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WhatsApp Business, now with 50m MAUs, adds QR codes and catalog sharing thumbnail WhatsApp Business, now with 50m MAUs, adds QR codes and catalog sharing thumbnail

WhatsApp Business, now with 50m MAUs, adds QR codes and catalog sharing

By 4 months ago

Source: TechCrunch.com The global COVID-19 health pandemic has raised the stakes for businesses when it comes to using digital channels to connect with customers, and today WhatsApp unveiled its latest tools to help businesses use its platform to do just that. The Facebook-owned messaging behemoth is expanding the reach and use of QR codes to […]

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Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page thumbnail Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page thumbnail

Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page

By 4 months ago

Source: TechCrunch.com Instagram Stories has grown to become one of Facebook’s best products to date. As of last year, roughly half of Instagram’s users — or 500 million people — were interacting with Stories on a daily basis. That’s nearly double the entire daily active user base of all of Snapchat, which first popularized the […]

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watchOS 7’s ‘Face Sharing’ feature can help custom watch faces go viral

By 4 months ago

Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference this morning announced a much-requested feature for Apple Watch: the ability to customize and share third-party watch faces with others. There are now over 20,000 Watch apps available on the Apple Watch App Store, but what has been missing was the ability to fully use all the data from […]

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Capsule’s video Q&A platform helps brands reach their community in the post-COVID era

By 4 months ago

A new startup called Capsule has launched a new way for brands to create original video content with their community in the form of Q&As. But unlike a simple Instagram story’s Q&A session, Capsule provides a full platform for designing the Q&A session, branding the content, curating the responses from users and tracking the resulting […]

Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford on Racism in Minneapolis, COVID-19’s Impact on Farmers, And The Need For Rural Wi-Fi thumbnail Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford on Racism in Minneapolis, COVID-19’s Impact on Farmers, And The Need For Rural Wi-Fi thumbnail

Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford on Racism in Minneapolis, COVID-19’s Impact on Farmers, And The Need For Rural Wi-Fi

By 4 months ago

(Miss this week’s The Leadership Brief? This interview below was delivered to the inbox of Leadership Brief subscribers on Sunday morning, June 21; to receive weekly emails of conversations with the world’s top CEO’s and business decision makers, click here.) Land O’Lakes’s headquarters are a short drive from the Minneapolis neighborhood where George Floyd was […]

TIME and Columbia Business School Partner to Launch a Series of Business Classes for Professional Development During Uncertain Economic Times thumbnail TIME and Columbia Business School Partner to Launch a Series of Business Classes for Professional Development During Uncertain Economic Times thumbnail

TIME and Columbia Business School Partner to Launch a Series of Business Classes for Professional Development During Uncertain Economic Times

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“The Business of Change” classes are offered on-demand and at an affordable price point, empowering individuals to expand their skill set and facilitate their own success. Support from Deluxe is helping to make this world-class education series accessible to a broader audience, including its own community of small business owners and entrepreneurs (June 18, 2020 […]

Former Facebook exec thinks big tech will get broken up "over the next 10 years" thumbnail Former Facebook exec thinks big tech will get broken up "over the next 10 years" thumbnail

Former Facebook exec thinks big tech will get broken up “over the next 10 years”

By 4 months ago

Investor Chamath Palihapitiya made part of his fortune at Facebook, where he was a vice president for more than four years, leaving one year before its 2012 IPO. Though he has voiced concerns numerous times since about his former employer, he also believes it has played an active role in enabling users to report and […]

Americans Are the Unhappiest They Have Been in 50 Years: Poll thumbnail Americans Are the Unhappiest They Have Been in 50 Years: Poll thumbnail

Americans Are the Unhappiest They Have Been in 50 Years: Poll

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(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — It’s been a rough year for the American psyche. Folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they’ve been in nearly 50 years. This bold — yet unsurprising — conclusion comes from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. It finds that just 14% […]

VESoft raises $8M to meet China’s growing need for graph databases thumbnail VESoft raises $8M to meet China’s growing need for graph databases thumbnail

VESoft raises $8M to meet China’s growing need for graph databases

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Sherman Ye founded VESoft in 2018 when he saw a growing demand for graph databases in China. Its predecessors, like Neo4j and TigerGraph, had already been growing aggressively in the West for a few years, while China was just getting to know the technology that leverages graph structures to store data sets and depict their […]

Zoom admits to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government thumbnail Zoom admits to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government thumbnail

Zoom admits to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government

By 5 months ago

Zoom, the wildly successful video chat service that has been a ubiquitous feature of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, said that it shut down three accounts at the request of the Chinese government for holding memorials for the victims of China’s violent suppression of peaceful protests at Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. As Axios […]

Snapchat debuts Minis, bite-sized third-party apps that live inside chat thumbnail Snapchat debuts Minis, bite-sized third-party apps that live inside chat thumbnail

Snapchat debuts Minis, bite-sized third-party apps that live inside chat

By 5 months ago

At Snap’s Partner Summit, the company shared its newest effort to entice third-party devs to Snapchat . It’s called Minis. Snap Minis are lightweight third-party programs that live inside the app’s Chat section, which users can quickly pull up alongside friends without having to deal with switching apps. Minis live alongside games inside a keyboard […]

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Snapchat no longer promoting Trump’s posts

By 5 months ago

Snap announced this morning that it will not be promoting content from President Trump’s Snapchat account in its Discover tab following statements from Trump last week on Twitter, which threatened that protestors could be met with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” The move is notable for many reasons, but is particularly interesting because social media […]

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Our grimdark meathook cyberpunk now

By 5 months ago

Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch’s weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Ten years ago, the joke was: “It’s weird how, once everyone started carrying phones with cameras all the time, […]

Investors say emerging multiverses are the future of entertainment thumbnail Investors say emerging multiverses are the future of entertainment thumbnail

Investors say emerging multiverses are the future of entertainment

By 5 months ago

‘The line between pop culture and gaming is going away’ The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the adoption of new technologies and cultural shifts that were already well underway. According to a clutch of heavy-hitting investors, this dynamic is particularly strong in gaming and extended reality. Unlike other segments of the startup and tech world, where […]

Daily Crunch: HBO Max launches in the US thumbnail Daily Crunch: HBO Max launches in the US thumbnail

Daily Crunch: HBO Max launches in the US

By 5 months ago

WarnerMedia unveils its new streaming service, Donald Trump is mad at Twitter and GE Lighting has a new owner. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 27, 2020. 1. HBO Max launches today, here’s what you need to know At $14.99 per month, the service — initially available to subscribers in the United States — is […]

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