[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 07/23

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TL; DR (invariable acronym) (21st century): initials of too long; didn’t read,
either literally too long ; not read
1. (Internet) To express that the message that was sent was not read because it was too long.
2. (Internet) To express that the following is a summary of the text too long.

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Facebook denies having censored a Belgian parody site. The social network invokes “technical problems” to explain the difficulties of Internet users in sharing this content.

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Why this is important:These are technical issues that are unrelated to the contentArticles, assured the social network. Nordpresse had indicated on Sunday morning on its Facebook page that it had received “hundreds of messages from people who have had their Nordpresse article shares deleted from Facebook“. The site claimed that it had been “on a blacklistFor his satirical articles on the Benalla affair. At the end of the Sunday afternoon, Nordpresse indicated that the situation had returned to normal. “It’s restored, our posts are back», Indicated Nordpresse.

Google Maps is waking up the cartography market by moving to paid for the pros. Google’s announcement sparked a surge of demands among the few competitors who had managed to survive in niche markets and can once again dream of regaining larger markets.

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Why this is important: Since its arrival a dozen years ago, Google Maps has gained an overwhelming dominance in the website mapping market. By offering its services free of charge, then only charging very large consumers, Google Maps has ousted competitors who until its arrival were charging for their services, including ViaMichelin and Mappy. But the American group has just overturned the table by considerably lowering the pricing threshold and sharply increasing its prices. Since July 16, dynamic maps (which allow the user to zoom, for example) have been paid for from 28,000 downloads per month, whereas the threshold was until now 25,000… per day. And the price per dynamic card downloaded is now $ 7 for 1,000 downloads, against $ 0.50 previously, a 14-fold increase in the price.

After Cambridge Analytica, Facebook is distancing itself from an American data analysis company. The social network has decided to suspend its contract with Crimson Hexagon.

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Why this is important: Crimson Hexagon, an American company based in Boston, says its platform allows its customers, including large American groups, to analyze their audience and study their brand perception. According to Wall Street Journal, the government contracts with this company, which exploits public data of Facebook, had not been approved beforehand by the social network. Since 2014, US federal agencies have paid Crimson Hexagon more than $ 800,000 for a total of 22 contracts, adds the US daily. Crimson Hexagon sold its analysis platform also abroad, notably in Turkey and Russia, where it worked in 2014 with a non-profit organization linked to the Russian government, the newspaper reports. According to him, the company has mistakenly received at least once private data from Instagram, a subsidiary of Facebook.