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WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp will stop working for some older devices in early 2020 in one of the biggest updates in the app's history. For affected older versions of operating systems affected, WhatsApp developers suggested the following: "Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time."

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Facebook chatbot coaches employees how to answer thorny Facebook questions

Facebook chatbot coaches employees how to answer thorny Facebook questions

In the not so distant past, it was a point of pride to be working at one of those Silicon Valley companies, especially if that company is the hip and young Facebook. After Cambridge Analytica, however, it became almost a liability, especially at family gatherings like Thanksgiving. Whether from family or friends, Facebook employees find themselves at the center of inquiries regarding accusations hurled at their employer. And to make it easier for both them and the company's execs, Facebook created the most appropriate tool to train their workforce on how to answer those questions: a chatbot.

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Slack’s success means the Remote Worker is here to stay

Slack’s success means the Remote Worker is here to stay

Today Slack hit Wall Street and closed at over 48% in its first day of trading. If you do not know what Slack is, chances are you work with people that you see five days a week. Slack is a chat system with which business place employees communicate - through an app, usually. This system is successful because they got to this space nearly-first and did the right things at the right times over the past several years.

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Google Duo low light mode will brighten the darkest night

Google Duo low light mode will brighten the darkest night

Although Google has never really been known for its expertise in photography, it is starting to make a name for itself in that area, particularly on mobile. Its work on software-based photography with the Pixel phones’ lone camera has been impressive and its recent Night Sight turns night into day. Not everyone has a Pixel phone though so it’s mildly reassuring to find out that Google might be working on something similar for its Google Duo video chat app. Plus, it’s also working on something for lovers this month.

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New Slack Logo gets a Pentagram design reboot

New Slack Logo gets a Pentagram design reboot

A new Slack Logo appeared this week, courtesy of a design language made to take on the future. The new logo is simpler, the new logo is more flat, the new logo is far more versatile. According to Slack PR, "A good reason to change a logo is that it’s not doing the job you want it to do—and because a simpler, more distinctive evolution of it could do that job better."

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WhatsApp update: Stickers directions and creator info

WhatsApp update: Stickers directions and creator info

This week the folks at WhatsApp announced the addition of stickers to their chat platform. One might wonder how a platform like WhatsApp did not have stickers until now - and the answer is not entirely clear. What is clear is that the stickers are fanciful and quite often strange. WhatApp will deliver these stickers to all users ASAP.

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Facebook Group Chats can have up to 250 people chatting

Facebook Group Chats can have up to 250 people chatting

Your Facebook Messenger chats not chaotic enough for you? How about Facebook Group chats that may have more members than you have friends? That’s the wonderful playground Facebook users will soon be able to enjoy once the social network giant fully rolls out its new Chat for Groups feature that will let members discuss any sub-topic under the sun. Thankfully, though, Facebook will be giving users a way out of potentially going insane.

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WhatsApp won’t be free for all, soon

WhatsApp won’t be free for all, soon

To make WhatsApp a better place for users - and for the company to actually make a profit - there'll be some money involved, soon. The WhatsApp Business announcement released this week suggested that the WhatApp Business app will soon cost cash to use - for businesses, but not all businesses. The company suggested that sone businesses will have to pay to send "certain messages" - but not all.

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Steam Chat now live for all: Behold!

Steam Chat now live for all: Behold!

Today the Steam Chat system went live for the whole entire world, all at once. This system wasn't necessarily built specifically to destroy any other system for chat - like Discord, for example - but it might well put a dent in their usership. For Steam games anyway. This system was in play in Beta mode for quite a while and just went fully live just today.

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Reddit Chat live chat rooms arrive in beta for many subreddits

Reddit Chat live chat rooms arrive in beta for many subreddits

Reddit is bringing back an old-school form of Internet interaction with strangers: chat rooms. The company has been quietly working on its Chat platform, including offering it as a limited beta over the past year. Over these months, Reddit says that about 7,000 people have used the chat feature, paving the way for today's big news: the chat room beta is expanding to more subreddits.

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Yahoo Squirrel chat wants you to trust it with your messages

Yahoo Squirrel chat wants you to trust it with your messages

Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon's larger Oath company, has been struggling to remain relevant in Google's and Apple's world. A Yahoo! email address is now both a source of ridicule as well as concern. The latter comes after Yahoo's admission of privacy breaches and its repeated inability to secure its customers' data. Now it seems to be tempting fate yet again by introducing a new chat platform, simply called Squirrel, that, curiously, doesn't advertise any security features or encryption.

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Hangouts Chat on G Suite is now available for all

Hangouts Chat on G Suite is now available for all

If from the looks of things you thought Hangouts was on its way out, the Google just proved everyone wrong. Google did relegate Hangouts to the business corner of its world but didn’t do much with it since then. Showing not just signs of life but a hint of commitment, it is now making a part of Hangouts, specifically, Chat available for all G Suite users. It’s a small announcement that is practically a stab at claiming some territory now occupied largely by Slack and, soon, Microsoft Teams.

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