A protester sits under umbrellas as she blocks the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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A social messaging app that allows users to contact each other even if a mobile phone network is overloaded or switched off has become a hit among tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters.Student leaders called on followers over the weekend to download FireChat, which allows phones to communicate even when the Internet is down, after rumours swept their camp that the city's beleaguered authorities might turn off the cell network.Protesters quickly found that the app often worked much better than rivals within the huge crowds that have paralysed parts of the city and often overloaded the network.The company has regularly posted messages on its Facebook account aimed at Hong Kong protesters.
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