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Messaging app firm Kik quietly launched its own virtual currency last month, but today it has been a bit more public with an announcement that, while fairly minor in content, has interesting connotations for its future. The Canada-based company has updated its iOS and Android apps to give users more control over how they connect with new contacts. Gone is the old approach that effectively let any user contact anyone with messages and photos off the bat (users could later block irritating people); a new ‘screening’ system effectively mutes messages and media shared by a non-friend until the user explicitly adds the person…

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