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Outage Hits Google Talk, Hangouts (CNET)
Google’s chat services experienced some hiccups early Monday. Google Talk and Google+ Hangouts were down for some users for roughly three hours, according to the company’s app status dashboard. TechCrunch Messages in Gmail’s chat integration were receiving system messages saying “[User] did not receive your chat” or simply not showing up, while in Google+ a loading animation with “Things are taking longer than expected” was showing in the Hangouts chat tab. On mobile, there were authentication errors signing into the service. Los Angeles Times In the meantime, users took to Twitter to voice their displeasure as well as their jokes. The Wall Street Journal/Digits The Hangouts outage may have the widest impact, since the app now powers text messaging on many of the latest Android devices. People who use the Google Nexus 5, for example, have been struggling to send texts since the first outages were reported around 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Mashable The last major disruption of Gmail occurred in January, when the service suffered two major outages over the course of two weeks. The free email service had roughly 425 million monthly active users as of 2012, making it one of the leading webmail services in the United States, along with Yahoo and Microsoft’s Outlook (which was merged with Hotmail in 2013).
WhatsApp Reiterates Facebook Purchase Will Not Affect User Privacy; Company ‘Values and Beliefs Will Not Change’ (The Next Web)
Almost a month after announcing Facebook’s plan to acquire it, WhatsApp Monday published a blog post titled “Setting the record straight” in which co-founder and CEO Jan Koum attempts to address concerns about how the transaction will impact the popular messaging app. Koum starts off by thanking everyone who covered the news, but quickly moves to discuss the “inaccurate and careless information circulating about what our future partnership would mean for WhatsApp users’ data and privacy.”
Media-Savvy Turkish Protesters Take Out Full-Page Ad in NYT, Recreate ‘Ellen Selfie’ After Arrest (SocialTimes)
An organization of Turkish protesters called Occupy Gezi recently placed this full-page ad in The New York Times to commemorate the death of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died after a blow to the head from a teargas canister set off by Turkish police. The Indiegogo campaign has already raised money beyond the cost of the ad, which reads: “Those responsible do not have a conscience. Use yours.”
TED Takes Over Facebook Paper’s ‘Ideas’ Section with Exclusive Content (VentureBeat)
Facebook’s standalone news feed app Facebook Paper devoted an entire category of content to the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver starting Monday. The move is interesting because it marks the first time Facebook has worked with an outside content partner on the relatively new Facebook Paper platform.
Social Media Explained with Beer [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
You know how beer works, right? Good news! Folks have been using other things to explain social media since the dawn on time and this visual from Jbertho.com proposes a tongue-in-cheek (or perhaps that should be hops-on-tongue) explanation of social media, courtesy of beer.
Twitter’s Mr. Costolo Goes to China (re/code)
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is currently visiting China in an attempt to learn more about the country’s tech and culture trends, according to the company. Twitter insists that this trip isn’t to gain a foothold in the lucrative market, where Twitter has been blocked to users for six years by mandate of the Chinese government.
Reddit Bots – Better and Better at Not Saying Much (BetaBeat)
Last week, a normal ol’ Reddit thread was hijacked by bots. While it’s not uncommon to hear two bots eerily have a conversation, it’s odd to see them compete for approval and supremacy.
A Legen – Eight for it – Dary Twitter Contest Courtesy of Neil Patrick Harris (LostRemote)
On March 2 at 7:25 EST, Neil Patrick Harris tweeted to his 8 million Twitter followers: “Puzzle time: solve my next tweet before anyone else and win something awesome from me.” The next tweet: “Mpyza wlyzvu av adlla ihjr ‘Slnlu – lpnoa mvy pa – khyf’ dpuz!”
Cloak is the Latest ‘Antisocial’ Networking App That Helps You Avoid People (The Daily Dot)
Do you suffer from an extreme form of generalized anxiety disorder, or are you just an alum of the Larry David School of Avoiding the Stop-And-Chat? If either of these things are true, you’ll really dig Cloak, an app that uses your social media data to determine where your friends are — specifically so you can avoid them.