TechSummit Lead #018

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Lead, a technology news recap that goes beyond the headlines.

  • WhatsApp has added end-to-end encryption to every form of communication on the Facebook-owned service.
  • Twitter has added a new “Message” button to tweets on its iOS and Android apps that allow users to more easily make a public conversation private.
  • Medium has launched Medium for Publishers, a set of tools that offers publisehrs a free content management system, a standalone URL, and the ability to participate in two beta monetization experiments.
  • Premium TV network Starz has announced plans to introduce a standalone app for Android and iOS devices.
  • PayPal has scrapped plans for a Charlotte, NC operations center after the state passed a law that limits protection for LGBT individuals.
  • Facebook has added a live video button to make it easier to watch and make live video.
  • The latest Canary version of Google Chrome is working on adding native OS X notification support.
  • Huawei announced its latest P9 and P9 Plus flagship smartphones at a launch event in London.
  • Jeremy Allair’s social payments startup Circle has added support for British pounds.
  • Verizon has acquired a 24.5 percent stake in youth-focused digital media company AwesomenessTV for $159 million to launch a new premium mobile video brand.
  • Facebook has began suggesting business that you might want to chat with in the company’s Messenger service.
  • Yik Yak founding CTO Tom Chernetsky has left the college social network.
  • SurveyMonkey is launching SurveyMonkey Intelligence, a new business offering app analytics.
  • Reddit has launched a new “block user” feature to allow users to better deal with harassment.
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