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No More Blue Ticks? WhatsApp to Let Users Choose When to Appear Online

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Meta enables Instagram NFT integration in over 100 countries

According to a Meta newsroom post updated on Thursday, the Mark Zuckerberg-led company has begun its nonfungible token (NFT) expansion across 100 countries in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas. This includes adding support for wallet connections with Coinbase Wallet and Dapper as well as the ability to post digital collectibles minted on the Flow blockchain. The initial rollout targets the popular social media app Instagram. One needs to simply connect their digital wallet to Instagram to post an NFT, the company said in its updated post. Third-party wallet integrations with Rainbow, MetaMask, Trust Wallet, Coinbase Wallet and Dapper Wallet are either complete as of Thursday or are coming soon. Supported blockchains at this time are Ethereum, Polygon and Flow. Ther...

Facebook Owner Reports First Ever Revenue Drop

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Epidemic Sound Sues Meta For $142M, Says Instagram and Facebook Stole Hundreds Of Songs

Meta Platforms Inc. is facing a lawsuit that claims its Facebook and Instagram platforms “intentionally and brazenly” stole hundreds of songs from Swedish production music label Epidemic Sound, encouraging their users to upload more than 50,000 infringing videos every day. Repped by attorneys at the top music law firm Pryor Cashman, Epidemic says the social media giant is offering nearly 1,000 of the label’s songs through its “Music Library” for users to add to their video uploads, but that Meta has refused to secure copyright licenses for that music — and has ignored the company’s repeated demands that it do so. “Perhaps Meta is hoping to get away with it for as long as possible,” Epidemic’s lawyers wrote in a complaint filed Wednesday (July 20) in San Francisco federal court. “Perhaps Me...

All the Changes Facebook is Making to Your Feeds

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Did Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Steal Another Company’s Name?

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Top 5 Most Popular Social Media Platforms in Africa

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Facebook Users May Soon Get to Have 5 Profiles at Once

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Meta signals closure of Novi wallet after a 10-month pilot

Meta’s first foray into the world of cryptocurrencies is set to end in September with the closure of its Novi wallet pilot project. Novi’s website landing page has been revamped to inform pilot users that the platform will be decommissioned on September 1. This ends an eight-month-long pilot project that saw users based in the United States and Guatemala participate in a trial of the cryptocurrency-powered payment platform. Users are directed to withdraw the remaining funds from their respective Novi wallets to their linked bank accounts. Guatemalan users can also withdraw holdings in cash at a select site in Guatemala City. Novi users are also encouraged to download their account information before the closure date, including transactions and activity on their accounts. From Sept. 1, user...

Meta signals closure of Novi wallet after a 10-month pilot

Meta’s first foray into the world of cryptocurrencies is set to end in September with the closure of its Novi wallet pilot project. Novi’s website landing page has been revamped to inform pilot users that the platform will be decommissioned on September 1. This ends an eight-month-long pilot project that saw users based in the United States and Guatemala participate in a trial of the cryptocurrency-powered payment platform. Users are directed to withdraw the remaining funds from their respective Novi wallets to their linked bank accounts. Guatemalan users can also withdraw holdings in cash at a select site in Guatemala City. Novi users are also encouraged to download their account information before the closure date, including transactions and activity on their accounts. From Sept. 1, user...

NFTs to appear on Facebook, cross-post with Instagram as Meta Web3 expansion continues

Facebook will support nonfungible tokens (NFTs) with a “digital collectibles” tab on creators’ timelines to display their work. Meta technical program manager Navdeep Singh displayed screenshots of NFTs and a creator’s page Thursday on Twitter.  A spokesperson for Meta, the parent company of Facebook, told TechCrunch the same day that the rollout of NFTs on Facebook would be gradual, beginning with select creators in the United States. Eventually, NFT creators will be able to cross-post between Facebook and Instagram, another Meta property. Instagram is also testing NFTs in its Spark AR augmented reality platform. We’re launching NFTs on Facebook! Excited to share what I’ve been working on with the world. pic.twitter.com/TaV66zRanV — Navdeep Singh (@navdeep_ua) June 29, 20...

Meta set to begin testing NFTs on Instagram Stories with Spark AR

Instagram’s parent company, Meta, announced Wednesday that it will begin testing NFTs on Instagram Stories using its augmented reality platform Spark AR. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the news, “We’re expanding our test so more creators around the world can display their NFTs on Instagram.” The company also stated in an announcement, “Creators and collectors will be able to share their digital collectibles across Facebook and Instagram after we begin rolling out the feature on Facebook with select US creators at a later date.” Zuckerberg also confirmed that Facebook is set to support NFTs in the future: “We’ll bring this feature to Facebook soon too — starting with a small group of US creators — so people can cross-post on Instagram and Facebook. ...