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Messenger Kids rolls out passphrases so kids can initiate friend requests themselves

Facebook is making it easier for kids to add their friends on its under-13 chat app, Messenger Kids. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new feature that will allow kids to request parents’ approval of new contacts. To use the feature, parents will turn on a setting that creates a four-word passphrase that’s used generate these contact requests, the company says. Parents can opt to use this feature, which is not on by default. Once enabled, Facebook will randomly generate a four-word phrase that’s uniquely assigned to each child. When the child wants to add a friend to their app’s contacts list in the future, they will show this phrase to the friend to enter in their own app. Both parents will then receive a contact request from their child – and both have to approve the request before the kids can start chatting. In other words, this doesn’t represent a loosening of the rules around parental approvals – all contact requests still require parents’ explicit attention and confirmation, as before. However, it does make it easier for kids to friend one another when their parents aren’t Facebook friends themselves. That’s been an issue with the app for some time, and one Facebook first started to address in May when it made a change that finally no longer required parents to be friends, too. While most parents will at least want to know who their child is texting with, there are plenty of times when parents are friendly with someone on a more casual basis – like through the child’s school or their extracurricular activities. But just because two people are neighbors or fellow soccer moms and dads, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re also Facebook friends. The change introduced in May allowed parents to do a search for the child’s friend’s parents, then invite them to the app so the kids could connect. But this still required parents to take the initial steps (at the urging of the child, of course).

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Siri is now trained to recognize your local, weirdly named small businesses

Getting directions to the nearest Starbucks or Target is a task Apple’s virtual assistant can handle with ease. But what about local businesses with names that Siri has never heard, and might mistake for another phrase or the user misspeaking? To handle these, Apple has created libraries of hyper-local place names so Siri never hears “Godfather’s Pizza” as “got father’s piece.” Speech recognition systems have to be trained on large bodies of data, but while that makes them highly capable when it comes to parsing sentences and recognizing phrases, it doesn’t always teach them the kind of vocabulary that you and your friends use all the time. When I tell a friend, “let’s go to St John’s for a drink,” they know I don’t mean some cathedral in the midwest but the bar up the street. But Siri doesn’t really have any way of knowing that — in fact, unless the system knows that “Saint John’s” is a phrase in the first place, it might think I’m saying something else entirely. It’s different when you type it into a box — it can just match strings — but when you say it, Siri has to make her best guess at what you said. But if Siri knew that in the Seattle area, when someone says something that sounds like St John’s, they probably mean the bar, then she can respond more quickly and accurately, without having to think hard or have you select from a list of likely saints. And that’s just what Apple’s latest research does . It’s out now in English, and other languages are likely only a matter of time. To do this, Apple’s voice recognition team pulled local search results from Apple Maps, sorting out the “places of interest” — you (or an algorithm) can spot these, because people refer to them in certain ways, like “where is the nearest…” and “directions to…” and that sort of thing. Obviously the sets of these POIs, once you remove national chains like Taco Bell, will represent the unique places that people in a region search for. Burger-seekers here in Seattle will ask about the nearest Dick’s Drive-in, for example (though we already know where they are), while those in L.A.

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UK’s FCA announces the Global Financial Innovation Network with 11 other regulators, including from US and HK, to coordinate policies on…

Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk : UK's FCA announces the Global Financial Innovation Network with 11 other regulators, including from US and HK, to coordinate policies on cryptocurrencies, more   —  A number of financial regulators from across the globe are forming a new alliance to facilitate the growth of financial technologies …

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Infowars is now the number one "trending" app on the Google Play store, but its overall audience is likely reduced by Apple, Facebook, and…

Jack Nicas / New York Times : Infowars is now the number one “trending” app on the Google Play store, but its overall audience is likely reduced by Apple, Facebook, and YouTube's actions   —  Just days after Google, Facebook and Apple purged videos and podcasts from the right-wing conspiracy site Infowars from their sites …

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Word Games PRO (Games)

Word Games PRO 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 ( iTunes ) Description: A premium ads-free version of the best Word Games collection is finally here! Word Games PRO is a collection of 41 addicting word search, spelling & guessing games in a single app! All the games are highscores based, so don't forget to submit your score to see who is the best or share your score with your friends! This premium version contains extra features such as stats tracking your progress for each game and a relax mode in which you can play with no time limit and no lives! Have fun! ***** Games included ***** * Word Search - Find all the words above the board. Thousands of English words included. * Word Search Unlimited - Find as many words as you can and submit your score. * Word Crush - Connect the same type of neighboring blocks to remove them and create words from provided letters. * Word Connect - Connect neighboring letters and create words. Match the color of the first letter in your word for multiple points! * Word Master - Create as many words as you can from provided letters! * Puzzle Words - Crush the groups of the blocks and create words from the provided letters! * Word Gram - from provided letters create as many words as you can, but watch out, each created word will add new letters and letters can't reach the top of the board, otherwise the game ends! * Word Fill - find all the words above the board as soon as possible and fill the whole board! More games you play, better overall score you get! * Word Flood - create as many words as you can before the board is flooded! * Word Mania - create as many unique words as you can from provided letters! Use all the letters before the end of the time limit to progress to the next level! * Wordies - colorful word search game, create words with 3+ combos to get the new letters, otherwise they will be removed. * Spelling Check - test your English spelling skills * Spelling Challenge - decide if the word on screen is spelled correctly or not! * Spelling Test - check your spelling skills! * Decide & Correct - decide if the word is spelled correctly and if not correct the word! * Spelling Gaps - fill all the missing letters in the word previously shown! * 4 Words 1 Right/Wrong - out of 4 words on the screen find the correctly/incorrectly spelled one! * Word Quiz - find the word definition as fast as possible! * Guess Jokes, Animals & Countries - a hangman style games * Synonyms & Antonyms - three games testing your knowledge of English words * Grammar Test - test your English grammar skills * Hidden Words - create words from provided letters and go for highscores * One By One - find all the words shown one by one as fast as possible * Colonies - addicting puzzle & brain game * Spelling tiles ***** Game Features ***** * 41 word search, educational, spelling & guessing games in 1 app * Global and local leaderboards included - see your personal bests and points of other people * RELAX mode - play without limits * Add games you like to favorites to access them later faster * Improve your English spelling skills * Learn new English words and vocabulary * Track your overall progress and other statistics * Play online or offline - no need to be connected to internet * More games you play, better overall score you get Have fun with our app Word Games PRO! If you find any bug or have any question, please let us know at littlebigplay@gmail.com. Support links: Facebook fan site: https://fb.me/wordgamespro Website: http://www.littlebigplay.com/ Email: littlebigplay@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littlebigplay Word Games PRO

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Q&A with Patreon CEO Jack Conte and Memberful CEO Drew Strojny on Patreon’s acquisition of Memberful, building an SaaS startup, and the history of the…

Ben Thompson / Stratechery : Q&A with Patreon CEO Jack Conte and Memberful CEO Drew Strojny on Patreon's acquisition of Memberful, building an SaaS startup, and the history of the companies   —  Long-time Stratechery members may recall that three years ago — a year into the Daily Update — I ripped …

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Beijing-based online video service infrastructure startup Moviebook raises $199M Series D led by AI startup SenseTime, following a $75M Series C in…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Beijing-based online video service infrastructure startup Moviebook raises $199M Series D led by AI startup SenseTime, following a $75M Series C in 2017   —  SenseTime may be best known as the world's highest-valued AI company — having raised $620 million at a valuation of over $4.5 billion — but it is also an investor, too.

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Domino Data, which helps companies make use of data science, raises $40M Series D from Coatue Management and Sequoia; source says firm now valued at…

Alex Konrad / Forbes : Domino Data, which helps companies make use of data science, raises $40M Series D from Coatue Management and Sequoia; source says firm now valued at $250M   —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  Domino Data Lab CEO Nick Elprin says he's building a system of record for data scientists.

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