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Facebook and Instagram now accept Shop Pay from Shopify

The social media apps are Shop Pay’s first appearances as a third party payments tool.

Shop App plus Instagram and Facebook

Facebook tries to outmaneuver Apple’s privacy pop-up with its own tracking prompt

Facebook will prompt users of its mobile app to opt-in to device tracking services prior to the Apple opt-in page that will ship with iOS 14.

Facebook tracking prompt

Twitter buys Revue, a newsletter service that’s similar to Substack

The company’s investment adds long-form content to their famously short-form platform and will help writers and publishers grow and connect with audiences.

Twitter and Revue

Twitter’s ‘bluesky’ releases Ecosystem Review of decentralized protocols and apps

The Bluesky initiative, a project focused on creating a decentralized social network backed by Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, shared a 61-page Ecosystem Review of viable protocols and apps.

bluesky

WordPress.com now builds small business websites

The CMS rolls out agency services to compete with drag and drop website builders Squarespace and Wix

WordPress.com Builds Sites

Episode 11: Fabric CEO Faisal Masud and Co-founder Ryan Bartley discuss startups, the problem with low-touch platforms, and the unique capabilities of headless commerce

Fabric Co-founder Ryan Bartley discusses how Fabric went from an idea to a startup company, and CEO Faisal Masud reveals Shopify Plus’ Achilles heel. Then they talk about what companies can do with headless commerce.

Faisal Masud and Ryan Bartley

Tech companies scramble to protect themselves after the Capitol riots

Companies ban incendiary posts and drop support for apps that promote violent content that violate their terms of service. We can expect to see more of this as purported “free speech” platforms arise after Parler’s demise.

Tech Companies shielding

Adobe Flash Player now blocks all Flash content from playing

The twenty-five-year-old Adobe Flash Player is now end of life and will no longer play Flash content. Adobe is urging all users to uninstall it immediately.

Flash Player Notice

Signal AMA on Reddit: Team reveals future plans and discusses privacy, security, and funding

The privacy-focused messenger, Signal, is experiencing record growth, partly due to WhatsApp's changes, its usage in the Hong Kong protests, and Elon Musk promoting it. To better engage with their users, many of which are new, they held an AMA on Reddit to answer questions about the app.

Signal AMA on Reddit

Google awarded patent for dynamic knowledge panels in productivity apps

A U.S. patent recently awarded to Google describes integrating dynamic knowledge panels into apps, like Google Docs. The feature enables users to research without leaving the app and provides Google another channel for its shopping and ad networks.

Knowledge Panel in an app

FTC to investigate whether ad-tech like real-time bidding is too invasive with our data

Recent reports have shown that apps and real-time bidding tools may have unrestrained access to location, demographic, and personal interest data. Federal legislators have called on the FTC to investigate the depth of data collected by technology and the potential for misuse by data brokers, government agencies, and tech companies.

Facebook adds support for uploading AVIF images

Chrome and Firefox users can now upload AVIF images to Facebook posts. Facebook automatically converts the AVIF images to JPEG format.

Facebook and AVIF

Updated: Tim Cook responds to Facebook’s attack ads against Apple’s App Tracking Transparency

Facebook paid for a full-page ad in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal that accuses Apple will reduce small business revenue by 60%.

Facebook vs. Apple

Pixelmator Pro adds ‘Export for Web’ for the WebP image format

A much-anticipated feature, exporting optimized WebP images, is coming to the next version of Pixelmator Pro. The new feature will enable web designers and developers on macOS to switch from using JPG and PNG images to solely using the WebP image format for sites.

Pixelmator Pro

WordPress adds support for video captions and subtitles

The release of WordPress 5.6 contained several accessibility improvements, including the ability to add captions and subtitles to videos using the Web Video Text Tracks Format (WebVTT).

WordPress Video Captions

‘Big Mail’ continues the endless fight to make email better

'The Not So Big Company' opened up its beta registration for their new email app called Big Mail. They are the latest company attempting to fix how we experience email.

Big Mail

Squarespace announces ‘Member Areas’ for paywalled content

Member Areas can be used to put courses, webinars, white papers, and more behind a one-time or subscription paywall.

Squarespace

CM Group adds Selligent Marketing Cloud to its growing list of brands

Selligent Marketing Cloud’s enterprise and mid-market omnichannel tool is known for personalized insights driven by AI and machine learning. The company will retain its brand and continue normal operations after the acquisition by CM Group.

CM Group

DOJ suit against Google renews Apple search engine speculation

The Department of Justice lawsuit against Google has the tech industry further speculating that Apple may be readying the launch of a new search engine.

Apple Search Engine

Shopify partners with TikTok for creator-friendly ecommerce tools

The ecommerce platform will connect to a TikTok For Business account where creators can build shoppable content and ads. This is the first shoppable partnership TikTok has made available to the general public.

Shopify partners with TikTok for Business