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Anonymous social apps shift their attention to Instagram in the wake of Snapchat’s ban

Anonymous social apps targeting teens haven’t gone away in the wake of Snapchat’s new policy, which earlier this year banned these types...

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Facebook Groups gains a new channels feature to enable users to connect in focused settings

Facebook announced today that it’s introducing new features for Facebook Groups, including “Channels” that will let users connect...

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HTC looks to the metaverse for answers

LG officially pulled the plug on its smartphone division in April of last year. It was another signpost in a dramatically changing mobile market that...

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Meta introduces Instagram Reels APIs for developers

Meta announced today that it’s introducing Reels APIs to several endpoints on the Instagram Platform for developers starting tomorrow. The...

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The ruling against Juuling?

Hello and welcome back to Week in Review, your one-stop spot for the biggest stories from the week. Greg Kumparak is off enjoying the beginning of...

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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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All this startup news, and we didn’t even talk about Juul

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today Natasha...

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Instagram tests a new feature to quickly share notes with friends

Instagram is experimenting with another new feature that would allow usersto  post disappearing content. The feature, called Notes, allows users to...

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Facebook Pay rebrands to Meta Pay as Zuckerberg details plans to create a digital wallet for the metaverse

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this week that Facebook Pay has officially been renamed Meta Pay. The current product features and overall user...

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The Oversight Board’s annual report tracks how often Meta follows its advice

The advisory group reviewing Facebook and Instagram’s content moderation decisions issued its first annual report Wednesday, capping off its...

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Daily Crunch: Raba Partnership leads $2.1M seed round for African fintech startup Thepeer

Hello, friends, and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

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Meta is cracking down on fake and irrelevant reviews on Facebook

Meta is launching an updated Community Feedback Policy in the United States to ensure that reviews on Facebook are based on real purchasing...

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Meta, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Unity and others form Metaverse Standards Forum

As more tech companies develop virtual and augmented reality products, some oversight groups are trying to keep the industry on the same page. The...

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Meta settles lawsuit with Justice Department over ad-serving algorithms

Meta has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice alleging the company used discriminatory targeting in serving housing ads to...

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Join secures new cash to build a ‘decision-making’ platform for construction

Join, a startup developing a collaborative 'decision-making' platform for construction and architecture, has raised $16 million in a...

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Meta to roll out new monetization tools on Instagram and Facebook, including a creator marketplace

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that the company is rolling out more ways for creators to make money on Facebook and Instagram, and is also...

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Indian market regulator fines Reliance for not properly disclosing Facebook deal

India’s market regulator fined Reliance and two of its officers on Monday for not properly disclosing Facebook’s $5.7 billion investment...

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Meta’s latest VR headset prototypes will help it pass the ‘Visual Turing test’

Meta wants to make it clear it's not giving up on high-end VR experiences yet. So, in a rare move, the company is spilling the beans on several...

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Microsoft and Meta join Google in using AI to help run their data centers

Microsoft and Meta say that they're using AI to improve operations in their data centers, joining Google.

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Meta is launching a digital clothing store where you can purchase outfits for your avatar

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that the company is launching a digital designer clothing store called the “Meta Avatars Store.”...

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WhatsApp now lets you hide your profile picture and ‘Last seen’ status from specific people

WhatsApp announced this week that it’s rolling out the ability for users to select who from their contact list can see their profile photo,...

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Instagram chases TikTok with a new full-screen feed, changes to photos and navigation to come

Instagram announced today it will begin testing a new version of its full-screen feed, similar to TikTok’s, that aims to improve upon the way...

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The next big social platform is…the smartphone’s homescreen

BeReal, LiveIn, Locket… what do these new consumer social apps have in common besides a highly-ranked position on the App Store’s Top Charts?...

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EU unveils tougher industry Code to combat disinformation

The European Commission has just taken the wraps off a beefed up industry Code of Practice for tackling online disinformation across the EU....

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WhatsApp now lets you export your chat history, photos, videos and more from Android to iPhone

WhatsApp is adding the ability for users to transfer their conversation chat history, photos, videos and voice messages from Android to iPhone via...

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Meta rolls out new parental controls for Instagram and Quest VR headsets

Meta announced today that it’s rolling out new tools on Instagram and Quest VR headsets that are designed to give parents additional...

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Meta adds voice controls for Horizon Worlds, which defaults to live chat with strangers

Meta might soon want everyone to hop into its playful virtual realms, but some users are set up for a shock. In the service of pushing people to...

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Nigeria’s internet regulator releases draft to regulate Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and others

Nigeria has announced plans to regulate internet companies like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram (all owned by Meta), Google and TikTok in a...

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