Day: October 4, 2021

  • Facebook has finally given a reason for the six-hour outage Monday

    Facebook has finally given a reason for the six-hour outage Monday

    Facebook was down for six hours on Monday | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook said in a blog post Monday night that the six-hour outage that took it offline along with Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp, and OculusVR was the result of a configuration change to its routers — not of a hack or […]

  • Mark Zuckerberg loses $6 billion due to major Facebook outage

    Mark Zuckerberg loses $6 billion due to major Facebook outage

    Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp faced a massive outage earlier today that took down all services offered by the company for over 6 hours. Although all of the company’s social networks are back online, that didn’t stop Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from losing more than $6 billion in a matter of hours due to today’s outage. […]

  • Losing Facebook is bad, but losing WhatsApp is worse

    Losing Facebook is bad, but losing WhatsApp is worse

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In the chaos of Monday’s Facebook outage, it’s easy to lose sight of the company’s reach. Not being able to post a new photo to Instagram is an annoyance, but it’s not necessarily catastrophic. Yet for WhatsApp users, especially outside of the US, losing Facebook’s encrypted messaging service […]

  • Apple TV+ to debut original Peanuts holiday special for New Years

    Apple TV+ to debut original Peanuts holiday special for New Years

    Apple TV+ will premiere a brand new Peanuts holiday special this year, entitled ‘For Auld Lang Syne’, in which the Peanuts gang will try and throw the best New Years party ever. Thanks to Apple’s exclusive deal with WildBrain, the classic holiday Peanuts specials for Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving are available to stream on the […]

  • Ex-Sony exec opens up about efforts to bring PlayStation hits to PC

    Ex-Sony exec opens up about efforts to bring PlayStation hits to PC

    Enlarge (credit: Collage by Aurich Lawson) Sony has a long history of keeping its first-party games behind the walled garden of console exclusivity. So the company’s choice to bring its PS4 hit Horizon Zero Dawn to PC in August 2020 felt like a precedent-changing move away from that barrier to entry. It represented a seismic […]

  • Biden administration expects J&J boosters in the next few weeks

    Biden administration expects J&J boosters in the next few weeks

    Enlarge / Boxes of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Florida. (credit: Getty | Paul Hennessy) Johnson & Johnson plans to seek authorization for a booster dose for its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine early this week, according to a report by The New York Times. J&J is the last to apply […]

  • Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin has a new demo, and it’s awesome

    Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin has a new demo, and it’s awesome

    Square Enix Square Enix released Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin’s second demo, showing off a little bit more of what we can expect from the action-oriented Final Fantasy spinoff. The demo gets… interesting. In one cutscene, Jack, the main character, peaced out after a boss fight in hilarious fashion. Players shared the cutscene all […]

  • What is BGP, and how might it have helped kick Facebook off the internet?

    What is BGP, and how might it have helped kick Facebook off the internet?

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Monday, Facebook was completely knocked offline, taking Instagram and WhatsApp (not to mention a few other websites) down with it. Many have been quick to say that the incident had to do with BGP, or Border Gateway Protocol, citing sources from inside Facebook, traffic analysis, and the […]

  • Gloomhaven and other popular tabletop games are on Amazon’s Deal of the Day

    Gloomhaven and other popular tabletop games are on Amazon’s Deal of the Day

    Gloomhaven is like a ready-to-play Dungeons & Dragons campaign in a box. | Image: Cephalofair Games Amazon has billed today’s Deal of the Day as its “Epic Daily Deal,” and the shoe certainly fits when it includes one of the most epic RPG-in-a-box titles of all time. Gloomhaven is currently on sale, tying its all-time […]

  • Locked out and totally down: Facebook is scrambling to fix massive outage

    Locked out and totally down: Facebook is scrambling to fix massive outage

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A prolonged, global outage of Facebook’s apps has the company’s engineers scrambling to fix the issue at one of its data centers in California, according to two people familiar with the situation. The outage, which began around 11:40AM ET on Monday, has brought down all of Facebook’s apps […]

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