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Google shutting down Poly 3D content platform

Google shutting down Poly 3D content platform Google is almost running out of AR/VR projects to kill off. The company announced today in an email to Poly users that they will be shutting 3D-object creation and library platform “forever” next year. The service will shut down on June 30, 2021 and users […]

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Facebook-backed Libra Association rebrands as Diem

Facebook-backed Libra Association rebrands as Diem The Libra Association, a consortium created by Facebook to support its Libra cryptocurrency efforts, announced this morning that it has a new name — the Diem Association — and made some key hires ahead of its launch. This is just the latest course correction since the […]

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WhatsApp is upping its wallpapers and stickers game

WhatsApp is upping its wallpapers and stickers game WhatsApp is finally upping its wallpapers and stickers game. The instant messaging service said on Tuesday that it will now allow users to set custom wallpapers for different chats in a bid to make it easier for users to easily distinguish the dozens or […]

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Daily Crunch: Facebook acquires Kustomer for $1B

Daily Crunch: Facebook acquires Kustomer for B Facebook makes a billion-dollar acquisition, we learn more about Twitter’s Clubhouse-style feature and Moderna applies for emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine. This is your Daily Crunch for November 30, 2020. The big story: Facebook acquires Kustomer for $1B Kustomer says it can give customer […]

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UK to set up ‘pro-competition’ regulator to put limits on big tech

UK to set up ‘pro-competition’ regulator to put limits on big tech The UK is moving ahead with a plan to regulate big tech, responding to competition concerns over a ‘winner takes all’ dynamic in digital markets. It will set up a new Digital Market Unit (DMU) to oversee a “pro-competition” regime […]

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Facebook’s latest ad tool fail puts another dent in its reputation

Facebook’s latest ad tool fail puts another dent in its reputation Reset yer counters: Facebook has had to ‘fess up to yet another major ad reporting fail. This one looks like it could be costly for the tech giant to put right — not least because it’s another dent in its reputation […]

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Instagram businesses and creators may be getting a Messenger-like ‘FAQ’ feature

Instagram businesses and creators may be getting a Messenger-like ‘FAQ’ feature Instagram is developing a new product, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), that will allow people to start conversations with businesses or creators’ accounts by tapping on a commonly asked question within a chat. Those who already have the feature available report they’re […]

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Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law

Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law Global internet companies Facebook, Google and Twitter and others have banded together and threatened to leave Pakistan after the South Asian nation granted blanket powers to local regulators to censor digital content. Earlier this week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan granted […]

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PayPal launches a new crowdsourced fundraising platform, the Generosity Network

PayPal launches a new crowdsourced fundraising platform, the Generosity Network PayPal is expanding its fundraising efforts with today’s launch of the Generosity Network. Unlike the PayPal Giving Fund, which helps people support charities through online donations, the new Generosity Network lets people raise money for themselves, other individuals in need, or organizations […]

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African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises $30M backed by Jeff Bezos

African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises M backed by Jeff Bezos African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation of Bezos Expeditions — the personal VC fund of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Chipper Cash was founded in San Francisco in […]

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