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A Five-Minute Guide to Clubhouse

Not many know about Clubhouse, which is an invitation-only audio-based chat app. The app is an iOS app based on voice and allows people worldwide to chat and meet new people. You can join in on different conversations on varying topics. You can choose to listen or participate in the discussion, just like in a […]

Infrastructure

App as a Infrastructure

The Clubhouse hype has an interesting side effect: there are third parties popping up and offer services on top of the app. This trend has been observed by Dani Grant and Nick Grossman at Union Square Ventures several years ago. Their hypothesis in a nutshell: apps are there first and then comes the infrastructure. This […]

Live Music

Live Music on Clubhouse

Clubhouse has taken some of the online world in storm. The hype started last year in the US and has now reached Europe. Fueled by stories of celebrities like Elon Musk that held court on the platform and an invitation-only registration policy for the platform, people were eager to get in. There are many business […]

Proximity Chat

During the pandemic we’ve gotten used to a primarily virtual social and work life. Meetings take place on platforms like Zoom or Jitsi and are working reasonable well. Watching your coworker with a video-stream is surprisingly effective and generates a kind of remote closeness. Online workouts do not involve sharing the same sweatty gym and […]

Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch | WIRED

The ongoing Covid pandemic stretches us to our limits. During the last months, many of us have been quarantining or (self-)isolating and working from home. The Aspen Institute has studied the effects and published several reports with the telling titles: “Lessons in Loneliness” and “Artificial Intimacy.” Bascially, there is no one size fits all technical […]

WhatsApp will let you shop directly from chats | Engadget

Facebook is extending WhatsApp with shopping features. While WhatsApp has had cataloge features in the past, they appear to be limited to that what Facebook’s now previewing. It’s not yet clear, how the system works, but it could be something along these lines: A user messages a business The business replys with a link to […]

WhatsApp Phone Numbers Pop Up in Google Search Results — But is it a Bug? | Threatpost

The WhatsApp feature “Click to Chat” exposes mobile phone numbers on the web and Google’s search engine is able to index them. You can try it using the search string site:wa.me “+43” The phone numbers are simply as part of an URL string (https://wa.me/<phone_number>) and available in plaintext. Facebook claims that this not a bug: […]

Instagram changes embedding API ToS

In an surprising announcement, Instagram stated that the platform does not provide users the copyright license to embed images to other websites: While our terms allow us to grant a sub-license, we do not grant one for our embeds API. Our platform policies require third parties to have the necessary rights from applicable rights holders. […]

Facebook cancels physical events through June 2021(!)

Facebook canceled all physical events with more than 5o people through June 2021. They will replace some of them with virtual events, but Mark Zuckerberg didn’t provide further details in his post. This outlook is certainly a bit grim since Facebook could set an example for the IT business. We might see other tech organizers […]