On topic: Tech news to know now

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There was a worldwide Facebook outage early Thursday, but be calm. It’s back. Although you already knew that. Addict.

Censorship complications: British Columbia court orders Google to block a group of sites worldwide.

Kill switches” helped lower iPhone thefts in some cities, police say. Google and Microsoft say they will include the feature in their phones.

Intel is introducing a voice-messaging app that includes avatars that mimic the sender’s expressions. Yes, that Intel.

Beats headphones banned on the sidelines at the World Cup because of a Sony sponsorship.

Fighting words: London deputy mayor slams Oracle in speech, says company needs to be taken down.

Proterra, which aims to be a Tesla for buses, lands $40 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins, others. And speaking of electric, a quiet Harley? Harley-Davidson is testing an electric motorcycle.

T-Mobile customers can listen to Spotify, Pandora, etc. without counting it toward their data use. Meanwhile, T-Mobile CEO reportedly said at a press event that AT&T and Verizon are “raping” their customers.

Box is back on track for an IPO, according to ReCode.

Oops! U.S. leaks names of potential bitcoin buyers in email meant to BCC them.

 

Photo of Beats headphones by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

 

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Levi Sumagaysay is editor of the combined SiliconBeat and Good Morning Silicon Valley. She also helps take care of SiliconValley.com, the Mercury News tech website. Email: lsumagaysay@bayareanewsgroup.com