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Meta Adds new Shortcuts on Messenger 📱
Meta is rolling out new Messenger shortcuts, a new command system to make messaging more efficient.
In an announcement post, the company said, “Whether you want to notify everyone in a chat of an important announcement, pay a friend back for lunch or express your frustration with a timely “(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻”, Messenger’s new shortcuts will get you there in the shortest number of keystrokes.”
The ‘@everyone’ shortcut will allow users to send messages to all participants in the chat simultaneously.
When you start a message, all members in the chat will be notified. This feature is good for group reminders, impromptu get-togethers, among others.
When a user uses the ‘/silent’ shortcut, the participants of their chat will not receive a notification of your message at all.
In the coming weeks, Messenger will roll out many new shortcuts, including ‘/Pay’ (iOS and Android for Messenger in the US) and ‘/gif’ (on iOS).
Messenger says that it will also look to add even more shortcuts soon, offering users more ways to quickly and easily connect within chats.
Lionel Messi ⚽️ Becomes Global Brand Ambassador of fan Token Platform Socios.com
Lionel Messi has signed a contract worth more than $20 million to promote Socios.com, a cryptocurrency company focused on digital fan tokens.
In a Twitter post, Socios.com said, “Together we can do more. Together we can be more. Introducing http://Socios.com’s first global ambassador, Lionel Messi.”
The ambassador deal with Messi is a three-year agreement and is reportedly worth more than $20 million.
The deal does not include crypto payments; however, it includes a promotional campaign leading up to the men’s 2022 FIFA World Cup in November, at which Messi will represent Argentina.
In a statement, Messi said, “Fans deserve to be recognized for their support.” The soccer icon added saying, “I’m proud to join Socios.com’s mission to create a more connected and rewarding future for fans around the world.”
Messi is not the only athlete to enter the crypto world. Recently, NFL player Tom Brady and NBA star LeBron James also tied up with crypto firms, indicating a growing interest of athletes and sports teams in the crypto field.
Axie Infinity’s Ronin Bridge Compromised ❌, Hackers Steal Over $600 Million
In the latest crypto hack, hackers breached the Ronin network, which is used for the Axie Infinity blockchain-based game, making about $625 million worth of cryptocurrency.
Ronin and Axie Infinity operator Sky Mavis confirmed the breach on March 29 and paused transactions on the Ronin bridge, which allows depositing and withdrawing funds from the company’s blockchain.
“The Ronin bridge has been exploited for 173,600 Ethereum and 25.5M USDC,” said Ronin Network’s official Substack in a blog post.
It added saying, “We are working with law enforcement officials, forensic cryptographers, and our investors to make sure all funds are recovered or reimbursed. All of the AXS, RON, and SLP on Ronin are safe right now.”
While the Ronin sidechain has nine validators requiring five signatures for withdrawals and is meant to protect against these types of attacks, the company notes saying that “the attacker found a backdoor through our gas-free RPC node, which they abused to get the signature for the Axie DAO validator.”
Sky Mavis says it’s working with law enforcement to recover the funds from the culprit, who withdrew them from the network on March 23.
AR Glasses Maker Nreal Nabs $60 Million Series C Funding 💰
Nreal, a Chinese-based developer of ready-to-wear mixed reality glasses, has raised $60 million in its Series C funding round, led by Alibaba. The latest funding brings the company’s total funding in the last 12 months to $200 million.
The investment of the e-commerce giant in the AR startup could hint toward a partnership between the two, given that Alibaba has already announced plans to launch augmented reality glasses this year for virtual meetings.
Founded in 2017 by Bing Xiao and Chi Xu, Nreal is leading the world in the revolutionary AR transformation by launching consumer AR glasses on a global scale.
The startup, which hopes to bring AR to the masses by making bright-color, lightweight smart glasses, has established partnerships with more than 10 world-renowned carriers and brought its product to 6 countries to date.
Nreal could use the funds to strengthen existing partnerships with developers and partners. The capital will also be spent on R&D and growing its ecosystem of content and apps, which will be critical to user adoption.
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