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Daily Crunch: Twitter threads are getting easier

Twitter is rolling out a “continue thread” button, ViacomCBS has big plans for its streaming service and Morgan Stanley acquires E-Trade. Here’s your Daily Crunch for February 20, 20

Twitter adds a button so you can thread your shower thoughts

Hold that tweet — and add another one. Twitter is adding a new feature for mobile users to make it easier to link dispersed ‘shower thoughts’ together — and another thing styl

Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report

The lead European Union privacy regulator for most of big tech has put out its annual report which shows another major bump in complaints filed under the bloc’s updated data protection framework

Facebook backs Indian education startup Unacademy

Unacademy, one of India’s fastest growing education startups, has just received the backing of a major technology giant: Facebook. The social juggernaut has participated in the four-year-old Ind

Well, Bill Gates is never going to buy a Tesla now

Elon Musk is not one to mince words, but he may have just lost a potential customer because of a cutting tweet. That customer is renowned big deal Bill Gates, who sat down recently with YouTuber Marqu

Twitter acquires Stories template maker Chroma Labs

Is “Twitter Stories” on the way? Or will we just get tools to send prettier tweets? Well now Twitter has the talent for both, as it has just acquired Chroma Labs. Co-founded by Instagram B

Fiddler Labs, SRI and Berkeley experts open up the black box of machine learning at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

As AI permeates the home, work and public life, it’s increasingly important to be able to understand why and how it makes its decisions. Explainable AI isn’t just a matter of hitting a swi

California’s new privacy law is off to a rocky start

California’s new privacy law was years in the making. The law, California’s Consumer Privacy Act — or CCPA — became law on January 1, allowing state residents to reclaim their right to

Facebook’s Twitter account compromised, hacker group claims credit

There’s this brilliant feeling on Fridays if you’re a reporter when you think that all the things you have to write about are complete. You kickstart some work for Monday. Maybe you tighte

Senators attempt to force Twitter to ban Iranian leadership

Four senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), have asserted that, as a consequence of sanctions placed on Iran, Twitter must cease providing its services to Ayatollah Khamenei and other leaders in the cou

Twitter-backed ShareChat eyes fantasy sports in India

The growing market of fantasy sports in India may soon have a new and odd entrant: ShareChat . The local social networking app, which in August last year raised $100 million in a financing round led b

Instagram gives unfollow suggestions in new ‘following categories’

Instagram will now show you who you interact with least frequently in case you want to unfollow them. In an effort to help you keep your feed clean and relevant, today Instagram is launching “fo

Twitter’s manipulated media policy will remove harmful tweets & voter suppression, label others

Twitter today is announcing the official version of its “deepfake” and manipulated media policy, which largely involves labeling tweets and warning users of manipulated, deceptively altere

Russia’s push back against big tech has major consequences for Apple

Tech companies are getting so large that Russia is fast-tracking laws aimed at developing "digital sovereignty." How will these regulations affect tech companies looking to do business in the country?

Twitter suspends ‘large network’ of fake accounts used to match phone numbers to users

Twitter announced today that over the holidays it identified and shut down “a large network of fake accounts,” as well as many others “located in a wide range of countries,” co

Twitter suspends notorious UK hate preacher for violating abuse rules

Twitter confirmed it has temporarily suspended the account of controversial right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins. The move was reported earlier by the BBC. Hopkins, a former MailOnline columnist and p

Adding India to your business

If you're building a large-scale technology startup, sooner or later, you should be having a conversation about the Indian market.

It’s time for tech startups to get political

We’ve found that when you have a clear message and a clear mission, even a startup can make a big difference.

Some tech I loved is getting worse and I’m mad

Time is supposed to make technology better. The idea is simple: With more time, humans make newer, better technology and our lives improve. Except for when the opposite happens. Google is a good examp

Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions

Twitter is pouring a little more fuel on the messaging fire. It has added a heart+ button to its direct messaging interface, which lets users shortcut to a pop-up menu of seven emoji reactions so they
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