Twitter restricts accounts in India to comply with government legal request – TechCrunch

Twitter restricts accounts in India to comply with government legal request – TechCrunch

Twitter disclosed on Monday that it blocked four accounts in India to comply with a new legal request from the Indian government. The American social network disclosed on Lumen Database, a Harvard University project, that it took action on four accounts — including those of hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion and singer and song-writer Jazzy … Read more

Proton, the privacy startup behind e2e encrypted ProtonMail, confirms passing 50M users – TechCrunch

Proton, the privacy startup behind e2e encrypted ProtonMail, confirms passing 50M users – TechCrunch

End-to-end encrypted email provider ProtonMail has officially confirmed it’s passed 50 million users globally as it turns seven years old. It’s a notable milestone for a services provider that intentionally does not have a data business — opting instead for a privacy pledge based on zero access architecture that means it has no way to … Read more

Facebook is buying the developer behind VR shooter ‘Onward’ – TechCrunch

Facebook is buying the developer behind VR shooter ‘Onward’ – TechCrunch

After a steady stream of studio acquisitions in late 2019 and early 2020, Facebook has been a little quieter in recent months when its came to bulking up its VR content arm. Today, the social media giant breaks that stream, announcing their acquisition of Downpour Interactive, the developer of the popular VR first-person shooter Onward. … Read more

Clim8 raises $8M from 7pc Ventures, launches climate-focused investing app for retail investors – TechCrunch

Clim8 raises $8M from 7pc Ventures, launches climate-focused investing app for retail investors – TechCrunch

Ethical investing remains something of a confusing maze, with a great deal of ‘greenwashing’ going on. A new UK startup is hoping to fix that with the launch of its new app and platform for retail investors. Clim8 Investhas raised $8 million from 7pc Ventures (early backers of Oculus, acquired by Facebook),  British Business Bank … Read more

Planting seed investments on tech’s frontiers nets KdT Ventures $50 million for its latest fund – TechCrunch

Planting seed investments on tech’s frontiers nets KdT Ventures $50 million for its latest fund – TechCrunch

Like other venture investors over the past year, Cain McClary, co-founder of the investment firm KdT Ventures, recently made the jump to Austin. But unlike the rest of them, he was coming from Black Mountain, North Carolina. McClary spent the better part of the last three years with his co-founder Mack Healy building out a … Read more

Facebook will bring back F8 on June 2 as a pared-back, single-day, virtual-only conference for developers – TechCrunch

Facebook will bring back F8 on June 2 as a pared-back, single-day, virtual-only conference for developers – TechCrunch

After a few twists and turns and then ultimately cancelling its F8 developer conference last year over Covid-19 concerns, Facebook today announced a return of the event in a virtual-only format it is calling F8 Refresh. The company today said that it will be holding it as a one-day event on June 2. You can … Read more

Top tech CEOs will testify about social media’s role in the Capitol attack this week – TechCrunch

Top tech CEOs will testify about social media’s role in the Capitol attack this week – TechCrunch

Social media executives will be answering to Congress directly for their role in January’s deadly attacks on the U.S. Capitol this week. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Google’s Sundar Pichai will all appear virtually before a joint House committee Thursday at 12 p.m. Eastern Time. The hearing, held by the House’s Subcommittee on … Read more

Facebook’s Clubhouse rival looks a lot like Clubhouse right now – TechCrunch

Facebook’s Clubhouse rival looks a lot like Clubhouse right now – TechCrunch

Facebook is building a Clubhouse rival, The New York Times reported in February. But what that product will look like or how it will work have been questions that have remained unanswered. However, new screenshots of a Facebook audio product, still under development, show what appears to be a live audio broadcast experience that’s more … Read more

India antitrust body orders investigation into WhatsApp’s privacy policy changes – TechCrunch

India antitrust body orders investigation into WhatsApp’s privacy policy changes – TechCrunch

WhatsApp’s planned policy changes aren’t sailing smoothly in India, the instant messaging service’s biggest market by users. Indian antitrust body, Competition Commission of India, on Wednesday ordered (PDF) an investigation into WhatsApp’s privacy policy changes, saying that Facebook-owned service breached local antitrust laws in the guise of a policy update. WhatsApp didn’t immediately respond to a … Read more