Walmart has picked an interesting way to talk about the popularity of Walmart Pay, its mobile payment service. It claims the service is on its way to overtaking Apple Pay, though it comes to that position based on the percentage of eligible users either service has.
Version 2.2 of Facebook's Messenger Platform includes a new plugin that'll let website visitors engage with bots or chat with a human. The "Customer Chat" plugin was introduced by Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger's head of product, during the Web Summit in Portugal.
A major vulnerability in the popular Ethereum wallet Parity has led to hundreds of millions of dollars being frozen. The issue in its software has existed since July 20, though it was triggered for the first time this week. Because of the vulnerability, "no funds can be moved."
Apple's person-to-person payments feature, Apple Pay Cash, is now available in beta form. The feature lets users transfer money within the Messages app on iPhone. You can only receive the capability right now if you've entered the iOS Public Beta program.
Estimated wait times will now be included in Google Search and Maps to help people figure out when they should visit a restaurant. The estimates are generated using anonymized data from mobile users who have Location History enabled on their devices.
Peer-to-peer payment capabilities in Facebook Messenger are moving beyond the United States for the first time. The ability to send money to friends through the messaging app is now available in the UK. No region other than the US has received the feature since its launch.
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled this summer that a de-indexing decision against Google should be applied all around the globe, not just in Canada. A US federal judge has now ruled the court's decision doesn't have any applicability within the United States.
Much as we saw after the Las Vegas shooting in October, Google's algorithm doesn't do a great job of minimizing the reach of conspiracy theories and false news. After a shooting in Texas, fake news about the shooter received a lot of attention due to its prominent placement.
Following a government meeting on Monday, Afghanistan decided to reverse course and avoid blocking WhatsApp and Telegram. The country's Ministry of Communications and Information sent letters to internet service providers last week telling them to block those services.
Afghanistan's telecom regulator contacted regional ISPs last week ordering them to block two popular messaging apps, Telegram and WhatsApp. Some users have reported trouble accessing the services, but it appears the order had little impact on accessibility.
In order for Silicon Valley to make up for letting their platforms become home to large amounts of Russian propaganda, Senator Mitch McConnell believes they should help the US government "retaliate." He said companies like Facebook and Twitter could help the US.
HDR content was enabled on YouTube Android app back in September, but still not many smartphones actually support it. However, even those that do support it are struggling on higher resolutions in terms of performance. Users are reporting that videos often stutter.
Facebook has expanded its involvement with polls a lot during the past year. They've appeared in Instagram Stories and Messenger group chats, for example. Now the company is continuing that expansion with an official launch of "Facebook Polls," which includes GIFs and images.
Twitter has updated its guidelines so that it's now easier for users to figure out what actions will lead to them being banned. A new version of the "Twitter Rules" went out on Friday. In it, the company fleshes out its abuse and suspension-related sections.
Facebook's Sponsored Messages advertising option, which leverages Messenger to more directly reach users, is rolling out to all businesses. That rollout will occur over the coming months. Sponsored Messages have been available to a more limited set of businesses.
Kevin Spacey, an actor who's become associated with Netflix perhaps more than any other, will no longer be attached to the streaming service. House of Cards, in which he had the lead role, has been one of the largest original TV series from any streaming service.
Facebook has grown to over 2.1 billion monthly active users, yet that core stat is a bit misleading. The company has revised its fake and clone account estimates, with the company now believing there are around 270 million profiles that shouldn't be counted as unique accounts.
A new type of content appears to be headed to the Google Play Store. An APK teardown of Google Play version 8.4 reveals it's going to offer audiobooks, giving Android users a new alternative. It's up against a pretty dominant competitor, Amazon's Audible.
126 million Americans were exposed to content ultimately stemming from the Russian government during the 2016 US election period. Because of how significant that content's reach was, Facebook is facing calls from lawmakers and others to inform all affected users.
Celebrities who are paid to endorse cryptocurrencies could be breaking the law, says the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The agency posted a warning about cryptocurrency endorsements that aren't accompanied by a proper disclosure of payment.