WhatsApp payments get approved by Brazil’s central bank

WhatsApp will soon be able to relaunch its payment service in Brazil. According to Reuters, the country’s central bank has approved peer-to-peer payments for the Facebook—owned messaging service, allowing users to send money to each other with cards issued by Visa and Mastercard. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/whatsapp-payments-brazil-approved-093500437.html

Facebook is making it easier to turn off algorithmic ranking in your News Feed

Facebook is introducing a handful of new features that will give users greater control over their News Feed, including an easier way to turn off the feed’s algorithmic ranking and display content in the order it was posted instead. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/31/22359782/facebook-news-feed-turn-off-algorithmic-ranking-favorites-most-recent-filter-bar

Imperiled Freshwater Turtles Are Eating Plastics—Science Is Just Revealing the Threat

We know a lot about how sea turtles are threatened by our trash, but new research has just uncovered an underreported threat hiding inside lakes and rivers. Jason G. Goldman is a science journalist based in Los Angeles. via Technology and News Today https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/imperiled-freshwater-turtles-are-eating-plastics-science-is-just-revealing-the-threat/

Flying taxi startup Lilium goes public via SPAC, unveils its new electric aircraft

Germany’s Lilium will be the latest electric aviation startup to go public via a reverse merger with a special acquisition company, or SPAC. Lilium will merge with Qell Acquisition, a SPAC founded by former General Motors executive Barry Engle. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/30/22358027/lilium-flying-taxi-evtol-spac-electric-aviation-gm-engle

Disney+ and ESPN+ are coming to Comcast Xfinity set-top boxes

Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers are getting access to two more major streaming services through their set-top boxes. Disney+ will arrive on the platforms in the next few days. ESPN+ is now available on Flex through the ESPN app, and it should hit X1 in the coming weeks. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/disney-plus-espn-plus-comcast-xfinity-x1-flex-153045590.html