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  • Facebook and Twitter face a short deadline on Russian bot #ReleaseTheMemo reports for Congress

    Facebook and Twitter face a short deadline on Russian bot #ReleaseTheMemo reports for Congress

    Two leading Democrats in Congress are calling for new disclosures from Facebook and Twitter about Russian disinformation campaigns on their platforms. In a letter, Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, minority leads on the House Intel and Senate Judiciary committees respectively, called for the two tech companies to release any information that have about Russian ties to the recent… Read More

  • Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io

    Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io

    Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s acquired… Confirm.io. The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone’s government-issued identification card, like a driver’s license, was authentic. The Boston-based startup will shut down as both its team and technology are rolled into Facebook. Read More

  • Holy moly! Facebook test was nudging me to chat with a church

    Holy moly! Facebook test was nudging me to chat with a church

    Facebook says it’s on a mission to de-bloat its Messenger app this year. At the same time, TechCrunch has discovered, the data-mining giant is running tests on its desktop platform to inject the Messenger “contact pages” of businesses directly into your chat sidebar. Read More

  • Twitter COO Anthony Noto resigns to become SoFi CEO

    Twitter COO Anthony Noto resigns to become SoFi CEO

    Twitter COO Anthony Noto has left the company, Twitter announced Tuesday. Noto’s leaving because he accepted a CEO role elsewhere, according to the release. Just last week, the WSJ reported that Noto was mulling the top executive job at finance startup SoFi, and indeed SoFi confirmed today that he’s joining effective March 1. Regarding Noto’s Twitter departure, CEO Jack… Read More

  • Snapchat will now let you share some Stories outside the app

    Snapchat will now let you share some Stories outside the app

    There’s no getting around the fact that Snapchat has a user growth problem, so it’s smart that the company is making it easier for people who like and use Snapchat to share content they find within beyond the app itself. Today, Snap is launching the ability to share some public Stories via links that then display the Story selected on Snapchat.com. Stories eligible for sharing… Read More

  • DuckDuckGo adds tracker blocking to help curb the wider surveillance web

    DuckDuckGo adds tracker blocking to help curb the wider surveillance web

    Some major product news from veteran anti-tracking search engine DuckDuckGo: Today it’s launched revamped mobile apps and browser extensions that bake in a tracker blocker for third party sites, and include a suite of other privacy features intended to help users keep surfing privately as they navigate around the web. Read More

  • Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay for the news

    Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay for the news

    Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corporation, today issued a statement calling for Facebook and Google to subsidize the news traveling through their platforms. In the statement, Murdoch calls on Facebook to pay a carriage fee, as cable companies do with pay TV, to trusted publishers that are posting their content on the social media platform. Read More

  • AltspaceVR CEO joins Facebook months after selling his startup to Microsoft

    AltspaceVR CEO joins Facebook months after selling his startup to Microsoft

    After selling his social virtual reality startup to Microsoft in October, Eric Romo, the co-founder of AltspaceVR, is joining the competing social VR team at Facebook as its product director, where he will be “exploring how VR can help communities connect.” Romo is joining the team that has built Facebook Spaces, a social virtual reality app for chatting and collaborating. Read More

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