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Internet News Reviews – The News As I See It – May 31, 2018

The reason I don’t want to read or write about Internet news every day is because of other commitments. Less than 24 hours ago, I had two of my lower left teeth removed. There wasn’t much I could do while I waited for the bleeding to stop.

I’ll be doing it again next week because I have three more teeth to remove, on the opposite side. I don’t have any upper teeth left to remove, after suffering from acid reflux disease for most of my first 40 years of life.

Internet News: I Heart this Island

Whether you’re using Google Earth or Google Maps to scrutinize certain locations, you can be amazed by some of the things that exist here on planet Earth. Sometimes it’s just an artifact caused by pollution or something moving within the range of the satellite camera. Most of the time, however, it is exactly what you see.

Google Maps users recently discovered a heart-shaped island. It’s off the coast of Croatia and it’s uninhabited. It looks to me like it’s covered in vegetation, without any existing structures. I don’t think the island would work as a honeymoon getaway. Unless, of course, a lack of amenities is exactly what you’re looking for.

Internet News: YouTube is More Popular than Facebook with Today’s Teens

I have to say I saw this coming. Teens are dropping Facebook just like they did with MySpace and Friendster. Does it matter? Not really.

Whenever a social platform reaches critical mass, the owners of said social platform will take advantage of its users. Facebook is driving teens away but not so much by being abusive. If you’re not into Facebook games or chat groups, it can be nothing short of boring.

YouTube videos are much more entertaining, even the nonsense videos. You can even comment on them, with a lot less censorship.

Internet News: The T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

The merger requires regulatory approval and it will probably get it. I don’t like mergers because they remove competition.

My cell phone service in the Philippines is ridiculously inexpensive compared to the cheapest services in the United States. I pay 300 pesos (less than $6.00 USD at the current foreign currency exchange rates) for unlimited voice and text calls to all but one network. Adding a data plan would still make it less expensive than most plans in the United States.

Internet News: New Internet Users are Getting Harder to Find

That is, if you believe the Mary Meeker Internet trends report for 2018. It’s talks about growth based on sales of devices that can connect to the Internet.

Internet growth, in this regard, is stagnating and it’s easy to understand why. Most people aren’t buying smartphones for the first time. They’re simply replacing the smartphones they already have. Competitors of the major brands (Apple, Samsung and others) are making it easy to do so by selling theirs for a lot less.

Last Note

Dental work is extremely inexpensive in the Philippines compared to the United States. I had two teeth pulled, the good teeth cleaned and paid for antibiotics and pain killers for less than $60 USD. The next trip will probably be around the same amount (three teeth instead of two, but no cleaning).

Why did I decide to take care of all this now? Well, Josie (my wife) and I are heading to Florida in a couple of weeks and I don’t want to take any chances. I can’t afford dental care in the United States.

May 31, 2018
Internet News

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