TikTok Star Charli D’Amelio Invests In Mobile Banking Service For Teens


  • Charli D’Amelio has invested in a mobile banking service called Step that is aimed at teens aged 13 to 19
  • She joins Justin Timberlake, the Chainsmokers, Kelvin Beachum, Eli Manning and more
  • Step has welcomed over 500,000 users only two months after its official launch

TikTok’s most popular user Charli D’Amelio has invested in Step, a mobile banking service aimed specifically at teens.

Step announced Wednesday that it has raised over $50 million in Series B funding, TechCrunch reported. D’Amelio, 16, is excited about her first startup investment and is optimistic about the future of the company.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” the TikTok star said in a statement.

“I’m excited to be able to

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Discovery Plus: A new streaming service

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  • A new streaming service called Discovery Plus is on the way. It will have 55,000 episodes of TV content when it launches on January 4, 2021.
  • The service will house shows from a variety of Discovery-owned channels, including HGTV, The Food Network, TLC, and, of course, Discovery itself.
  • There will be an ad-supported tier costing $4.99 each month and an ad-free tier for $6.99 monthly.

If you woke up this morning and thought, “Man, I really want to pay for yet another streaming service,” then we have good news for you. On January 4, 2021, the Discovery network will launch a new premium media streaming service called Discovery Plus.

The new streaming network will include content from the various properties under the Discovery umbrella. That includes over 55,000 episodes of television from HGTV, The Food Network, TLC, OWN, Animal Planet, and more. In addition to this already existing content, Discovery

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Discovery Partners With Verizon to Distribute New Streaming Service | Technology News

(Reuters) – Discovery Inc. is launching a new streaming service, called discovery+, and has a U.S. distribution deal with Verizon Communications Inc that will make the service available to 50 million customers on day one, following Disney’s lead.

Discovery+ will be available on Jan. 4 in the United States where it will include 55,000 episodes from channels in the Discovery portfolio, which include HGTV, Food Network and Animal Planet.

The service will be free for up to 12 months for new and existing Verizon customers, depending on their plan. People who aren’t eligible for the free trial can subscribe to the service for $4.99 per month with ads, or $6.99 per month ad-free.

Verizon played a role in the success of Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ streaming service by making it available to millions of wireless customers. The service launched in November 2019 and had 73.7 million subscribers a year later.

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What Is Section 230? Trump Threatens Veto Over 1996 Internet Service Shield


  • Section 230 protects internet services companies from indecent content posted by users
  • The bill passed in 1996, long before social media existed
  • The courts have routinely sided with social media companies in arguments against protection

President Donald Trump threatened to veto a defense bill over a 1996 law that shields websites from liability over content created by their users.

The president said he would veto the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act over Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which he called a “liability” that leaves national security and election integrity exposed to risk because of the protection it provides to “Big Tech”

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Salesforce buying work-chat service Slack for $27.7 billion

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft.

The acquisition announced Tuesday is by far the largest in the 21-year history of Salesforce. The San Francisco company was one of the first to begin selling software as a subscription service that could be used on any internet-connected device instead of the more cumbersome process of installing the programs on individual computers.

Salesforce’s flamboyant founder and CEO Marc Benioff hailed the “cloud computing” concept as the wave of the future to much derision initially.

But software as a service has become an industry standard that has turned into a gold mine for longtime software makers. Microsoft for one has developed its own thriving online suite of services, known as Office 365, which includes

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How Newswire Combines PR Software and Expert Service to Help Small Businesses Turn Owned and Earned Media Into True Value

NEW YORK – November 30, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

Having launched the Earned Media Advantage Guided Tour, a program that combines Newswire’s best-in-class software with the expertise of Earned Media Advantage Strategists (EMAS), Newswire’s team has been able to help a variety of small businesses enhance their brand awareness, web traffic, earned media placements, and sales opportunities. By leveraging the power of Newswire’s targeted press release distribution, businesses can bring stories with real news value to industry media while simultaneously boosting their SEO ranking.   

“Over the past eight months, executives in nearly every major field have had to adapt to rapid digital adoption, an evolving online economy, new health-conscious operational procedures, remote workplaces, and more,” said Charlie Terenzio, Newswire’s VP Earned Media Advantage Business. 

“The Earned Media Advantage Guided Tour has been evolving to help executives manage their media and marketing communications campaigns while simultaneously providing them with

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Facebook Buys Online Customer Service Startup Kustomer

Facebook on Monday announced it is buying a startup specializing in helping businesses interact with customers online.

The acquisition of five-year-old Kustomer comes as the leading social network continues to weave e-commerce into offerings, particularly its WhatsApp and Messenger messaging services.

More than 175 million people contact businesses via WhatsApp daily, and the number is growing, according to WhatsApp chief operating officer Matt Idema and Facebook vice president of business products Dan Levy.

“With our complementary capabilities, we will be able to help more people benefit from customer service that is faster, richer and available whenever and however they need it — via phone, email, text, web chat or messaging,” Kustomer chief executive Brad Birnbaum said of uniting with Facebook.

“In particular, we look forward to enhancing the messaging experience which is one of the fastest growing ways for people and businesses to engage.”

The acquisition of five-year-old Kustomer comes as Facebook continues to weave e-commerce into offerings, particularly its WhatsApp and Messenger messaging services The acquisition of five-year-old Kustomer comes

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Facebook to buy customer service startup Kustomer

FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Monday it would buy customer service startup Kustomer, as the world’s largest social network adds tools to attract more sellers to its platforms.

Kustomer allows businesses to aggregate customer conversations from multiple channels into a single-screen, and also to automate some of the responses to prospective buyers. The New York-based firm already has its services integrated on Facebook Messenger and Instagram.

The deal will also enable Facebook to scale up its WhatsApp Business service, as more companies flock to the instant messaging app to answer customer queries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported about a likely acquisition, said the transaction valued Kustomer at $1 billion.

Facebook has doubled down on

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Fortnite goes galactic with space-themed skin for new subscription service launch

The popular battle royale game Fortnite picked a space theme to launch its new subscription service.

a person on a stage: Fortnite Galaxia skin

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Fortnite Galaxia skin

The service, called Fortnite Crew, blasts off Wednesday (Dec. 2) and includes the Galaxia skin, who is a masked, starry crusader ready to do battle with a Cosmic Llamacorn Pickaxe and Fractured World Back Bling.


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The subscription costs $11.99 a month and brings members a monthly “crew pack”, including an exclusive outfit, 1,000 V-Bucks (or roughly $7.99) to buy other items, and access to the current season of content, Fortnite creator Epic Games said in a statement.

The Galaxia skin follows on from a slew of new space-related content that Fortnite gave players in the past few seasons. (Long-time players should note: this is a distinct skin from the Galaxy and Galaxy Scout outfits previously launched.)

Related: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is packed with

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Can you guess the next country to get Starlink internet service?

a crane next to a large body of water: starlink canada

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  • SpaceX gained regulatory approval to offer its high-speed internet service, Starlink, in Canada.
  • The company hopes to provide high-speed data service to individuals in areas where it just hasn’t been available before.
  • In the United States and Canada, rural customers are often left with few or no options for high-speed internet service.

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-based internet service aims to provide high-speed data to places where it just wasn’t available previously, and the company just took a big step toward that goal. The company has reportedly gained regulatory approval from Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development Ministry. With that red tape out of the way, the company is free to offer its service in the country when it’s ready.

Starlink has gained a lot of attention in the United States as a potential alternative to high-priced cable internet providers, but its aim, at least at

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