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Facebook Is Unifying Messenger With Instagram DMs

Facebook owns multiple communications apps. This includes Messenger, WhatsApp, and we suppose to a certain extent, Instagram through the direct messages feature. All of them exist by themselves, but back in 2019, it was suggested that Facebook was trying to find a way to potentially unify them where users could send messages cross-platform.

Now according to a report from The Verge, it looks like that could already be happening between Instagram and Messenger. According to the publication, several of their editors across the country (which suggests that it might not necessarily be location-specific) have received an update screen when they opened Instagram informing them about a “new way to message” on the app.

Upon being updated, it seems that the DM icon in the Instagram app has been replaced with the Messenger logo. However, it seems like it could possibly be an early test of sorts because at the moment,

A Utah Company Claims It Invented Contact Tracing Tech

In the fight against Covid-19, contact tracing apps have so far largely been disappointments— in the United States, at least. Proposed in the spring as a way to help quickly stifle viral outbreaks by tracking down potential exposures using smartphones, they were stunted by technical glitches, concerns over privacy, and the US’s fragmented, haphazard pandemic response. Now, they may become mired in a fight over patents.

The challenge comes from Blyncsy, a Salt Lake City–based maker of software that helps cities gather and analyze mobility data. In recent weeks, the company has sent claims seeking the equivalent of $1 per resident to states that have released or plan to release contact tracing apps, including Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Virginia. The company holds three patents related to contact tracing. One of them, granted in February 2019, for “tracking proximity relationships and uses thereof,” describes methods of tracking

Need something to help with your Asian flush? This Singapore startup might have the answer.

Do you find yourself turning red every time you try to have a little sip of alcohol?

Well, you’re definitely not the only one experiencing the ‘Asian Glow.’

According to Yale Scientific, about half or the Asian population (more specifically those from Japanese, Korean, and Northeastern Chinese descent) experience a phenomenon called the Alcohol Flush Reaction (AFR).

That’s the Asian Glow we’re talking about in case you’re confused.

IMAGE: Wikipedia

While it’s usually associated with a flushed face and neck, it can also lead to symptoms such as an increased heart rate, headaches, and nausea.

Which if you’ve experienced, is not fun at all. Especially when you’re trying to enjoy a night out with friends.

But a Singaporean startup is trying to promote a new product that could combat that.

Meet DrinkAid.

IMAGE: DrinkAid

Backed by the Singapore Management University (SMU), DrinkAid claims that their product is “the

Kevin Systrom probably won’t take over TikTok, but it’s fun to dream

This week was the deadline for ByteDance to divorce itself of TikTok over security concerns, but at press time no deal has been struck. Instead, we have the strangest of corporate entities now taking shape. And, thanks to journalists at the New York Times, we have perhaps the most delicious morsel of reporting to ever emerge from TikTok deal talks.

Let’s take a look at the latest.

The first thing to say is that we may see action from President Trump within days — and that, if he approves the deal, we could soon see a TikTok IPO. Here are Alex Sherman and Lauren Feiner at CNBC:

President Donald Trump is expect to decide on TikTok’s fate in the U.S. in the next 24-36 hours, sources told CNBC’s David Faber.

To address ownership concerns, ByteDance plans to do an initial public offering of global TikTok on a U.S.