Apparently, it’s the next big thing. What is the metaverse?

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Instead of being on a computer, in the metaverse you might use a headset to enter a virtual world connecting all sorts of digital environments.

Unlike current VR, which is mostly used for gaming, this virtual world could be used for practically anything – work, play, concerts, cinema trips – or just hanging out.

Most people envision that you would have a 3D avatar – a representation of yourself – as you use it.

But because it’s still just an idea, there’s no single agreed definition of the metaverse.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-58749529

U.S. pursues a unique solution to fight hackers. It revolves around esports.

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Asked about the possibility of teaching skills to people who could use it for ill, he compared himself to a chemistry teacher. “I teach them how to put elements together. That knowledge could be misused, but we assess character,” O’Connor said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2021/10/15/cybersecurity-hacks-esports/

Snapchat is back up, after users couldn’t post or send messages for hours

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For a couple of hours on Wednesday morning, Snap Streaks were at risk as many users reported they couldn’t successfully post story updates or send messages on the service. In a tweet, the Snapchat Support Twitter account confirmed the issues, telling people to “hang tight, we’re looking into it!”

https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/13/22724142/snapchat-down-outage-error-down-story-messages

Google says it’s dropping Material Design components on iOS in favor of Apple’s UIKit

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The change was announced on Twitter by Jeff Verkoeyen, engineer lead for Google Design on Apple’s platforms. I recommend reading the full thread if you’re interested, but Verkoeyen says his team “shifted the open source Material components libraries for iOS into maintenance mode” earlier this year. Material Design is Google’s in-house set of design conventions, which it introduced in 2014 in order to unify the look and feel of its apps and services across mobile devices, Chrome OS, and the web.

https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/12/22722130/google-ios-app-material-design-components-uikitxx

Twitch source code and business data leaked on 4chan

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An unknown individual has leaked the source code and business data of video streaming platform Twitch via a torrent file posted on the 4chan discussion board earlier today.

The leaker said they shared the data as a response to the recent “hate raids” —coordinated bot attacks posting hateful and abusive content in Twitch chats— that have plagued the platform’s top streamers over the summer.

Catalin Cimpanu @campuscodi

https://therecord.media/twitch-source-code-and-business-data-leaked-on-4chan/

Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down

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Global users are experiencing outages on Facebook, including all social networks the company owns, which include Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. When navigating to these websites, a server error will appear — Instagram shows a “5xx server error,” which indicates that this is an issue with Facebook’s servers. Users are also unable to send messages or load new content on the mobile apps for these platforms. Even Oculus, Facebook’s virtual reality platform, and Workplace, its business communication tool, are down.

Amanda Silberling @asilbwrites

https://techcrunch.com/2021/10/04/facebook-messenger-instagram-whatsapp-are-all-down/