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Airbnb is verifying all properties in its top five markets including the U.S. | TechCrunch Airbnb is intensifying its efforts to combat fake listings by initiating a verification process for all properties in its top five markets: the US, Canada, Australia, UK, and France. This move requires hosts to provide information such as photos with embedded GPS data. The verification process will commence in these countries this year and expand to 30 more countries by the following fall.
Substack redesigns its mobile app to boost discovery and engagement | TechCrunch Substack has announced a significant overhaul of its mobile app, introducing a redesigned Home experience to enhance user discovery and engagement. The updated app showcases a new reading queue at the screen's top, facilitating easy post-to-post browsing.
Terraform fork gets renamed OpenTofu, and joins Linux Foundation | TechCrunch In response to HashiCorp's decision to change its Terraform license, the open-source community initiated a fork named OpenTF. This fork has now been officially renamed "OpenTofu" and has joined the Linux Foundation.
WhatsApp is introducing Flows for a richer in-app shopping experience | TechCrunch WhatsApp is enhancing its in-app shopping experience with a new feature named "Flows." This feature allows users to perform tasks like seat selection on flights or appointment bookings without exiting the app. Merchants can utilize various tools, from text boxes to calendars, to create these experiences. WhatsApp is testing "Flows" with several businesses, aiming to offer richer in-chat experiences. The company is also expanding its payment partners for a seamless checkout experience, especially in India.
Neuralink is recruiting subjects for the first human trial of its brain-computer interface | The Verge Neuralink, owned by Elon Musk, is initiating its first human trials after receiving FDA approval. The six-year trial, named "the PRIME Study," aims to test Neuralink's technology designed to assist paralyzed individuals in controlling devices.
Google adds its Bard chatbot to Gmail, YouTube, Docs and other apps | Computerworld Google is embedding its conversational Bard chatbot into several of its popular apps, enabling users to receive human-like responses, summarize Gmail messages, and search Google Docs and YouTube. Bard is competing with other leading generative AI technologies, including OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing conversational AI tool. The new Bard Extensions acts as a natural language assistant across Google apps, allowing users to search Google Docs, summarize Gmail messages, and even assist in trip planning using Google Flights.
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Hacktoberfest 2023 Hacktoberfest, celebrating its 10th year, is a month-long event supporting open-source projects. Participants are encouraged to contribute to open-source projects, aiming to make four pull/merge requests.
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