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Twitter testing ticketed Spaces

Ticketed Spaces will allow Twitter users to schedule live audio, sell tickets to access the stream, and limit attendance.

Twitter Ticketed Spaces

Signal and Clubhouse add payments features

Clubhouse Payments will use the Stripe gateway, while Signal will use MobileCoin, a cryptocurrency.

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Facebook’s investment in newsletters confirms the future of data sales is owned media

Facebook is building a newsletter and website platform to compete with Twitter’s Revue acquisition and subscription newsletter services like Substack and MailerLite.

Facebook Newsletter and Site

Twitter updates two-factor authentication (2FA) to support multiple hardware security keys

Twitter accounts can now add several hardware security keys that are used for two-factor authentication on different devices.

Multiple Security Keys

Parler is back online with its web app but is still blocked by Apple and Google’s app stores

The Parler social network was dropped from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apple's App Store, and Google Play in early January, but its web app is back online after finding a new hosting provider.

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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’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.

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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

Twitter rolling out a feature that increases referral traffic by up to 40% for shared articles

The Twitter Communication team announced the success of a test that prompts users to read articles before they Retweet. They plan to make the feature available to everyone globally.

Twitter read article prompt

Facebook releases Rights Manager for Images

The tool will use image matching to protect copyrighted image content across the Facebook and Instagram platforms. Rights Manager for Images and the Creator Studio tool where it lives are intended for high-volume content creators and publishers.

Facebook Rights Manager for Images

Facebook announces Paid Online Events

Facebook Paid Online Events are available for qualifying Pages. Small business owners booking events through Facebook Pay on the web or Android will keep 100 percent of the event’s revenue for at least the first year of the program.

Facebook Paid Online Event

LinkedIn rolls out virtual events and poll features, giving brands new engagement opportunities

The company says it accelerated its product roadmap to help businesses connect with their communities online and at scale.

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Facebook and Instagram launch COVID-19 resources as usage spikes, while others follow suit

Facebook and Instagram have launched new features to help with coronavirus pandemic relief efforts and reduce the spread of misinformation related to the outbreak.

Facebook coronavirus hub

Facebook app and Instagram start exposing locale of users and Pages to help protect U.S. election

Posts from high-reach Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts outside of the U.S. will now list the account owner’s primary country location at the top of the post.

Facebook User Locale

Facebook giving $100 million in grants to SMBs impacted by coronavirus

The $100 million earmarked for Facebook’s SMB Grants Program includes cash grants and ad credits for small businesses around the world.

Facebook for Business and Coronavirus

Twitter is testing disappearing Tweets called ‘Fleets’

Twitter enabled a new feature called Fleets in Brazil. Fleets capture fleeting thoughts, and they disappear after 24 hours, similar to Facebook and Instagram Stories.

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Open-source URL shortener ‘YOURLS’ gets updated with Bitly-like random keyword plugin

The popular open-source URL shortener, YOURLS, was updated to version 1.7.6. The update adds a Bitly-like URL randomizer to the core set of plugins and fixes various bugs. Users that rely on the software are also encouraged to sponsor its development via Open Collective.

YOURLS URL Shortener

Developer offers a glimpse of what a ‘Solid’ decentralized social network presence might look like

The standards-based initiative to decentralize social media data known as Solid has been difficult for most people to visualize. Angelo Veltens, a developer and IT consultant, recently shared an example of what a person’s identity could look like using Solid.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announces Bluesky, an initiative to create a decentralized social media standard

Jack Dorsey made a surprise announcement that Twitter is funding a small team of software architects, engineers, and designers to create an open-source standard for social media.

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