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Facebook announced today that it’s introducing new features for Facebook Groups, including “Channels” that will let users connect with each other in smaller settings. Admins can create channels to connect with their groups in more casual settings within their communities to have m…

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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 company says it’s introducing the new Reels APIs after hearing from its developer community that Reels is a top priority. Meta is expanding the scop…

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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 summer and has entrusted me to keep you updated in his absence. If you want this in your inbox every Saturday, sign up here. And while you’re at it, [&h…

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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 and Alex were on the mics, kicking back and riffing through the biggest technology stories of the week. Our dear Mary Ann was off this week, but will be ba…

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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 post quick notes, like announcements, to their “Close Friends” circle or to followers who also follow them. Unlike Twitter’s new Note…

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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 experience that people are used to with Facebook Pay will remain the same across across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. The change is rolli…

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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 first year in operation. The Oversight Board apparently received over one million appeals from Facebook and Instagram users in 2021. Most of those reque…

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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 experiences. Although the company has already taken steps against abusive reviews, the new policy lays out these rules and guidelines in writing. In a blog pos…

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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 newest of these is the Metaverse Standards Forum, which aims to drive open interoperability, which could make it easier for developers to build across p…

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Snapchat officially introduces its paid subscription at $3.99 per month

Snapchat officially launched its paid subscription plan called Snapchat+ today that will offer exclusive features like the ability to change the app icon and being able to see which people have rewatched your Stories. Earlier this month, the firm confirmed that it’s testing this feature witho…

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Hyundai reveals the IONIQ 6 EV sedan, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to its IONIQ 5

Hyundai previewed the IONIQ 6 sedan Wednesday, the heavily-anticipated followup to the brand’s popular first battery-electric model, the IONIQ 5 SUV. The automaker won’t announce details such as the IONIQ 6’s price range, and production run size until the vehicle’s world pre…

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