Facebook to show less political content on newsfeed

Facebook is expanding an experiment that aims to reduce political information in the News Feed. According to an update to a February blog post, the company has found “good outcomes” in reducing this content for some users in a few regions. It is now expanding a test of the strategy to Costa Rica, Sweden, Spain, and Ireland. Axios reported on Facebook’s plans prior to the announcement. AAs it notes, Facebook’s new test also involves changing the signals it favors when promoting content. “Some engagement signals can better indicate what posts…

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Google extends mandatory return to office date

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced in an email to employees today that, while “we are welcoming back tens of thousands of Googlers on a voluntary basis,” the company will extend its voluntary return to work policy until at least January 10th, 2022. After that date, the current plan is to have countries and locations make mandatory return to work decisions depending on local conditions. The most recent publicly disclosed plan would have brought Google employees to the workplace at some time in September, but that will not happen. Pichai underlined…

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LinkedIn lost their interest in stories

LinkedIn announced Tuesday that it is discontinuing its ephemeral Stories product. According to Liz Li, senior director of product, the company intends to “remove the existing Stories experience by the end of September.” Internal testing of the Snapchat-style video Stories started in February 2020. LinkedIn discovered that users didn’t want disappearing video, which was one of the reasons for the suspension. “When we developed Stories, we anticipated that users wouldn’t want informal videos connected to their profile, and that ephemerality would lower the barriers that people feel about posting,” Li…

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Netflix brings UPI AutoPay payments in India

Netflix is introducing support for UPI AutoPay payments in India. Users will be able to pay for their monthly Netflix membership automatically using the new UPI AutoPay function. That is, instead of having to make payments manually, if you switch to AutoPay, the money will be deducted immediately from your UPI account. AutoPay will be available to Android users and on netflix.com. This feature is available to both new and existing users. Talking about the AutoPay feature, Gunjan Pradhan, Head of Payments, Netflix India said, “Starting today, anyone signing up…

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Telegram exceeds 1 billion downloads mark globally

Telegram has become the latest app to exceed the one billion downloads mark internationally. The instant messaging software, which debuted in late 2013, competes with WhatsApp and Facebook’s Messenger. Despite public outcry over WhatsApp’s latest privacy policy modification, it was able to expand its market penetration. Telegram also added new features, such as group video calls, screen sharing with sound, and an improved voice chat experience, which helped entice more users. Telegram reached a billion downloads globally last week, according to TechCrunch. Telegram’s main competitor WhatsApp, as well as Messenger,…

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WhatsApp Rolls out disappearing messages for all chats at once

WhatsApp has been seen testing the disappearing mode feature just days after WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart revealed that the app is working on it. Disappearing mode is a feature that extends the disappearing messages function. Users may enable disappearing messages for all conversations at once using this feature. Currently, users can enable disappearing mode for individual chats and groups. There is no option to enable it for all chats at once. According to Wabetainfo, WhatsApp was seen trying the vanishing mode feature in the most recent beta release for the…

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Instagram mandates age verification for teen safety

Instagram has announced that it would begin requesting users to provide their birthdate information. These reminders may be ignored at first, but the social media giant intends to make them mandatory if you want to use Instagram in the future. These prompts attempt to determine how old everyone on Instagram is in order to avoid content that is inappropriate for young kids from appearing in their feed. Instagram claims that this information is required for new features it is developing to safeguard young people. Instagram said in a new blog post…

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Xiaomi Redmi 10 Prime and new TWS launching on September 3rd.

Xiaomi will host another launch event on September 3, during which it will unveil two new products: the Redmi 10 Prime and a new Redmi-branded TWS. Both products have already been confirmed by the electronics manufacturer, who has been teasing them for some time. This year, Xiaomi has primarily focused on the Note 10 series, and the Redmi 10 Prime will provide interested buyers with an affordable option. It would be the first smartphone in India to have the MediaTek Helio G88 processor. The new smartphone is expected to be a rebranded…

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Chrome 94 beta tests some new tech for gaming

Google’s release of Chrome Beta 94 notes that Google is adopting several new web standards that might improve browser-based gaming experiences. The soon-to-be-released WebCodecs might make cloud gaming easier and faster, while the experimental WebGPU could make it easier for creators of browser-based games to tap into the power of your computer. WebCodecs is an API meant to provide developers with improved access to the video encoding/decoding codecs that come standard with your browser and determine what to do with video streams. While there are techniques for getting video to…

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Apple acquires classical music streaming service Primephonic

Apple announced the acquisition of Primephonic, a classical music streaming service On Monday, and the launching of a classical music app. Apple did not reveal how much it spent for Europe-based Primephonic, which confirmed its inclusion in the iPhone maker’s music service. “We felt compelled to develop a streaming service that truly gets classical right—so that’s what we did over the last three years,” the Primephonic team said in the post. “But to fully achieve the next phase of our mission, we need to bring our classical streaming expertise to millions of…

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