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FCC Republican excitedly endorses Trump’s crackdown on social media

Enlarge / FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Getty Images | Bloomberg Republican Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission is cheering on President Trump’s attack on Big Tech this week. The commissioner also accused social media platforms of bias against the president …

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‘Go Go Bots’ is a Facebook Gaming exclusive from Ustwo

Sponsored Links Ustwo Ustwo Studios — a division of the creative company behind Monument Valley and Assemble with Care ­– has dropped a new title on Facebook Gaming: Go Go Bots. It’s a fast-paced, strategic climbing game set in a glitchy, cyberpunk future — choose from one of five mechanical characters, each with their own …

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Calibra Rebrands as Novi to Avoid Confusion With Libra

Facebook-owned digital wallet Calibra rebranded itself as Novi earlier today, sharing new details about the project. The primary reason for the name change was to avoid the confusion with the Libra cryptocurrency, a representative for Novi told Cointelegraph. “When we announced Libra and Calibra last June, we wanted to demonstrate that Calibra, the digital wallet, …

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The Death of the ICO: Has the US SEC Closed the Global Window on New Tokens?

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s vigor in pursuing initial coin offerings, or ICOs, has become a major boogeyman within the crypto community.  Most recently, the case against Telegram ended with that company abandoning its planned open network and Gram tokens, which raised $1.7 billion. The question before the crypto community is now: Have …

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Libra Association Appoints Former FinCEN Head as General Counsel

On May 19, the Libra Association, the organization behind Facebook’s Libra stablecoin project, announced the appointment of Robert Werner as its general counsel, in what seems to be a continuing strategy to reconcile with regulators. Werner brings vast experience from both the public and private sectors, including serving as the director for the Finance Crimes …

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Instagram introduces ‘Guides’ for wellness tips

Sponsored Links Instagram Instagram is introducing a new type of post that will be available to a small group of influencers, publishers and organizations: Guides, a new format the company says is meant to emphasize “wellness” amid the coronavirus pandemic. The update will allow publishers, nonprofits and other organizations to create new article-like posts that …

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Pantera Capital Founder Says Regulators ‘Triggered’ by Grams and Libra

Dr. Steven Waterhouse, a founding partner of Pantera Capital and the CEO of Orchid (OXT), believes that the U.S. government will not let a private enterprise challenge the dollar. In an interview recorded prior to Telegram announcing it had given up on its blockchain project, Dr. Waterhouse said the U.S. government perceives cryptocurrencies issued by …

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Messenger Rooms, Facebook’s answer to Zoom, is now available

Sponsored Links Facebook Messenger Rooms, Facebook’s attempt to take on the likes of Zoom with group video calls, is now live. Anyone can create a room in Messenger, but only folks in North America can start one on Facebook for the time being. You’ll soon be able to create rooms on Instagram and WhatsApp too. …

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Instagram Lite vanishes ahead of a redesign

Sponsored Links Esra Hacioglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images You’ll have to go without Instagram Lite’s more efficient social networking for a while — but just a while. In the wake of an Android Police report, Instagram has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s “rolling back” Lite in those countries where it was available. The social network …

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Recommended Reading: Facebook’s new content oversight board

Sponsored Links Justin Sullivan via Getty Images We are a new board overseeing Facebook. Here’s what we’ll decide. Catalina Botero-Marino, Jamal Greene, Michael W. McConnell and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, The New York Times Facebook announced the first members of its content oversight board this week, an independent body it pledged to form in November 2018. While …

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