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Zoom now scans social media to spot ZoomBombing before it happens

Zoom now scans social media to spot ZoomBombing before it happens

Zoom has released a new scanning tool that hunts down publicly-shared meeting IDs, aiming to warn of potential "Zoombombing" incidents before they take place. The attacks - where uninvited participants join video calls, often sharing obscene content to disrupt meetings - have proliferated over the course of 2020, as online conferences take the place of in-person meetings.

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WhatsApp gets a new Shopping button for browsing product catalogs

WhatsApp gets a new Shopping button for browsing product catalogs

WhatsApp is launching a new shopping button that enables users to find businesses and browse their offerings directly in the app. The move expands WhatsApp for Business, an e-commerce platform similar to what we've already seen on Instagram. The existing voice call button is being replaced by the shopping button.

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WhatsApp’s latest feature scrubs old unwanted messages automatically

WhatsApp’s latest feature scrubs old unwanted messages automatically

WhatsApp has announced a big new feature that is already available on a number of other platforms: disappearing messages. With this feature, users can ensure their messages will automatically disappear after a predetermined amount of time. WhatApp's disappearing messages have a big limitation at this moment compared to platforms like Wickr, but it's better than nothing.

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Discord rolls out animated Stickers, but only for some users

Discord rolls out animated Stickers, but only for some users

Stickers are nearly as important as GIFs when it comes to modern messaging services, so it's no surprise that Discord has added them. The company announced the change today, citing its desire to give users the things they want most as the catalyst for this change. The new Stickers feature began as an employee Hack Week project last year, according to the company.

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As Google sunsets Hangouts, here’s how Chat, Voice and Fi will fare

As Google sunsets Hangouts, here’s how Chat, Voice and Fi will fare

Google's approach to messaging has a reputation for being confusing, and so the search behemoth is trying to make a little clearer what's happening with Hangouts, Google Chat, and integration with other products. At the moment, Chat co-exists with Hangouts, with the latter also integrated with Google Fi and Google Voice, and you could also be using Chat within Gmail.

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Instagram Facebook Messenger merging day is here

Instagram Facebook Messenger merging day is here

Facebook's latest move with Instagram - this week - was to integrate several "familiar features" from Messenger. If you have no issue whatsoever with Facebook as a company or a social media entity, this shouldn't be much concern to your personal wellbeing. If, on the other hand, you've been using Instagram since inception and have been bummed to find Facebook's acquisition of the property meant it'd be integrated into The Social Network further, and further, and further... today is another dark day.

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Emoji 13.1 adds seven new emoji, plus tons of skin tone variations

Emoji 13.1 adds seven new emoji, plus tons of skin tone variations

The Unicode Consortium has announced the finalized lineup of emoji for Emoji 13.1, adding a total of seven new images, as well as a huge number of skin tone variants for couples. These new emoji have been listed in the 'Emoji Recently Added v13.1' release on the Unicode website where anyone can browse the additions and their related keywords.

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Threema encrypted messaging apps will soon be open source

Threema encrypted messaging apps will soon be open source

Threema, an encrypted messaging service that offers a substantial number of features, has announced a big business change that may increase some otherwise skeptical users' trust in the platform. In its announcement, the Threema team said its messaging apps will soon be made fully open source, making it easier to independently review the apps' security and verify their code.

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Zoom is down, but a fix is incoming [Update: It’s back]

Zoom is down, but a fix is incoming [Update: It’s back]

Zoom is down this morning, leaving businesses and schools that rely on the video conferencing service without - for better or worse - a way to log in and chat. The issue began at just before 9am ET on Monday morning, August 24, with Zoom saying that it had "received reports of users being unable to visit the Zoom website and unable to start and join Zoom Meetings and Webinars."

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Facebook wants permission to merge your Instagram with Messenger chat

Facebook wants permission to merge your Instagram with Messenger chat

Instagram's inevitable absorption into Facebook continues, with users beginning to see notifications that Instagram messaging is now merging with Facebook Messenger. It's the latest step in a strategy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apparently been focused on since 2019 or even earlier, bringing together the various apps the company operates with a single, unified backend.

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Zoom gets fun new filters, plus lighting, smoothing and audio tweaks

Zoom gets fun new filters, plus lighting, smoothing and audio tweaks

Many people are still working remotely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and there's no sign of that changing any time soon. Though a number of software applications make it possible for coworkers to see each other face-to-face, they don't quite offer the personality of an office setting. Here to change that is Zoom with an update that adds amusing filters, among other things.

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WhatsApp hopes new Search the Web tool will debunk fake forwards

WhatsApp hopes new Search the Web tool will debunk fake forwards

WhatsApp is adding an easier way to fact-check forwarded messages, a shortcut to potentially better debunking viral information and fake news. The new tool adds to the messaging service's limits around forwarding that were added back in April, and which were billed at the time as a way to stem the spread of conspiracy theories and false claims which had proved to be rampant.

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