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PayPal has launched cryptocurrency trading on its platform in the United Kingdom. This is the first expansion of crypto trading on PayPal outside the US, where the service was launched in November 2020. 

Crypto trading will only be available to customers with verified accounts. Users will also get real-time prices and educational contents related to cryptocurrency on the platform. The company announced that all eligible PayPal customers in the UK can now buy, hold, and sell cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, BitcoinCash, and Litecoin.

PayPal says it has over 375 million daily active users and 30 million merchants on the platform. While the company does not charge any fee for holding cryptocurrency, it is charging users for transactions and currency conversions.

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Facebook teamed up with Ray-Ban to create its first “smart glasses”, with a pair of cameras, a microphone and speaker to listen to podcasts, and a voice assistant to help users do the whole thing hands-free. 

Facebook's Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are powered with two 5-megapixel cameras which can capture images with 2,592x1,944 pixels resolution and 30-second videos with 1,184x1,184 pixels resolution. Users can capture and store around 500 images and 35 videos of 30 seconds each. The cameras are equipped with an external-facing LED as a privacy feature that will allow others to know when they are being captured. 

Facebook's Ray-Ban Stories price ranges from $299 to $379(roughly Rs. 22,000-Rs. 27,900). The frames come in four color variants i.e. Black, Blue, Brown, and Green. Customers will also get an option to customize lenses as per need. These smart glasses can be purchased online via Ray-Ban's website and through selective retail stores in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, UK, and US. Its availability in India is not yet confirmed.

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Twitter announced that it is piloting emoji reactions for tweets that go beyond a simple “Like”. 

In the upcoming days, users in Turkey will be able to respond to tweets with the “Face with tears of joy”, “Thinking face,” “Clapping hands,” “Crying face,” emojis or a simple “Heart.” This test is only scheduled to run for a limited time, but Twitter says it might expand it to users in more countries depending on the response.

The aim is to give people more ways to quickly show how they feel about a tweet. The emoji are accessible via a long-press of the Like button, while a short tap will send a regular Like. Rumors of the test emerged earlier this year after users reported being surveyed about potential emoji for inclusion.

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According to a recently published report by analyst firm App Annie, app users in the UK and US are spending more time on TikTok than on YouTube. 

The short-video app is considered to have “upended the streaming and social landscape”. The report also states that the average watch time per user in the US on TikTok was approximately nine percent more than that on YouTube.  However, the difference was much more vivid, in the UK where the average time spent per user on TikTok was over 64 percent more than on YouTube. The growth comes despite the ban of TikTok in India, which was the largest market for the app. 

Though YouTube managed to retain its leadership for overall time spent among social, communication, photo and video, and entertainment apps globally. The average time spent data posted by App Anni is based on the consumption of Android users.

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WhatsApp is reportedly working on the message reactions. Message reactions or also known as Emoji Reactions will let users react to a specific text in a conversation with an emoji. Users will be able to react using any emojis as per their will. 

WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo said that the reactions will show up below the chat bubble in a small dialog box and they won't be anonymous. Everyone in the conversation will be able to see who reacted to a specific message. This feature is currently under development so even the Beta users will not be able to spot it yet.

The messaging app is also allegedly working on the new chat bubble redesign for iOS users, a UI change that has already been introduced for Android beta users. The new redesign brings a more rounded chat bubble with a new green colour. WhatsApp is also trying to expand the new archive interface for multi-device function users.

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World's largest and most popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin, scaled $50,940 (roughly Rs. 37.23 lakhs) on Monday (September 6) afternoon. The price of the cryptocurrency touched $51,809.55 (roughly Rs 37.87 lakh). This is the highest ascent for the currency since May when it took a downturn after reaching a record high of $65,000 (roughly Rs 47.51 lakh). 

After consolidating for a few months since May on August 23, Bitcoin had touched $50,505 (roughly Rs. 36.91 lakhs). In the last couple of weeks, Bitcoin had been trading between $46,500 and $50,000 (roughly Rs. 34 lakh to Rs. 37 lakh). Bitcoin price in India at 6pm on September 6 was around Rs. 39,60,000.

On a side note, in June, a proposal by El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele to embrace the cryptocurrency as a legal tender had received approval. Bitcoin's rise above $50,000 on Monday comes just a day prior to the South American nation's plan to recognise the cryptocurrency. The law will take effect tomorrow (September 7).

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Ecommerce tycoon Amazon seems to be all set to launch Amazon-branded TVs in the American market. The Alexa-powered smart televisions could be launched as soon as October this year. 

The Amazon-branded television has been under development for the past two years, said ‘Business Insider’. The upcoming televisions will be powered by Amazon's own voice assistant Alexa and will be launched in screen sizes ranging from 55-inch and 75-inch. These TVs will be manufactured by partnering with third-party makers such as TCL.

Amazon sells a good number of consumer electronic devices such as smart displays, smart speakers and Fire TV sticks, and many others. It is now looking forward to adding smart televisions to the list. Though the official launch date is not declared yet.

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For the very first time Apple will allow apps like Netflix, Spotify, Kindle to link their website where users can sign up and manage new and existing accounts.

Currently, app developers are required to use Apple's in-app purchase systems, and can't usually direct users to buy content elsewhere. Which means that some apps do not offer in-app links to the designated websites where user could sign up and it only works if the user already has a subscription obtained from elsewhere. The upcoming change would include apps providing already purchased content or subscriptions to "digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video". Though it does not cover games, where the App Store rules are currently the subject of a legal dispute with ‘Fortnite’ developer Epic Games.

Apple claims the change named "reader apps" will be available globally from early 2022.

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Telegram is expanding support for video live streams with its latest update. 

Version 8.0 of the app, which is available now on both iOS and Android, allows live streams to be watched by an unlimited number of viewers, up from the previous limit of 1,000. Increasing the maximum number of viewers like this opens the door to Telegram becoming a full-on mobile live streaming platform. 

Other new features will include options like when forwarding messages, and a shortcut to switch between channels, Clubhouse-style voice channels with support for “millions” of live listeners, remove captions and hide sender names while forwarding messages and media and many more.

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LinkedIn is scrapping off the ‘Stories' feature that it introduced last year exclusively for the mobile users.

Launched in September last year, LinkedIn Stories mirrored footsteps of Facebook and allowed users to post short videos on the platform which automatically disappear after 24 hours. “As part of the change, we'll remove the current Stories experience by the end of September, as we work on the new experience.” stated LinkedIn's Senior Director of Product Liz Li. The Microsoft-owned company has announced that the change will come into force on September 30. 

After that any image or video ads that were planned to run in between Stories will instead be shared to the LinkedIn feed. In a blogpost  LinkedIn also clarified that  any previously promoted or sponsored stories from a LinkedIn Page would not appear in the feed automatically and advertisers need to recreate the content.