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Dropping WhatsApp?  Nostalgia Drives Users to ICQ

Dropping WhatsApp? Nostalgia Drives Users to ICQ

In Hong Kong, some are choosing an alternative that reminds them of their childhood—before algorithms, Big Tech and viral misinformation. ICQ was a pioneering, mid-1990s internet messaging service then used on bulky PCs on dial-up. It was a precursor to AOL Instant Messenger, and was last in vogue when the TV show “Friends” was in …

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Patagonia boycotts Facebook, urges other companies to do the same

Patagonia boycotts Facebook, urges other companies to do the same

Patagonia says its business has been hurt by its decision to remove paid advertising on Facebook in June 2020. Photo: Bloomberg Patagonia doubles down on its decision to stop all paid ads on Facebook company FB -4.23% It urged other companies to join the sportswear company in its boycott of the social media company as …

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Ad-Tech Smartly.io buys Google-focused company for more than 0 million

Ad-Tech Smartly.io buys Google-focused company for more than $100 million

Advertising technology provider Smartly.io Solutions Oy said it is buying Ad-Lib.io, a company that provides creative tools for various Google platforms, for more than $100 million as it seeks to expand its offering beyond social media. Subscribe to newsletters The Wall Street Journal | CMO today CMO Today brings the day’s top stories to media …

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Now Facebook’s ex-election chief is wondering about the impact of social media on politics

Now Facebook’s ex-election chief is wondering about the impact of social media on politics

Katie Harpath joins Facebook FB -0.20% More than a decade ago as the first Republican employee of the company’s Washington, DC office, skeptical members of Congress pushed the young social network’s merits for a healthy election. Now she is giving a different message. Promoted to Facebook’s director of public policy for the global election, Ms …

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