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Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe – TechCrunch

Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe – TechCrunch

Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings against Facebook for failing to fully inform users about the commercial uses it makes of their data. At the same time, a German court has today upheld a consumer group’s right to challenge the tech giant over data and privacy issues in the national courts. Lack of […]

Wikipedia now has more than 6 million articles in English – TechCrunch

Wikipedia now has more than 6 million articles in English – TechCrunch

Wikipedia has surpassed a notable milestone today: The English version of the world’s largest online encyclopedia now has more than six million articles. The feat, which comes roughly 19 years after the website was founded, is a testament of “what humans can do together,” said Ryan Merkley, chief of staff at Wikimedia, the nonprofit organization […]

Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions – TechCrunch

Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions – TechCrunch

Twitter is pouring a little more fuel on the messaging fire. It has added a heart+ button to its direct messaging interface, which lets users shortcut to a pop-up menu of seven emoji reactions so they can quickly express how they’re feeling about a missive. Emoji reactions can be added to text or media messages […]

Some tech I loved is getting worse and I’m mad – TechCrunch

Some tech I loved is getting worse and I’m mad – TechCrunch

Time is supposed to make technology better. The idea is simple: With more time, humans make newer, better technology and our lives improve. Except for when the opposite happens. Google is a good example of this. I’ve been harping on the matter for a while now. Google mobile search, in case you haven’t used it […]

Octi launches a social network built around augmented reality – TechCrunch

Octi launches a social network built around augmented reality – TechCrunch

Octi has created a new social network that uses augmented reality to connect the act of seeing your friends in real life with viewing digital content like their favorite YouTube videos and Spotify songs. When I wrote about the startup in 2018, it was building AR technology that could do a better job of recognizing […]

India likely to force Facebook, WhatsApp to identify the originator of messages – TechCrunch

India likely to force Facebook, WhatsApp to identify the originator of messages – TechCrunch

New Delhi is inching closer to recommending regulations that would require social media companies and instant messaging app providers operating in the nation to help law enforcement agencies identify users who have posted content — or sent messages — it deems questionable, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. India will submit the suggested […]

Spotify’s new test lets influencers post Stories to introduce their own playlists – TechCrunch

Spotify’s new test lets influencers post Stories to introduce their own playlists – TechCrunch

Spotify is testing a new Stories feature that will allow select influencers to incorporate video elements into their public playlists, TechCrunch has learned and Spotify confirmed. The first influencer to test the feature is makeup and fashion YouTube star Summer Mckeen, who currently has a social media fan base that includes 2.33 million YouTube subscribers, […]

Instagram tests Direct Messaging on web where encryption fails – TechCrunch

Instagram tests Direct Messaging on web where encryption fails – TechCrunch

Instagram will finally let you chat from your web browser, but the launch contradicts Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption in all its messaging apps. Today Instagram began testing Direct Messages on the web for a small percentage of users around the globe, a year after TechCrunch reported it was testing web DMs. When fully rolled […]

Instagram’s Boomerang evolves with SloMo, Echo, & Duo effects – TechCrunch

Instagram’s Boomerang evolves with SloMo, Echo, & Duo effects – TechCrunch

Nearly five years after launching, Instagram’s back-and-forth video loop maker Boomerang is finally getting a big update. Users around the globe can now  add SlowMo, “Echo” blurring, and “Duo” rapid rewind special effects to their Boomerangs, as well as trim their length. This is the biggest creative upgrade yet for one of mobile’s most popular […]

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