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YouTube introduces pinch-to-zoom for more 18:9 smartphones


YouTube introduces pinch-to-zoom for more 18:9 smartphones

YouTube has added the pinch-to-zoom option for smartphones for wider and bigger displays with 18:9 aspect ratio. This new feature will allow users to change the aspect ratio from the traditional 16:9 to 18:9, allowing users to fill the entire screen and remove the black bars at the edges.

This feature is rolling out with the latest YouTube for Android update v12.44. Some of the smartphones sporting an 18:9 aspect ratio display are the iPhone X, LG V30, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel 2 XL.

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Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities


Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities

Today Facebook launches Facebook Creator, offering influencers Live Creative Kit for adding intros and outros to broadcasts, a unified inbox of Facebook and Instagram comments plus Messenger chats, cross-posting to Twitter and expansive analytics.

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Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting


Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting

Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones. Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day brand and merging the chat app’s stories feature with Facebook Stories . Now, just called “Stories”, 24-hour ephemeral posts in either Facebook or Messenger will appear in both apps, and viewing will be synced too so you won’t see a Story as unviewed in one app if you already watched it in the other.

To be clear, Messenger will still have Stories, they’re just called Stories instead of Day.

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Video games could be next for Snapchat


Video games could be next for Snapchat

Chinese gaming and social media company Tencent Holdings Ltd flagged video games and ad sales as areas where it thinks it could help Snapchat owner Snap Inc after acquiring a 12 percent stake in the U.S. firm. Snap disclosed in a U.S. regulatory filing on Wednesday that Tencent recently bought 145.8 million of its shares on the open market, fueling investor speculation about how the two companies might work together.

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Uber’s new Asia chief wants to work with governments and taxi firms not against them


Uber’s new Asia chief wants to work with governments and taxi firms not against them

New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been vocal in pledging to reform Uber’s toxic culture to take the business to the next level — and ultimately an IPO — but, over in Asia, another recent arrival is presiding over a revamped approach which includes turning those who were once enemies into friends.

Brooks Entwistle, a former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia, joined the firm in August to lead its business in Asia Pacific, minus China — where it sold to rival Didi — and India, where the firm is run by a dedicated country president.

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Skype launches Photo Effects


Skype launches Photo Effects

Not content with merely launching its own take on Instagram and Snapchat’s Stories, Skype today is adding another copycat-like feature to its app: photo stickers. The company says it’s introducing new “Photo Effects” (as it’s calling these stickers), which include things like face masks, decorative borders, witty captions, and more. However, unlike the photo stickers you’ll find in other social apps today, Skype will actually suggest the stickers to use based on the photo’s content, day of the week, and other options.

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Google Says 'We Need To Do More' About Misinformation


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 A top Google executive has said the US internet giant has to do more to crack down on illegal content and misinformation, after American firms were grilled in Congress over Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

"We've made some progress and we obviously need to do more," Matt Brittin, president of Google's Europe, Middle East and Africa division, told reporters at Google's European headquarters in Dublin on Thursday.

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Facebook, Twitter, Google defend security measures


Facebook, Twitter, Google defend security measures

 As revelations emerged that Russian-linked accounts reached many more American voters than previously thought, Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google on Tuesday defended their security measures and promised a Senate subcommittee they would do more to stop the misuse of their platforms by a foreign nation.

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Apple faces profit hit from slow iPhone 8 sales and delays to iPhone X


Apple faces profit hit from slow iPhone 8 sales and delays to iPhone X

Delays to Apple’s flagship iPhone will weigh on the tech giant’s profits this week amid weak demand for its second-rank new handset.

The iPhone X features an overhauled design and costs up to £1,149 but does not go on sale until Friday in limited supply, after Apple faced manufacturing problems.

The cheaper iPhone 8 hit shops on schedule in September and its first few days on sale will be included in Apple’s quarterly report on Thursday.

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WhatsApp to Introduce Delete for Everyone Soon


WhatsApp,WhatsApp to Introduce Delete for Everyone Soon

The much-anticipated WhatsApp feature ‘Delete for Everyone’ is finally rolling out which will now let you ‘unsend’ your messages. The feature has also been referred to as “Recall” and “Revoke”. WABetainfo reported that the new feature has started rolling out to some users on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps. It also works on WhatsApp web.

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