Breaking news / 29/04/2020 / Marcom

Digital news #41 - Look what you missed out in digital

Discover what you may have missed last week in the digital world 

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Facebook Launches Messenger Rooms: Video Chat Connected to Instagram and WhatsApp

In the midst of the lockdown, Facebook wants its place among video conferencing platforms. As Zuckerberg explains, the idea of this new service is to "be able to drop in on your friends" even during quarantine. Rooms conversations can be "open" or "locked". You will decide this setting when you start your video conference. Rooms can accommodate up to 50 people.

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McDonald's, Starbucks and Subway would be ready to test Chinese digital currency?

McDonald's, Starbucks and Subway may participate in the Chinese central bank's pilot projects on their digital yuan as Beijing's efforts to deploy the world's first digital central bank currency (CBDC) intensify. Numerous Chinese media outlets, including JRJ, have reported the unconfirmed news from Chainnews that they have evidence that a total of 19 restaurants and retail stores in a commercial district of Xiongan will participate in the tests.

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Here's how WhatsApp slowed down the spread of fake news on its encrypted messaging

Many misinformation messages are relayed via messaging services such as WhatsApp. And these are dangerous because these messages are exchanged in private messaging, and in the case of WhatsApp, the messages are encrypted from end to end. Recently, however, WhatsApp has indicated that it has been able to significantly reduce the number of messages transferred in its application, which also reduces the transfer of disinformation content. How? Simply by limiting the number of times a person can forward a message they have received.

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Streaming films are temporarily eligible for Oscars

Widespread theatrical closures have forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to loosen the rules around which films qualify for Oscars. Today, the Academy announced that if a movie was originally scheduled for a theatrical run and instead launches on streaming or video on demand, it’s still eligible. At the same time, the announcement emphasizes that this is a temporary change that will no longer apply.

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