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Building permit for pipeline off Rügen
A pipeline off the Baltic Sea island of Rügen, which is intended to connect the planned LNG terminal to the long-distance gas network near Lubmin, has been approved in part. The federal government is sticking to the project, which is controversial among the local population, and wants to put the terminal into operation next winter. The German Environmental Aid has already announced that it will take legal action against the approval that has now been granted. The quick approval was possible because the project was included in the federal LNG Acceleration Act. In this way, for example, Germany’s first liquefied natural gas terminal in Wilhelmshaven could be realized more quickly a year ago.
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Microsoft plans to sell cloud gaming rights to Activision games to Ubisoft
Microsoft plans to sell Activision games cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft in order to complete its planned acquisition of Activision. This was announced by Microsoft President Brad Smith in a blog entry. The move is intended to appease UK antitrust watchdogs the CMA, which previously put a stop to the deal over concerns about the cloud gaming market. The rights to stream Activision games via the cloud are to be transferred to Ubisoft, writes Brad Smith. This applies to all previous Activision Blizzard titles on PC and console. The rights to titles that will be published in the next 15 years should also go to Ubisoft. The agreement has no expiration date. The sale of rights is intended to ensure that Microsoft cannot offer Activision’s games exclusively on its own cloud gaming platform Game Pass.
Meta threatens employees with consequences if they work from home too much
Meta threatens its employees with consequences up to and including termination if they are not present in the office at least three days a week from September 5, 2023. That’s according to an internal statement from Meta’s hiring manager, Lori Goler, obtained by Business Insider. Only employees who have been approved for full remote work do not have to comply. The responsible managers on site monitor compliance. They are intended to ensure that the guidelines communicated back in June 2023 are followed. According to Meta, the compulsory attendance serves to “promote healthy relationships and a strong cooperation”. Anyone who wants to work permanently in the home office can submit an application.
Possible interstellar comet soon visible to naked eye
In early September, a recently discovered comet that may not have come from the solar system, or at least entirely from its edge, could become visible to the unaided eye. Named after its discoverer, Japanese amateur astronomer Hideo Nishimura, C/2023 P1 should be visible with a small telescope or even binoculars on a clear day, reports Spektrum der Wissenschaft. Those who succeed could see a particularly unusual visitor in the inner solar system.
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