WhatsApp Reaches 2 Billion Active UsersSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees as the future of social networking, with messaging playing a key role – and WhatsApp, Facebook’s largest messaging platform, is central to that shift. And this week, the significance of WhatsApp has been underlined once again, with the messaging app reaching a new user milestone of 2 billion monthly actives.
The best relationship apps for couplesMASHABLE.COM — In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. It is cuffing season after all. Remember when online dating sounded weird and pathetic, but now that stigma isn’t even a little bit of a thing anymore? Unfortunately, couples apps haven’t reached that stage yet.
These are the times when thinking about the future is unproductiveFASTCOMPANY.COM — But it is at least as important to adapt your plan to changing circumstances in the world. On the one hand, you want to be aware of new factors that may lead a plan to fail, so that you can correct for factors that you did not predict. On the other hand, you also want to be open to new opportunities that you did not expect.
3 traits you must develop in order to make stress work for youFASTCOMPANY.COM — The difference is that one has “hardiness,” an ability to resist the damaging effects of stress that can determine how well you adapt and cope with difficult or unexpected conditions, say Steven Stein, Ph.and Retired Colonel Paul Bartone, Ph.D., authors of Hardiness: Making Stress Work for You to Achieve Your Life Goals.
15 Newsletters That Will Make You Smarter and More Successful in 2020INC.COM — As of January 1st there were well over a billion websites out there with hundreds more being created every minute. The information available to us is expanding exponentially, and the right insight at the right time can mean the difference between success and failure. Yet we’re still stuck with just 24 hours in the day. .
Xi Jinping sends in the hard men to deal with the Wuhan virusECONOMIST.COM — Big changes in HubeiXi Jinping sends in the hard men to deal with the Wuhan virusHe fires the local bosses who failed to get to grips with the covid-19 outbreak WHEN SECRETIVE, Leninist parties have bad news to get out of the way, they do not hang about. In the space of a single day, February…
Is tech socialism really on the rise?TECHCRUNCH.COM — In Part 1 of my conversation with Ben Tarnoff, co-founder of leading tech ethics publication Logic, we covered the history and philosophy of 19th century Luddites and how that relates to what he described in his column for The Guardian as today’s over-computerized world. I’ve casually called myself a Luddite when expressing general frustration with social media or internet culture, but as it turns out, you can’t intelligently discuss what most people think of as an anti-technology movement without understanding the role of technology in capitalism, and vice versa.
These custom masks may not beat Face ID, but they could do some goodMASHABLE.COM — It might have started as a novelty idea, but a Twitter pitch for “Face ID compatible respirator masks” went to some unexpectedly cool places. It started on Saturday when Danielle Baskin — “a product designer, situation designer, visual artist, and the CEO of Dialup.com,” according to her website — floated the idea of printing faces onto respirator masks.
Instagram prototypes “Latest Posts” featureTECHCRUNCH.COM — users who miss the reverse chronological feed might get a new way to see the most recent pics and videos from who they follow. Instagram has been spotted internally prototyping a “Latest Posts” feature that appears as a pop-up over the main feed and brings users to a special area showing the newest content from their network.
How to survive Valentine’s Day by pretending it doesn’t existMASHABLE.COM — As I ordered a club sandwich, I caught her eyeing me nervously. “So, I have some news,” she said in a hesitant tone. There was an agonising suspenseful pause. . “Oh god,” I said. My heart was beating so fast I thought it might leap right out of my chest cavity. She put her head in her hands as she geared up to break the news to me.
India’s Vedantu scores $24M more for its online tutoring serviceTECHCRUNCH.COM — Vedantu, a Bangalore-based startup that operates a learning app aimed at students aged between 12 to 18, has secured an additional $24 million as part of its Series C financing round as it looks to serve more students and make its brand a household name. The additional fund to Series which Vedantu unveiled in August last year, was led by Chinese giant GGV Capital.
How the very online date the very offlineMASHABLE.COM — In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. It is cuffing season after all. During the talking-but-not-labeled phase of dating, the person I was seeing sent me a stale meme. We left a party together, spent the night at my place, and then made…
Facebook will pay Reuters to fact-check Deepfakes and moreTECHCRUNCH.COM — Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire already go through an exhaustive media verification process. Now the publisher will bring that expertise to the fight against misinformation on Facebook. Today it launches the new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog, announcing that it will become one of the third-party partners tasked with debunking lies spread on the social network.
After VCs spend millions Nigeria restricts ride-hail motorbike taxisTECHCRUNCH.COM — Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos has shaken up its transportation order. At the center are the West African country’s motorcycle taxis — referred to locally as okadas — which face newly enforced regulatory restrictions on their movement. That’s creating speedbumps for Nigeria’s two-wheel ride-hail startups, operating in Africa’s most populous nation with the continent’s largest economy.
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