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Twitter's Clubhouse competitor Spaces now widely available

Twitter's Clubhouse competitor Spaces now widely available

Twitter's "please don't call it Clubhouse" feature, Spaces, started rolling out to at least some users last week. Today the company announced that anyone on Android or iOS can now host a Space ... as long as they have 600 followers or more. Which seems like a weird limitation if you want to get people excited about a new feature.

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Facebook bullies third-party apps Swipe and Simple Social into oblivion

Facebook bullies third-party apps Swipe and Simple Social into oblivion

Facebook's Android apps are rarely the best way to actually use Facebook on smartphones. That's why various third-party options have sprung up over the years, giving users better interfaces, smaller and faster apps, and just generally improving the experience. But it looks like Facebook is tired of being shown up: two popular "wrappers" for the site, Swipe and Simple Social, have disappeared from the Play Store.

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Twitter just had a brief outage

Twitter just had a brief outage

Social media platform Twitter experienced a brief outage this afternoon with outage reports to Downdetector spiking to more than 80,000 starting around 4:45 p.m. PDT. Service appears to have continued beginning around 5:20 p.m.

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OnePlus literally made a single phone specifically to give it away

OnePlus literally made a single phone specifically to give it away

OnePlus is giving away a one-of-a-kind Nord in a green-orange gradated colorway that's smooth-looking and smooth to the touch, much like ripening citrus. Here's how you can score it...

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India is demanding WhatsApp build a way to trace user messages

India is demanding WhatsApp build a way to trace user messages

The Indian government has specified a proposal to Facebook-owned WhatsApp that would involve tying an alpha-numeric hash to every message sent on its platform without decrypting the message itself. The push for the app to follow new cyber crime rules comes as it struggles with a major hit to its reputation over a privacy policy change in the country.

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It looks like Signal has been blocked in China

It looks like Signal has been blocked in China

The blocking of popular Western social media platforms in China is nothing new, and regulators appear to have gone after the increasingly fashionable chat app Signal. Users in the country report that the service has been down since yesterday.

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Koo is India's hot alternative to Twitter, and it's...Twitter?!

Koo is India's hot alternative to Twitter, and it's...Twitter?!

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for aatmanirbharta (Hindi for self-sufficiency) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have permeated through a substantial chunk of his audience. The call for self-sufficiency even extended to smartphones and apps, and Indian developers didn't fail to show up when the country banned several Chinese apps over unspecified privacy and security issues. While some have been honest attempts, others are just copy-my-homework-but-just-change-it-up-a-little-so-that-it-isn't-obvious. Koo, an alternative to Twitter, falls in the latter category.

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Your Instagram stories could soon be free of duplicated posts

Your Instagram stories could soon be free of duplicated posts

You know that thing where Instagram users share their posts in their stories and bore you to death with them? Well, this might be limited in the future. The social media platform is working on preventing users from promoting their new posts all over the place.

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Clubhouse announces plans to start work on an Android app

Clubhouse announces plans to start work on an Android app

If you're often doing rounds on Twitter, chances are, you may have noticed people asking for Clubhouse invites. The audio-only social media app has gained a lot of traction as of late and has managed to create some substantial hype around its invite-only model. Another factor adding to that has been its availability being limited to only iOS users. Fresh on the heels of a new round of funding, the creators of the app have now confirmed that they're finally going to be working on an Android edition.

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