WhatsApp hit by brief outage, leaving users unable to send or receive messages
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WhatsApp hit by brief outage, leaving users unable to send or receive messages

WhatsApp was briefly down Tuesday, with users unable to send or receive messages on the Facebook-owned end-to-end encrypted messaging app. Affected users may have seen that WhatsApp was “connecting” to the service when trying to send a message. The outage started at about 4 p.m. ET but appeared to be …

Facebook to launch officially licensed music videos in the U.S. next month
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Facebook to launch officially licensed music videos in the U.S. next month

Facebook is preparing to launch officially licensed music videos on its social network in the U.S. next month, in a direct challenge to YouTube. In materials reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook informed Page owners linked to artists they’ll need to toggle on a new setting to add their music videos to …

WhatsApp hit by brief outage, leaving users unable to send or receive messages
Apps

WhatsApp hit by brief outage, leaving users unable to send or receive messages

WhatsApp was briefly down Tuesday, with users unable to send or receive messages on the Facebook-owned end-to-end encrypted messaging app. Affected users may have seen that WhatsApp was “connecting” to the service when trying to send a message. The outage started at about 4 p.m. ET but appeared to be …

Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out
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Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out

It’s not often Silicon Valley gets behind a single cause. Supporting net neutrality was one, reforming government surveillance another. Last week, Big Tech took up its latest: halting any cooperation with Hong Kong police. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and even China-headquartered TikTok said last week they would no longer respond …

Facebook built an acrobatic robot to install fiber-optic cable on power lines
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Facebook built an acrobatic robot to install fiber-optic cable on power lines

Facebook’s experiments in internet connectivity haven’t always gone well. But its latest innovation seems genuinely cool. Facebook Connectivity announced Monday that it has developed a robot that can travel along power lines deploying a thin yet durable fiber-optic cable of Facebook’s own creation.  It claims that this system, which utilizes …

Google, Facebook, other big tech companies back lawsuit against ICE
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Google, Facebook, other big tech companies back lawsuit against ICE

Tech companies including Google, Facebook and others just lent their legal might to a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On July 9, Harvard and M.I.Tfiled a legal complaint against ICE and the Department of Homeland Security challenging the legality of the government’s July 6 policy update that …

Facebook built an acrobatic robot to install fiber-optic cable on power lines
Facebook

Facebook built an acrobatic robot to install fiber-optic cable on power lines

Facebook’s experiments in internet connectivity haven’t always gone well. But its latest innovation seems genuinely cool. Facebook Connectivity announced Monday that it has developed a robot that can travel along power lines deploying a thin yet durable fiber-optic cable of Facebook’s own creation.  It claims that this system, which utilizes …

Google, Facebook, other big tech companies back lawsuit against ICE
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Google, Facebook, other big tech companies back lawsuit against ICE

Tech companies including Google, Facebook and others just lent their legal might to a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On July 9, Harvard and M.I.Tfiled a legal complaint against ICE and the Department of Homeland Security challenging the legality of the government’s July 6 policy update that …

Google, Facebook, other big tech companies back lawsuit against I.C.E.
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Google, Facebook, other big tech companies back lawsuit against I.C.E.

Tech companies including Google, Facebook and others just lent their legal might to a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On July 9, Harvard and M.I.Tfiled a legal complaint against ICE and the Department of Homeland Security challenging the legality of the government’s July 6 policy update that …

Facebook built an acrobatic robot to install fiber-optic cable on power lines
Facebook

Facebook built an acrobatic robot to install fiber-optic cable on power lines

Facebook’s experiments in internet connectivity haven’t always gone well. But its latest innovation seems genuinely cool. Facebook Connectivity announced Monday that it has developed a robot that can travel along power lines deploying a thin yet durable fiber-optic cable of Facebook’s own creation.  It claims that this system, which utilizes …