How the world’s largest cannabis dispensary avoids social media restrictions

Planet 13 is the world’s largest cannabis dispensary. Located in Las Vegas, blocks off the Strip, the facility is the size of a small Walmart. By design, it’s hard to…

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Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe

Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings against Facebook for failing to fully inform users about the commercial uses it makes of their data. At the same time, a…

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Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions

Twitter is pouring a little more fuel on the messaging fire. It’s added a heart+ button to its direct messaging interface which lets users shortcut to a pop-up menu of…

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5 Essential Facebook Ads Audiences for 2020

Happy Q1 advertisers! The start of a new year and a new decade is truly a busy time where we all finalize 2020 budgets, assess the damage from 2019, and…

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TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019….

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Facebook’s Mandatory Change Coming Soon: Ad Set Budgets Are Going Away

I am using this opportunity to remind you about Facebook’s mandatory change coming soon (sometime in the next few months, as early as Feb 2020). This change is the mandatory…

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Instagram tests Direct Messaging on web where encryption fails

Instagram will finally let you chat from your web browser, but the launch contradicts Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption in all its messaging apps. Today Instagram began testing Direct Messages…

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Facebook is Preparing to Launch a Desktop Redesign to All Users

Facebook is planning to roll out a redesign of its desktop website to all users before this spring. The redesign is the same one that was talked about as far…

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Over two dozen encryption experts call on India to rethink changes to its intermediary liability rules

Security and encryption experts from around the world are joining a number of organizations to call on India to reconsider its proposed amendments to local intermediary liability rules. In an…

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Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges, but needs cynics to fix 2030

Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the…

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