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In 2020, the traffic of pirate sites dropped sharply due to the new Google algorithm

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In the past year, the traffic of pirate sites has dropped sharply, writes TorrentFreak. A detailed analysis shows that the number of transitions to these sites from search engines has decreased by about a third. The biggest damage to traffic was caused by the update of Google algorithms.

The change in policies has pushed copyright owners to illegally posted content. They have repeatedly asked search engines to ban pirated sites. Although in fact this did not happen, the updated issuance algorithms help to reduce traffic.

Google, for example, is actively downgrading sites that receive a large number of delete requests. This negatively affected the traffic of pirate sites, especially in 2020.

Piracy tracking company MUSO has provided detailed information on the traffic of pirated sites from search engines. These data show that the number of visits has decreased.

Below is a graph of all visits to public torrent sites between December 2019 and November 2020, excluding search engine traffic. A gradual decrease of about 10% is seen. This trend is roughly the same as in previous years. The data also shows a temporary spike in visits during the coronavirus outbreak in March and April.

In 2020, the traffic of pirate sites dropped sharply due to the new Google algorithm

However, traffic graphs from search engines alone show a much stronger top-down effect. So, from December 2019 to November 2020, search traffic fell by about a third. The downward trend started in mid-January. This was followed by a second sharp drop in early May.

In 2020, the traffic of pirate sites dropped sharply due to the new Google algorithm

These time intervals are not accidental. In fact, they correspond to the first two major algorithm updates that Google announced last year. The first started on January 13, the second on May 4. During the second period, the search traffic of pirate sites fell by more than 20%.

The operator of one of the largest torrent sites reported a 35% drop in traffic from Google search over the past year.

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Bitcoin soared to the equivalent of $38,000 in Nigeria

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Bitcoin soared to the equivalent of 38000 in Nigeria

The price of one bitcoin (BTC) in Nigeria soared to the equivalent of $38,000 in the local currency, naira. This is significantly higher than the price of bitcoin on the world market, which is about $23,000.

At the time of writing, on the Nigerian crypto exchange NairaEX for 1 bitcoin they give 17.4 million naira, which corresponds to 37.8 thousand dollars. The peak value was 38.8 thousand dollars.

This is due to the fact that the Central Bank of Nigeria continues to impose restrictions on cash withdrawals from ATMs in order to reduce the share of cash in money circulation.

Bitcoin soared to the equivalent of $38,000 in Nigeria

In January, new rules were introduced that allowed Nigerians to withdraw no more than 20,000 naira (about $43.50) from ATMs per day, with a weekly limit of 100,000 naira (about $217).

The move was also taken just days before the new naira notes entered circulation in an effort to curb inflation and money laundering. The central bank has set a January 24 deadline for Nigerians to exchange their old higher denomination banknotes for the new currency.

However, long queues and complaints forced the Central Bank to extend Nigeria’s deadline until Feb. 10.

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Free and open source graphics editor: the mythical GIMP 3.0 will be released before the end of 2023, officially

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The free GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) raster graphics editor is about to receive a major update. This was reported by the GNU development team in their recent annual report.

Free and open source graphics editor: the mythical GIMP 3.0 will be released before the end of 2023, officially

In November 2022, GIMP celebrated its 27th birthday. Thus, users have been waiting for the third version for a really long time. The possible release of GIMP 3.0 has been talked about for a decade. GIMP 3.0 will have a redesigned user interface, a migration from GTK2 to GTK, and many other changes.

Until the end of 2023, the release of stable versions, or at least the first release candidates, is expected. True, in the report, the developer Jean Pages also left himself room for maneuver:

Here. I said it. If it doesn’t, remember that it wasn’t a promise.

He also explained:

There’s still a lot to be done, so I hope I’m not making a fool of myself. But at some point, the impossibility of the release is simply disappointing. Of course, we’re still within acceptable development time limits (GIMP 2.8-2.10 took 6 years, we’re still in our fifth year after 2.10), but I really want to get it over with.

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This is the OnePlus Pad. OnePlus has announced its first tablet

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OnePlus has officially confirmed that it will launch its first tablet on February 7, called the OnePlus Pad.

In a post on the official blog, OnePlus has shared the first details about the upcoming device. OnePlus Pad will receive an aluminum alloy and a camera located in the central upper part on the back of the device.

This is the OnePlus Pad.  OnePlus has announced its first tablet

OnePlus also said that the OnePlus Pad will feature a curved body that is rounded on the sides, allowing users to “comfortably hold the tablet for extended periods of time without fatigue.”

OnePlus hasn’t shared any further details on the tablet’s specs, but it is rumored to have an 11.6-inch display.

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