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Meta restricts the ability to send messages to teenagers on Instagram and Facebook

Meta is introducing more restrictions on Facebook and Instagram to protect teens from unwanted contacts. To do this, the company is introducing stricter settings for private messages. People aged 19 and older will not be able to send messages to teenagers who are not subscribed to them. In addition, users ... Read more

Google announces Lumiere AI video generator that creates videos up to 5 seconds long

Google has announced a video generator based on artificial intelligence. The tool is called Lumiere and is capable of creating short videos of up to 5 seconds, writes Ars Technica. What makes Lumiere special is that it uses the unique U-Net spatio-temporal architecture and generates the entire video duration at ... Read more

Twitch makes changes to the streamer payout program

Twitch is introducing changes to three streamer payout programs. The company removes the $100 thousand limit for 70/30 revenue sharing, expands the Partner Plus Program, and changes the payout model for Prime Gaming subscriptions. Starting March 1, the Partner Plus Program will be expanded in three ways. The first is ... Read more

The number of game downloads on Netflix increased thanks to the GTA trilogy

In its report to shareholders, Netflix said that Rockstar’s GTA trilogy became the most successful game launch on the service and led to a significant increase in game downloads, MobileGamer reported. Statistics from Appmagic show that the GTA games have been downloaded more than 18 million times on iOS and ... Read more

Swen Vincke from Larian Studios responds to Ubisoft on game subscription services

Swen Vincke, CEO of Larian Studios, creator of the Divinity series and Baldur’s Gate 3, responded on Twitter/X to Ubisoft’s Chief Subscriptions Officer Philippe Trumbull regarding his recent statement about game subscription services. “Whatever the future of games looks like, content will always be king. But it’s going to be ... Read more

Discord lays off 170 employees, 17% of the staff

Discord has laid off 170 employees, which is 17% of the total staff. The layoffs will affect various departments of the company, writes The Verge. CEO Jason Citron spoke about the layoffs in a memo sent to employees and at a general meeting. According to him, this is a necessary ... Read more

X’s advertising revenue fell by $1.5 billion this year

X’s advertising revenues for 2023 fell by $1.5 billion compared to before Elon Musk’s arrival. The company earns $600 million per quarter from advertising, which is almost half as much as in previous years. Citing two people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that X will earn approximately $3.5 billion ... Read more

A tool to switch to YouTube Music is being launched for Google Podcasts users

Google is finally launching a tool that will help users of the Google Podcasts app migrate to YouTube Music or another alternative app, writes Engadget. In the fall, Google announced that in 2024 it would shut down its podcasting app. This is planned to be done as part of a ... Read more

Discord on smartphones got a big update

The Discord mobile app has received a major update with a new design and other improvements to make the user experience more enjoyable. From now on, private messages and servers will be located in different tabs to make it easier for users to find the chats or people they need. ... Read more

Google Drive web version gets an updated design

Google Drive has an updated homepage that shows all pending access requests, recent comments, and file approvals to help users quickly review recent activity and take action in one place. With the new update, Drive also features suggestions based on machine learning algorithms that suggest folders based on what you’ve ... Read more

Evernote may limit the number of notes to 50 for the free plan

Evernote is considering a 50-note limit for users who use the service for free. The company confirmed this in a comment to TechCrunch. This is only a small test and no final decision has been made yet. According to the company, the test affected less than 1% of all users. ... Read more

Use paper maps. Rescuers rescued tourists who were using Google Maps to follow a route that didn’t exist in reality

The British Columbia Search and Rescue Service has advised hikers to use paper maps and a compass instead of electronic maps after rescuing two hikers using a helicopter who were walking on a trail that was shown on Google Maps but did not exist in reality, writes The Sydney Morning ... Read more

Google Drive gets an updated home page on smartphones

Google has introduced a redesigned Google Drive home page for iOS and Android, which will help users find the file they need much faster. The Suggested tab will now show users more files, such as what they’ve opened, edited, or shared recently. The company decided to abandon the large file ... Read more

Disney will acquire the remaining 33% of Hulu shares and become the sole owner of the service. The price of the deal is $8.61 billion

Disney will acquire Comcast’s 33% stake in Hulu and become the sole owner of the service. The deal is expected to be worth $8.61 billion, writes The Verge. Disney acquired 60% of Hulu back in 2019, after acquiring 21st Century Fox. In the same year, due to the buyout of ... Read more

Streaming became the main source of income for composers and songwriters in 2022

According to a new report by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs, CISAC), digital streaming became the main source of income for composers and songwriters in 2022. Streaming accounted for €4.17 billion in royalties, or almost 35% of the total ... Read more

GPSjam – a map with the history of GPS jamming around the world

The GPSJam service processes data on navigation obstacles and displays consolidated information on the map in the form of areas of different colors.

Kazakhstan suspends Yandex due to possible connection with the FSB

On August 9, 2023, the site Yandex.kz stopped opening for most Internet users in Kazakhstan. According to the press service of the Ministry of Digital Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, this is due to restrictions on access to this web resource, writes Zakon.kz. From August 9, 2023, the domain ... Read more

YouTube will display a blank homepage if you have browsing history turned off.

From now on, the YouTube homepage will look completely different if you turn off your browsing history. Instead of lots of thumbnails of recommended videos, you’ll see an almost blank page. In the middle, you will see only the search box and a large banner stating that your browsing history ... Read more

Twitter will get rid of inactive accounts

As Elon Musk tweeted, Twitter is going to “purge” accounts that haven’t been active in the past few years. We’re purging accounts that have had no activity at all for several years, so you will probably see follower count drop — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 8, 2023 His message didn’t ... Read more

Imgur is going to ban porn

Imgur, a photo uploading, storage and sharing service, is set to ban all nudity or sexually explicit images. Imgur is best known as a website hosting Reddit users’ images – memes, GIFs and, of course, countless pornography, writes Vice. According to Imgur’s updated Terms of Service, the ban on adult ... Read more

Google launches updated Google Trends

Google announced the launch of an updated version of Google Trends — a service that analyzes the popularity of Google search queries in different regions and languages. Now you can explore trends in real time right on the main page. They are updated hourly and are accompanied by links to ... Read more

Google Docs and Drive get an updated interface

Google has started releasing a refreshed interface for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which should comply with the design rules of Material Design 3. The company notes that in terms of functionality, this step brings almost nothing new, but should make the interfaces simpler and “cleaner”. In addition, the ... Read more

YouTube Premium has reached 80 million users

80 million users worldwide watch YouTube ad-free and listen to music in the YouTube Music app. This is reported by Variety. Over the past year, YouTube Premium added 30 million users and currently ranks fourth in the list of paid music services after Spotify, Apple Music, and Tencent, which only ... Read more

Zoom expands the functionality of the Zoom One platform, adds mail and calendar

Zoom, it seems, is seriously going to fight Microsoft for the corporate user: during the annual presentation Zoomtopia 2022 the company announced the appearance of two new services in its single platform Zoom One, namely mail and calendar. Many people still think of Zoom as just a video conferencing program, ... Read more

Spotify may soon have a premium plan with Hi-Fi and other “goodies”

One of the most desirable features of the Spotify music service among its users remains Hi-Fi support, not just 320 kbps. At the beginning of 2021, the company announced that it was working on Lossless quality, but currently there is still no such option. According to 9to5Mac, the media was ... Read more