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Protests propel FireChat app to top spot in Hong Kong
Protests propel FireChat app to top spot in Hong Kong

The most popular app of the moment in China and Hong Kong is a cross between WhatsApp and Twitter, made possible by a new networking technology. Designed for friends to get in a touch with one another at crowded concerts and events, FireChat took off across the Pacific over the weekend. Protesters in Hong Kong have been demonstrating against China’s move to limit voter choices in Hong Kong’s 2017 election for the territory’s top official. But China has been blocking access or censoring conversations on other social networks, including Instagram, limiting protesters’ ability to organize. FireChat doesn’t rely on cell towers or a connection to the Web to...

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