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Netflix sued? Popularity of Squid Game lands streaming giant in hot water

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Millions of viewers have been sucked into the terrifying world of Squid Game.

Released only a fortnight ago, the South Korean series has hit number one on Netflix in an incredible 90 countries.

In fact… this is the reason Netflix is in hot water with South Korea

A South Korean internet service provider is suing Netflix over the increased traffic thanks to its growing popularity in the country

SK Broadband claims that Netflix is South Korea’s second-largest traffic generator, after YouTube, and other streaming giants such as Facebook and Apple, who are paying network usage fees.

Google’s YouTube and Netflix the two are the only companies to not pay network usage fees.

What does Seoul want?

Essentially – SK Broadband’s lawsuit wants Netflix to pay for network access.

A Seoul court said Netflix should “reasonably” give something in return to the internet service provider for network usage.

Many South Korean politicians agree, and have spoke out against content providers who do not pay for network usage, despite the insane amount of viewers generating usage traffic.

SK Broadband says Netflix’s data traffic handled by the service had jumped 24 times from May 2018 to 1.2 trillion bits of data processed per second as of September – this stat is largely due to Squid Game.

In its court documents, SK estimated the network usage fee Netflix needed to pay was about 27.2 billion won ($31.55 million) in 2020 alone.

Will Netflix pay?

Well – they don’t want to.

Netflix said it would review SK Broadband’s claim for increased network traffic and maintenance work costs.

Reuters reported that Netflix had previously brought its own lawsuit on its obligation to pay SK Broadband network fees. The world’s largest streaming giant argued its obligation is to create the content and make it accessible.

Netflix has significantly increased its presence in South Korea and says its brought a lot of dollars to the Asian country.

In fact, Netflix said it had invested 770 billion won in South Korea’s TV and film production industry, adding an extra 16,000 jobs.

According to Bloomberg, Netflix committed to this year spending $US500 million in South Korea to capitalise on what was one of its fastest-growing markets.

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NEW Happy Meal for adults only

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The Hamburglar is back, but this time he’s only reserved for adults

McDonalds is bringing back some of its all-time classics as part of a new Happy Meal offering.

In just a few days, the ‘Cactus Plant Flea Market Box’ will contain a Big Mac, fries, a drink and of course, the famous happy meal toy.

It’s part of a major collaboration between the streetwear brand and the fast-food giant.

The box itself will also have a unique style, with images of a four-eyed Grimace with Cactus buddy.

The streetwear brand has received top marks from big names like designer Kanye West and singer Pharrell Williams.

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World’s top chess player takes aim at his biggest rival

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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen is accusing one of his fellow players of cheating

Carlsen says Hans Niemann has cheated more than he has publicly admitted.

Of course, Hans Niemann ended up beating Carlsen in a major upset earlier this month.

While there’s no evidence of cheating and Hans Niemann believes his long-time rival might be trying to ruin his career.

The teenager says he cheated online when he was 12 and 16 but is denying allegations of ever cheating in person.

It follows weeks of scandal in the world of chess between the pair, after Hans Niemann ended a 53-game winning streak of the world’s top player.

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How a fake Uber driver targeted young women on a night out

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A man who targeted women outside college dorms and downtown bars by impersonating an Uber driver was ordered held without bail

William Mancortes was charged in a Boston Court with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery.

The 43-year-old pretended to be an Uber driver, picked up intoxicated women outside of college dorms and downtown Boston bars three times

Mancortes raped two of the women and indecently assaulted the third.

Each of the victims in the three charged cases completed a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit.

While the perpetrator’s DNA samples from the kits matched, the samples could not be connected until this year, when his profile was added to the DNA database.

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