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Alibaba pledged $140 million to fight the coronavirus outbreak with a platform to coordinate deliveries of crucial medical supplies

Courtesy of Alibaba Alibaba employees preparing to ship medical supplies to China. Alibaba Group launched a new digital platform to help increase access to essential medical supplies like face masks and respirators in Chinese communities hardest hit by the deadly coronavirus. The Chinese e-commerce giant pledged more than $ 142 million to fight the coronavirus […]

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Attorney General William Barr will ask Facebook to delay its plans for a fully encrypted, auto-deleting messaging platform

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg walks past members of the news media as he enters the office of U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) while meeting with lawmakers to discuss &quotfuture internet regulation on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2019.REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Attorney General William Barr and the US Justice Department will issue an open […]

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The Technology 202: Facebook and YouTube content pushing steroids raises more platform policing questions

Content moderators work at a Facebook office in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Washington Post) Ctrl + N Drug dealers are using Facebook, YouTube and other social networks to push steroids, raising new concerns about Silicon Valley’s content moderation investments as the tech industry faces increasing pressure in Washington.  Steroids and other performance […]

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New York governor orders discrimination probe into Facebook’s advertising platform

(Reuters) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Financial Services to investigate reports that state-regulated advertisers were using Facebook Inc’s advertising platform in a discriminatory manner. This is the second investigation that the state governor has ordered into the social media company this year. In February, Cuomo ordered two […]

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A new survey shows that Snapchat is still the favorite social platform among Gen Z – but it’s not the app teens are using the most

The Gender Spectrum Collection Snapchat remains the favorite social platform among teens, a survey from Piper Jaffray shows. The survey reports that while Snapchat was the favorite social platform, Instagram beat out Snapchat in monthly users among Gen Zers. Despite these numbers, Snapchat’s number of daily active users is continuing to fall, and has been […]

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Facebook is working on a new platform specifically for meme-obsessed teens that's already being described as 'cringey'

Three of this year’s best memes.baby tracy/Twitter; Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock; Complex/YouTube Facebook is quietly building a platform for discovering memes, TechCrunch reports. The platform is called LOL, and will consist of “funny videos and GIF-like clips” that users can vote on and share. However, LOL was described as “cringey” to TechCrunch, and the platform is said […]

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Tidal, Jay-Z's music streaming platform, is being investigated in Norway over allegations that it inflated streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums

Left to right: Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, and JAY Z onstage at the Tidal launch event.Getty Images Tidal, the music streaming platform owned by Jay-Z, is being investigated by Norwegian authorities for allegedly manipulating and inflating streaming play counts, according to Reuters. Although the official investigation was just launched, the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv has […]

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Are the AR/VR platform wars already won?

The AR/VR industry seems to have made its mind up on platforms, based on responses to Digi-Capital and AWE’s Global AR/VR Industry Survey (full details in Digi-Capital’s Augmented/Virtual Reality Report). While there are still opportunities for niche players and startups, clear standouts are now top of mind across the XR industry. Above: What platforms matter to the AR/VR […]