Facebook experienced an almost day-long outage on Wednesday. Facebook's outage affected a near 2 billion people, with their problems starting around 9 a.m. PT Wednesday morning. The outage affected users mainly in the US and Europe, but also affected users in South America, Australia and Asia. The outage was also felt in apps and companies owned by Facebook, most notably Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook's virtual reality company Oculus, was also affected. On Thursday Facebook announced the problem was due to a server configuration change and apologized for what eventually became the longest and largest outage in its history. While many abstain from social media, there's no denying its presence in today's world. Many people were frustrated not being able to load their social feeds. Many businesses who use Facebook or Instagram for ad placements were undoubtedly upset as well. Did this outage affect you at all? Did you even notice it? While Facebook and Instagram are the … [Read more...] about CNET Asks: Did you notice the Facebook outage?
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Did you have trouble accessing your Facebook feed? If so, you aren't alone.Facebook was down this morning in the US, as well as other parts of the world. The outage, caused by a test the social network was conducting, lasted about 40 minutes."Earlier today, a routine test caused users to have trouble accessing or posting to all Facebook services including WhatsApp and Instagram," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "We quickly investigated and restored access for everyone. We're sorry for the inconvenience." Facebook declined to elaborate on what the company was testing on Monday or whether an outage was expected.Users ran into various error messages when trying to access the Facebook app, website and Facebook Messenger. Several people at CNET also experienced problems.Affected areas include the east coast of the US, Mexico, Brazil and Peru, according to Down Detector.People on Twitter also reported issues.Update, 10:50 a.m. PT: Facebook is working again for people … [Read more...] about Facebook explains why the social network was down
Editor's note: Below this introduction is an unedited excerpt from "The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality," a book by Blake J. Harris released Tuesday from Dey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. At first glance, the story behind Oculus VR, a company co-founded by teenage wunderkind Palmer Luckey, reads like a Silicon Valley fairy tale. Luckey began building virtual reality headsets nearly a decade ago, a time when few were even trying. He eventually drew the attention of Mark Zuckerberg and sold his fledgling company to Facebook for nearly $3 billion. And he inspired a renaissance in VR tech that prompted multi-billion dollar efforts by some of tech's biggest players and new VR projects at Samsung, HTC, Microsoft and Apple that continue to this day.But not all fairy tales have happy endings. Author Blake J. Harris chronicles Luckey's unlikely rise and his eventual ouster from Facebook, following exposure of his … [Read more...] about Some Oculus employees weren’t sure if Facebook was creepy or evil
You heard about this bitcoin thing?We're guessing: yes, you have. The first and most famous digital cryptocurrency has been racking up headlines due to a breathtaking rise in value -- cracking the $1,000 threshold for the first time on Jan. 1, 2017, topping $19,000 in December of that year and then shedding about 50 percent of its value during the first part of 2018. But the Bitcoin story has so much more to it than just headline-grabbing pricing swings. It incorporates technology, currency, math, economics and social dynamics. It's multifaceted, highly technical and still very much evolving. This explainer is meant to clarify some of the fundamental concepts and provide answers to some basic bitcoin questions.But first: A quick backstoryBitcoin was invented in 2009 by a person (or group) who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto. His stated goal was to create "a new electronic cash system" that was "completely decentralized with no server or central … [Read more...] about What is bitcoin? Here’s everything you need to know
It's been a year since the Federal Communications Commission voted to kill net neutrality. But even in death, the FCC's net neutrality rules continue to make news. The Obama-era rules, which lasted from 2015 to 2018, banned broadband providers from slowing or blocking access to the internet or charging companies higher fees for faster access. The battle to reinstate open internet protections, however, continues in the courts. Supporters are challenging the FCC's repeal of the rules, and the FCC is challenging states that pass their own net neutrality regulations.Behind the clash: The former, Democrat-led FCC reclassified broadband networks to make them subject to the same strict regulations that govern telephone networks. Supporters claim the reclassification was needed to give the rules an underlying legal basis. The stricter definition provoked a backlash from Republicans, who said the move was clumsy and blunt. Though the vote to repeal the regulations happened … [Read more...] about Here’s everything you need to know about net neutrality on the anniversary of its repeal