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Libra, Facebook’s global digital currency plan, is fuzzy on privacy, watchdogs warn

Libra, Facebook’s global digital currency plan, is fuzzy on privacy, watchdogs warn Privacy commissioners from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australasia have put their names to a joint statement raising concerns about a lack of clarity from Facebook over how data protection safeguards will be baked into its planned cryptocurrency project, Libra. […]

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Facebook to admit ownership of Instagram, WhatsApp in hard-to-read small-print

Facebook to admit ownership of Instagram, WhatsApp in hard-to-read small-print For the first time in more than half a decade, Facebook wants to inform you that it owns Instagram, the hyper-popular rival social networking app it acquired for a $1BN steal back in 2012. Ditto messaging platform WhatsApp — which Mark Zuckerberg […]

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Facebook fails to keep Messenger Kids’ safety promise

Facebook fails to keep Messenger Kids’ safety promise Facebook’s messaging app for under 13s, Messenger Kids — which launched two years ago pledging a “private” chat space for kids to talk with contacts specifically approved by their parents — has run into an embarrassing safety issue. The Verge obtained messages sent by […]

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Calibra wallet won’t launch in Facebook’s biggest market

Calibra wallet won’t launch in Facebook’s biggest market Facebook unveiled its audacious Libra cryptocurrency and Calibra digital wallet on Tuesday through which it plans to transform financial services across the globe. The social juggernaut made clear of its ambitions when it said that it wishes to empower more than 1.7 billion people […]

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SEC expands its war on cryptocurrency companies with a lawsuit against Kik

SEC expands its war on cryptocurrency companies with a lawsuit against Kik The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued Kik Interactive for the $100 million token sale the company announced two years ago. It’s an expansion of legal actions that began last year as the SEC seeks to rein in companies that […]

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Startups net more than capital with NBA players as investors

Startups net more than capital with NBA players as investors Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor It’s not so obvious that this VC firm is focused on impact With these numbers, it’s no surprise SoftBank is […]

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Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has […]

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Fleksy’s AI keyboard is getting a store to put mini apps at chatters’ fingertips

Fleksy’s AI keyboard is getting a store to put mini apps at chatters’ fingertips Remember Fleksy? The customizable Android keyboard app has a new trick up its sleeve: It’s adding a store where users can find and add lightweight third party apps to enhance their typing experience. Right now it’s launched a […]

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Meet the Texas startup that wants to decarbonize the chemical industry

Meet the Texas startup that wants to decarbonize the chemical industry Solugen, a startup that has set itself up with no less lofty a goal than the decarbonization of a massive chunk of the petrochemical industry, may be the first legitimate multi-million dollar company to start out in a meth lab. When […]

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Rakuten’s Viber chat app plans to charge to operate chatbots in controversial move

Rakuten’s Viber chat app plans to charge to operate chatbots in controversial move Viber, the messaging app down by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, is poised to implement a controversial new strategy that will see it charge companies that run chatbots on its platform. The conventional wisdom is to work with content companies […]

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