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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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Ina Fried, author of Login
46 mins ago - Technology

Google's parent shuts down effort to deliver internet via balloons

Image: Loon

Alphabet is shutting down Loon, one of its "moonshots," which aimed to deliver internet service via high-altitude balloons.

Why it matters: The effort was one of several approaches designed to get high-speed connectivity to some of the world's most remote spots and proved useful in the aftermath of disasters that shut down traditional infrastructure.

Dave Lawler, author of World
1 hour ago - World

What has and hasn't changed as Biden takes over U.S. foreign policy

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden swiftly recommitted the U.S. to the Paris climate pact and the World Health Organization, but America's broader foreign policy is in a state of flux between the Trump and Biden eras.

Driving the news: One of the most striking moves from the Biden administration thus far was a show of continuity — concurring with the Trump administration's last-minute determination that China had committed "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: New coronavirus cases down, but more bad news ahead — Fighting COVID-19's effects on gender equality.
  2. Politics: Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategyBiden's COVID-19 bubble.
  3. Vaccine: NYC postpones vaccine appointments following shipment delays — Private companies step in to fill vaccine logistics vacuum.
  4. World: Biden will order U.S. to rejoin World Health OrganizationBiden to bring U.S. into global COVAX initiative for equitable vaccine access.