This week in Hard Refresh: Social we review Reels collaborations, Messenger AR calls, Bones or No Bones, & more!

The Verge.
  • Facebook is planning a rebrand with an all new name, set to debut next week. Am I the only one in awe over this decision? Although I guess it makes sense, the Facebook name is a bit tainted.
  • Speaking of tainted, Mark Zuckerberg was named as a defendant in consumer…

This week in Hard Refresh: Social we review Snapchat’s outage, Reels Ads, Adele, & more!

Financial Times.
  • Remember the Day Instagram Went Dark? (Who could forget?) Well, the outages have gotten…

This week in Hard Refresh: Tech we review 1Password’s new sharing tool, Apple Lenslets, LinkedIn shutdown in China, & more!

NPR.
  • The White House held a virtual global ransomware summit this week, with one notable attendee missing: Russia. They’re probably the ones who could benefit most from this get together, no?
  • Microsoft reported this week that back in August, they were able to mitigate one of the largest DDoS attacks ever…

This week in Hard Refresh: Social we review Likes on Instagram Stories, Snapchat’s Spotlight Challenges, couch guy, & more!

New York Times.
  • I don’t know if you heard, but Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were all down for nearly six hours on Monday. The outage cost the company about $6 billion.
  • The Facebook whistleblower’s testimony confirmed what we’ve all known about the platform and its other apps… the mental health issue is real.

This week in Hard Refresh: Social we review Twitter NFTs, Instagram for Kids, freeing Britney, & more!

The Drum.
  • Facebook Reels has been released from beta testing this week, and now available for all U.S. users. The platform is offering to pay creators for well-performing content.
  • Is nothing sacred anymore? When it comes to Facebook’s antics, the answer is no, and hasn’t been for awhile. Reportedly, Facebook’s child research

This week in Hard Refresh: Social we review Snap ASL Lenses, disappearing Tweets, the Spencer trailer, & more!

Techcrunch.
  • Facebook’s stock has dropped after the company warned of effects from Apple’s privacy changes in Q3. They kinda had it coming, didn’t they?
  • The platform is also testing new community awards to encourage engagement within Groups. Interesting that they always put so much emphasis on Group engagement…
  • Facebook also integrated…

This week in Hard Refresh: Tech we review the FBI and REvil, Google’s upstream first shift, the E.U. and USB-C ports, & more!

9to5Mac.com
  • News broke that three former U.S. intel operatives admitted to hacking American networks systems for the UAE, violating U.S. hacking laws on selling sensitive military technology.
  • In a $240 million deal, LG is acquiring automotive cybersecurity start up, Cybellum, which specializes in detecting and assessing vulnerabilities in connected vehicle services…

This week in Hard Refresh: Social we review Facebook’s latest scandal, Instagram favorites, the Met Gala, & more!

  • A damning new article from the Wall Street Journal is making it harder for Facebook to convince the world their platform is good for society, showing the platform buried research that found it had a harmful effect on teenage mental health. …

This week in Hard Refresh: Social we review AI coding, Twitter updates, Blue Clues Steve, & more!

New York Times.
  • Snapchat added a new birthday reminder within the app in hopes of boosting engagement amongst users.
  • Will the good bots please identify themselves? …

This week in Hard Refresh: Tech we review the T-Mobile hacker, virtual reality in prison, China’s data privacy, & more!

Android Police.
  • The hacker responsible for the T-Mobile data breach in August 2021 has fessed up, and he’s spilling all his secrets.
  • Working from home can pose cybersecurity risks, and when done on such a grand scale can lead to major issues within companies.

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