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Instagram Comes up With “Take a Break” Feature That Will Ask Teens to Take a Break When They Watch Harmful Content

Facebook-owned photosharing platform Instagram has announced to launch new measures to nudge teenagers away from harmful content that may affect their mental health and persuade them to “take a break” from the platform.

The new set of ‘take a break’ and ‘nudge’ features was announced by Nick Clegg, VP for global affairs and communications at Facebook, in an interview with CNN.

This comes days after former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen publicized that Facebook research revealed Instagram is worse for teenagers than any other social media platform.

“We’re going to introduce something which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that a teenager is looking at the same content over and over again, and it’s content which may not be conducive to their well being, we will nudge them to look at other content,” Clegg told CNN.

Clegg did not announce the timeline for the launch of these features; however, the testing will begin soon.

Blue Origin Reschedules William Shatner’s Space Flight by a Day

Blue Origin, the spaceflight company of Jeff Bezos, has announced plans to postpone the forthcoming flight that was scheduled to send Star Trek-famed actor William Shatner aboard.

The flight that was originally scheduled on October 12 has been delayed by a day due to anticipated bad weather.

Blue Origin released a statement saying, “Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origin’s mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13. Liftoff from Launch Site One is currently targeted for 8:30 am CDT / 13:30 UTC on Wednesday.”

Shatner, who is 90 years old, will be the oldest person ever to go to space. He will be accompanied by Chris Boshuizen (former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs), Glen de Vries (co-founder of Medidata), and Audrey Power (vice president of mission and flight operations of Blue Origin).

The flight will take Shatner and the NS-18 flight crew just beyond the Karman line, which is about 62 miles high. They will experience four minutes of weightlessness and also observe the curvature of the earth.

French Mobile Gaming Startup Homa Games Raises $50 Million

Homa Games, a French-based gaming startup that aims to make the development of games considerably more efficient, has raised $50 million in its Series A funding round.

The funding was led by London- based VC Northzone and included participation from other investors Singular, King, the founders of FuboTV, and Daniel Ek’s family office.

This Series A round comes just after the startup raised $15 million in its seed round, led by Headline and Eurazeo.

Founded in 2018, Homa Games is a leading platform for creating and publishing mobile games. It develops games internally and in partnership with several handpicked studios all around the world.

The gaming company has published over 30 games with titles such as Sky Roller, NERF Epic Pranks!, Idle World, among others.

The company will use the fresh funds to continue growing its regional hubs, develop its technology, and also seek merger and acquisition opportunities.

Additionally, the funds will allow Homa to attract even more top-tier talents and accelerate expansion across all functions and relevant geographies.

Mcdonald’s China to Give Away NFTs on 31st Anniversary

McDonald’s, the leading fast-food company in the world, has released a set of 188 nonfungible tokens (NFT) on October 8 to celebrate its 31st anniversary in the Chinese mainland market.

The NFTs are branded as “Big Mac Rubik’s Cube,” and are designed based on the three-dimensional structure of the new office headquarters of McDonald’s China, which was inaugurated along with the launch of the NFTs.

These NFT’s will be distributed among employees and consumers as a part of the giveaway by the company.

The NFTs are built on the Conflux blockchain and are developed in partnership with Cocafe, a digital asset creation agency of crypto collectibles.

Each NFT created is unique, indivisible, and unchangeable, according to the nature of NFTs.

However, this move to introduce NFTs by McDonald’s China in the market goes against the Chinese authority’s intent to ban all crypto operations in the country.

More lately, the ban by authorities has compelled crypto companies like Huobi, Binance, among others, to stop their operations in China.

But, despite China’s opposition, the worldwide crypto ecosystem continues to witness constant growth.

Around The Web

? Gogoro Launches Battery Swapping Technology in China: Gogoro, a global leader in battery swapping ecosystems enabling sustainable urban mobility, has launched its leading battery swapping technology in China. The company is partnering with leading Chinese automakers Yadea and Dachangjiang (DCJ) to introduce the new Gogoro-powered Huan Huan battery swapping product, first in Hangzhou and to additional cities in 2022.

? Bitcoin Network Sees Record High For Daily Settlement Volume: On October 6, the daily settlement value of Bitcoin hit an all-time high, with $31 billion worth of transactions being settled on-chain using the Bitcoin network. This all-time high also marks a spike in the daily settlement volume of the network to approximately 40 times since the start of 2020.


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