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Iranian protesters struggle to activate Starlink and circumvent internet restrictions

Iranian protesters struggle to activate Starlink and circumvent internet restrictions

After Elon Musk said his Starlink satellite internet system was activated in Iran on September 1. On January 23, two men climbed onto the tiled roof of a residence in the Iranian city of Ahvaz and pointed a Starlink terminal skyward. A weak signal was detected by the device for several seconds, then it disappeared. …

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Southeast Asian internet giants bet on "Buy now, pay later"

Southeast Asian internet giants bet on “Buy now, pay later”

Some of Southeast Asia’s biggest internet companies are trying to boost their revenue with an old-fashioned business: lending. Buy now, pay later services have accelerated in Southeast Asia following the Covid-19 pandemic. Seize assets Sea ltd. and GoTo Group all offer their customers short-term loans to help pay for a variety of goods and services, …

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Iranian protesters circumvent internet disruptions

Iranian protesters circumvent internet disruptions

Protesters in Iran are finding new ways to challenge the Islamic Republic after the government imposed sweeping internet disruptions that affected the movement’s ability to use social media to spread its message. In places like Tehran and Ahvaz in southwestern Iran, protesters are handing out paper leaflets with details of planned protests and anti-government statements, …

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Iranian protesters circumvent internet disruptions

Iranian protesters circumvent internet disruptions

Protesters in Iran are finding new ways to challenge the Islamic Republic after the government imposed sweeping internet disruptions that affected the movement’s ability to use social media to spread its message. In places like Tehran and Ahvaz in southwestern Iran, protesters are handing out paper leaflets with details of planned protests and anti-government statements, …

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The power of brief therapies in mental health

The power of brief therapies in mental health

Last year, a survey by the American Psychological Association found demand for psychotherapy had increased dramatically since the start of the Covid pandemic, with 68% of therapists saying their waiting lists had increased and more than 40% stating that they were unable to accommodate the request. But help does not necessarily mean long years of …

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Ukraine's 'NAFO Fellas' internet army fights Russian trolls and rewards donors with dogs

Ukraine’s ‘NAFO Fellas’ internet army fights Russian trolls and rewards donors with dogs

Ukraine has received more than one million tons of military equipment from NATO countries, including tanks, howitzers and ammunition. He also received tons of support from NAFO in the form of sarcasm, ridicule and fundraising. NAFO—the North Atlantic Fella Organization—has nothing to do with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, other than playing on its name. …

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Biden's abortion policy angers GOP as Democrats demand more action

Biden’s abortion policy angers GOP as Democrats demand more action

September July 24, 2022 at 9:38 a.m. ET Listen to the article (2 minutes) Three months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the Biden administration has taken a series of steps to protect access to abortion that has angered opponents of legalized abortion and left supporters urging the federal government to do …

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Health has learned a lot from Covid.  12 ways to invest now.

Health has learned a lot from Covid. 12 ways to invest now.

Thanks to vaccines, treatments and preventive measures, the Covid crisis has eased, even if the pernicious virus persists. The evolving pandemic is giving healthcare companies a chance to focus on other issues, including drug patent expirations, pricing pressures, regulatory changes and closing deals. For investors, a bear market in stocks adds another wrinkle and an …

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The internet used to be smaller and nicer.  Let's get it back.

The internet used to be smaller and nicer. Let’s get it back.

MY FIRST Internet exposure was in two novels I read as a teenager: “Snowcrash” (1992) and “Neuromancer” (1984). They are set in dystopian visions of the future, where the power of technology has been co-opted to primarily control the population. But both feature independent, compelling protagonists who use their hacking, digital-native skills to save themselves, …

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Reviews |  The West's struggle for mental health

Reviews | The West’s struggle for mental health

Since the 1990s, there has been talk of a mental health epidemic in the United States, especially among young people. Last month’s mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, carried out by 18-year-old gunmen have raised fears that something has gone terribly wrong. But the problem is not new. American psychiatrists have studied …

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