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Move Over Facebook: WeChat Is Set to Become the Only App African Internet Users Need

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — As technology hubs from Silicon Valley to Bangalore work hard at devising digital approaches to finance that could alter the global banking landscape, mobile banking penetration in China has already exceeded 390 million people. And for Chinese-owned Tencent Holdings, the world’s fifth largest Internet company, China’s 1.3 billion-strong market is just the beginning. The tech giant’s best-known social network, WeChat, is fast gaining traction in Africa, and mobile banking is one area in which its influence is spreading. Outside China, WeChat is largely misunderstood.

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7 Major Social Media Shakeups We’ll See In 2016

The social media world rarely stands still for long, and while 2015 was a big year for social platforms, 2016 might be even bigger. We’re entering a new era of online access, mobile usability, and social interactions, and that’s going to be reflected in the type, diversity, and utility of social apps in the near future. If you’re a business owner, a marketer, a salesperson, or just a social media enthusiast, keep your eyes peeled for some of the biggest social media shakeups headed our way. 1. “In the Moment” Dominance Social media has always been about updating people in the present, but lately, platforms have shifted toward an even more “present” version of the present. Several years ago, it was common to write status updates toward the end of the day, or as a retrospective recap of a certain event

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Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist at Baidu, Explains the Future of Work

How will work and jobs change over the next 10-20 years? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights . Answer by Andrew Ng , Chief Scientist at Baidu; Chairman/Co-Founder of Coursera; Stanford faculty, on Quora . If you’re a fifty year old truck driver whose job suddenly goes away because of autonomous driving, what should you do?

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Facebook Just Smashed ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’ To Bits

You’ve heard of six degrees of separation ? It’s the theory that you and pretty much any random stranger can be linked through a chain of up to six social connections. Well, Facebook looked into this and claims that the number’s a bit lower. On average, people on Facebook are separated by 3.57 degrees , according to researchers at the social network. This means you could be connected to even the most distant stranger, hunched over a computer in some far corner of the world, by fewer than four people.    “We’ve grown more interconnected, thus shortening the distance between any two people in the world,” researchers wrote in a blog post about the experiment.  One caveat about this research, though: It applies only to the 1.59 billion people who are active on Facebook. Given that there are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and that over four billion still lack regular access to the Internet , it’s unlikely that the new theory holds for humans at large.  But, for those of us who are online and on Facebook, the findings suggest that strangers might be a lot closer to us than we thought. No word yet on how this affects the ” Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon ” game, though

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Joe Biden Finally Has His Own Facebook Page

Vice President Joe Biden is finally on Facebook. Biden posted his first update on Thursday, writing on World Cancer Day about the  Cancer Moonshot Initiative , the effort he’s leading to help find a cure for cancer. Hi, folks. Welcome to my Facebook page. It’s the first time a Vice President has had one of these.

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"User Not Found": The Day I Vanished From Instagram

It all started with a text message from my insta-addict friend Scott. “Hey, why did you unfollow me?” Perplexed, I opened the Instagram app on my iPhone to see the login screen. Kind of weird, I thought, as it has always just been logged in. But I didn’t think too much about it and entered the same screen name I use for everything: @bwhyte11 . Then it happened: “User Not Found”

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Uber Has A New Look, But Its Drivers Still Have The Same Complaints

Uber unveiled this week a dramatic redesign to its app and website, as the $60 billion company continues to fight complaints from its drivers.  On Tuesday, Uber  traded in  its signature “U” logo for ones that CEO Travis Kalanick said were inspired by the tech building blocks of bits and atoms. The ride-hailing company, which has recently expanded into services like food delivery and is eyeing a future in self-driving cars , says the new look better represents its ambition. “With the potential for many apps with many app icons, we needed one approach that connected them all,” Kalanick wrote on the company’s website. “So we came back to our story of bits and atoms.”   Kalanick went into further detail in an interview with Wired : “There’s an evolution here, for the founder as well as for the company,” he says, “because really, they’re very connected.” During Uber’s early years, Kalanick came across as a bellicose bro, a rebel-hero always angling for a confrontation—with regulators, the taxi industry, and competitors. Reflecting on this, Kalanick says it was all a misrepresentation by the media. When you don’t really know who you are, he says, it’s easy to be miscast—as a company, or as a person.

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Mom Responds To Cruel Meme About Her Son With Craniofacial Disorder

When trolls turned a photo of her son into a hateful meme, a mom rallied her online community to get it taken down. HuffPost blogger AliceAnn Meyer’s 4-year-old son Jameson was born with Pfeiffer syndrome , a genetic disorder that causes craniofacial abnormalities. Though her son looks a little different, Meyer pointed out in a popular blog post that Jameson just like any other little boy.  In late January, the mom was horrified to discover that online trolls had lifted a photo of her son from her blog and turned it into a cruel meme with text comparing Jameson to a pug.  “What compels a person to do such a thing I will never understand,” Meyer wrote in a blog post response titled, “This Is My Son Jameson, And No, You May Not Use His Photo.” “There is no way for me to know who did this, but for every post and share of this meme I will do everything in my power to get it taken down.” Meyer first discovered the meme on a Facebook page, where it had been shared almost 3,000 times and received over 5,000 likes. The meme also surfaced on Twitter and Instagram. Hurt and disgusted, Meyer reported the stolen image to these social media sites and enlisted her community of family, friends and fellow parents of kids with craniofacial syndromes. “I could sit idly by and tell myself that there are cruel people out there and that’s the world we live in,” the mom wrote. “But you stole a photo of my 4-year-old son

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