Weekly Digital Trends: February 5

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Google’s new subsea cable between the US and Europe is now online Google and Subcom announced that the Dunant subsea cable between Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the French Atlantic coast is now operational. The project started in 2018 and was planned to go live in 2020. However, delivery was delayed due to the pandemic. The name Dunant was chosen after the first Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant.

Zoom Launches Tools Focused on Post-Lockdown Health, and Safety  Zoom rolled out new tools to help companies transition back to physical workspaces. The first tool is a virtual receptionist who greets people in the office, guides them to check the temperature, and communicates with employees. All through a screen, where they can see and communicate with a real person located anywhere. A second tool permits managers and employees to see how many people are inside the same room to prevent overcrowded spaces.

Facebook to Counter Apple Privacy Update With Its Own Prompt  Facebook will roll out an in-app prompt to educate users on the importance of sharing their data. This decision is a response to Apple’s policy change over sharing users’ private data with apps. Facebook starts the testing phase with some users across the app on Monday, February 15th, and will launch when Apple’s new privacy tool rolls out.


If Twitter’s dark mode has recently changed for you, you’re not alone Twitter changed its desktop dark mode to a darker tone. Twitter explained that the change was due to an update to make the Twitter website respond to the dark and light mode on iOs. Users can change back to the dark blue background via settings. 

Instagram’s Developing a TikTok-Style Vertical Feed for Stories Instagram is testing a TikTok-style feature for its stories. Users will swipe up and down to see the stories from those they are following. Instagram integrated this style with Reels, and is now testing it on Stories with selected users. 

Instagram Adds ‘Recently Deleted’ Folder to Safeguard Against Mistaken Post Removal Instagram added the new tool “Recently Deleted” to its settings. Users will have 30 days to restore any deleted content from their accounts before the material is deleted permanently. After the 24-hour period, all erased Stories will be stored on the “Recently Deleted” folder. However, users will have only 24 hours to restore and save Stories.

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