• Facebook Messenger Will Now Start Warning Users About Scams And Impersonations

    During the early days of social media, it was relatively easy to trust messages you received on these platforms. This is because back then, not many people used them and as such, there is a good chance that who you were talking to could be an actual person. These days, it’s not uncommon to get random messages or friend requests from complete strangers.

    A lot of times, these are fake accounts designed to spread scams. In case it wasn’t already obvious, Facebook is now trying to do their part to warn users about these messages. Now whenever you receive a message from a stranger not part of your friend’s list on Facebook Messenger, you will get a warning that it could either be a scam or an impersonator.

    For example when receiving a message from a stranger, Messenger will show you a warning that offers some advice, like refusing requests

  • The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

    “We need vaccines,” immunologist Jacob Glanville says. He knows about combating infections; the fast-talking, curly-haired former Pfizer staff scientist has spent years searching for a universal flu vaccine, and his San Francisco-based startup Distributed Bio spearheads a variety of vaccination projects. As one might expect, his team is working diligently to find biopharmaceutical tools to fight Covid-19, but here’s the twist: It’s opting out of the scientific community’s sprint to find a vaccine. Instead, Distributed Bio is part of a parallel coronavirus research scramble: the hunt for antibody treatments.

    Along with a wide mix of research teams in laboratories across the world, Glanville is pursuing antibody treatments as a complementary tool to fight Covid-19. Unlike vaccines, antibody treatments don’t produce lasting protection against a disease. Instead, these treatments are meant to equip bodies with tools to immediately (albeit temporarily) fight off an infection, or prevent an imminent contagion.

  • WhatsApp Testing Using QR Codes To Add New Contacts

    In the latest beta for WhatsApp, it appears that the company is now testing out a new feature for adding contacts where you can simply scan a QR code to add them to your WhatsApp contacts list. This is versus before where you would need to add the person’s phone number to your phone’s contact list before you could start chatting with them on WhatsApp.

    In many ways, this feature is long overdue. Apps such as LINE and WeChat already support the scanning of QR codes to add contacts. This can help boost privacy because in those instances, you would not know the number of the person you’re adding, meaning that if you delete or block them, they can’t call you using your phone number.

    It is also more efficient and faster as businesses could put up QR codes on their websites or storefronts and customers can scan them to

  • Judge approves Faraday Future founder’s personal bankruptcy plan

    Seven months after he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to deal with $3.6 billion in personal debt, the reorganization plan laid out by Jia Yueting — the tycoon founder of troubled EV startup Faraday Future — has been approved by a judge.

    In overly simple terms, the majority of the people and companies he owes money to — largely thanks to the collapse of LeEco, the overly-leveraged tech conglomerate he built his fortune with in China — have agreed to swap their debt claims for pieces of Jia’s ownership stake in Faraday Future. They now only have a shot of being made whole if and when the struggling startup successfully completes a public listing on a major stock exchange.

    Founded in 2014, Faraday Future has spent more than $1.7 billion (around $900 million of which was Jia’s) on its own and has yet to start manufacturing its first vehicle,