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Facebook figured out how to "sneak" in China

Facebook figured out how to

Facebook seems to have snuck an app into China after years of struggling to convince the country's leadership to stop blocking its virtual programs, according to a New York Times report published Friday. It's called Colorful Balloons, and it looks and functions like Facebook's Moments app. But by Facebook showing such eagerness, China presumably knows they have the upper hand, allowing it to force wishful, foreign tech companies to capitulate to their demands.

China, the world's largest market by internet users, is an attractive but challenging region for internet companies. "It also highlights how far they are willing to go, and their recognition of the idea that the standards for working in China differ from other countries", write the journalists.

Facebook has always been interested to enter into China, where the social network has been banned since 2009. It was released through a local Chinese company known as Youge Internet Technology.

It is unclear whether China's internet regulators were aware of the app's existence.

Danish submarine sub owner accused over journalist's death
The submarine was brought up some 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) off the coast and is expected to be transported to land at some point. The inventor told authorities Friday that he dropped Wall off on an island in Copenhagen's harbor before the vessel sank.

However, the company's documents used for registering it, listed a room number of its office that was not found amidst several small, shabby offices on the fourth floor of the building. She appeared in a photo taken at a meeting held between officials at Facebook and the government of Shanghai.

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg has made a big point of meeting with Chinese politicians, studying Communist Party propaganda, Mandarin and even speaking it in public.

If Facebook did little to promote Colorful Balloons in China, it did work to tailor the app to a local audience.

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Pakistan resorts to heavy firing and shelling along LoC in J&K
Ruqia Bibi was killed in Pakistan firing on the LoC in Bakakot area of Mendhar sector in Poonch in the morning, police said. Another soldier is reported to have been injured in Pakistan army's indiscriminate firing in the same sector.

The app, which is created to collate photos from a smartphone's photo albums and then share them, does so in China with the use of a QR code, a sort of bar code that is widely used by WeChat and other apps in the country.

In 2009, Chinese authorities banned Facebook in China, followed by Instagram its app for photo-sharing in 2014, and WhatsApp its messaging app was partially banned just last month.

Facebook approved the release in May.

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Solar Eclipse of the sun August 21st
But its residents will have a hard time enjoying it if it remains cloudy - the NCEI projects a 57 percent chance of clear skies. The sun's crown - the normally invisible outer atmosphere known as the corona - will shine forth like a halo.


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