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Facebook is planning to merge its messenger with Instagram’s direct messaging feature in a move which will enable users to send cross platform messages.  The iconic direct messaging feature on Instagram will no longer be working and will instead be replaced by Facebook Messenger.  This will enable users on Facebook to send photos and videos to Instagram users and vice versa.  

The new Instagram Message feature will look similar to the Facebook Messenger according to Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and users will be able to choose if they wish to switch from Instagrams current direct message feature to the new messenger.  But it is important to note that the cross communication between the two platforms will not be end to end encrypted right now.

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A spokesperson for Facebook said the changes will be rolled out in a few countries initially and will slowly expand to other countries.  This news comes over a year after it was revealed Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg was planning to integrate messenger services of WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram.  The reasoning, according to Facebook, is that users would be able to contact more people since they could do so from any of the three applications.

 

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Silicon Valley Is Flocking To The Next Big Thing In Tech Called Clubhouse

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While the world is caught up in its daily routine, there is one startup which is silently taking over Silicon Valley by storm.  Named as Clubhouse, the startup has nothing to do with parties but is instead the next big thing in social networking technology.  Clubhouse is slowly growing in leaps and bounds and is attracting a slew of some big names in technology onto their platform.  Since the last couple of weeks, Twitter is abuzz with this new player in town and how amazing its user interface and experience is, and the most unique but important thing is Clubhouse provides direct access to the who’s who of the startup world.

So what is Clubhouse and why is it being hailed as the next big player in the social networking scene? Read along to find out more about this incredible app.

What is Clubhouse?

Clubhouse is a new type of social networking platform which is an audio only platform.  This means every conversation takes place through audio where users speak to let their thoughts known.  Users can create and host rooms where speakers will talk about a particular topic.  Depending on the topic being discussed in a room, a user can join the room as a participant and take part in the conversation.  Clubhouse believes audio is a special medium and users need not worry about being judged because there are no cameras.

How to use clubhouse

Clubhouse is currently only in its beta phase and the app is not open to the public at large.  The app is also available only to iOS users at the moment.  The only way to join the community as a user is through an invitation from an existing user.  This is one of the reasons why Clubhouse is such a rage at the moment.  The team behind Clubhouse say they do not want to scale up very rapidly because they feel it is important to take things slowly.  Therefore the invite only/iOS only is the current offering in beta, but experts and pundits believe it is a genius marketing strategy to get people to talk about the app.

Upon registering, users can choose a variety of interesting topics based on which rooms are displayed.  A user can then join one of these rooms and take part in the discussion. 

Clubhouse currently has a user base of 600,000 users and it is still in its beta mode.  Getting an invite to Clubhouse is a badge of honour at the moment.  Indian Twitter feeds exploded in early January 2021, when AngelList founder Naval Ravikant and Entrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan hosted a room called Startup Bharat, where they spoke about the Indian startup scene on Clubhouse.  Since then Indians have been scrambling to acquire the highly sought after Clubhouse invite.

Evan Williams, Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian, former Y Combinator President Sam Altman, AngelList co founder Naval Ravikant, Ashton Kuthcer, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Kevin Hart and many others are some of the influential personalities who are on Clubhouse.

Kevin Harrington, a host on Shark Tank hosted a room in Clubhouse where he listened to pitches from entrepreneurs.  The room had more than 3000 participants and some of the pitches even received funding by the end of the session.  This fast paced and the in-the-moment nature of the app is why Clubhouse is such a rage.

As Clubhouse slowly expands and finally makes itself available for everyone, it would be interesting to see how it will position itself among the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  But right now, in its nascent stages, Clubhouse is the place to be and a place of deep learning.

 

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Makes Inroads Into India By Registering Company In Bengaluru

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Commonly known as the Nikola Tesla of our generation, Elon Musk is a technology entrepreneur, engineer and investor.  The self made billionaire managed to convert his scientific imaginations into reality and tried his hands at various fields, spread across technology, science and exploration.   Automaker Tesla has been in the news for the last few months for breaking records and creating new milestones.  In the first week of January 2021, Tesla surpassed Facebook, in terms of market cap and is currently the fifth most valuable company in the United States of America.  

There have been calls of bringing Tesla to the Indian market since a couple of years ago and now the dream finally turned into reality.  In what can be termed as a momentous occasion, Tesla makes inroads into the Indian market as Elon Musk registers a new company in Bengaluru, India.  On January 8, Tesla Motors India and Energy Private Limited was established with its registered office in Bengaluru, also known as the IT capital and the Silicon Valley of India. 

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Reportedly, Tesla would launch their Model 3 first in the Indian market for an estimated price of INR 60 lakhs.  Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways confirmed in December, Tesla is coming to India in early 2021 and will first start off with sales, and then look at assembly and manufacturing based on the response it receives.  According to Republic TV, other than Karnataka, Tesla is in talks with the governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to establish offices.

 

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Users Flock To Signal Messaging App After Whatsapp’s Latest Privacy Policy Update

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Users Flock To Signal Messaging App After Whatsapp’s Latest Privacy Policy Update

If you own a smartphone, there is a very high chance that you are a WhatsApp user.  The simple and lightweight online messaging application has embedded itself into our lives and has become indispensable.  Family groups, friend groups, office groups, play groups and many other groups like these see millions of conversations happening on a daily basis.  Millions of people across the world use Whatsapp for multiple purposes.  Beginning from a simple user to user online text messaging app, over the years Whatsapp has grown exponentially by adding a lot of features like payments, location sharing, pictures and video sharing, document sharing, group chats and calls.

Whatsapp users received a message upon opening the app on their phone which conveyed information regarding a privacy policy update.  The notification carried information regarding how Whatsapp processes user data and how Whatsapp partners with Facebook to offer integration across Facebook company products.  Failure to accept the policy meant a user could not use Whatsapp anymore after February 8th, 2021.  This led to a huge outcry on social media about how Whatsapp is abusing user data and user privacy.  Facebook and Whatsapp have always been in the spotlight time and again around discussions regarding user data privacy.  But the latest policy update from Whatsapp looked like the last straw.

Millions across the world were looking for alternate platforms to migrate to from Whatsapp where they felt their data would be protected.  Telegram and another recent app named Signal, suddenly saw an influx of new users following the recent Whatsapp privacy policy update.

Signal in particular saw a huge spurt in registrations following Tesla founder Elon Musk’s tweet which said Signal in response to a user asking Musk what is a good alternative to Whatsapp. 

On January 12th, 2021, nearly 800,000 users installed Signal globally.  Signal could not handle the influx and their SMS verification failed to function properly.  Signal has since then added more servers to cope with the surge in app downloads.  Signal said the only information it collects is the phone number and they do not assign a name to the number.  Whatsapp on the other hand collects a slew of data as shown in the picture below.

Whatsapp released a statement which said it is committed to protecting user data privacy and that their end to end encryption still works.  Their response says “Our privacy policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family (sic.)”

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Whatsapp data is instead used to improve Facebook user experience.  Facebook is benefiting from Whatsapp by generating a huge wealth of consumer behavior data which inturn is being used to improve the ads on Facebook.   

In this day and age when the internet is making its way to every nook and corner of the world, companies are increasingly developing an internet ecosystem in order to make lives easier.  These ecosystems learn from gathering continuous data.  While it is hard to pinpoint how much data should be collected and kept private and how much could be used to improve quality of lives, the choice ultimately lies with the individual.

Let us know if you are going to continue using Whatsapp or will move to SIgnal in the comments below.

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