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This news item is part of the weekly top 5 news bulletin (from Week 3, Jan 2023) specially packaged for leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, and Faith-based Social Ventures.

WhatsApp shares Ways to Message without Internet or During a Shutdown 

WhatsApp has released an important information about how people can stay connected using WhatsApp even when there is an internet shutdown in a particular country or in a location. As ministries and nonprofits serving people in different parts of the world, you know that this can happen due to various reasons. It could be geopolitical or various other reasons. And this is possible using a technology called Proxy. WhatsApp has written a full article on their blog showing how technically organizations and volunteers can set up a ‘Proxy’ if this situation arises. The announcement says “A Proxy enables you to connect to WhatsApp through servers set up by volunteers and organizations around the world dedicated to helping people communicate freely”. And they have given all the technical details. We will link to all of that in the show notes. Pass it on to your technical team if this is something that you want to learn about, in case there’s a situation where there is an internet shutdown, and you want to keep the communication flowing using a Proxy.

Here is the full list of the Top 5 News Items from Week 3, January 2023 with source links from Apple, ChatGPT, WhatsApp, YouTube, Meta, OpenAI.

🗞️ News 1: Apple to Unveil its Metaverse Plans with a Mixed-Reality Headset in 2023 

Source: Bloomberg

🗞️ News 2: WhatsApp shares Ways to Message without Internet or During a Shutdown 

Source: WhatsApp

🗞️ News 3: YouTube Updates 2023 Contract Terms & Upgrades Analytics on Studio

Source: YouTube

🗞️ News 4: Meta Enables Fitness Stats & Heart Rate Monitoring on Quest 2 VR 

Source: Meta

🗞️ News 5: ChatGPT Pro Version Coming Soon & Microsoft’s $10 Billion investment

Source: TechCrunch | Semafor

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