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Facebook outage hits users worldwide

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Image: AFP/Getty Images Facebook went down for a large number of users Wednesday. Instagram, which is owned and operated by Facebook, was disrupted as well. Many visitors of facebook.com were greeted by error pages: Image: screenshot/mashable Users of the social media platforms began reporting issues around 11:11 a.m. ET, and the outage got worse. The problems affected users on both desktop and mobile. Multiple services, like Down Detector and Outage Report, had high numbers of users reporting the issues.    Facebook API is being reported as experiencing lag. Customers may experience delays or errors publishing to FB. We expect resolution […]

Facebook’s desktop messaging app is finally here

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Image: GIAN EHRENZELLER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Your prayers have been answered.  Facebook has finally released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a desktop messaging service for businesses. The new messaging service is essentially a competitor to Slack and is part of Facebook’s Workplace for Desktop suite. SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election The beta version of the chatting app is currently available for machines running Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.9 and above. It allows users send individual and group messages in a window that won’t get lost among browser tabs.  Image: screenshot/facebook The […]

91-year-old former congressman sets the Twitter bar in the Trump era

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John Dingell has been owning Twitter for years.Image: ambar del moral/mashable 91-year-old former congressman John Dingell has been quick, witty, and on fire with his 140 characters for years. Despite his age, he knows how to use the tweet machine the way it was intended: biting commentary, playful retweets, and insightful and smart reactions. Time and again he’s shown he’s mastered Twitter. After tweeter-in-chief Donald Trump was elected, Dingell’s Twitter game has become even more relevant and fiery. SEE ALSO: Artist paints offensive tweets he received outside Twitter’s HQ to highlight how Twitter handles abuse After the violence in Charlottesville […]

Oh no, Ted Cruz just liked a very NSFW tweet and it’s all over followers’ timelines

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Oh no, Ted whyImage: CQ-Roll Call, Inc. You know some intern’s going to cop the blame for this. A very NSFW video is going viral on Twitter, (no) thanks to Ted Cruz’s official Twitter account. The Texas senator and former U.S. presidential hopeful liked a pretty graphic two-minute long video from @SexuallPosts. SEE ALSO: Seth Rogen expertly trolls fervent Trump supporter on Twitter With over 3 million followers, the like from Cruz’s verified account would have pushed the video to the news feeds of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of his followers’ timelines. Image: twitter/mashable screenshot As Tuesday morning, […]

AIM will officially sign-off forever in December

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Image: Liz Pierson / mashable composite AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), the beloved messaging service that was the first online experience for an entire generation, will finally reach the end of its life later this year.  SEE ALSO: How dancing emoji hijacked your job — and why there’s no going back The remnants of the once popular chat service will be taken off life support (i.e. AOL parent company Oath will discontinue support) on Dec. 15. So if you’re still using AIM to chat with your friends and make plans to meet up at the local mall, you’d better start looking […]

Microsoft and Facebook’s big undersea cable is now complete

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Marea cable headed towards the oceanImage: microsoft More than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, there now lies the “most technologically advanced subsea cable,” providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google’s alternative, now poorly named, “Faster.” The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius.  Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won’t be operational until early 2018.  SEE ALSO: Why Consumer Reports is wrong about Microsoft’s Surface products Facebook, […]

Facebook’s original video is something publishers are actually excited for

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Virtually Dating" is a five-episode series produced by Cond Nast Entertainment.Image: conde nast entertainment For all of Facebook’s big talk about video, it was still just part of the almighty News Feed. Publishers hoping to capture a moment of a user’s attention looked for thumb-stopping moments, which gave rise to a new and not-terribly compelling format of video that remains endemic to Facebook. Watch is something different. Facebook’s new original video program features TV-like shows made by media companies. Perhaps most importantly, the shows are showcased in a brand new section of the social network. That’s enough to convince publishers, […]

For $400, you can be an Instagram influencer

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Image: Getty Images/Cultura RF If you’re on social media, you’ve most likely heard of the side-hustle. Work your 9 to 5, sure, but you also should be making yourself known in the world. Definitely don’t just sit down and watch “fucking House of Cards,” as entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk tweeted. Well, here’s one side-hustle you can probably manage while binging all of Netflix’s originals: Be an Instagram influencer. Don’t have a foodie lifestyle or a cute dog? Don’t worry. Just fake it, and you could be taking in hundreds of dollars per week via brand deals. SEE ALSO: We’re more addicted […]

You can get emotional about ‘Game of Thrones.’ Just know HBO is listening.

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Image: hbo People went “crazy” over the season seven premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Or so they say. “Crazy” accounted for 8.9 percent of all emotional reactions (ERs) during the first episode, and “crazy” ERs spiked during singer Ed Sheeran’s cameo, driving 4.8 percent of all ERs. SEE ALSO: This GIF is every ‘Game of Thrones’ fan right now What are ERs, and why does any of this matter? Well, if you were the producer of Game of Thrones, you looked at this data to evaluate how the show resonated and determined what to promote across social media over […]

Snapchat is staffing up in cybersecurity as it damn well should

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Image: mashable Snapchat cares about securitywhether it’s keeping CEO Evan Spiegel’s yacht adventures private or its software free from vulnerabilities. They, of course, would also not like to see any of their code ripped off by competitors such as Facebook. Bloomberg connected some dots in a story Friday, highlighting moves that Snap Inc. has made in taking cybersecurity more seriously. SEE ALSO: A flood of (bad) advertising is coming for your Snapchatand that might be ok Notably, Snap Inc. snatched up Strong.Codes, a Swiss startup that specializes in protecting software code from being reverse engineered, a.k.a. copied. The acquisition, according […]