WhatsApp lets users watch Netflix trailers directly in the app
If you've ever been chatting on WhatsApp about a Netflix trailer and had to leave the app in order to watch it, WhatsApp has a new feature you'll appreciate. You can now watch Netflix trailers directly in WhatsApp. It's a simple change, but it could be useful for people who watch a lot of Netflix and plan watches with their friends and family. For now the Netflix feature is only available on the latest iOS version of the app. WhatsApp has not officially announced the new feature -- it was spotted by a WABetaInfo follower -- and we don't know when it might arrive on Android. This only pertains to trailers.
Facebook is launching a new payments system today, appropriately named Facebook Pay. It will be available across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and it’s designed to facilitate payments across Facebook’s popular social networks and apps. You’ll be able to use Facebook Pay to send money to friends, shop for goods, or even donate to fundraisers. The service will be separate from Facebook’s new Calibra wallet and the Libra network, and it’s “built on existing financial infrastructure and partnerships,”.
Facebook is planning to start rolling out Facebook Pay on Messenger and Facebook in the US this week. It will initially be available for fundraisers, person-to-person payments, event tickets, in-game purchases, and some purchases from pages and businesses that operate on Facebook’s Marketplace. “Over time, we plan to bring Facebook Pay to more people and places, including for use across Instagram and WhatsApp,” explains Deborah Liu, Facebook’s vice president of marketplace and commerce.
Facebook hopes a new logo will distract you from its problems
The rumors were true: Facebook has decided that a rebranding is in order. The company has introduced a new corporate logo and brand strategy that it hopes will more clearly distinguish Facebook the company and its individual apps. There's not much to say about the logo in question, as it's just "Facebook" written in a a plain (if modern-looking) font. However, the new style theoretically makes the ownership clearer when you see "from Facebook"The Facebook app will keep its own branding despite the new styling. You can expect the new look to surface over the course of the "coming weeks.
Facebook Pay will be available in the settings section of the Facebook or Messenger apps, and it will support most debit and credit cards and PayPal. Facebook is using Stripe, PayPal, and others to process these payments.
Facebook isn’t revealing exactly when this payment system will be available across all of its apps, nor when it will launch internationally. Facebook Pay comes just weeks after a large number of payment companies dropped out of Facebook’s Libra project. PayPal, which is supporting Facebook Pay, wasfrom the Libra Association, the nonprofit organization that oversees the creation of the cryptocurrency and its rollout.
, and it’s left Facebook with the daunting task of convincing governments that Libra is an option, just when trust in Facebook is at an all-time low. That’s not stopping Facebook from launching a more traditional payment system today, though.
“Facebook Pay is part of our ongoing work to make commerce more convenient, accessible and secure for people on our apps,” says Liu. “We’ll continue to develop Facebook Pay and look for ways to make it even more valuable for people on our apps.”
Lady Sonia, the Congolese who "coaches" a million people on the Web
Lady Sonia is a small celebrity on the African continent. The videos that this Congolese posts on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, total millions of views and invite to flourish.
On YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, more and more people are turning into influencers. They provide encouragement and advice. All fields are concerned, nothing escapes: sport, family, professional career, and obviously romantic relationships ...
The Cameroonianfor example, coach in relationships, written on his page Facebook followed by nearly 400,000 people: "Do not respond to your ex. You are a queen, arrange your crown and continue your evolution.
, a Congolese coach living in Switzerland, is a real star in Côte d'Ivoire. On social networks, she defines herself as an ambassador for self-fulfillment. Just that.
Between filmed photos taken during conferences, camera-shot videos and live videos, Lady Sonia sends every day encouragement to her 800,000 Facebook subscribers.
To gather such a large number of fans, she added some ingredients that she likes to share: "A little African urban music, dance and a good dose of religious quotes and good mood.
Comments under his online productions are complimentary. Many people see her as a mentor, a role model, an idol herself. "I think that what shocks all these ladies and even these men - because my message is universal - is to discover that we can be African, black, round, have children, be scandalized and get up again. , like me. Women identify with me, "she explains.
Graduate of a master in commercial engineering, Lady Sonia has developed her activity thanks to social platforms. "People spend a lot of time on social networks. They communicate with their friends. People follow me from Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, ... Social networks have popularized coaching and have allowed those who can not afford to access it easily.
Coaching 2.0, a new profession
Several coach 2.0 indeed leave their contact details and charge consultations on Facebook, LinkedIn or WhatsApp. Lady Sonia, for example, created LEI, a 90-day pay-and-fulfill program. Its price: 200,000 CFA francs per person, or 300 euros. It also sells products derived from its brand: Lady Sonia.
And when asked if it's too much for the African women she's talking to, she says, "No, a lot of women are spending a lot more on hair extensions. While me, I propose tools that could change their lives.
The development has become a business and this raises many questions, including the training - sometimes non-existent - of all these coaches. In addition, the "advice of life" is becoming standardized and the rates are higher and higher.
"I have a whole team working to offer my community ever more interesting content. And all this represents for me a cost and expenses, "says Lady Sonia.
FTC may block Facebook's integration plans for WhatsApp and Instagram .
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly weighing an injunction against Facebook to stop it from integrating WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger into its own services, according to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The news follows reports that the the FTC has been investigating Facebook as part of an antitrust investigation, on the grounds that it's policies are anticompetitive. The commission started itsThe commission started its investigation after Facebook announced that it would unify the technical underpinnings of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. That would allow its 2.7 billion users to send private, encrypted messages from one app that could be received on another.