Paytm adds messaging features to India’s top digital wallet app

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Paytm, India’s top digital wallet and payment service, has introduced a chat feature to amp up its appeal among an increasingly competitive market. The new ‘Inbox’ feature, which was first outed in August, is initially available on Android, which accounts for the bulk of Paytm’s claimed 200 million users, and not iOS. It allows users to share messages and photos like other chat apps, but it also includes a peer-to-peer money transfer feature and access games, another vertical that Paytm has expanded into. Paytm, which is backed by Alibaba and…

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Thousands of WhatsApp customers reporting issues with the App

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Independent website DownDetector, which tracks social comments around a certain topic to monitor outages across the globe, shows over a thousand of WhatsApp customers reporting issues using the app. According to the site, problems with the chat app occurred around 8am this morning, with hundreds of people reporting issues with the app. DownDetector says that 51 per cent of customers are having issue connecting to it. A further 29 per cent report issues receiving messages and 19 per cent are struggling to login. People can’t send or receive messages using…

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Kudos positions itself as a safe introduction to social media by young users

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Kudos, an app for kids aged eight to 13 with around-the-clock moderation, positions itself as a safe introduction to social media that also teaches its young users how to navigate social media responsibly. It recently moved its headquarters to Palo Alto, California from Oslo, Norway and is now rolling out the app in the United States. It originated as a photo sharing app called Kuddle in 2014. Since then, the app has changed its name, added many new features and hired a team that includes alumni from Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar…

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Google to get rid of Home Mini feature

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Google has decided to do away with a feature that caused a small number of Home Mini units accidentally recording many times a day, instead of when a user triggers it. In a statement released yesterday, the company said that it made the decision because it wants people to be absolutely comfortable when using Google Home Mini. The Home Mini shipped with a feature that let owners activate the Google Assistant and control music by tapping the top of the speaker. However, it turned out that some units had an…

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LinkedIn opens video uploads to all

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Video is the name of the game in social networking. If you’ve been on LinkedIn recently, you may have noticed that some users are making and sharing videos, basically turning the social network into a more professional version of YouTube or Facebook Live. Following this initial testing period, video will soon be available to all users. On iOS and Android, the LinkedIn app is getting a “video” button that will let you record a new video or upload one you’ve already taken. The new feature will be available to many…

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Facebook now testing a feature to prevent profile pictures abuse

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Facebook is introducing a new feature to give users peace of mind around how their profile photo can be used and accessed by others. If you’ve never had your profile picture stolen — lucky you. But it’s a serious problem, with fraudsters, trolls, and scammers often stealing the identity of others by harvesting the info they list publicly on Facebook. The popular social media network is now carrying out a pilot program in India that is designed to protect users who are concerned about other people gaining access to their…

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YouTube bans ‘hateful’ videos from making money

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YouTube has announced tougher guidelines on hate content in videos, strengthening its response to three categories. Following a backlash around brand advertising on controversial content, the social media platform is making a move to clean up which videos are part of its ad network. It first promised to take action in March, ensuring that hateful content cannot be monetized. The move was in response to an ad boycott after major brands found their ads embedded in – or appearing alongside – offensive videos. The Google-owned platform has updated the guidelines that govern…

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is no longer a just for friends’ Platform

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Facebook has always made sure that its audience know what their friends are having for lunch and how the new borns in the family look like. Now the Facebook CEO is acknowledging that connecting people online isn’t enough. Facebook is unveiling a new mission: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” It’s a culmination of months, perhaps years, of apparent soul-searching on Zuckerberg’s part and strategic directional changes for Facebook as a product. The social network has been moving in this direction for…

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Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly to allow users to track their friends

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Snapchat has acquired Zenly, a French startup that makes a social map so people can see where their friends are hanging out, for $200m in cash plus additional stock awards. Zenly’s app lets users see where their friends currently are on a map using constant GPS in the background. People can then message these friends in the app to make plans to hang out. Snap Inc. will however allow Zenly to run somewhat autonomously. Zenly has said that its product updates will be the main drivers of user growth, which slowed…

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Twitter to broadcast live video 24 hours a day

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Twitter is making a play to dominate even more of your time by streaming live video around the clock. The social networking platform is hoping to land deals for streaming pay TV channels on its site and apps. Users have to subscribe to existing TV service for this to work, but it would be much more powerful. “We will definitely have 24 hours  a day content on the platform,” Twitter’s Anthony Noto said during an extensive interview about the company’s live video strategy last week. “Our goal is to be…

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