From Boston to Washington: Large-scale Internet failure in the northeastern United States

AAn extensive internet outage was reported in the northeastern United States on Tuesday afternoon. The provider Verizon announced via Twitter that a fiber optic connection had been cut in Brooklyn.

It was initially unclear whether this caused the entire failure. In addition, it cannot yet be estimated when the Internet connections will be completely restored.

The densely populated region is home to key US government agencies and major financial corporations. 90 minutes after the first reports of the malfunction, Verizon had emailed that the problem was being worked on. Parts of the service have already been restored.

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According to the online service DownDetecor and Twitter users, the problem seemed to extend from Washington to Boston, affecting Internet and cloud providers as well as a number of services from Google, Facebook and other popular sites. Important government agencies and financial service providers are located in the area.

The Internet provider Comcast said that no problems were observed in its network on Tuesday. Google and Amazon, on the other hand, stated that the problem was obviously not from their networks. Under the keyword Internet Outrage, numerous users on Twitter complained about the failure – after they were apparently back online.

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Mesut Özil is training with Fenerbahce Istanbul for the first time

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“A dream comes true,” says Özil

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Özil after change: “A dream comes true!”

Mesut Özil has left Arsenal FC and joined Fenerbahce Istanbul. According to Özil, this is a dream come true.

Mesut Özil now plays for Fenerbahce Istanbul. The ex-national player chooses emotional words in his digital presentation. The 2014 world champion chose the 67th shirt number because of his parents.

DFenerbahce’s Twitter account blew up. The enthusiasm after Mesut Özil’s signature was measurable. Within minutes, the video that Fenerbahce Istanbul posted on social media was viewed over a million times. It is now four million. “Let’s announce it,” says the former German international with a laugh into the camera.

The transfer, which was indicated for days, was fixed on Sunday evening. As the club announced, Özil signed a contract until 2024. Özil trained with Fenerbahce Istanbul for the first time on Sunday. Addressing his new team, he said: “A dream will come true.” He was very happy.

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Özil, 2014 world champion, had announced the change a long time ago. “I grew up as a child in Germany as a Fenerbahce fan,” wrote Özil on Twitter. The Istanbul club is like Real Madrid in Spain. “The biggest club in the country,” wrote the 32-year-old, who is leaving Arsenal after some disappointing months in England.

Mesut Özil is expected to earn more than 15 million euros by 2024. And that despite the fact that the club from Istanbul has debts of over 520 million euros. Therefore, the transfer should also be financed with the help of the fans.

SMS for funding

“We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support. On the day of the signature I will ask you to break a record, ”said club president Ali Koc. “Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good. “

Every SMS sent as part of the “Mesutol” (“Sei Mesut”; d. Red.) is sent to the number 1907 (the year Fenerbahce was founded) costs 20 Turkish Lira (around 2.20 euros). The club is hoping for up to two million euros from the pockets of its fans.

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But that’s not all. “I believe and know that there will be a lot of rush for the jerseys,” said Koc. Internally, the club expects one million Özil jerseys to be sold by the end of the current season. On this, next to the name Özil, the number 67 will be seen. The number stands for the Zonguldak province on the Black Sea. From there, Özil’s parents emigrated to Germany.

Mixed feelings in England

Özil addressed the fans of the London Gunners on Sunday with emotional words. “It may be the end of a chapter, but my connection with this great club will never fade,” wrote the offensive player. It is “no goodbye forever” after “almost 3000 days” with the Londoners. “I will be a gunner all my life – no doubt”, wrote Özil, who had also left the German national team shortly after the 2018 World Cup and 92 international matches, albeit with a fire letter via Twitter. In the meantime, his relationship with the German Football Association seems to be improving a little.

Arsenal FC said goodbye to Özil with nice words. “Mesut’s services to Arsenal are undisputed,” Mikel Arteta was quoted on the club’s website. The Gunners coach had not nominated Özil for the Premier League and the Europa League this season and was criticized by Özil for it.

“Will Mesut Özil’s qualities be missed”

Mesut Özil is in Istanbul to take the medical check-up for his move to Fenerbahce. Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta will miss him – even though he sorted out the ex-international.

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“Mesut has been at the heart of many great moments for this club over the years, including three cup wins,” said Arteta. However, when he won the FA Cup for the third time, Özil was no longer there. Because he no longer planned with the midfielder, Arteta had granted him early leave.

The English media had adopted Özil less friendly. Polemically, the “Times” recently settled with the former Schalke player, who was brought from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for around 50 million euros. “In recent years he has only shown energy when it came to supporting his buddy Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” it said. Turkish President Erdogan is also a fan of Fenerbahce – but his favorite club is Basaksehir Istanbul.

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The Degussa boss is taking a risky path

Markus Krall (picture from 2011)

The Degussa boss is publicly polarizing more than any other gold dealer.

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Zürich Markus Krall is a man of numbers. Before taking over as Head of Degussa in mid-September 2019, he advised banks on risk management for over two decades. At his numerous lectures, he now likes to present figures such as the banks “fooling us with accounting technology” and “pretending that the earnings situation is better than it is”. The precious metals industry is all the more excited about the first balance sheet presented by the gold trader Degussa under Krall’s leadership.

In 2019, the company increased its sales by 85 percent compared to the previous year, from 1.4 billion to almost 2.6 billion euros, according to the figures recently published in the Federal Gazette. This is the highest turnover in the company’s history.

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Protests in the Netherlands over corona curfew

IIn the Netherlands, violent riots broke out on Sunday evening over the night curfew, which came into force on Saturday night. The police had to intervene in at least ten cities, including The Hague, Tilburg, Venlo, Helmond, Breda, Arnhem and Apeldoorn. She had previously broken up unauthorized demonstrations in Eindhoven and Amsterdam. In Eindhoven, tear gas and water cannons were used to disperse a crowd. In Enschede, protesters threw stones at a medical center. A corona test center in Urk was set on fire on Saturday evening.

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“That crosses all borders,” wrote Health Minister Huge de Jonge about the arson attack on Twitter. The staff is rightly indignant. “Your important work on the front lines of this crisis deserves respect and recognition. Nothing else. “The mayor of Nijmegen spoke of” Corona hooligans “. The mayor of Eindhoven expressed fear on the TV channel NOS that the violence could continue in the next few days.” Then we slide into civil war, “said John Jorritsma .

In The Hague, police had to intervene on Sunday evening after a large group of people lit a fire in a downtown shopping street. At 9:30 p.m. the situation was under control again, said a police spokesman. Acts of vandalism have been reported from Breda, Oesterhout, Venlo and Roermond. Protesters threw stones at shop windows and also at police officers when they intervened. In Roermond, a popular outlet center was affected by violent riots. In Venlo, the mayor declared a state of emergency.

On Sunday afternoon, around 1,500 people gathered on Museumplein in The Hague to protest the curfew, which runs from 9 p.m. to 4.30 a.m. The demonstration had not been approved. The police arrested 150 people, and Mayor Femke Halsema’s house in the center was placed under special police protection.

While politicians from the government and the left opposition parties condemned the riots, the two right-wing populist parties in parliament initially remained silent. The Forum for Democracy wrote on its Twitter account: “This is the second night Rutte has locked the Netherlands in. More and more people are turning against the curfew. Only together can we regain our freedom. ”After criticizing this, a spokesman said that the party naturally condemned the violence.

The Greens chairman Jesse Klaver made the Freedom Party of Geert Wilders jointly responsible for the arson attack on the Corona test center in Urk. “Do not forget that the PVV Urk incited violence,” wrote Klaver on Twitter. The local branch announced last week that it would do everything in its power to prevent the curfew from being implemented. Klaver asked Wilders to intervene. He then wrote on Twitter that the violence had to stop. But that also applies to Klaver’s “fur collar friends” who demonstrated in The Hague.

The curfew was decided by the parliament in The Hague last Thursday. The government had chosen this path because it is only in office in an executive position and the restriction was also controversial within its own ranks. The Second Chamber pushed the beginning back half an hour, to 9 p.m. The infection rate is falling, but the numbers are still above average. There is also great concern that the new, even more contagious virus variants will spread rapidly. The Dutch media emphasized many times that this was the first curfew since the German occupation during the Second World War. The measure is initially valid until February 10th.


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Miley Cyrus leaves workout in black sports bra and leggings after TikTok Tailgate announcement

Miley Cyrus leaves workout session in black sports bra and leggings after tweeting she’ll perform at Super Bowl LV TikTok Tailgate

She tweeted Sunday that she’s slated to be part of Super Bowl Sunday’s TikTok Tailgate on February 7.

And later in the day, Miley Cyrus was seen leaving a workout session in West Hollywood.

The 28-year-old showcased her washboard abs in a black sports bra and leggings.

Fit: Miley Cyrus showcased her washboard abs in a black sports bra and leggings as she left a workout session in West Hollywood on Sunday

Fit: Miley Cyrus showcased her washboard abs in a black sports bra and leggings as she left a workout session in West Hollywood on Sunday

Miley added a cropped black leather jacket and stepped out in black ankle boots.

She had a black knit beanie pulled down over her hair and donned a black cloth face mask.

The singer also sported black polish on her fingernails and carried a canvas tote as she headed to her car.

Monochrome: The singer, 28, added a black leather jacket and stepped out in black ankle boots. She had a black beanie pulled down over her hair and donned a black cloth face mask

Monochrome: The singer, 28, added a black leather jacket and stepped out in black ankle boots. She had a black beanie pulled down over her hair and donned a black cloth face mask

The hitmaker will help kickoff the festivities at Super Bowl LV at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium.

The NFL has announced that 22,000 people will be allowed into the stadium to watch the game and included in their number will be 7,500 vaccinated health care workers.

Those workers will also be invited to attend Miley’s pregame show which will air on both CBS and TikTok.

In her tweet, which included an image of herself dressed in a black and pink latex cheerleading outfit, Miley said: ‘SUPER BOWL LV!!! I’ll be there for TIKTOK TAILGATE!!! I can’t wait to put on a show for the NFL’s honored guests before the game.’

Promotion: Earlier on Sunday, Miley had tweeted the news that she's slated to be part of Super Bowl LV's TikTok Tailgate on February 7 at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium

Promotion: Earlier on Sunday, Miley had tweeted the news that she’s slated to be part of Super Bowl LV’s TikTok Tailgate on February 7 at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium

Showtime: The NFL has announced that 22,000 people will be allowed into the stadium to watch the game  including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers. Those workers will also be invited to attend Miley's pregame show which will air on both CBS and TikTok

Showtime: The NFL has announced that 22,000 people will be allowed into the stadium to watch the game  including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers. Those workers will also be invited to attend Miley’s pregame show which will air on both CBS and TikTok

Other big name performers for the championship game include The Weeknd who will headline the Super Bowl LV halftime show.

Country singer Eric Church and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan are scheduled to perform the National Anthem while H.E.R. are slated to perform America The Beautiful.

Other big name performers for the championship game include The Weeknd who will headline the Super Bowl LV halftime show. Country singer Eric Church and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan are scheduled to perform the National Anthem while H.E.R. will sing America The Beautiful

Other big name performers for the championship game include The Weeknd who will headline the Super Bowl LV halftime show. Country singer Eric Church and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan are scheduled to perform the National Anthem while H.E.R. will sing America The Beautiful

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SpaceX, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has announced a new record for the number of vehicles launched during a single mission.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off in Florida at 10 a.m. EST from Complex 40 of Cape Canaveral.

“SpaceX” said that the reusable missile transported 133 commercial and government spacecraft and 10 Starlink satellites into space as part of the “Small Sat Raid Share” program, which provides reliable and affordable flights into orbit for small satellite operators.

“The launch of many small satellites for a wide range of customers tomorrow,” Musk said on Twitter. Excited to provide low-cost trips into orbit for small businesses! ”

The company delayed the launch by one day due to unfavorable weather, and Elon Musk is also the CEO of Tesla.

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Israel starts corona vaccination of young people

AIsrael is one of the first countries in the world to start vaccinating teenagers against the coronavirus. The first youngsters, aged 16 to 18, were vaccinated on Saturday, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Parents’ approval is required for this. The aim is to enable pupils who are about to graduate from high school to participate in face-to-face classes in schools.

On Friday and Saturday, the weekend in Israel, a total of 195,000 people were vaccinated, Health Minister Juli Edelstein said on Twitter on Sunday. Of the country’s nine million inhabitants, 2.5 million have now received the first dose and almost a million have already received the second dose. The vaccine is approved (in the EU) from the age of 16.

Israel is not only the fastest vaccinated country in the world, but also the one that has received the most doses of the Biontech vaccine in terms of population. The reason for this is probably less the higher price that Israel pays Pfizer, but more importantly an agreement with the vaccine manufacturer to share essential data about the vaccination process, side effects and medical effects with the company.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared this in January as a service to the general public: “Israel will share with Pfizer and the world the statistical data that will help find strategies to beat the coronavirus,” said Netanyahu. Data protection activists, on the other hand, expressed concern about the disclosure of patient data. Some suspect that Pfizer’s main concern is access to the Israeli vaccination database, which has been digitized for many years and is maintained by the Ministry of Health.

Infection numbers hardly decrease

Despite a lockdown lasting several weeks, the number of infections has not fallen sufficiently, Health Minister Edelstein said on Sunday. The Israeli government is therefore discussing this Sunday about a two-week closure of Ben Gurion International Airport for most flights. The aim is to prevent further virus variants from being introduced. According to official information, up to 40 percent of new cases can be traced back to a mutation that comes from Great Britain. There have also been several cases of serious illness in pregnant women and children recently.

Meanwhile, the federal police intensified controls on flights from 32 high-risk areas of the corona pandemic at Frankfurt’s largest airport in Germany, including Israel recently. The Federal Police Directorate in Frankfurt announced that the necessary entry requirements are also consistently checked. So-called high incidence areas are countries with significantly higher numbers of infections than in Germany. The limit value is usually an incidence of 200. Many countries are already included in this category. In addition to Israel, Estonia, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates also joined on Sunday. The latter are in second place behind Israel in global vaccination statistics.

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Israel starts corona vaccination of young people

AIsrael is one of the first countries in the world to start vaccinating teenagers against the coronavirus. The first youngsters, aged 16 to 18, were vaccinated on Saturday, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Parents’ approval is required for this. The aim is to enable pupils who are about to graduate from high school to participate in face-to-face classes in schools.

On Friday and Saturday, the weekend in Israel, a total of 195,000 people were vaccinated, Health Minister Juli Edelstein said on Twitter on Sunday. Of the country’s nine million inhabitants, 2.5 million have now received the first dose and almost a million have already received the second dose. The vaccine is approved (in the EU) from the age of 16.

Israel is not only the fastest vaccinated country in the world, but also the one that has received the most doses of the Biontech vaccine in terms of population. The reason for this is probably less the higher price that Israel pays Pfizer, but more importantly an agreement with the vaccine manufacturer to share essential data about the vaccination process, side effects and medical effects with the company.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared this in January as a service to the general public: “Israel will share with Pfizer and the world the statistical data that will help find strategies to beat the coronavirus,” said Netanyahu. Data protection activists, on the other hand, expressed concern about the disclosure of patient data. Some suspect that Pfizer’s main concern is access to the Israeli vaccination database, which has been digitized for many years and is maintained by the Ministry of Health.

Infection numbers hardly decrease

Despite a lockdown lasting several weeks, the number of infections has not fallen sufficiently, Health Minister Edelstein said on Sunday. The Israeli government is therefore discussing this Sunday about a two-week closure of Ben Gurion International Airport for most flights. The aim is to prevent further virus variants from being introduced. According to official information, up to 40 percent of new cases can be traced back to a mutation that comes from Great Britain. There have also been several cases of serious illness in pregnant women and children recently.

Meanwhile, the federal police intensified controls on flights from 32 high-risk areas of the corona pandemic at Frankfurt’s largest airport in Germany, including Israel recently. The Federal Police Directorate in Frankfurt announced that the necessary entry requirements are also consistently checked. So-called high incidence areas are countries with significantly higher numbers of infections than in Germany. The limit value is usually an incidence of 200. Many countries are already included in this category. In addition to Israel, Estonia, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates also joined on Sunday. The latter are in second place behind Israel in global vaccination statistics.

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Twitter’s secret project … modeled on Bitcoin

Bluesky, the Decentralized Social Networking Project via Twitter, announced its first major update since 2019.

When the Twitter CEO justified blocking his platform to Trump, he mentioned the Bluesky project, which the platform was working on.

The project, which aims to address Twitter’s shortcomings in the wake of hate speech and violence, is supposed to be a decentralized social media platform similar to Bitcoin.

Decentralized apps have been around since the invention of Bitcoin a decade ago, and unlike the regular application, decentralized apps have no central ownership and often run via blockchain technology.

For Twitter, this could mean that decisions, such as deciding which content to moderate, will not be made by executives on social media.

Although the project looks innovative, many in the DApp community were skeptical when it was first announced.

The Bluesky team released a review of the decentralized ecosystem online, and said they hope to find a team leader in the coming months.

The review came after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discussed the project earlier this month, when he described it as the standard of the online public conversation layer.

The review identifies a variety of well-known decentralized systems, including ActivityPub, which operates the social network Mastodon, Messaging Standard XMPP, which powers WhatsApp, and Solid, a decentralization project led by the creator of the World Wide Web (Tim Berners-Lee).

The review covers how these systems deal with basic social networking elements, such as: discoverability, supervision, and privacy, in addition to how to increase the services based on them, deal with them, and make money.

The review does not explain how Bluesky himself might function, and Dorsey said: Bluesky takes time to build, and if the project results in a protocol, that system might be built from scratch, or it might build on an existing standard, like ActivityPub, a possibility Dorsey mentioned in 2009. 2019 upon unveiling of the initiative.

We are trying to do our part by funding an initiative around a decentralized, open standard for social media, and our goal is to be a customer of this standard for the online public conversation layer, ”said Dorsey at the time.

The review provides a glimpse into who has been working on Bluesky, as it was written by Jay Graber, creator of the event organizer Happening.

Other contributors include Mastodon Developer (Eugen Rochko), co-designer of peer-to-peer browser Beaker (Paul Frazee) Paul Frazee, ActivityPub Standard Co-Editor (Christopher Lemmer Webber), and IPFS Project Lead (Molly Mackinlay).

It also hints at the fact that decentralization is often unprofitable, and the review focuses on monetization options, such as: membership fees and micro-transactions for cryptocurrencies, but it also indicates that many decentralized projects rely on volunteer work and donations, which is not ideal for a platform that supports Commercial networks like Twitter.

However, the platforms have worked on systems like Brave tokens, which is a cryptocurrency-based system for sharing ad revenue.
Given the long lag in time between Bluesky’s announcement and the early step of a review, we might not see Twitter’s plans for the global standard anytime soon, let alone Twitter’s adoption of that standard.

As some decentralized developers reported in 2019, Twitter’s contribution is likely to be limited at present to providing resources for existing projects, rather than trying to lead the unified standard.

However, the review notes that Bluesky is trying to build on what people in the field have already discovered, without clarifying where this development might be heading at the moment.

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