit posted the launch on its official blog, “With native video, we’ve streamlined this process dramatically, allowing both content creators and commenters to focus on the conversations taking place on the site. There is no necessity for third-party uploads, new tabs, or back arrows. ”

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Until now, it’s much more of pain and time-consuming to upload videos from other platforms like YouTube or Gfycat for GIFs and again re-post them on Reddit. Now Redditors can easily share videos for more casual reasons.

Initially, there was no option to upload pre-recorded videos that belonged to users themselves. Now, the user can upload pre-recorded videos with native videos and share them with other Reddit users. The mobile app users can even trim videos and GIFs before uploading. Videos and GIFs are the most shared content on Reddit.

Reddit is a $1.8 billion company raised $200 million recently and promised to restore its years-old website as well as integrate new features to keep over 100,000 communities more engaged and interested. In the previous year, Reddit ended the partnership with Imgur, a photo-sharing site to boost native photos. Native photos let users avoid the hassle of posting images outside the site and linking back. Reddit also announced that the redesigning of the website is on the cards as we collect feedback from the users.

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NASA Announces Press Conference over New Exoplanet Findings

NASA Exoplanets

NASA has hinted at discovery of something exciting related to planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The US space agency said it will hold a news conference to present the findings at the agency’s headquarters in Washington on Wednesday.

Prominent NASA scientists, astronomers and a professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology will participate at the briefing. NASA has also invited media and the public to ask questions during the briefing on Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.

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Following the briefing, a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about exoplanets will be held with scientists available to answer questions in English and Spanish, NASA said. It is rumored that the leading space agency has found exoplanets which might be similar to Earth and were able to get atmospheric data (possibly oxygen) from its observation.

If the speculations were found to be true, then it would be a huge achievement by NASA which can be called a great breakthrough in the history of space research. Details of these findings will also be published in the journal Nature on the same day NASA hosts the briefing.

Source:IANS

Do You Know Where 62% of US Adults gets the most of the NEWS from?

news from social media

social mediaAccording to the recent survey conducted by the PEW research centre, the users who reach the news websites are navigated from the top social networking website – Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, etc. The survey was done for the 4654 people and most of them are visited the news sites from their favourite social networking site.

Apart from this study, News use across Social Media Platforms 2016, 62% of the US adults get the news from the social media. The no of users who use Facebook in US and Canada are increasing monthly. Proportionally Facebook is holding monthly 222 million active users and 1.6 billion throughout the world. In this scenario we can understand, social media sites are the primary source for the news.

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Earlier in the year 2013 PEW research centre has conducted the study and this is the second time. From the initial survey, they had noted the growth in the social platforms as the sources to the news sites.  Notice the changes happened on the different social sites with the earlier years and present year (2013-2016).

62% adults on social media

The difference was observed mainly on Facebook and the ratio changed from 47% to 66%. Followed by Twitter 52% to 59%. Reddit holds the top position with 70% in the year 2016 although the user base is less than the Facebook.

Pew surveyed the total of 4654 American adults, with the coordination with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The study is done by the mail and online in the month of January and February. After the successful completion of the study, the margin of error for the entire group is estimated at 2.4 percentage points.

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Cyber Attacks: Smart home devices used as weapons to disrupt Internet sites

Smart home devices used as weapons to disrupt Internet sites

External peripherals were used as weapons in hacking by the cyber attackers. The foundation was laid a month before Friday’s attack. A Mirai code which is a malicious malware was placed on the Internet.

The affect is however confined to the Eastern part of America and some of the European countries.

Twitter, PayPal, Spotify and Reddit are the major prey’s of this cyber attack. Some of the news websites also struggled due to this attack.

Internet connected accessories like Digital recorders and web cameras have become the weapons for this largest attack.

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DDoS or Distributed Denial of services which make the traffic immense and create the virtual traffic for a particular server is a type of cyber attack.

Investigating agencies quickly launched their precautionary measures. Though they are not so affective as the hackers used the most difficult methods to tackle.

Earlier, Middle-East countries suffered with the same type of attacks. Dyn is a company which is involved in the Internet traffic controlling. The US based company along with Flashpoint is jointly investigating into the cyber attack issue.

The Internet security breach is a challenging task for all the investigating authorities. FBI and US Department of Homeland security is also continuing with its own investigations.

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Hundreds of thousands of internet access points have been identified for the cyber attack. Unfortunately, tracing the IP addresses and blocking them could not solve the problem.

Google and OpenDNS cannot be blocked as they will stop the entire services on the internet. The attackers have chosen the Google and OpenDNS to initiate hacking.

Most of the top sites have confirmed the cyber attack. Twitter has confirmed the news. PayPal released a statement apologizing the users for non-functioning of the site in London for quite some time. But the company has not confirmed the cyber attack.

In the Hack, World’s largest bitcoin exchanges lost $65 million

Bitfinex

Hackers stole about $65 million of the digital currency, and this leads to the halt of the largest exchanges trading, and even Bitcoin got leapt.

Bitcoin collapsed to 5.5% against the dollar on Wednesday in Japan’s capital Tokyo. This is bought their two-day drop to 13%, and even the prices are also dropped 6.2% on Monday. The things are unclear and unknown that initial move was related to the hack.

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Hackers have negotiated the Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex, and the details are announced by the company on Tuesday about the withdrawing nearly $61 million from various accounts of the consumer.

The things about this security breach are still unclear, but the attackers seem to have bypassed the Bitfinex’s directed limits on the withdrawals. The statement says “The theft is being reported, and we are co-operating with the law enforcement,” and “We ask for the community’s patience as we unravel the causes and consequences of this breach.”

Bitcoin Exchange stopped trading after discovering the hack. The trading is halted at 2 PM GMT by Bitfinex for blocking further thefts, and the users can check the block-chain for verifying their accounts were affected or not.

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Some of the users have mentioned about their loss of Bitcoins from their wallets, and these details are posted on Reddit.

BitCoin Hack

Some of the users have mentioned about their loss of Bitcoins from their wallets, and these details are posted on Reddit. Bitfinex community director Zane Tackett estimated that the value of the theft is 119,756 bitcoin or roughly $61 million as per the current exchange rates.

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There is no clarification whether Bitfinex can bear the loss of that magnitude and there is still possible some or all of the funds could be recovered. Tackett has mentioned in another thread that “We are focused on tracing the coins and working with the relevant authorities at this time”.