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Spyware maker Candiru linked to Chrome zero-day targeting journalists

The browser bug was exploited for months before it was fixed.

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This Week in Apps: Twitter Notes, Instagram age verification, Spotify’s Live Events

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app...

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Discord gives servers a way to intercept spam and harmful content, will expand premium memberships

Discord is introducing a native way for servers to preemptively detect and block harmful messages and spam. The tool, called AutoMod, is available...

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Buffalo shooter invited others to his private Discord ‘diary’ 30 minutes before attack

The shooter maintained a detailed "diary" in a private Discord server, but opened it to others just 30 minutes before the killing began.

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Instagram is testing a full-screen home feed

You know how when you log onto TikTok, the first thing you see (besides maybe an ad) is a full-screen, vertical video? Instagram is testing a feature...

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Instagram Reels adds support for fundraisers in 30 countries worldwide

Instagram is adding the ability for users to create and donate to fundraisers directly from Instagram Reels, the app’s short-form video...

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Stackblitz raises $7.9M to bring a better IDE to your browser

StackBlitz, a developer-focused startup that uses WebAssembly and WebContainers to give you a full development environment in your browser, today...

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Steam (officially) comes to Chrome OS

Google officially announced the launch of Steam OS on Chrome OS.

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Microsoft says it will open up the Xbox store in light of the Activision Blizzard deal

Microsoft is working to warm lawmakers up to its plans to bring a collection of the world’s most popular video games under its wing. The...

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Reddit rolls out a web version of Reddit Talk, its live audio product

After unveiling its Clubhouse clone last April, Reddit is adding new features to Reddit Talk that are intended to boost engagement. Among these...

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2021 was a record-breaking year for cybersecurity startups

Cybersecurity startups raised a record-breaking $29.5 billion in venture capital last year.

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Google brings a smarter search history page to Chrome

Google today announced a couple of updates to Chrome that bring, among other things, a new way to resume your past searches in the browser. This new...

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Island emerges from stealth with a new enterprise-focused web browser

The Chromium-based browser aims to support increasingly complex IT and security requirements of the enterprise.

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Roll is a new app letting you subscribe to paywalled creator content

Today marks the launch of the Roll app, which aims to create an easy way for creators to make an extra buck while portraying a potentially more...

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Lapse, an app that lets you snap and ‘develop’ rolls of film with groups of friends, raises $11M

The relentless march of social media apps’ algorithmic advertising hooks, influencer-leveraged social graphs and UX that begs for endless...

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Twitter adds auto captions feature to make videos more accessible

Starting today, Twitter is rolling out auto-generated captions on videos. This feature will make videos more accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing...

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LiveKit co-founder believes the metaverse needs open infrastructure

The company is developing a free, open source infrastructure for building and scaling real-time audio and video experiences in applications. 

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Twitter is the latest platform to test a TikTok copycat feature

Twitter posted today that it’s testing a feature that would turn its in-app “Explore” page into a TikTok-like video feed, complete...

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Playground launches in beta to help creators cultivate community

Launching today in beta, Playground is a social platform that seeks to help people discover and develop community while empowering creators to...

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Instagram adds TikTok-like Text-to-Speech and Voice Effects tools to Reels

Instagram added two features to Reels yesterday: text-to-speech and voice effects. These features are popular already on TikTok, but now, creators...

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Discord pushes pause on exploring crypto and NFTs amidst user backlash

Discord founder and CEO Jason Citron sought to reassure users Wednesday that the company doesn’t have impending plans to shift its business...

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Clubhouse rolls out Replay to let users record live rooms and share them later

Clubhouse hosts and moderators will have a fresh tool in their kit today. The company is pushing a new feature live on both its iOS and Android apps...

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Firefox’s updated mobile browser promises less clutter, easier access to recent tasks

Alternative mobile browser Firefox today shipped its latest release for iOS and Android with an update aimed at helping users address common issues...

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FourFront nabs funding to build an interconnected network of fictional TikTok stars

Every popular social media platform has opened up a new type of storytelling to a new generation of users, but TikTok’s impact has perhaps been...

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Clubhouse adds clips, replays for asynchronous listening, better search and spatial audio for Android

Clubhouse announced today that it is unveiling four new features: Clips, Replay, Universal Search and spatial audio for Android (which already exists...

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Facebook Messenger releases cross-app group chats, further integrating with Instagram

Facebook Messenger is releasing a bundle of products this morning — most notably, including cross-app group chats. Last year, the company...

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TikTok reached 1 billion monthly active users

TikTok announced in a blog post today that 1 billion people use TikTok every month. That means that on this big rock in space that we call home,...

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Dispo launches a test to gauge user interest in selling their photos as NFTs

Dispo, the photo-sharing app that emulates disposable cameras, started rolling out a test yesterday that will record user interest in selling photos...

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