Brief information: Freenet, Internet services, Clear Channel, dwarf planet Ceres

With Flex, the mobile communications provider Freenet offers another mobile phone tariff that is controlled exclusively via the associated app. This is similar to the concept of “Fraenk” from Deutsche Telekom. Flex users can choose between three different tariffs each month. With the low tariff of 10 euros per month, users get 5 GB of data volume in the Vodafone LTE network. Freenet’s Flex tariffs can also be used in other EU countries, have a term of one month and can be canceled up to one day before the end of the term.

During the Corona crisis, more than two thirds of Internet users in Germany made video calls via Internet services such as Skype or WhatsApp. According to the Federal Statistical Office, that is 9 percent more than a year earlier. The proportion of those who have read the news online and those who have listened to music via Internet radio or streaming services has also risen sharply.

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The company Clear Channel wants to make outdoor advertising more effective. To this end, it offers advertisers a radar system based on anonymized data from smartphone users. The data used include whether someone went into a retail store and passed a certain advertisement, quoted the Financial Times Clear Channels CEO William Eccleshare. The information is used to decide what the in-house digital billboards – but also the classic print advertising – should be equipped with. Thinking walls have been in place in the USA for four years, and companies such as Coca Cola, Ikea and L’Oreal are on the customer list. According to Eccleshare, Europe has waited before using the radar system to ensure that all services comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. The radar starts in the UK and Spain in September, with Sweden to follow next.

Celestial bodies in the asteroid belt can be significantly more complex than previously thought. The salty deposits on the dwarf planet Ceres appear to have their origin in a global, salty ocean below the surface. Scientists come to this conclusion after evaluating the data from NASA’s Dawn probe. According to this, there were ice volcanic eruptions on Ceres just a million years ago, which were fed from this reservoir. The process may even continue, say the researchers.


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