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China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall

China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The spotlight this week is back on Tencent, which has made […]

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Chrome gets global media controls

Chrome gets global media controls Here is a small but useful new feature in Google Chrome: global media controls that allow you to control all of the audio and video sources in your current tabs from a single widget. With this, you can switch to the next song from your favorite web-based […]

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Plenty of Fish app was leaking users’ hidden names and postal codes

Plenty of Fish app was leaking users’ hidden names and postal codes Dating app Plenty of Fish has pushed out a fix for its apps after a security researcher found they were leaking information that users had set to “private” on their profiles. The app was always silently returning users’ first names […]

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Cisco acquires ultra-low latency networking specialist Exablaze

Cisco acquires ultra-low latency networking specialist Exablaze Cisco today announced that it has acquired Exablaze, an Australia-based company that designs and builds advanced networking gear based on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The company focuses on solutions for businesses that need ultra-low latency networking, with a special emphasis on high-frequency trading. Cisco […]

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Is Facebook dead to Gen Z?

Is Facebook dead to Gen Z? Olivia Moore Contributor Share on Twitter Olivia Moore is a venture investor at CRV and co-founded Cardinal Ventures alongside her sister, Justine. More posts by this contributor After a breakout year, looking ahead to the future of podcasting What VidCon means for the future of social […]

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Twitter will now preserve JPEG quality for photo uploads on web

Twitter will now preserve JPEG quality for photo uploads on web Twitter is changing the way it processes uploaded images, and the new way of doing things will be much-appreciated by any photographers sharing their work on the platform. Twitter engineer Nolan O’Brien shared that the platform will now preserve JPEG encoding […]

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Waze adds unplowed road reporting feature for better awareness of winter driving hazards

Waze adds unplowed road reporting feature for better awareness of winter driving hazards Crowdsourced navigation app and Google subsidiary Waze is adding new features that allow you to report unplowed roads made more dangerous or inaccessible during snowstorms within the app, and also to see reports posted by other people who have […]

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Mozilla launches the next phase of its Firefox Private Network VPN beta

Mozilla launches the next phase of its Firefox Private Network VPN beta Mozilla today announced that its Firefox Private Network (FPN), which lets you encrypt your Firefox connections, is now in an extended beta after a few months of relatively limited testing in the Firefox Test Pilot program. This beta, however, is […]

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Vinted, the second-hand clothes marketplace, raises $141M at a $1B+ valuation

Vinted, the second-hand clothes marketplace, raises 1M at a B+ valuation The market for second-hand clothes — the “circular economy” as it’s sometimes called — has been on the rise in the last several years, fuelled by economic crunches, a desire to make more responsible and less wasteful fashion choices, and a […]

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Twitter to add a way to ‘memorialize’ accounts for deceased users before removing inactive ones

Twitter to add a way to ‘memorialize’ accounts for deceased users before removing inactive ones Twitter has changed its tune regarding inactive accounts after receiving a lot of user feedback: It will now be developing a way to “memorialize” user accounts for those who have passed away, before proceeding with a plan […]

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