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Daily Crunch: ‘Things don’t look good’: Y Combinator sends founders a 10-point survival strategy

Thursday May 19, 2022, and it’s the last day of our in-person Mobility event. Tomorrow we take the journey to the mean streets of the world wide web, and you can still join us virtually! — Haje an

WhatsApp ramps up revenue with global launch of Cloud API and soon, a paid tier for its Business App

WhatsApp is continuing its push into the business market with today’s news it’s launching the WhatsApp Cloud API to all businesses worldwide. Introduced into beta testing last November, th

Instagram test makes it easier to get product and service quotes from businesses

Instagram is testing a new “Get Quote” button with select businesses on its app, Meta announced on Wednesday. The new button allows users to set up custom questions to ask customers prior

WhatsApp follows Google in giving cash-back rewards to win payments users in India

WhatsApp, the most popular smartphone app in India, is employing one of the most popular strategies that has proven to drive users in the world’s second largest market to a service: cash-back. T

TikTok was the top app by worldwide downloads in Q1 2022

TikTok is one of the world’s fastest-growing social media platforms. Sensor Tower recently released its “Q1 2022: Store Intelligence Data Digest” report in which TikTok was the top app by worldw

WeChat’s newsfeed turns 10. Is it still relevant?

Over the last few days, my WeChat has been inundated with people reminiscing about the first post they ever published on the app’s newsfeed, which marked its 10-year anniversary this week. The n

Daily Crunch: Elon Musk sets sights on Twitter with unsolicited $43B takeover bid

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WhatsApp to launch ‘Communities’ — more structured group chats with admin controls

Meta is throwing billions of dollars into building out the metaverse as the future of social networking, but in the near term, the tech giant is looking toward the power of messaging to connect users

Daily Crunch: Brex says DoorDash is ‘first of many’ new enterprise customers to come

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WhatsApp permitted to extend payments service to 100 million users in India

The National Payments Corporation of India, the payments body that oversees the widely popular UPI instrument, has given approval to WhatsApp to extend its payments service to 100 million users in the

Daily Crunch: After 16 months on the job, Better.com CTO Diane Yu steps down

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NSO hacked new Pegasus victims weeks after Apple sought injunction

Investigators say they have found evidence that a Jordanian journalist and human rights defender’s iPhone was hacked with the Pegasus spyware just weeks after Apple sued the spyware’s make

People are sending 7 billion voice messages on WhatsApp every day

Like most smartphone users in India, I use WhatsApp a lot. But I have never sent anyone a voice message — ever. Turns out, others do. WhatsApp said on Wednesday that users on its gigantic messag

Instagram is now blocked in Russia

Russia followed through on its threat to block Meta-owned Instagram on Monday, cutting off access to tens of millions of users in the country. Instagram is popular in Russia. It’s Meta’s s

Ubisoft won’t say why it reset employee passwords after ‘cyber incident’

Gaming giant Ubisoft has confirmed a cybersecurity incident that led to the mass-reset of company passwords, but has declined to say what the incident actually was. In a brief statement, Ubisoft said:

Google’s Messages app can now handle iMessage reactions, challenges Apple with new features

Google is giving its default messaging app a big upgrade, the company announced today. The Messages app, which comes pre-installed on most Android phones, will gain a number of new features with the u

Zapt is now Trela; aims to remove the middleman from group food shopping

The inspiration for Brazil-based Trela came from a person buying food for their neighbors directly from suppliers rather than the grocery store.

Instagram makes encrypted direct messaging available in Ukraine and Russia

As part of a series of actions Meta (previously Facebook) is taking in response to the Russia-Ukraine war, which have included restricting state media and increased efforts around fact-checking, the c

Ukrainians turn to encrypted messengers, offline maps and Twitter amid Russian invasion

Ukrainians have turned to offline mapping and encrypted communication apps in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country, which is displacing millions who have left their homes to either fight

Russia says it is restricting access to Facebook in the country

The Russian government announced Friday that it will begin to “partially restrict” access to Facebook, according to an announcement from its internet regulatory agency Roskomnadzor. Russia
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