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Twitter was the latest big tech company to be hit with a major outage, going offline for more than an hour Thursday afternoon.

Why it matters: It's exactly the kind of thing we'd all be tweeting about — you know, if Twitter weren't down.

  • "We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter," Twitter said on a status page, promising to keep users updated.
  • It comes amid a rough few weeks for the Internet, in which Google, Facebook and Cloudflare were all hit with outages.

Update, 3:58pm ET: Twitter appears to be coming back up for most users. "The outage was due to an internal configuration change, which we're now fixing," Twitter said in a statement. "Some people may be able to access Twitter again and we're working to make sure Twitter is available to everyone as quickly as possible."

Go deeper: Google outage caused YouTube, Gmail disruptions in parts of U.S.

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Biden campaign using Instagram to mobilize celebrity supporters

Collins appears on the Build live interview series in November 2019. Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

The Biden campaign is launching a new initiative today that will draft Hollywood celebrities for Instagram Live chats with campaign officials and other Biden supporters.

Why it matters: The campaign, called #TeamJoeTalks, is an attempt to open up a new front on social media, drawing on celebrities’ Instagram followers to help find and motivate voters while large parts of the country remain locked down.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 11,458,291 — Total deaths: 534,460 — Total recoveries — 6,184,379Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 2,888,729 — Total deaths: 129,947 — Total recoveries: 906,763 — Total tested: 35,512,916Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona hot spot near capacity — Houston mayor warns about hospitals
  4. Public health: U.S. infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Former Trump official Tom Bossert says face masks “are not enough”
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control.
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Coronavirus topples 2020 energy and climate predictions

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In early January, I laid out 10 energy and climate change issues to watch this year. Spoiler alert: A pandemic was not on that list.

The big picture: The coronavirus has left no part of our world untouched, energy and climate change included. Let’s check in on my 2020 predictions at the halfway mark of this tumultuous year.