February 3, 2023

Tech News

Google, Spotify, Snapchat, Discord, other platforms suffer outage – Downdetector

Hundreds of major websites returned ‘404: not found’ errors after an apparent problem with Google Cloud. Alphabet said the problem was “partially resolved” after about ten minutes, but it will take time for everything to update.

The site Downdetector began showing a spike in reports of outages starting at 12:40pm Eastern time on Tuesday, affecting Google, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Discord, Spotify, and TikTok, as well as e-commerce sites Target, Etsy, Shopify, and Home Depot, among others.

Amazon, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Cloudflare were also affected. Read More

Facebook changes its name to ‘Meta’

Facebook has announced that it has changed its name to Meta, a move that is part of a major overhaul of the company.

There will also be Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp services but the big company under them which was previously even on top of Facebook has been given a new name.

The management of the company said that they are “increasing” their name in terms of the services they provide, which have spread through social media and have now reached other areas such as video conferencing. Read More

Websites around the world hit by global outage

Twitter amplifies tweets from right-leaning political parties and news outlets more than from the left, its own research suggests.

The social-media giant said it made the discovery while exploring how its algorithm recommends political content to users.

But it admitted it did not know why, saying that was a “more difficult question to answer”.

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Facebook apology as AI labels black men ‘primates’

Facebook users who watched a newspaper video featuring black men were asked if they wanted to “keep seeing videos about primates” by an artificial-intelligence recommendation system.

Facebook told BBC News it “was clearly an unacceptable error”, disabled the system and launched an investigation.

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Somalia sets deadline for license applications

Somalia’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has set a deadline of 31st August for all unlicensed service providers nationwide to apply for an operating permit.

TeleGeography reports that the NCA made the request by issuing a public notice, with all operators and providers of telecoms infrastructure, services and applications obliged to apply. Internet, VSAT and domain services all fall under this umbrella.

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Websites around the world hit by global outage

Many popular websites fell offline on Thursday in a widespread global outage of service.

Visitors attempting to reach some sites received DNS errors, meaning their requests could not reach the websites.

Affected services included HSBC bank, British Airways and the PlayStation network used for online games.

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Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon boss

In 2004, Jeff Bezos and his technical adviser Colin Bryar drove together to the city of Tacoma, an hour south of Seattle in Washington State.

At that time Amazon was a multi-billion dollar company. However they were headed to Amazon’s customer services centre – where they were to spend two days as customer service agents.

“Jeff was actually taking the calls himself”, Bryar says. He recalls that a complaint on one product in particular kept coming in. “Jeff’s eyes went wide,” he says.

Russian who became millionaire due to banking error sentenced to six years behind bars

A Russian man who received 95.2 million rubles ($1.3 million) in one night after a digital banking error has been sent to prison for six years after a court found him guilty of taking advantage of a software issue to commit theft.

According to the prosecutors, Roman Yurkov made 220 different transactions on the night of June 1, 2020, after discovering a technical error while taking money out of his bank account at a bookmaker. He later went on to buy four apartments, a new iPhone, a BMW, and a Mercedes, before being arrested in December. His account, which had 39 million rubles ($540,000) left, was seized.

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Tech’s war for your wrist

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech’s biggest companies are ramping up competition for the real estate between your hand and your elbow.

The big picture: The next big hardware platform after the smartphone will likely involve devices for your eyes, your ears and your wrists.

One big challenge for designers of this wearable computer of the future is where to put the central processor and the battery needed to power it.

Your forearm looks like the best candidate, right now.

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Inside the elite UK tech event attended by the rich and famous

LONDON — Hundreds of the biggest names in European tech rubbed shoulders with politicians and wealthy investors on the lawns of the Soho Farmhouse private members club in rural England at what was one of the first major tech events to happen in over a year.

Attendees of the annual Founders Forum event on Thursday included the former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron (who lives just up the road), ex-Finance Minister George Osborne, and the past and present U.K. tech ministers: Ed Vaizey and Oliver Dowden, respectively.

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Chinese smartphone brands top Africa’s market

Transsion Holdings, a China-based smartphone manufacturer, has outpaced Samsung in the African market as it leads with a combined unit share of 44.3 percent, according to the latest study by a global research firm released in Nairobi Tuesday.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) said Transsion, which manufactures Tecno, Infinix, and Itel brands, was followed by Samsung and Oppo with respective shares of 22.9 percent and 8.3 percent. Transsion brands also dominated the feature phone market, with a combined unit share of 78.7 percent.

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Nigeria’s Twitter ban: Donald Trump hails Buhari

Former US president Donald Trump has praised Nigeria’s government for banning Twitter after it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s post for breaching its rules.

“Who are they to dictate good and evil, if they themselves are evil?” Mr Trump said in a statement. He urged other countries to ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing “free and open speech”. Mr Trump was banned from both platforms after the US Capitol riot in January.

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Apple pays millions in iPhone-repair explicit photo case

Apple has paid a multi-million dollar settlement to a woman whose photos and videos were shared online by technicians repairing her iPhone.

Explicit images and videos were uploaded to Facebook and other places, and made to look as if they had been posted by her. Apple was not named in the lawsuit but its involvement came to light in an unrelated case.

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