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YouTube is Forcing Popular Discord Music Bot Rythm Offline
Video streaming platform YouTube is closing down Discord’s Rythm bot, just after forcing the Groovy bot offline.
The service will cease functioning on September 15 in response to a cease and desist legal demand from Google.
Reacting to this, Yoav, the creator of Rythm bot said, “One way or another we knew this was due to happen eventually, which is why we started working on something new a year ago. Groovy receiving attention just meant it would happen sooner rather than later.”
The shutdown will affect millions of users, and it will affect Discord’s own core features as the Rythm music bot is installed on over 20 million Discord servers and is currently used by about 560 million Discord users.
However, YouTube and Discord seem to be working on an alternative. Discord is said to have been testing a new feature to form a YouTube watch party which can be a replacement for bots like Rythm and Groovy.
Pinterest Tests New Full-Screen, Vertical Scroll Feed For Pin Discovery
Pinterest appears to be the latest social media application to adapt into TikTok-inspired trends with new scrolling, vertical content feeds, with a new ‘Watch’ mode being tested for Pin discovery.
The latest full-screen discovery choices include browse and watch displays. The “browse” mode is the traditional Pinterest search feed, while the “watch” mode is like a TikTok-style display, with both videos and still image pins being displayed in the vertical scrolling stream Pin map.
Pinterest has not provided any detailed information about the test of this feature, nor has it said how many users can access the Watch feed.
However, it looks like the popularity of TikTok is inspiring newly added UX options in more applications as companies try to keep pace with emerging user behaviors to maximize engagement.
Though it may be a small-scale test, it appears to be a sensible experiment- and Pinterest is already in line with the trend of social stories, joining into the progressive approach to app development.
Olympus Hit by BlackMatter Ransomware
On September 11, Technology giant Olympus confirmed that it has suffered from a ransomware attack on its IT systems.
The group behind the ransomware attack has been identified as “BlackMatter,” a group of popular hackers.
The new group comes after DarkSide, REvil, and other popular threat actors that have terrified several companies in the past few months.
These groups typically steal data from a company’s network before encrypting it and later threaten to post the files online if the ransom to decrypt the file is not paid.
Olympus said that the incident is limited to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
The tech giant is now investigating the ransomware attack, to which they released a statement and will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
Rey Assurance Launches Its Holistic Approach to Insurance With $1 Million in Funding
Indonesia-based insurtech Rey Assurance is taking a new approach for its insurance business.
The startup launched out of stealth on September 13 and has already raised $1 million in pre-seed funding from the Trans-Pacific Technology Fund (TPTF).
With this new approach, a member can get access to a range of health services including, AI-based self-assessment tools, 24/7 telemedicine consultations at no additional cost, and delivery by pharmacy.
Rey was founded in 2021 by Evan Tanotogono and Bobby Siagian to address the low penetration of life and health insurance in Indonesia.
The startup’s wellness ecosystem currently covers primary care services including, chats and video calls with medical providers. In the future, the company plans to add specialists to the platforms.
Customers of Rey can also link their health wearables for incentives. For instance, if a customer completes a certain activity goal, they will get rewards like discounts or shopping vouchers.
Rey has a long-term plan of linking wearables more deeply to its insurance policies and use data to personalize policies and premiums.
Around the Web
🏍️ Exposure to Motorcycle Vibrations Can ‘Degrade’ iPhone Camera Performance: Apple has said on its Apple Support forum that motorcycle’s high-powered engines can “degrade” the camera performance of an iPhone. The company advises customers to avoid exposing the iPhone to extended high-amplitude vibrations.
📝 Cardano Launches Smart Contracts: Cardano has announced the successful completion of its Alonzo hard fork, ushering in its long-awaited smart contract functionality. The upgrade was completed at epoch 290 and will facilitate the creation and execution of smart contracts on the public blockchain for the first time.