Facebook ends platform policy banning apps that copy its features

Facebook  will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates “Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.” That policy felt pretty disingenuous given how aggressively Facebook has replicated everyone else’s core functionality, […]

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Singapore’s Grab ends its game-changing year flush with cash

Grab, the most popular ride-hailing app in Southeast Asia, will end 2018 with $3 billion in new funds as it seeks to fend off rivals in a region of more than 600 million people. The Singapore-based startup has raised more than $2.7 billion so far this year and will get to $3 billion “before New Year’s […]

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Uber Eats test lets restaurants trade discounts for ranking boost

Uber Eats  has effectively invented its own native ad unit. Uber confirmed to TechCrunch that a test quietly running in markets around India allows restaurants to bundle several food items together and sell them at a discounted price in exchange for promoted placement by Uber  Eats in a featured section of local “Specials.” In some cases, restaurants foot […]

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US Government Attempts to Force Facebook Into Building a Backdoor in Facebook Chat

Recently, in a shocking revelation, it has come to light that the FBI has allegedly tried to coax Facebook into providing a backdoor to its chat engine, Facebook chat. The request has been reportedly turned down by FaceBook, in a coveted court proceeding. If Facebook had succumbed to the pressure and decrypted the messages, it would […]

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Some Dark Web Marketplaces in the UK Are Reportedly Refusing to Let Users Sell Fentanyl

The UK’s National Crime Agency—which handles organized and transnational crime—claims that at least some of the dark web drug marketplaces operating throughout the nation have voluntarily banned fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that (along with other similar drugs) is associated with over 28,000 deaths a year in the U.S., the Guardian reported on Saturday. While the opioid crisis […]

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Three astronauts successfully launched to space today — two months after botched flight

Early Monday morning, a crew of three astronauts are set to launch to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz rocket — the first time people will ride on the Soyuz after the vehicle broke apart mid-flight in October with two passengers on board. Following an investigation, Russia claims to have identified and fixed […]

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SpaceX to launch 64 satellites in record-breaking mission

SpaceX is ready to deploy 64 satellites in one fell swoop — a record-setting mission. Elon Musk’s company is scheduled to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday between 1:32 pm and 2 pm ET after a series of delays triggered by bad weather and last-minute inspections for the rocket. […]

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Microsoft passes Apple to become most valuable company

Apple has officially been dethroned as the world’s most valuable company. After flirting with reclaiming the title all week, Microsoft (MSFT) passed Apple on Friday and ended the day as the most valuable company, with a market cap of $851 billion. Both companies remain well below the $1 trillion milestone that Apple and Amazon hit earlier this year. Apple (APPL) first […]

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Hackers Could Exploit A Zoom App Vulnerability To Disrupt Conferences

The customers of Zoom conferencing app need to update their apps at the earliest to protect themselves from hackers. As disclosed recently, hackers could exploit the Zoom app to hijack conferences. The exploit could supposedly allow an attacker to snoop into your online conferences to collect data, manipulate messages, and disrupt meetings. Zoom App Vulnerability […]

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5 Business Lessons I Learned From My Dad the Roofer

My childhood summers were like those of most kids whose parents work for themselves: we went to work too. My dad, a roofer and contractor, was constantly working — finishing a job, starting a new one, trying to get more customers. As I was learning the ropes — how to install flashing and a metal drip […]

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