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Facebook Groups to gain suite of new tools for managing discussions, surfacing public content

  • At the company’s digitally hosted Facebook Communities Summit today, Facebook detailed a set of upcoming tools aimed at those who run Groups, which are designed help them better organize, filter and manage their communities, as well as new features focused on sparking discussions — like chats, prompts and Q&As. Notably, Facebook also said it would soon launch a test of a new feature that will highlight public group discussions to non-group members, including both on Facebook and off, via web searches.
  • Facebook says the feature will be tested in the U.S. in the “coming months” and admins will be offered the option to allow their groups to be included in the new Public groups experience at that time, where they’ll be able to turn on post-approvals.

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Ethel's Club founder is launching Somewhere Good, a social platform that centers people of color

  • Naj Austin, founder and CEO of subscription-based physical and digital community Ethel’s Club, is building Somewhere Good to be a one-stop shop for people of color.
  • Through operating wellness community Ethel’s Club, Austin said many members keep asking her if she knows of other types of spaces for Black people and people of color that focus on more granular topics, like jazz music from the eighties or an online space specifically for Black women who don’t want children.
  • Ethel’s Club, the wellness platform for people of color that currently lives on Mighty Networks, will be just one of many communities on Somewhere Good.
  • Ethel’s Club, which got its start as a physical community space in Brooklyn before expanding into the digital realm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has currently raised a little over $1 million from Dream Machine, Shrug Capital, Canvas Ventures, Color, Debut Capital and angel investors like Katie Stanton, Roxane Gay and Hannibal Buress.

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Sneakerheads and brands flock to Discord for cook groups, resale hub - Business Insider

  • As Loar put it, Discord's user interface confers an advantage for sneaker groups that focus on a variety of areas in the market, from reselling to showing off new styles.
  • While Mechling's group is free for those who choose to enter, Discord is known to foster a variety of sneaker "cook groups" that charge hefty fees for admission to the servers.
  • In many cases, these Discord-based cook groups are the breeding ground for new sneaker-focused businesses.
  • In June, Nike featured its BeTrue collection for Pride Month in the game Animal Crossing and connected with a handful of Animal Crossing and LGBTQ focused Discord servers to give out codes for the in-game products and IRL merchandise to match those in the game.
  • On way Discord is encouraging this brand adoption of the platform is via its server verification program, which works similarly to verification programs on other social media sites.

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Sneakerheads and brands flock to Discord for cook groups, resale hub - Business Insider

  • As Loar put it, Discord's user interface confers an advantage for sneaker groups that focus on a variety of areas in the market, from reselling to showing off new styles.
  • While Mechling's group is free for those who choose to enter, Discord is known to foster a variety of sneaker "cook groups" that charge hefty fees for admission to the servers.
  • In many cases, these Discord-based cook groups are the breeding ground for new sneaker-focused businesses.
  • In June, Nike featured its BeTrue collection for Pride Month in the game Animal Crossing and connected with a handful of Animal Crossing and LGBTQ focused Discord servers to give out codes for the in-game products and IRL merchandise to match those in the game.
  • On way Discord is encouraging this brand adoption of the platform is via its server verification program, which works similarly to verification programs on other social media sites.

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Venezuela’s Food Chain Is Breaking, and Millions Go Hungry

  • A widespread scarcity of gasoline is the latest blow to domestic food production in Venezuela, preventing goods from getting to market and farmers from filling up their tractors.
  • But these days, the authoritarian government of President Nicolás Maduro has less cash to import food because of the collapse of oil production, which had accounted for nearly all of the country’s export income.
  • Last year, U.S. prosecutors accused Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and Maduro ally, of using shell companies to steal millions of dollars from the food hand-out program.
  • Others rely on remittances from relatives living abroad, but these cash transfers have been cut in half amid Covid-19 quarantines and economic shutdowns, said Susana Raffalli, a food-security consultant in Venezuela.
  • She said Mr. Maduro is reluctant to acknowledge the scope of the crisis or to allow the World Food Program and other international aid groups to distribute the massive quantities of food Venezuela needs.

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California Rolls Out Diversity Quotas for Corporate Boards

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday that will require the boards of publicly traded companies based in the state to have at least one racially, ethnically or otherwise diverse director by 2021.
  • The new quota is the first of its kind in the U.S. and follows a similar California measure enacted two years ago that mandated female directors on all boards of the state’s public companies.
  • The law is expected to have wide-ranging impact within the state’s borders and beyond, potentially sparking fresh debate...

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Kwita Izina: naming Rwanda’s next generation of gorillas

  • Inspired by the Rwandan tradition of holding a naming ceremony for babies after their birth, Kwita Izina – or ‘to give a name’ in the national language, Kinyarwanda – is an event like no other on Earth, yet steeped in cultural meaning and ancient custom.
  • One of the world’s most respected forums for conservation and sustainable tourism, Kwita Izina includes a conference, workshops and the highlight – a naming ceremony for the gorillas born in the country’s Volcanoes National Park over the past year or so.
  • The mountain gorillas born each year in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are named at the annual Kwita Izina ceremony.
  • By introducing each baby to the world at Kwita Izina and attributing them a unique title, statistics are brought to life: the gorillas are not only being recognized as new additions to their families, but also welcomed as precious gifts by the people of Rwanda, and the international community.

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Trump’s Answer on White Supremacists Reverberates After Debate

  • WASHINGTON—President Trump and Joe Biden tried to shift back to their respective campaign themes after a raucous first debate that left prominent members of both parties responding to Mr. Trump’s deflections when asked to condemn white supremacists.
  • The president, meanwhile, slammed moderator Chris Wallace, a Fox News anchor, and said in morning tweets that Mr. Biden sought during the debate to distance himself from more liberal members of his party.
  • Asked by a reporter if Mr. Trump should have forcefully condemned white supremacy groups, Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) said: “Of course.” Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, added that he didn’t know if the debate would shake up the race but suggested it wasn’t an enlightening affair.

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Element acquires Gitter to get more developers on board with the open Matrix messaging protocol

  • Some interesting news for lovers of open, decentralized communications tech: Element, the company behind the eponymous Matrix -based Slack competitor (formerly known as Riot) has acquired developer-focused chat platform, Gitter, from dev services giant GitLab, which picked it up back in 2017.
  • The acquisition means Gitter’s community of some 1.7M users will be migrating to Matrix, the underlying decentralized comms protocol also made by Element — assuming they stick around for the ride with the new owner, of course.
  • The Matrix network is no such walled garden, of course — and Element the app offers bridges to other messaging platforms, enabling its users to chat with others siloed on proprietary platforms like Slack.
  • Hodgson posits that if Microsoft were to expose Teams into Matrix it could help it defend against the complaint — being as it would be able to tell regulators it’s “participating in a global open standard network” that lets users pick whichever client they like.

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