Trending Tuesday: November 11


What’s everyone talking about this week? Catch up on some of the week's trending topics including an update on net neutrality, a new milestone for Facebook and another company hacking.

President Obama wants a free and open internet to be a utility

This past week saw the launch of President Barack Obama’s campaign for maintaining a free and open internet. President Obama’s stance focuses on the prevention of blocking, throttling or other methods of slowing internet, and the classification of the internet as a utility for the American people. While it is still the FCC that has the final say on the matter, it says a lot that the President is on the side of the people. There is no definitive date on when the FCC will come forward with their decision, and while many speculated it would come before the end of 2014, this powerful development may push back their plans.

Photo credit to Barack Obama on Flickr.

Facebook Messenger reaches 500 million users

The push has worked. Over 500 million of Facebook users have started using the standalone Facebook Messenger app monthly, putting them over the average Instagram users and shy a hundred million compared to Whatsapp, the main messaging competitor. In August of this year, Facebook began requiring all of its regular Facebook app users to download Messenger to be able to continue sending private inbox messages to their Facebook friends.

Photo credit to pshab on Flickr.

US Postal Service gets hacked

USPS is yet another victim of hacking, joining the ranks of those like Target and Home Depot. But don’t start worrying about having to change your credit card yet again–interestingly enough, this hacking did not target its customers, but rather its employees. A wide variety of information was stolen about the employees, from names to social security numbers. Officials are not sure how the breach occurred, but speculate that the Chinese government was involved due to the lack of stolen card data. USPS is trying to make nice with its employees by offering one free year of fraud detection.

Photo credit to David Lipscomb on Flickr.