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Snap releases seven new templates and Giphy integration for its Lens Studio, and now lets creators build their own face filters for the first time…

Casey Newton / The Verge : Snap releases seven new templates and Giphy integration for its Lens Studio, and now lets creators build their own face filters for the first time   —  Snap releases seven new templates for Lens Studio, plus Giphy integration  —  Snap is expanding its developer platform to let creators build face filters …

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Tempo Automation raises $20M Series B, led by P72 Ventures, to fund its new electronics manufacturing factory in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood…

Ina Fried / Axios : Tempo Automation raises $20M Series B, led by P72 Ventures, to fund its new electronics manufacturing factory in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood   —  Manufacturing printed circuit boards in San Francisco sounds crazy given the high cost of labor and real estate, but Tempo Automation has raised $20 million to do just that.

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Based on ARPU, Facebook might have to charge $11-$14 for monthly subscriptions to offset ad revenue, but it would empower users with choice and a…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Based on ARPU, Facebook might have to charge $11-$14 for monthly subscriptions to offset ad revenue, but it would empower users with choice and a sense of value   —  Would it make us love or hate ads?  —  Would being asked to pay Facebook to remove ads make you appreciate their value or resent them even more?

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France to move ministers off Telegram, WhatsApp over security fears

The French government has said it intends to move to using its own encrypted messaging service this summer, over concerns of the risks that foreign entities could spy on officials using popular encrypted apps such as Telegram and WhatsApp . Reuters  reports that ministers are concerned about the use of foreign-built encrypted apps which do not have servers in France. “We need to find a way to have an encrypted messaging service that is not encrypted by the United States or Russia,” a digital ministry spokeswoman told the news agency. “You start thinking about the potential breaches that could happen, as we saw with Facebook, so we should take the lead.” Telegram’s founder, Pavel Durov, is Russian, though the entrepreneur lives in exile and his messaging app has just been blocked in his home country  after the company refused to hand over encryption keys to the authorities. WhatsApp, which (unlike Telegram) is end-to-end encrypted across its entire platform — using the respected and open sourced Signal Protocol — is nonetheless owned by U.S. tech giant Facebook, and developed out of the U.S. (as Signal also is). Its parent company is currently embroiled in a major data misuse scandal after it emerged that tens of millions of Facebook users’ information was passed to a controversial political consultancy without their knowledge or consent. The ministry spokeswoman said about 20 officials and top civil servants in the French government are testing the new messaging app, with the aim of its use becoming mandatory for the whole government by the summer. It could also eventually be made available to all citizens, she added. Reuters reports the spokeswoman also said a state-employed developer has designed the app, using free-to-use code available for download online (which presumably means it’s based on open source software) — although she declined to name the code being used or the messaging service. Late last week, ZDNet  also reported the French government wanted to replace its use of apps like Telegram — which president Emmanuel Macron is apparently a big fan of. It quoted  Mounir Mahjoubi , France’s secretary of state for digital, saying: “We are working on public secure messaging, which will not be dependent on private offers.” The French government reportedly already uses some secure messaging products built by defense group and IT supplier Thales. On its  website Thales lists a Citadel instant messaging smartphone app — which it describes as “trusted messaging for professionals”, saying it offers “the same recognisable functionality and usability as most consumer messaging apps” with “secure messaging services on a smartphone or computer, plus a host of related functions, including end-to-end encrypted voice calls and file sharing”.

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Uber suffers further setback from Europe’s top court

This isn’t really surprising if you’ve been following Uber’s legal woes. But the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed to Uber France that Uber is operating a transportation company. Member countries can prohibit or punish Uber in their own countries without involving the European Union. Over the past few years, Uber has asked to CJEU to rule in multiple cases related to UberPOP. With UberPOP, anyone could become a driver without any special professional license — it’s the equivalent of UberX in the U.S. Yes, it’s super confusing because UberX in France is the equivalent of UberBLACK in the U.S. UberPOP was banned in Brussels, the Netherlands and France. According to a French court, Uber operated an illegal transportation company . The company was fined $900,000 (€800,000). Uber France appealed the judgement and asked Europe’s top court to overrule the decision. The company said that it was an information society service. And EU member countries need to notify the European Commission about law changes when it comes to information society services. But Uber has now lost in Spain and in France

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