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July 21, 2021
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YouTube acquires Indian social commerce startup Simsim

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YouTube has acquired social commerce startup Simsim, the Google-owned firm said on Tuesday. Neither of the firms disclosed the terms of the deal, but two people with knowledge of t....

June 16, 2021
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Mobile game spending hits record $1.7B per week in Q1 2021, up 40% from pre-pandemic levels

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The Covid-19 pandemic drove increased demand for mobile gaming, as consumers under lockdowns looked to online sources of entertainment, including games. But even as Covid-19 restri....

June 5, 2021
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TikTok just gave itself permission to collect biometric data on US users, including ‘faceprints and voiceprints’

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A change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” fr....

June 2, 2021
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Twitter to begin pilot testing Fleet ads starting today

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Ads are coming to Twitter’s version of Stories, known as Fleets. The company announced today it will began pilot testing Fleet ads in the U.S., which will bring full-screen, vert....

May 29, 2021
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Struum launches its ‘ClassPass for streaming’ service to the public

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Struum, the new streaming service from former Disney and Discovery execs, is today officially launching to the public. Unlike traditional on-demand streamers, such as Netflix, the ....

April 30, 2021
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Instagram Live takes on Clubhouse with options to mute and turn off the video

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In addition to Facebook’s Clubhouse competitor built within Messenger Rooms and its experiments with a Clubhouse-like Q&A platform on the web, the company is now leveraging y....

April 18, 2021
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TikTok funds first episodic public health series ‘VIRAL’ from NowThis

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TikTok is taking another step toward directly funding publishers’ content with today’s announcement that it’s financially backing the production of media publisher NowThis’....

March 15, 2021
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Pakistan bans TikTok again over ‘immoral and objectionable’ videos

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Pakistan has banned TikTok again in the country after reviewing a complaint that said the popular video app hosted immoral and objectionable content. A high court in the city of Pe....

March 6, 2021
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WhatsApp adds voice and video calling to desktop app

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WhatsApp is rolling out support for voice and video calling to its desktop app, the Facebook-owned messaging service said Thursday, providing relief to countless people sitting in ....

February 28, 2021
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Daily Crunch: Facebook launches rap app

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Facebook unveils another experimental app, Atlassian acquires a data visualization startup and Newsela becomes a unicorn. This is your Daily Crunch for February 26, 2021. The big s....