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Signal appears to be down for some users after the messaging app saw a record spike in downloads

Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images The secure messaging app Signal was experiencing issues Friday, some users reported online.  Down Detector showed over 2,000 reports from users experiencing issues around 11:40 a.m. ET. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Signal appears to be down for some users on Friday morning.Down Detector showed over 2,000 reports from users who are experiencing issues on the encrypted messaging platform around 11:40 a.m. ET. Several Insider staff members...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Apps, News, Trends, Whatsapp, Signal, Outage, Acton, Tech Insider, Brian Acton, Thomas Trutschel Getty, Signal Foundation, Katie Canales, Signal and Telegram Tesla CEO Elon Musk


Signal's Brian Acton Talks About Exploding Growth, Monetization and WhatsApp Data-Sharing Outrage

Brian Acton is crossing paths again with Facebook. From a report: Over more than a decade of building and operating WhatsApp, the company's co-founder first competed against and then sold his instant messaging app to the social juggernaut. Only a few years ago he parted ways with the company that made him a billionaire in a bitter split over messaging and privacy. Now Acton says the ongoing outrage over what Facebook has done to the messaging service he helped build is driving people to his late...
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Signal is now top of both Google and Apple's app stores. Downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WhatsApp informed users Wednesday that they would have to start sharing some personal data with its parent company, Facebook, starting February 8. Data indicates this helped drive a huge spike in downloads on the rival encrypted messaging app Signal, which on Wednesday topped Google and Apple's app stores. Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week, a 4,200% increase on the previous week. Telegram, a similar app, sa...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, UK, Privacy, India, US, Trends, European Union, Whatsapp, Edward Snowden, Fox News, Biden, Telegram


Signal downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook. It's top of both Google and Apple's app stores.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WhatsApp informed users Wednesday that they would have to start sharing some personal data with its parent company, Facebook, starting February 8. Data indicates this helped drive a huge spike in downloads on the rival encrypted messaging app Signal, which on Wednesday topped Google and Apple's app stores. Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week, a 4,200% increase on the previous week. Telegram, a similar app, sa...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, UK, Privacy, India, US, Trends, European Union, Whatsapp, Edward Snowden, Fox News, Biden


Signal won't replace WhatsApp, the cofounder of both encrypted messaging apps says. Instead, people will use the 2 services for different conversations.

Signal founder Brian Acton (left) and Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook owns WhatsApp. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED, Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Encrypting messaging service Signal will not replace WhatsApp, the co-founder of both apps has predicted. Downloads of Signal have skyrocketed since rival WhatsApp announced it would make users share some personal data with parent company Facebook. Brian Acton, executive chairman of the Signal Foundation,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Privacy, Trends, European Union, Whatsapp, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, Encrypted Messaging, Acton, Sensor Tower, Tech Insider, Facebook Users, Brian Acton


Signal’s Brian Acton talks about exploding growth, monetization and WhatsApp data-sharing outrage

Brian Acton is crossing paths again with Facebook. Over more than a decade of building and operating WhatsApp, the company’s co-founder first competed against and then sold his instant messaging app to the social juggernaut. Only a few years ago he parted ways with the company that made him a billionaire in a bitter split over messaging and privacy. Now Acton says the ongoing outrage over what Facebook has done to the messaging service he helped build is driving people to his latest project — Si...
Tags: Google Play Store, Social, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Whatsapp, Mozilla, App Store, Telegram, Signal, App Annie, Don, Acton, Wikimedia Foundation, US Capitol, Facebook Users


Signal or WhatsApp? Here's how the messaging apps differ and how to decide which one to use.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton helped start the Signal Foundation. REUTERS/Mike Blake Signal saw a 4200% increase in user downloads this week as WhatsApp users considered leaving the platform. Both Signal and WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms that allow users to communicate over Wi-Fi or cell data.  But the two apps vary in the amount of user data they collect, ownership, and ease of use.  While Signal offers users more privacy, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has customizable...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, News, Privacy, Congress, Trends, Intel, Whatsapp, Larry Ellison, Edward Snowden, Telegraph, Johns Hopkins, Signal, Jan Koum


Encrypted Messaging App Signal Sees Surge in Popularity Following WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update

Encrypted messaging app Signal faced big delays in verifying the phone numbers of new accounts on Thursday because of a sudden surge in people trying to join the platform. In messages posted from its official Twitter account, the non-profit Signal Foundation said verification codes were delayed across several cellular networks, and that it was working through the backlog as quickly as it could. Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are tr...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, Tesla, Edward Snowden, App Store, Signal, Musk, Elon, Acton, Facebook Facebook, U S Capitol, Brian Acton, Signal Foundation, Verge Musk, Use Signal Elon Musk


WhatsApp is forcing users to share personal data with Facebook, and Elon Musk is urging people to switch to Signal, a smaller encrypted messaging app

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk. Joe Skipper/Reuters WhatsApp is changing its terms of service to force users to share personal data, including phone numbers and location, with its parent company Facebook. Some critics — including Tesla CEO Elon Musk — have suggested users move to encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram. A WhatsApp spokesperson told Ars Technica the change was to allow businesses to store WhatsApp chats using Facebook infrastructure. The messaging app sells itself as a priv...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Ars Technica, Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal, Musk, Jan Koum, Acton, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Facebook Some, Mike Butcher, US Capitol, Tech Insider


An Ohio family court judge banned the kids of parents in a custody battle from getting COVID-19 tests unless he approved it

Protesters are seen holding signs at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, United States on April 20, 2020. As part of nation wide protests in the United States, hundreds gathered at the Ohio State House demanding that Gov. DeWine ends the stay home order. Brad Lee/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Timothy Grendell, a family court judge in Ohio, in October banned two parents from having their "children undergo COVID-19 testing" unless they were approved by him, court records obtained by ProPublica show...
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New to Stream: Acorn TV’s December 2020 Lineup!

New to Stream: Acorn TV’s December 2020 lineup! Acorn TV has announced its upcoming lineup for the month of December, including the premieres of the British period drama A Suitable Boy from Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and a virtual reunion of the cast of cult classic Canadian comedy series Slings & Arrows, which featured Rachel McAdams (Game Night). You can check out the full lineup below! RELATED: Mandatory Streamers: Change Will Challenge Tradition in The Crown ...
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5 Questions with Will Harrison, Head of Brand Marketing at The AA

The AA – originally the Automobile Association – was formed in Britain in 1905 as a motorists’ mutual aid organisation. While its core functions today remain rooted in those motoring-related beginnings – roadside assistance and breakdown cover, reviews of hotels, pubs and restaurants, route planners and driving lessons – it has expanded into many other areas such as financial services and non-motoring insurance. The AA has just released one of the more striking advertising campaigns of the COVID...
Tags: UK, Advertising, Britain, NHS, The Aa, Soho, Acton, Automobile Association, Sophie Tucker, Susan Fiske, 5 Questions, Chris Malone, Will Harrison, Will Harrison Head of Brand Marketing


5 Questions with Will Harrison, Head of Brand Marketing at The AA

The AA – originally the Automobile Association – was formed in Britain in 1905 as a motorists’ mutual aid organisation. While its core functions today remain rooted in those motoring-related beginnings – roadside assistance and breakdown cover, reviews of hotels, pubs and restaurants, route planners and driving lessons – it has expanded into many other areas such as financial services and non-motoring insurance. The AA has just released one of the more striking advertising campaigns of the COVID...
Tags: UK, Advertising, Britain, NHS, The Aa, Soho, Acton, Automobile Association, Sophie Tucker, Susan Fiske, 5 Questions, Chris Malone, Will Harrison, Will Harrison Head of Brand Marketing


Acton brush fire held at 10 acres

ACTON — A fire scorched about 10 acres of brush near Acton Monday, but firefighters stopped its forward progress within about an hour and no structures were damaged. Firefighters were sent to the 33000 block of Merritt Road about noon and battled the flames from the ground and from aircraft. At least one structure was reportedly threatened. About 1 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported that the fire’s forward progress had been stopped. A large C-130 air tanker makes a drop on...
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Biden would push for less US reliance on nukes for defense

By ROBERT BURNS | AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden leaves little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump’s buildup in nuclear weapons spending. And although the former vice president has not fully detailed his nuclear priorities, he says he would make the U.S. less reliant on the world’s deadliest weapons. The two candidates’ views on nuclear weapons policy and strategy carry unusual significance in this election because the United State...
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Trump touts secret new weapon: ‘What we have is incredible’

By ROBERT BURNS | AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expanding his arsenal of spectacular, but hard to explain, claims about U.S. military might. First, there were invisible airplanes. Then, a “super duper” missile. And now, a secret nuclear weapon. “I have built a nuclear, a weapon, I have built a weapon system that nobody’s ever had in this country before,” Trump said in an interview with journalist Bob Woodward for his book published this week. “We have stuff t...
Tags: Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Navy, Washington, White House, China, Russia, US, Sport, Soccer, Xi Jinping, Biden, Donald Trump


Alumni Relations Manager

Alumni Relations Manager Grand Rapids, MI actonadmin September 10, 2020 - 10:11am We are currently seeking an Alumni Relations Manager to join our talented Program Outreach team in an exciting and new capacity! The Alumni Relations Manager will maintain close contact with our alumni and influential leaders to further transmit Acton’s mission and resources. Roles & Responsibilities As our Alumni Relations Manager you will:...
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Social Media Manager

Social Media Manager Grand Rapids, MI actonadmin September 2, 2020 - 3:51pm We are seeking a social-savvy content and community manager to join our team as Social Media Manager to develop and execute strategies that will advance the Acton Institute’s vision to a global audience, toward a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles. Roles & Responsibilities As Social ...
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Dylan Freeman: boy allegedly killed by mother died of suffocation, court hears

Mother of 10-year-old from Acton, west London, was remanded in custody at Old Bailing hearingA 10-year-old boy allegedly killed by his mother died as a result of suffocation, a court has been told.The hearing at the Old Bailey was told that Olga Freeman’s son, Dylan, had died at his home in west London on 16 August. Joel Smith, prosecuting, said that the cause of death was found to be restriction of the airways. Continue reading...
Tags: London, UK News, Acton, Dylan, Bailey, Joel Smith, Dylan Freeman, Olga Freeman


West London boy allegedly killed by mother died as result of suffocation, court hears

Mother of Dylan Freeman, from Acton, west London, was remanded in custody at Old Bailing hearingA 10-year-old boy allegedly killed by his mother died as a result of suffocation, a court has been told.The hearing at the Old Bailey was told that Olga Freeman’s son, Dylan, had died at his home in west London on 16 August. Joel Smith, prosecuting, said that the cause of death was found to be restriction of the airways. Continue reading...
Tags: London, UK News, Acton, Dylan, Bailey, West London, Joel Smith, Dylan Freeman, Olga Freeman


Mother in court charged with murdering boy, 10, in Acton

Dylan Freeman's father, photographer Dean Freeman, says his son was a "beautiful, bright" child.
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Mother in court charged with murdering son in Acton

Dylan Freeman's father, photographer Dean Freeman, says his son was a "beautiful, bright" child.
Tags: UK, News, Acton, Dean Freeman, Dylan Freeman


Woman charged with murder of boy, 10, in west London

Olga Freeman will appear at Uxbridge magistrates court on MondayA 40-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of a 10-year-old boy in west London.A woman walked into a police station in the early hours of Sunday to speak to officers and the boy was later found dead at a property in Acton, west London. Continue reading...
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Woman charged with murdering boy, 10, in Acton

The child was discovered after police were deployed to a house in west London on Sunday.
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Woman held over death of 10-year-old in Acton, west London

She spoke to police in the early hours and shortly after he was found dead at a home in west London.
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29,166 total coronavirus cases and 893 deaths in the San Fernando Valley

As of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, there were 29,166 documented cases of the novel coronavirus in San Fernando Valley communities, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. There have been 893 total COVID-19 deaths recorded in the core areas of the San Fernando Valley, where 288,612 people have been tested for the virus. Between 8 p.m. July 21 and Aug. 5, there were 6,037 new cases and 92 deaths in San Fernando Valley communities. The Valley communities with the most overall c...
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These heat-resistant, drought-tolerant plants are also an excellent investment for gardens

Despite being known for their wisdom, the ancient Greeks were fooled by cycads: They thought these seed plants were actually palm trees. This misunderstanding began with Theophrastus, who followed Aristotle as head of the Lyceum, or philosphers’ academy in Athens, and who was also credited as the founder of the science of botany for his voluminous writings on plants and their classification. Theophrastus looked at a cycad more than 2000 years ago and thought it was a palm. Yet, hinting at its de...
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6 quotes: The Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

6 quotes: The Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights This week, a federal committee accomplished the rarest of all achievements: It produced a government document worth reading. On Thursday, July 16, the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights released a clear, enlightened, and comprehensive on the origins, authentic content, and illegitimate expansion of human rights. The report is perhaps the best civic education on the matter in decades. “[H]uma...
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Southern California temperatures reach triple digits; more heat coming Sunday

A heat wave began cooking most of Southern California with triple-digit temperatures in most areas Saturday, July 11, but spared the region of much fire activity by mid-afternoon. The heat wave was anticipated to last through Sunday and into early Monday, meteorologists said, as a high ridge of high pressure over Arizona and New Mexico continued to impact the region. A heat advisory was in affect for parts of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties until 8 p.m. Sunday evening,...
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256 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths in the San Fernando Valley in 24 hours

As of Wednesday June 24, 2020, there were 14,310 documented cases of the novel coronavirus in San Fernando Valley communities, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. There have been 658 total COVID-19 deaths recorded in the core areas of the San Fernando Valley, where 164,328 people have been tested for the virus. Between 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, there were 256 new cases and 14 deaths in San Fernando Valley communities. The Valley communities with the most overall ...
Tags: News, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, Chatsworth, Local News, Cvs, Valencia, Joe, The Valley, Northridge, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County