Brief information: deletion period, Luca app, KiriCoin, SLS rocket drive

Terrorists will find it more difficult in the future to abuse the Internet to spread radical views, recruit supporters and incite violence. The EU Council of Ministers has endorsed the draft regulation according to which operators of online platforms must in future delete “terrorist content” within an hour by order of any authorities from a member state. A judicial approval is not required. The companies themselves can decide on the choice of means. The MEPs were able to enforce this in order not to make upload filters mandatory. The deletion orders can also be directed against service providers such as Amazon, Facebook, Google or Twitter who are not headquartered in the EU. Online forum operators are also included.

Berlin’s health authorities will soon be using the Luca app for contact tracking. “The conclusion of the contract is planned for the next week,” said Senate spokeswoman Melanie Reinsch of the dpa. “The health authorities are connected – as well as the Federal Printing Office, which organizes the secure data transfer.” The app has been in use in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania since last Friday. It is supposed to make visiting shops, restaurants, cultural establishments or hotels safer. The upcoming version of the Corona warning app, which is due to appear after Easter, is also expected to include a check-in option for cluster tracking.

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Fiat, together with the startup Kiri Technologies, has launched a reward program for drivers of the electrically powered Fiat 500. The program provides for the 500-class drivers to be rewarded with the digital currency KiriCoin for sustainable driving. KiriCoin can then be exchanged for material assets in the Kiri Marketplace, as announced by Stellantis, the holding company behind the automaker. The most ecological drivers also receive vouchers.

The rocket drive of the Space Launch System has been tested again as part of the preparations for NASA’s Artemis I lunar mission – and now successfully. After the four RS-25 rocket engines had switched off prematurely in the previous test in January, the complete rocket launch of eight minutes could now be simulated. The engines are now being refurbished and then installed in the Artemis I rocket. Its start is planned for November.


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