The Daily Populous

Friday February 19th, 2021 day edition

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FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020.

Facebook blocked all Australian news content on its service over proposed legislation requiring it and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay fees to Australian publishers for news links.

Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, in charge of crafting similar legislation to be unveiled in coming months, condemned Facebook’s action and said it would not deter Ottawa.

“Canada is at the forefront of this battle ... we are really among the first group of countries around the world that are doing this,” he told reporters.

Without action, they warned, Canada would lose 700 print journalism jobs out of 3,100 total.

“I suspect that soon we will have five, 10, 15 countries adopting similar rules ... is Facebook going to cut ties with Germany, with France?”

Kevin Chan, head of public policy for Facebook in Canada, said there were “other options to support news in Canada that will more fairly benefit publishers of all sizes”. »

Ocasio-Cortez raises $1 million for Texas relief in 4 hours

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NEW YORK — New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised over $1 million for relief efforts in Texas in about four hours, the congresswoman announced Thursday.

Our first effort is a partnership w/ 5 Texas orgs getting on-the-ground relief to Texans ASAP.

Our Texas relief mobilization has already raised $325k for food, housing, elder care & direct relief straight to vulnerable Texans. »

ERCOT: Texas was ‘seconds and minutes’ away from catastrophic months-long blackouts

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(TEXAS TRIBUNE) - Texas’ power grid was “seconds and minutes” away from a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months, officials with the entity that operates the grid said Thursday.

At the same time, demand was increasing as consumers and businesses turned up the heat and stayed inside to avoid the weather.

“It was seconds and minutes [from possible failure] given the amount of generation that was coming off the system.”. »