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The Week That Was: IT and Media major news check list

The Week That Was: IT & Media major news checklist

Week 20



Microsoft announced that its browser Explorer will go out of support on June 15, 2022 as the company is focusing on its newer browser- Microsoft Edge – launched in 2015. The company said Edge is faster, more secure, more modern and offers better compatibility for applications. Explorer was launched in 1995 and was the major browser for years but is now facing stiff competition from Google’s Chrome.


The BBC said it could not turn the clock back but offered the British royal family a full and unconditional apology for how BBC reporter Martin Bashir lied to get his famous interview with Princess Diana where she talked about her husband’s infidelity. A independent investigation found, 25 years after the interview was broadcast, that the BBC “fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency” over Bashir’s interview and that he faked documents to get it and later lied to BBC managers about them. The reporter recently left the BBC for health reasons.


Local news media are central to fight misinformation and disinformation because of the relationship of trust that they build with their communities, a global report on local media said. The report by the International Press Institute stressed that donors and the media support community need to recognize that “the future is local”. One of the report’s advises is to create a global network of local media.


Governments increasingly request user data, Facebook reported saying requests increased  10% to a total of 191,013 during second half of 2020. Most requests came from the US followed by India, Germany, France, Brazil and the UK. The company says it carefully scrutinizes requests from governments. “ We do not provide governments with “back doors” to people’s information.”


London Stock Exchange protested against Reuters news agency’s plans to put its news behind a paywall saying this would breach a 30-year agreement for the sale of Reuters news to information service Refinitiv that is owned by the Stock Exchange. Refinitiv pays USD 325 million a year for the news service and use it to inform all its customers globally. It is the news agency’s by far biggest client via a B2B-agrement and the Stock Exchange does not agree to Reuters also trying to charge for news in a B2C-model.


Long work hours is a definite health threat and it’s most dangerous for men. Long working hours led to a 29% increase in deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease between 2000 and 2016, a study from WHO and ILO showed. It concludes working 55 or more hours per week is associated with an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease compared to working 35-40 hours a week. Managing working hours has been an issue since many work from home.


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