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Twitter Web Users Can Now Soft Block Unwanted Followers

Twitter has rolled out a new feature that allows users to remove followers without having to block them.

The feature called “soft blocking” would let users on the web remove a follower without having to block them, meaning the users would be able to soft block them.

Basically, the soft block feature would still let the other users see your tweets and also let them send direct messages to you; however, they would no longer be able to see your tweets in their feed.

To soft block any Twitter follower, you need to go to your profile and click on followers. Next, you have to click the three-dot menu next to their name, and then click on the option “Remove this follower.” Interestingly, the follower you choose to remove would not be notified of your decision.

However, it is essential to know that if you soft block a follower (meaning remove them from your followers), they can always follow you again if they wish to do so.

Robo-advisor Fount Raises $33.4 Million in Series C Funding

Fount, a South Korean Robo-advisor startup, has raised $33.4 million in a Series C funding round to improve its machine learning-based platform and hire more resources.

The funding round was led by Hana Financial Investment and also included participation from Nice Investment.

Additionally, the funding round also witnessed participation from returning investors Simlegate Investment, Shinhan Capital, KT Investment, and Korean Development Bank.

Founded in 2015, Fount is an asset management Robo-advisor company whose investing algorithm is based on BigData technology, helping you plan for every event of your life.

The startup’s AI-powered platform invests on behalf of users by using algorithms and data for people who want to grow their wealth by investing but have limited knowledge about investment.

Fount currently offers its Robo-advisor service to about 20 B2B clients in South Korea including, Hana Financial Investment, Hyundai Motor Securities, MetLife, Samsung Life Insurance, among others.

Moreover, the startup is in talks with additional finance companies to have partnerships in the near future.

Facebook to Expand Live Audio Feature Globally

Social media giant Facebook is reportedly planning to expand the Live Audio rooms feature to its audience globally.

The Live Audio rooms feature that was launched in the United States in June. In addition to public figures and creators, the company is making the feature available to groups as well.

When the feature was first launched, a user could create “Live Audio rooms” via Facebook’s iOS app; however, the feature has now been launched on Android.

Moreover, users will also have the ability to listen to Live Audio on desktop but still have to use a mobile app for creation.

Within a Live Audio room group, admins have full control of the group users, in addition to private and public options.

Meanwhile, the company is also launching a new product called Soundbites, a kind of TikTok, for audio offering short audio clips.

Currently, this feature is being rolled out to all Facebook users in the U.S. across iOS and Android devices.

Overall, Facebook has been continuously expanding its audio experiences and is also working on tools that would help identify and take action on content violating its community standards.

Bakkt Crypto Exchange Partners With Google to Introduce Digital Assets

Bakkt, a U.S.-based digital assets platform, has partnered with Google to introduce digital assets to millions of consumers. With this, Bakkt aims to extend the reach and usability of digital assets to meet rapidly evolving consumer demand and preferences.

In an announcement on October 8, Bakkt said that it has a formed partnership with Google to allow its users to buy goods and services using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies via the Google Pay wallet and payment system.

Users of the crypto exchange platform will have the ability to add their virtual Bakkt Visa Debit Card into Google Pay to buy everyday goods and services in-store, online, or wherever Google Pay is accepted. Crypto assets such as bitcoin will be converted to fiat currency to complete the payments.

In addition, the company has chosen Google Cloud as a favored cloud provider for marketing its solutions powered by Google Cloud to retailers and merchants in the U.S.

Following the partnership, Bakkt CEO Gavin Michael said, “This partnership is a testament to Bakkt’s strong position in the digital asset marketplace, to empower consumers to enjoy their digital assets in a real-time, secure, reliable manner.”

Around The Web

📺 Google TV Adds Personalized Profiles: Google TV is giving a more personal touch to users by adding multiple user-profiles and allow everyone in a house to access their own personalized space with their Google account. With personalized profiles, users will get customized TV shows and movie recommendations, easy access to their personal watchlist, and also get help from their Google Assistant.

🤝 HR Startup Personio Raises $270 Million: Personio, a German-based HR startup, has raised $270 million in its Series E funding round. The funding was led by Greenoaks Capital and included participation from new investors- Altimeter Capital and Alkeon; in addition to existing investors Index Ventures, Meritech, Accel, Lightspeed, Northzone, and Global Founders Capital.

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