Why WhatsApp users are pushing family members to Signal

Andreas Milano

Encrypted messaging app Signal saw a spike in new downloads after Facebook-owned WhatsApp alerted users it was updating its privacy policy.


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When WhatsApp users started freaking out about privacy on the messaging app last month, Kevin Woblick knew it was time to encourage his family to move to another chat service: Signal.

The 30-year-old German software developer had broached the topic after Edward Snowden leaked classified documents detailing America’s mass surveillance program. But Woblick couldn’t convince his family to delete WhatsApp despite the Snowden news and the global uproar over digital privacy that followed. So this time,

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Snap Tells Investors Apple’s Opt-In Ad Tracking Privacy Measure Presents ‘Risk’ to Advertiser Demand

Andreas Milano

With Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 privacy changes looming, Snap on Thursday warned investors that they could hurt Snap’s ad business (via Reuters).

Starting with the next versions of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 due to be released in the early spring, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency privacy measure will require all apps to request the user’s permission to track their activity across other apps and websites.

Granting permission would allow developers to access the random advertising identifier, known as the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), on the user’s device for targeted advertising purposes or to measure how effective their

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This Super Bowl ad will invite you to join a billionaire’s ‘Inspiration4’ launch on a SpaceX rocket

Andreas Milano

Have you ever dreamed of going to space? If so, there’s a Super Bowl ad this year that’s tailored just for you. 

Earlier this week, SpaceX announced that it is teaming up with billionaire tech entrepreneur Jared Issacman to launch the first “all-civilian” spaceflight. The mission, called “Inspiration4,” will launch later this year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule to fly Isaacman and three others to Earth orbit and back. 

Isaacman, who founded Shift4Payments, a payment processing company, booked the flight with SpaceX and says he is donating the other three seats. One seat is

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The Morning After – Engadget

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Amazon’s founder and CEO is stepping down this year. Jeff Bezos plans to stay involved with the business as executive chair of the Amazon board, but he says he plans to focus on other businesses and projects, including The Washington Post, the Day 1 Fund and space-faring Blue Origin.

I’ll be honest, you’ve probably never heard of the incoming Amazon CEO, but Andy Jassy has been in charge of Amazon Web Services since 2016. And AWS is a big deal for the company. It earned $13.5 billion in profits in 2020, up 47 percent over 2019, and accounted for

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Elon Musk’s banter with Robinhood CEO triggers stampede for Clubhouse app

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(Reuters) – A surprise chat between tech billionaire Elon Musk and Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev on new audio-based social network Clubhouse has helped propel the app to the top of the startup charts and sparked a scramble for invitations to the exclusive service.

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on after arriving on the red carpet for the Axel Springer award, in Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Pool

The interaction between the two entrepreneurs on the platform on Sunday came amid intense interest in news around Robinhood, the online brokerage caught up in a wild

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Edtech startup Cialfo extends its Series A Funding Round To $15 Mn

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The company will use the latest fundraise to drive data science and AI-based product innovation, as well as expand its reach in India, China, and Southeast Asia

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Singapore-based startup in the international student mobility space Cialfo, on Wednesday, announced that it has extended its Series A funding round to $15 million to fuel its vision of connecting the global higher-education ecosystem.

The extended Series

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