Russian Lawmakers Approve Harsher Fines for Tech Firms Without Offices

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill providing for stricter penalties for foreign internet companies that fail to open an office in Russia, including fines. Moscow has long sought to exert greater control over technology firms, and disputes over content and data have intensified since it sent armed forces into Ukraine on February 24. Foreign […]

EU Lawmakers Approve Landmark Regulation to Rein in Big Tech

EU lawmakers gave the thumbs up on Tuesday to landmark rules to rein in the power of tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft, but enforcing them could be an issue due to regulators’ limited resources. In addition to the rules known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA), lawmakers also approved the […]

Meta’s Novi Digital Wallet Is Shutting Down by 1st September

Meta’s controversial cryptocurrency project is coming to an end with the announcement that the Novi digital wallet will close on 1st September 2022. The Novi digital wallet launched with a pilot program in November 2021 with custody support from Coinbase. Novi did not support Meta’s proposed Diem cryptocurrency, but instead launched with only support for […]

Meta to Enable NFT Cross-Posting on Facebook, Instagram Apps

Facebook is getting a new ‘digital collectibles’ tab where creators will be able to showcase their non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The release of this NFT-centric feature on Facebook is going to be gradual and will start being available for select creators based in the US. Last month, Instagram had also said that it had begun testing […]

Instagram to Turn Video Posts to Reels: Report

Instagram is reportedly testing a way to turn video posts into Reels. The Meta-owned social media platform is said to have mentioned has reportedly said that the change is currently being tested with a select number of users around the world and it is part of Instagram’s plan to simplify the videos on the application. […]

Facebook Owner Meta Will Reportedly Lower Engineering Hiring Target for 2022

Facebook parent Meta Platforms has reportedly reduced its target for hiring engineers in 2022 to around 6,000-7,000, down from an initial plan to hire about 10,000 new engineers. According to Reuters, the statement comes Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who cited the figure during a weekly employee Q&A session on Thursday. In another update, Meta […]

Facebook Testing Discord-Like Audio Channels for Groups: Details

Facebook is testing out a couple of new features for Groups. These features include a new easy way to access users’ favourite Facebook Groups, along with the introduction of chat, audio, and feed channels. Facebook group admins will now be able to create channels in the groups that are focused spaces for people to connect […]

How Apps Could Affect Your Privacy After the Roe v. Wade Decision

With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that vacuum up personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance. One fear is that law enforcement or vigilantes could use those data troves against people […]

Meta Pay: Digital Wallet by Meta Announced by Mark Zuckerberg

Meta, formerly Facebook, is venturing deeper into the arena of metaverse and Web3. In a latest development, the company has launched its own wallet service as a universal payment mode that could be used in physical as well as the virtual world of the metaverse. The name of this wallet service is Meta Pay, which […]

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