NEW YORK POST - The UK reportedly blocks Meta's $315M of Giphy, the popular animated GIF maker. The authority has told Meta that it has until Dec 1 to divest itself from Giphy, whose acquisition it completed in May 202. Meta also claimed that Giphy would have "continued in a diminished and underfunded state absent the merger."
by Abraham Ziff
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DAILY NEWS EGYPT - Mico is a popular integrated entertainment platform that enhances social communication between people around the world, launched its services in Egypt and the Middle East. MICO WORLD's products have covered ~150 countries and regions worldwide, and have gained ~100M users, making it the largest online social entertainment company in the world.
FORBES - Facebook Messenger and Instagram DMs will come under the same level of default end-to-end encryption that now protects WhatsApp. "We don't plan to finish the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default across all our messaging services until sometime in 2023," Meta's Global Head of Safety confirmed.
9TO5MAC - Discord is finally working on an update for its macOS app that brings full support to Macs with M1 chip and later. Although the update is not yet officially available to the public, it can be downloaded as a beta app for now.
FREE MALAYSIA TODAY - TikTok announced that it would donate $7M to organizations worldwide to support the causes our community cares about the most. Alongside this positive action, TikTok will launch a series of live events on its platform on "GivingTuesday," on Nov 30, the "world's biggest day for generosity."
PINKVILLA - Adding an edge to the esports segment, Qlan, an interactive social networking app dedicated to gamers, announced its successful launch on Google Play Store with 50K pre-registrations. This AI-based networking app offers the stakeholders in the business and the thriving esports community to meet, communicate, and get discovered.
THE GRIO - Triller, a video-sharing social networking platform, is launching a funding program for Black creators. Creatives will be given $2K in cash and another $2K in company equity per month for posting 8 monthly videos. Users can sign a one-year contract with Triller that begins on Jan 1, 2022. Users must also share 8 different posts with references to Triller on their other social accounts.
PR NEWSWIRE - Mobile app company Newborn Town brings new social experiences with its social networking platforms MICO and YoHo, especially in the Middle East. MICO is the top 1 best-selling app on Google Play in 12 countries and one of the Top 10 best-selling social apps in 90 countries/regions, a social entertainment platform with many other social features like party rooms and communities. YoHo, the second most popular audio social network in the Middle East, connects millions of users through its voice chat rooms. With an outsized impact on the region, the company measures its success not just by followers, but by positive impact, especially for women.
TECH CRUNCH - Spotify has confirmed it's currently testing a new feature in its app, Discover. It presents a vertical feed of music videos that users can scroll through and optionally like or skip. Those who have access to the feature appear as a fourth tab in the navigation bar at the bottom of the Spotify app, between Home and Search.
TECH CRUNCH - Twitter is updating its iOS app to prevent tweets from disappearing while users are still reading them. The change comes as the social media giant recently updated its web platform to no longer automatically refresh timelines with new tweets. Twitter acknowledged that in the past, tweets would often disappear from view as users were reading them when their timeline would automatically refresh, creating a frustrating experience.
TECH CRUNCH - Reddit is shutting down Dubsmash, its short-form TikTok-like video platform, on Feb 22, 2022. The company said it would integrate its video creation tools into Reddit. New camera features include the ability to change recording speeds and the option to set a timer. Users can also upload landscape, portrait mode videos, fill and adjust and trim multiple clips, etc.