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Facebook expands climate change center in push for information

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Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was expanding its climate science information center to several countries and adding new features like a section featuring facts that debunk common climate myths.

The social media giant had launched the center in September to elevate credible sources on climate change amid mounting criticism for its role in the spread of misinformation on the issue.

The center, which is already there in France, Germany, Britain and the United States, will be available in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, India and Indonesia, among other countries starting Thursday, Facebook said in a blog post here.

The platform would also add informational labels to some climate posts in the U.K. that would direct users to the center.

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UK doorbell cameras, dashcams capture meteor on video

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Residents of the UK were surprised over the weekend when a slow-moving meteor blazed across the night sky.

Videos posted to social media taken from doorbells and dashcams across Britain show the fireball just before 10 pm on Sunday.

A video from UK Meteor Network now has more than 100,000 views on YouTube.

“Was so clear,” Twitter user @JillHemingway wrote on Twitter alongside her own footage from Yorkshire.

Another user, @Lafford_MK, shared his nine-second video from his doorbell in the town of Milton Keynes.

@gingerssnap wrote to her followers: “Anyone else see the #meteor burn up over the UK just before 10pm tonight? I first thought it was a bright star or plane, then it got bigger & faster, then a huge flash lit up the sky & it burst into a massive tail of orange sparks trailing behind like a giant firework! So cool!”

The falling object flashed flight as it began to burn up and break down.

The meteor is likely to have been a small piece of a comet or asteroid entering the planet’s atmosphere, UK Meteor Network co-founder Richard Kacerek told The New York Times, noting that some pieces of it were believed to have survived the fall.

Some witnesses reported hearing a sonic boom or rumbling

Scientists from the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFall) agreed and told Yahoo News that the bright light was speeding at around 30,000 miles per hour.

Hundreds of people took to the internet with eyewitness reports of the incident.

In general, meteors are common, though less than 5 percent make it to the ground, according to NASA.

The Planetary Science Institute reports that approximately 500 meteorites make it to the Earth’s surface annually, but less than 10 are found.

More than 50,000 meteorites have been found on Earth, most from asteroids, they report.

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Parler scraps Amazon antitrust lawsuit after relaunching

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Parler has dropped the antitrust lawsuit it brought against Amazon after the tech titan booted the right-wing social network from its servers.

In a three-page court filing, Parler said it was voluntarily dismissing its scathing January complaint accusing Amazon’s cloud computing unit of forcing its website offline out of “political animus.”

Parler walked away from the case “without prejudice,” meaning it reserves the right to re-file the lawsuit in the future, according to the Tuesday filing.

The startup did not explain why it decided to scrap the suit. But the filing came about two weeks after Parler relaunched its free-speech-focused platform, which has become popular with supporters of ex-President Donald Trump and other right-wing activists.

Amazon Web Services, or AWS, said it severed ties with Parler because of the platform failed to police threats of violence by users in the wake of the Jan. 6 pro-Trump riots at the US Capitol.

The move forced Parler offline for about a month until it found a new host for its website. The Nevada-based firm came out with guns blazing in response, accusing Amazon in its lawsuit of silencing Parler to protect Twitter — another AWS customer that had banned Trump days earlier — from a growing rival.

AWS called Parler’s claims meritless and said the firm repeatedly ignored its requests to remove violent content, including death threats against public figures.

Parler walked away from the court battle following a period of internal turmoil. The company’s board ousted founder John Matze as CEO in late January and replaced him with interim chief Mark Meckler, a longtime conservative activist.

Neither Parler nor Amazon immediately responded to requests for comment Wednesday.

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Twitch gamer Sodapoppin quits fake GTA jobs: ‘It’s too much’

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Twitch gamer Sodapoppin quits fake GTA jobs: 'It’s too much'

Sometimes being a fake fast-food restaurant manager can be as taxing as being a real one.

This is especially true when you also have pretend side gigs managing a virtual casino and a vineyard while engaging in a wide range of criminal activities and violent altercations – including bribing law enforcement and fighting aliens who want to control your mind — that exist only in the all-consuming Grand Theft Auto (GTA for short) role-playing game.

The multitasking streamer in question, Chance “Sodapoppin” Morris, whose game-name is Kevin Whipaloo, announced Sunday that he is quitting his fake jobs and forsaking his imaginary life of crime.

“It got overwhelming to the point I don’t enjoy it anymore,” the 27-year-old said via livestream on Twitch, a streaming platform made popular by gamers. “I overestimated myself, and I don’t like it anymore.”

To those in the GTA world, Sodapoppin’s departure is a big deal. He has an enormous online presence thanks to his over-the-top personality, mad gaming skills and a willingness to do stupid things (twerking, being bullied by his dog, peeing on himself and getting yelled at by his dad, and writing all over his face with a Sharpie). There are 570,000 Twitter followers who hang on his every post. He has one of the largest Twitch fan bases out there — 6.2 million strong, with some 350 million views — and his YouTube channel subscribers top 1 million.

He made a name for himself as a topflight World of Warcraft player who began streaming his play on Twitch in 2012. Then, he showed off his blackjack prowess (or lack thereof) by gambling via online casinos and once dropping $5,000 on one hand as 43,000 fans stood witness through Twitch. Most recently, he handled his array of Grand Theft jobs and cackled his way through role-playing sessions on Twitch.

The problem, as he announced Sunday, is that all the fake jobs began to seem too much like real work. Maybe he was gamed by the game, but as reported on Kotaku, Sodapoppin has tendered his resignation (for real).

“GTA RP [role-play], in the position Kevin was in, was a true job,” he said during the livestream. “It was an actual job. It was brutal. It was ‘manager this, manager that,’ f–kin’ ‘employee this, cop problem that.’ I can think of five scenarios I actually got to do whatever I felt like, and that was going on the alien hunt and the couple of times I got to go to the police station. But the only reason I got to go to the police station was because I told my managers, ‘Hey, handle it. Handle the shop while I’m gone.’”

Being a fake wage-slave became such a drag that Sodapoppin hoped to have Kevin killed off in the game. But, as reported on Kotaku, that opportunity never availed itself. So Sodapoppin took virtual matters into his real hands.

“The fault is mainly on me,” said the social-media titan, who made enough money to buy into the esports league Northern Gaming (now owned by the much larger NRG Esports) and shot up his net worth with his own merch. “I simply put myself in a position of serious obligations. It’s too much. I like doing stupid things. I like dumb RP [role-playing]. I like playing with a lot of my friends outside of RP. But when I play Kevin, I’m not in a position to be able to do that because I have employees. I have f–king customers. I can’t just be like, ‘Hey, I feel like going on a bike ride.’ I can’t do that.”

Despite his popularity, Sodapoppin is not alone in realizing the emotional rigors of online gaming. As The Post reported Monday, Snoop Dogg also threw in the towel — but he did it after just 14 minutes of playing EA Sports’ Madden NFL ’21 live on Twitch. His session ended in a “rage quit” after the beloved stoner found himself losing 21-0 in no time. “Look at this s- -t. F- -k,” he is seen venting from the bottom-right corner of the frame (apparently not realizing he was still going out on Twitch). “I came in this room and everything went bad.”

Maybe Snoop Dogg is just figuring out something that Sodapoppin gleefully opined in a 2019 doc about him: “Twitch is a giant, glorified mental hospital.”

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