Google Messages shuts off ads in India due to overwhelming spam

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The rampant problem has forced the tech giant to shut off the RCS ads throughout the country. Users of Google Messages in India have reported that they’ve been receiving an influx of unwanted advertisements recently while using Rich Communication Services (RCS). In response, the company has deployed a strategy to make sure it comes to an end – stopping all ads. Kaori Miyake, a spokesperson for the company, has confirmed that RCS ads have been disabled on Google Messages in India. The move was the fastest way the company could…

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Social media stocks drop $135 billion following Snap profit warning

Social Media Stocks drop

The platform’s shares tanked by 43 percent following the announcement it made. Snap Inc. recently issued a profit warning, causing social media stocks to lose over $135 billion in market value. The sector is already struggling with halted user growth and worries over rate hikes. Following the announcement, Snap’s own shares fell by the largest intraday decline it ever experienced. In fact, the 43 percent dive the Snap share took brought it below its $17 initial public offering price from 2017. That selloff eliminated nearly $16 billion of the company’s…

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Facebook’s virtual reality investments have lost almost $20B since 2020

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Last quarter alone, Meta spent $2.96 billion to continue the company’s attempt to build the metaverse. Meta has been aggressively pursuing its virtual reality metaverse world, but this pursuit has come with a large price tag as the company has consistently lost money on the effort until now. The metaverse is meant to allow users to navigate a VR world in the form of their digital avatars. The Facebook parent company has released its first quarter 2022 financial results and has revealed that this year alone, the virtual reality investments…

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Hidden QR codes worked into Marvel Moon Knight scenes

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The quick response barcodes redirect the show’s viewers to a free edition of the webcomic. The Marvel series Moon Knight reached instant popularity, but it was only the most observant viewers that spotted the QR codes tucked into scenes throughout the first season. Though many people missed the quick response barcodes, the spotlight has now been placed on them. Moon Knight executive producer Grant Curtis was recently interviewed by Variety magazine, revealed how the editors of the show hid the QR codes discreetly into the scene backgrounds. Following the interview,…

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YouTube Go to shut down in August, bringing offline videos to an end

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Google announced that the app will be brought to an end, recommending that users install the main app. Google recently announced that YouTube Go will be shutting down starting in August 2022, after which point videos will not be available for viewing offline. The company recommended that users download the standard app to stream the videos instead. The YouTube Go lightweight application first launched in 2016. Among its most popular features is the offline viewing as well as nearby sharing. The application was developed with emerging markets in mind. Like…

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