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Facebook stumbles for second time in a week

Posted by pakin On September - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook on Monday stumbled for the second time in a week, going out of service for slightly less than an hour.

The leading social network was down for 42 minutes about mid-day in California, after being out of service for 12 minutes four days earlier, according to website performance tracker

“We’re currently restoring Facebook services that people had trouble accessing earlier today due to a configuration issue,” Facebook said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

“We’re working to bring things back to normal for everyone. We apologize to those who have been inconvenienced.”

Facebook did not disclose how many of the social network’s more than one billion users were effected by the outage.

People took to Twitter during the outage, with #facebookdown jumping into a spot among the top trending hashtags at the one-to-many messaging service.

“People will have to ring their friends from restaurants to describe their starter; it’s inhuman,” said a quip from Twitter account @WillLeahy.

Another joking tweet predicted a baby boom, since spouses would have to resort to speaking to one another.

Facebook, DTAC join on rural mobiles

Posted by pakin On October - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Partnership aims to drive digital economy

Facebook is partnering with Thailand’s No.2 mobile operator Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC) to bring affordable mobile internet to the country, particularly rural areas.

The move is part of its global plan to lure 4 billion unconnected people to connect via Facebook.

The partnership will also help DTAC generate more mobile data revenue from lower-income consumers as middle- and high-income groups already use mobile internet and frequently connect via Facebook.

Facebook expects 85-90% of the world’s population to access mobile networks in the next two years, said Markku Makelainen, director for global operator partnerships.

Globally, Facebook has 1.3 billion active users a month, of which 1 billion access the social media site via mobile devices.

Thailand has 26 million active Facebook users a month. Some 16 million Facebook users in Thailand access the network through mobile devices, 8 million of them using the DTAC network.

More than 90% of Thai internet users connect to Facebook. Thais spend an average 2.5 hours per day on Facebook, longer than the amount of time they spend watching TV.

The International Telecommunication Union forecasts 3 billion people will be online by year-end. However, 4 billion are still offline. Facebook will spend billions of dollars to bring affordable internet to rural areas in order to build universal access to the internet.

According to a study by global consulting firm Deloitte, providing online access to people in developing countries will create 140 million jobs and this will eventually help 160 million people stay out of poverty.

Facebook is one of the co-founders of, an initiative to make the web more affordable and accessible for people in developing nations. It is also working with many mobile and IT operators to give people the technologies and tools they need to share and connect.

“DTAC is the sixth mobile operator in the world to bring more affordable internet to users,” said Sigvart Voss Eriksen, chief marketing executive of DTAC.

Mr Eriksen said under the collaboration with Facebook, every new prepaid customer using its Happy brand can access Facebook for free for three months and users who top up 60 baht or add on the package will get free Facebook access for three months.

An internal survey by DTAC found 60% of Thais are still not online. The majority (53%) said they were unconnected because content did not seem relevant, 20% cited expensive devices and 10% said mobile data tariffs remained too expensive.

“Bringing attractive content and more affordable internet access to people will help Thailand move toward a digital economy,” said Mr Eriksen.

By next month, DTAC expects to have the ability to offer mobile data packages that will suit new customer behaviour by using analyses from Facebook.

Senior vice-president Pakorn Pannachet said DTAC will spend 100 million baht on the joint Happy Connections marketing campaign with Facebook over the next six months.

DTAC shares closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 101 baht, down 50 satang, in trade worth 67.3 million baht.

An internet scam saying pop star Miley Cyrus is dead went viral on social media, leaving fans in shock.

The fake report says the songstress died due to drug overdose.

The Facebook post via The Epoch Times reads : “{SHOCKING) Miley Cyrus Found Dead in Her Los Angeles Home! Country singer Miley Cyrus found overdosed this afternoon in her Los Angeles home.”

According to the website, the link claiming that the Wrecking Ball singer is dead is actually a bogus site, which redirected the users to another Facebook look alike website.

The news got more base as the Adore singer hasn’t posted anything on her Instagram account since 18 July, Hollywood Life reported.

Reportedly, the website also contacted Cyrus’ representative to know the 23-year-old songstress’s whereabouts.

“She is aware of the death hoax and thought it was actually pretty funny. By not responding, she thinks it is that much more of a joke because people are continuing to believe it,” a source close to the star told Hollywood Life.

Below are some fan reactions after the Miley Cyrus death hoax.

Images of Britain’s breakfasts failed to make their way onto the internet this morning after Facebook collapsed, sending the interwebs into social media withdrawal.

Anyone visiting Zuck’s site was shown the following message:

Distraught Facebookers resorted to social media methadone – or Twitter, as it’s otherwise known – to make sure the world knew about their anger.

Some twits suggested the problem was due to an Anonymous DDoS attack, although this cannot be confirmed.