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Meta to Introduce NFTs to Instagram

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Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) will be coming to the popular social media platform, Instagram.

Zuckerberg disclosed this in a conversation at the South by South West (SXSW) conference where he hinted that this feature is something the company is considering doing in the nearest future. Although the Meta CEO and founder didn’t readily provide any further details, he pointed out that the integration of non-fungible tokens into Instagram is something already in the works as the Instagram team is already working out some of the technical challenges.

Speaking about the possibility of this update, Zuckerberg said: “We are working on bringing NFTs to Instagram in the near term. I’m not ready to announce exactly what that’s going to be today, but, over the next several months, the ability to bring some of your NFTs in, and hopefully over time be able to mint things within that environment.”

Investors King also gathered that Instagram had disclosed in December 2021 that it was strongly considering the possibility of having NFTs on its platform alongside a subscriber version of the Instagram close friends list. Also, with Instagram’s last summer’s “Creator Week,” which was an invite-only virtual summit, it was pretty clear that the company would be taking this route when the company characterised the event as a “private event for NFT creators” in its invitation.
Instagram’s pivot to NFTs also plays along the parent company’s broader vision to create an interconnected virtual world filled with digital goods. “I would hope that the clothing that your avatar is wearing in the Metaverse can be minted as an NFT and you can take it between different places,” Zuckerberg said.
This update, however, wouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone who has been following the progression of Meta since the change of its company name from Facebook. Also when you consider that platforms like Twitter and YouTube have also declared interest in initiating NFTs to their platforms, the move by Instagram seems very expected.
Twitter had enabled NFT profile pictures for premium users earlier this year — an integration that is a little less like what Meta is hinting at with Instagram. However, between Jack Dorsey’s hyper-endorsement for crypto and crypto-based platforms, and Twitter’s existing NFT community, non-fungible features might be more at home on Twitter than on Instagram.

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Elon Musk Envisions X as the Future of Your Financial Life

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Tech visionary Elon Musk unveiled his vision for X, aiming to transform it into the epicenter of people’s financial worlds by the end of 2024.

Musk’s plan transcends mere payment solutions, targeting nothing short of the complete financial ecosystem, including money and securities. “You won’t need a bank account,” he affirmed.

X, led by CEO Linda Yaccarino, sees this as an ambitious opportunity that could reshape the financial landscape as we know it.

Musk expressed his unwavering commitment to the cause, stating, “It would blow my mind if we don’t have that rolled out by the end of next year.”

This ambition traces back to Musk’s dot-com-era online bank, X.com, which later evolved into PayPal. Musk aims to take a page from his earlier playbook, hoping to outshine PayPal with a more comprehensive approach.

The platform’s offerings are set to include high-yield money market accounts, debit cards, checks, and loan services. Musk’s endgame? An ecosystem that empowers users to send money worldwide instantly and in real-time.

However, this transformation is not without its challenges. Elon Musk must convince users of the necessity of such an all-encompassing platform while gaining their trust with their financial lives.

The vision of X as an “everything app” resonates with the rise of super apps like WeChat in China, which provide users with access to a myriad of services, from shopping to transportation.

As X positions itself to revolutionize the financial industry, Musk’s audacious endeavor promises to change the way we handle money, potentially eliminating the need for traditional banking as we know it.

The world watches with bated breath to see if Musk’s bold vision will become a reality.

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WhatsApp Introduces Dual Account Feature, Enabling Users to Sign Into Two Accounts

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WhatsApp has introduced a groundbreaking innovation that promises to redefine the user experience.

This new feature allows individuals to simultaneously manage two WhatsApp accounts on a single device, eliminating the need for dual phones.

The eagerly anticipated announcement was made by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, who assured Android users that this feature will soon grace their screens.

Gone are the days of juggling multiple WhatsApp accounts, a task that often required carrying two separate devices. While tech giants like Xiaomi and Oppo had previously introduced app cloning features for multiple WhatsApp instances, WhatsApp’s integrated approach sets a new standard for seamlessness.

This innovation is poised to be a game-changer for users who navigate both personal and professional realms on this ubiquitous messaging platform.

Cumbersome login-and-logout routines and the perpetual concern of messaging from the wrong account will soon be a thing of the past, replaced by a newfound ease of multitasking.

Activating this feature is a straightforward process. Users need only navigate to the ‘Settings’ menu and select ‘Add Account.’ During setup, a second phone with a SIM card or a device supporting eSIM technology is required to unlock the full potential of multi-SIM functionality.

WhatsApp ensures that each account can have its own customized notification and privacy settings, preserving data integrity and personalization.

In addition to the dual account feature, WhatsApp recently introduced passkey support for Android, enhancing security by providing an alternative to SMS-based two-factor authentication.

This latest advancement underscores WhatsApp’s dedication to user convenience, connectivity, and digital identity security, setting the stage for a more organized and efficient way of communication.

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X Takes on Bots: New Zealand and Philippines Users Pay $1 Subscription

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X, formerly known as Twitter, has embarked on a bold initiative to combat the growing menace of bots and spammers on its platform.

The company, now owned by Elon Musk, recently rolled out a new subscription plan in New Zealand and the Philippines, requiring new users to pay a mere US$1 per year for access to essential functions like tweeting, replying, retweeting, and liking.

The move, dubbed ‘Not A Bot,’ is designed to fortify X’s ongoing efforts to curb spam, manipulation, and bot activity. New users in these countries must first verify their phone numbers and then pay the nominal fee to post, like, reply, repost, quote posts, and bookmark.

Those who opt out of subscribing will be restricted to “read-only” actions, such as reading posts, watching videos, and following accounts.

Elon Musk, who has been at the helm of X, explained the rationale behind this strategy. Bots, he noted, are inexpensive to set up, costing only a fraction of a penny.

By imposing a nominal fee, X aims to deter bot operators and make it more challenging for them to create multiple accounts.

This move is a part of Musk’s broader vision for transforming X into an all-encompassing app, including payment services.

Musk has been exploring alternative revenue sources as ad revenue declined by 60% due to advertiser boycotts and concerns over content management.

As the ‘Not A Bot’ program unfolds, it holds the potential to revolutionize the fight against bots and spammers, making social media a safer and more authentic space for users. X is eager to assess the program’s effectiveness and may consider expanding it to all users in the future.

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