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US legislator, David Cicilline, joins international push to interrogate platform power

US legislator David Cicilline will be joining the next meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, it has been announced. The meeting will be held in Dublin on November 7. Chair of the committee, the Irish Fine Gael politician Hildegarde Naughton, announced Cicilline’s inclusion today. The congressman — who is chairman […]
2019-08-15

Twitter tests ways for users to follow and snooze specific topics

You may soon be able to organize Twitter’s web of hashtags and handles in a smarter way — that is, if the company can pull off its ambitious new rethinking of the app’s timelines. The company isn’t getting rid of the process of following users, but at a press event in SF, company execs announced […]
2019-08-13

Telegram introduces a feature to prevent users from texting too often in a group

Telegram, a popular instant messaging app, has introduced a new feature to give group admins on the app better control over how members engage, the latest in a series of interesting features it has rolled out in recent months to expand its appeal. The feature, dubbed Slow Mode, allows a group administrator to dictate how […]
2019-08-10

Why AI needs more social workers, with Columbia University’s Desmond Patton

Sometimes it does seem the entire tech industry could use someone to talk to, like a good therapist or social worker. That might sound like an insult, but I mean it mostly earnestly: I am a chaplain who has spent 15 years talking with students, faculty, and other leaders at Harvard (and more recently MIT […]
2019-08-09

PopBase launches its platform for social media stars to share and monetize their work

It’s been almost a year since PopBase first launched on the Battlefield Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018. In the ensuing months the company has been working hard to sign up influencers and get its platform for social media stars ready for prime time. The company is launching its early access release today… enabling social […]
2019-08-12

US legislator, David Cicilline, joins international push to interrogate platform power

US legislator David Cicilline will be joining the next meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, it has been announced. The meeting will be held in Dublin on November 7. Chair of the committee, the Irish Fine Gael politician Hildegarde Naughton, announced Cicilline’s inclusion today. The congressman — who is chairman […]
2019-08-15

India’s Meesho raises $125M to expand its social commerce business

Meesho, a Bangalore-based social commerce startup, has raised $125 million in a new financing round to expand its business in the country and change the way millions shop online. The Series D round was led by Naspers, with existing investors SAIF, Sequoia, Shunwei Capital, RPS and Venture Highway participating as well. Facebook also participated in […]
2019-08-12

New Facebook ad units can remind you when a movie comes out

Facebook is launching two new ad units designed to help movie studios promote their latest releases. The first unit is called a movie reminder ad, and it does exactly that — because studios usually start marketing their titles months or even years before release, they can now include an Interested button in their Facebook ads, […]
2019-08-14

Twitter leads $100M round in top Indian regional social media platform ShareChat

Is there room for another social media platform? ShareChat, a four-year-old social network in India that serves tens of million of people in regional languages, just answered that question with a $100 million financing round led by global giant Twitter . Other than Twitter, TrustBridge Partners, and existing investors Shunwei Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAIF […]
2019-08-16

Dapper Labs Announces Cheeze Wizards Hackathon in Lead up to The First Official Tournament

Dapper Labs, creators of the massively popular Ethereum game, Cryptokitties have announced a hackathon for their latest creation, inviting developers to build on top of the game for the chance to win cash prizes, limited edition crypto-collectibles and the chance to have their projects reviewed by the Dapper Labs team and their investors including Union […] The post Dapper Labs Announces Cheeze Wizards Hackathon in Lead up to The First Official Tournament appeared first on Coinjournal.
2019-07-24

Singapore: New Pilot Project Uses Blockchain for Life Insurance Claims

Media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), insurance firm NTUC Income (Income), and LumenLab, MetLife’s Asia innovation center, have teamed up to pilot a blockchain platform aimed at automating the life insurance claim process, the companies said on Monday. Using LifeChain, a technology developed by LumenLab, SPH will encrypt and share verification data used for obituary […] The post Singapore: New Pilot Project Uses Blockchain for Life Insurance Claims appeared first on Coinjournal.
2019-06-18

Payment Startup Xfers Teams Up With Zilliqa To Integrate Blockchain, Smart Contracts

Payment company Xfers has partnered with blockchain startup Zilliqa to explore the use of blockchain and smart contracts to bring greater speed, efficiency and transparency to payment solutions for enterprises, the company said on Tuesday. Xfers, a Singapore-based payment processing gateway offering credit card processing and Internet banking transfers, will leverage Zilliqa’s smart contract functionalities […] The post Payment Startup Xfers Teams Up With Zilliqa To Integrate Blockchain, Smart Contracts appeared first on Coinjournal.
2019-06-18

What will Tumblr become under the ownership of tech’s only Goldilocks founder?

This week, Automattic revealed it has signed all the paperwork to acquire Tumblr from Verizon, including its full staff of 200. Tumblr has undergone quite a journey since its headline-grabbing acquisition by Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo in 2013 for $1.1 billion, but after six years of neglect, its latest move is its first real start since […]
2019-08-15

PopBase launches its platform for social media stars to share and monetize their work

It’s been almost a year since PopBase first launched on the Battlefield Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018. In the ensuing months the company has been working hard to sign up influencers and get its platform for social media stars ready for prime time. The company is launching its early access release today… enabling social […]
2019-08-12

Twitter to test a new filter for spam and abuse in the Direct Message inbox

Twitter is testing a new way to filter unwanted messages from your Direct Message inbox. Today, Twitter allows users to set their Direct Message inbox as being open to receiving messages from anyone, but this can invite a lot of unwanted messages, including abuse. While one solution is to adjust your settings so only those […]
2019-08-16

Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media

The White House is contemplating issuing an executive order that would widen its attack on the operations of social media companies. The White House has prepared an executive order called “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship” that would give the Federal Communications Commission oversight of how Facebook, Twitter and other tech companies monitor and manage their […]
2019-08-09

Twitter to test a new filter for spam and abuse in the Direct Message inbox

Twitter is testing a new way to filter unwanted messages from your Direct Message inbox. Today, Twitter allows users to set their Direct Message inbox as being open to receiving messages from anyone, but this can invite a lot of unwanted messages, including abuse. While one solution is to adjust your settings so only those […]
2019-08-16

‘Private’ and ‘hidden’ mean different things to Facebook

Facebook’s leadership made a pretty heavy-handed indication this year that it believes Facebook Groups are the future of the app. They announced all of this alongside their odd declaration that “The future is private.” Now, Facebook is changing the language describing the visibility of privacy of groups. As the Groups feature has come front-and-center in […]
2019-08-14

Sind exotische ETFs eine gute Geldanlage?

Um die hohe Nachfrage nach Indexfonds (ETF) zu befriedigen, kommen immer exotischere Angebote auf den Markt. Für die Aussteller ein gutes Geschäft, aber nicht unbedingt für ihre Kunden.
2019-08-19

Das Ende der Finanzwelt, wie wir sie kennen

Diese Woche trifft sich die globale Elite der Währungshüter. Das beherrschende Thema ist die Frage, wie sehr Nicht-Ökonomen an der Spitze der Notenbanken deren Unabhängigkeit bedrohen. Die Antwort darauf ist wegweisend für Sparer.
2019-08-20

Twitter leads $100M round in top Indian regional social media platform ShareChat

Is there room for another social media platform? ShareChat, a four-year-old social network in India that serves tens of million of people in regional languages, just answered that question with a $100 million financing round led by global giant Twitter . Other than Twitter, TrustBridge Partners, and existing investors Shunwei Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAIF […]
2019-08-16

Facebook’s human-AI blend for audio transcription is now facing privacy scrutiny in Europe

Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe is now asking the company for detailed information about the operation of a voice-to-text feature in Facebook’s Messenger app and how it complies with EU law. Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Facebook uses human contractors to transcribe app users’ audio messages — yet its privacy policy makes no clear mention […]
2019-08-14

Twitter tests ways for users to follow and snooze specific topics

You may soon be able to organize Twitter’s web of hashtags and handles in a smarter way — that is, if the company can pull off its ambitious new rethinking of the app’s timelines. The company isn’t getting rid of the process of following users, but at a press event in SF, company execs announced […]
2019-08-13

Die Wahrheit hinter den soliden Staatsfinanzen

Im Abschwung werden Forderungen nach neuen Schulden laut. Doch die gute Haushaltslage täuscht. Denn Deutschland hat ein demografiebedingtes Finanzierungsproblem in Billionenhöhe. Nur eine Maßnahme kann dagegen helfen.
2019-08-19

Viele Unternehmen setzen auf Trend zu Kleinsatelliten

Elon Musk hat es mit seinem Unternehmen SpaceX geschafft. Er ist in wenigen Jahren zum Big Player in der Raumfahrtindustrie geworden. Davon träumen auch viele kleine Unternehmen. Sie wollen vom wachsenden Markt der Kleinsatelliten profitieren.
2019-08-19

Twitter’s latest test lets users subscribe to a tweet’s replies

Twitter in more recent months has been focused on making conversations on its platform easier to follow, participate in and, in some cases, block. The company’s latest test, announced via a tweet ahead of the weekend, will allow users to subscribe to replies to a particularly interesting tweet they want to follow, too, in order […]
2019-08-12

‘Private’ and ‘hidden’ mean different things to Facebook

Facebook’s leadership made a pretty heavy-handed indication this year that it believes Facebook Groups are the future of the app. They announced all of this alongside their odd declaration that “The future is private.” Now, Facebook is changing the language describing the visibility of privacy of groups. As the Groups feature has come front-and-center in […]
2019-08-14

Daily Crunch: Twitter tests reply subscriptions

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Twitter’s latest test lets users subscribe to a tweet’s replies Many people already receive push notifications when selected accounts send out […]
2019-08-12

India’s Reliance Jio inks deal with Microsoft to expand Office 365, Azure to more businesses; unveils broadband, blockchain and IoT platforms

India’s Reliance Jio, which has disrupted the local telecom and features phone markets in less than three years of existence, is ready to foray into many more businesses. In a series of announcements Monday, which included a long-term partnership with global giant Microsoft, Reliance Jio said it will commercially roll out its broadband service next […]
2019-08-12

Pollution au plomb de Notre-Dame : début l'opération de décontamination

L’opération de décontamination du parvis et des rues adjacentes de Notre-Dame de Paris a débuté mardi 13 août. Après avoir sécurisé la zone et installé le matériel nécessaire à la dépollution, les ouvriers entameront dès jeudi la première phase du chantier. C’est la Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France qui supervise l’opération.
2019-08-13

Diese Zahlen offenbaren Deutschlands Parkplatz-Dilemma

Autofahrer verbringen mancherorts mehr als zwei Tage pro Jahr mit der Suche nach Parkplätzen. Künftig dürfte parken noch teurer werden – denn viele Städte wollen die Fahrzeuge verbannen. Eine Stadt im Süden gilt als besonders hart.
2019-08-19

Auktionator verbockt die Versteigerung des letzten Ur-Porsche

Sotheby’s wollte den Porsche Typ 64 aus dem Jahr 1939 eigentlich für 20 Millionen Dollar versteigern. Aber eine Panne oder ein verpatzter Scherz des Auktionators brachte die Bietergemeinde auf. Die Versteigerung wurde abgebrochen.
2019-08-18

Der Konkurrenzkampf um den öffentlichen Verkehrsraum

2017 verbrachte jeder Autofahrer in Frankfurt über 65 Stunden pro Jahr mit der Parkplatzsuche. Auch wer in anderen Großstädten mit seinem Auto unterwegs ist, braucht viel Zeit. Und daran wird sich in Zukunft nichts ändern.
2019-08-19

Chef der Restaurantkette Vapiano tritt zurück

Der Chef der angeschlagenen Restaurantkette Vapiano, Cornelius Everke, tritt zurück. Vapiano ist seit längerem angeschlagen und hatte erst im Juni erklärt, auch in diesem Jahr mit Verlusten zu rechnen.
2019-08-19

Auktionator verbockt die Versteigerung des letzten Ur-Porsche

Sotheby’s wollte den Porsche Typ 64 aus dem Jahr 1939 eigentlich für 20 Millionen Dollar versteigern. Aber eine Panne oder ein verpatzter Scherz des Auktionators brachte die Bietergemeinde auf. Die Versteigerung wurde abgebrochen.
2019-08-18

Viele Unternehmen setzen auf Trend zu Kleinsatelliten

Elon Musk hat es mit seinem Unternehmen SpaceX geschafft. Er ist in wenigen Jahren zum Big Player in der Raumfahrtindustrie geworden. Davon träumen auch viele kleine Unternehmen. Sie wollen vom wachsenden Markt der Kleinsatelliten profitieren.
2019-08-19