Twitter introduces labels for government officials & state-controlled media

Twitter adds labels for government officials & state-controlled media

Twitter will introduce new labels for accounts and tweets tied to government officials and “state-affiliated media.” “Twitter provides an unmatched way to connect with, and directly speak to public officials and representatives,” the company wrote in the blog post announcing these changes. “This direct line of communication with leaders and officials has helped to democratize political discourse and increase transparency and accountability.” However, Twitter suggested that these labels are part of a larger effort “to protect that discourse because we believe political reach should be earned not bought.” When it…

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Reels, Instagram’s answer to TikTok debuts in over 50 Countries

Reels, Instagram’s answer to TikTok debuts in over 50 Countries

Instagram Reels, is launching globally, starting today is Facebook’s new effort to challenging TikTok on short-form creative content. The feature is being made available across 50 countries, including the U.S., as TechCrunch had previously reported. The expansion means Reels will now be available in key international markets, such as India, Brazil, France, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and several others. The timing is fortuitous, given TikTok’s uncertain future in the U.S. as the Trump administration weighs either banning the Chinese-owned app entirely or forcing it to sell…

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WhatsApp limits message forwading to slow the spread of fake news

WhatsApp

WhatsApp making more changes to slow the spread of fake news between users and that’s why earlier this year it imposed a strict new limit on message forwarding. This feature means users who plan on forwarding a message that has been identified as “highly forwarded” will only be to send it to a single contact at a time. A “highly forwarded” message is defined as media that has been sent through a chain of five or more contacts. This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has introduced a limit like this –…

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Microsoft will continue discussions on potential TikTok purchase

Tiktok experiences brief outage, launches new Ad Platform amidst calls for ban

Last Friday, reports emerged that Microsoft was in talks to purchase TikTok from the Beijing-based company ByteDance. The same day, Trump mentioned plans to ban the social media platform from operating in the U.S. This Sunday, Microsoft said in a statement that it is moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after speaking with President Trump, who has threatened to ban the popular video app in the U.S. “Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review…

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Google to waive commission fees on products sold via the ‘Buy on Google’ checkout option

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Google is making it free for retailers to sell products in search results by waiving fees for sales made via the ‘Buy on Google’ option. ‘Buy on Google’ is a payment option that lets customers buy products without leaving Google search results. The option to buy products directly on Google is made available to customers when they click on shopping listings in search results. Like other online payment providers, Google has always charged a commission fee for sales made through its platform. Now, in a pilot launch, Google is charging…

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Office 365 is now Microsoft 365

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On April 21, Office 365 became Microsoft 365.  Microsoft’s Office 365 personal and family subscription suite will be renamed Microsoft 365 in a move that heralds an effort by the company to win over more consumer users. Seeking to make a point with the rebranding, Microsoft calls it “a subscription service for your life,” which might conjure visions of Amazon Prime. Microsoft 365 will cost $6.99 per month, and a six-user, $9.99 family plan will also be offered. Its apps will be available on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. It will…

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Instagram Rolls Out New ‘Personal Fundraiser’ Feature For Crowdfunding

Instagram Fundraiser

The coronavirus pandemic has upsurged the number of crowdfunding campaigns for hospital bills, funeral expenses, and other coronavirus-related causes, and now Instagram has announced Personal Fundraiser, a new tool that lets users raise money for personal causes. Soon people in the US, UK, and Ireland to raise money for their own personal causes. The company is launching the feature today as an initial test on Android phones, with iPhones to follow, after already making personal fundraising available to Facebook users. Personal Fundraiser will be available to people over the age…

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Phishing scam emails ask users to renew their Microsoft Office 365 subscription

Microsoft Office 365 Transcribe in Word

Phishing campaigns work by impersonating some well-known organization or brand, and that certainly includes a company like Microsoft. With products like Windows, Office, Outlook, and OneDrive prevalent among consumers and businesses, Microsoft is a tempting target for cybercriminals to spoof. Two recent phishing attacks analyzed by security provider Abnormal Security use a subscription renewal as the pitch to trap unsuspecting users. Abnormal Security described in a Friday blog post, two separate phishing campaigns, both of which impersonate actual notices from Microsoft. The goal is to steal sensitive information from the…

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Taking on Zoom and Slack? Google Gmail redesign integrates Chat, Meet & collaboration

Google Meet Gmail

Google is making its popular Gmail app more of a productivity powerhouse. The Alphabet subsidiary is incorporating more applications into the business version of Gmail so that users don’t need to switch to other apps or browser tabs, It could help keep employees satisfied with the company’s business software and not want to adopt alternative services, such as Slack or Zoom. Google seemingly has a big Gmail redesign in the works that could let you collaborate with colleagues, work on Google Docs, and talk over Google Meet all without leaving…

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Snapchat reportedly testing a TikTok-style navigation in Discover

Snapchat was launched in circa 2012 with the objective of communicating a full range of emotions through images. May years later, it has a range of features built around conversations originating from visual imagery. Although Snapchat has always been counted among the top social media apps with approximately 230 million daily active users across the world, it has never witnessed a moment of meteoric rise as other apps including Instagram and TikTok. As TikTok’s popularity now appears to be headed towards a downfall, other apps are integrating the vertical video…

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