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Alphabet’s efforts beyond search are ballooning into their own huge businessesAlphabet%26%238217%3Bs%20efforts%20beyond%20search%20are%20ballooning%20into%20their%20own%20huge%26nbsp%3Bbusinessesgoogle-cloud-openmatthewlynley

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:12:58 +0000

(image)  Alphabet’s advertising business seems to be following the same pattern these days — but its operations beyond that look like they are beginning to grow into strong businesses in their own right. The company reported its first-quarter earnings today that outperformed what Wall Street expected, with its advertising business once again continuing to generate an enormous amount of money. Read More

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Google search on iOS will now help you find TV shows, movies and music on streaming servicesGoogle%20search%20on%20iOS%20will%20now%20help%20you%20find%20TV%20shows%2C%20movies%20and%20music%20on%20streaming%26nbsp%3BservicesIMG_6149sarahintampa

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:12:46 +0000

(image)  Google is today launching an update for iOS users that will make it easier to find media content — like TV shows, movies and songs — on various streaming services and content marketplaces, including iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify and others. The feature, which is still rolling out, will show you the icons for the services where the content… Read More

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Facebook sidesteps Snapchat by launching Messenger Lite in 132 more countriesFacebook%20sidesteps%20Snapchat%20by%20launching%20Messenger%20Lite%20in%20132%20more%26nbsp%3BcountriesFacebook Messenger Litejoshsc

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:44:54 +0000

(image)  Facebook is aggressively pursuing the international and developing world markets Snapchat hasn’t prioritized. Facebook Lite recently hit 200 million users, and Instagram just rolled out offline mode for Android. Now after launching Messenger Lite for Android in five countries in October, it’s expanding to 150 more, including Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and the… Read More

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Report: Apple Music revamp planned for iOS 11, service to include up to 10 original seriesReport%3A%20Apple%20Music%20revamp%20planned%20for%20iOS%2011%2C%20service%20to%20include%20up%20to%2010%20original%26nbsp%3Bseries43 Apple Music Connectsarahintampa

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:42:42 +0000

(image)  A new version of Apple Music will ship later this year that puts an increased emphasis on video content, and particularly its own original video programming, according to a new report from Bloomberg out today. The piece delves into Apple’s larger video plans, and suggests that the platform may host up to 10 original shows by year’s end. Read More

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App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017App%20stores%20saw%20record%20revenue%20and%20downloads%20in%20Q1%26nbsp%3B2017apple-app-store-iossarahintampa

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:56:43 +0000

(image)  Mobile applications saw a record number of downloads and revenue in the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from app store analytics firm App Annie out this morning. Across both iOS and Android, downloads grew by 15 percent year-over-year to reach nearly 25 billion worldwide – a figure that includes only new downloads, and not re-installs or downloads from prior quarters.… Read More

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Propel raises $4M to make the social safety net more tech savvy and user friendlyPropel%20raises%20%244M%20to%20make%20the%20social%20safety%20net%20more%20tech%20savvy%20and%20user%26nbsp%3BfriendlyFresh EBTanthha

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:40 +0000

(image)  Some big names are making an investment in food stamps — specifically in Propel, a startup that helps food stamp recipients manage their benefits. Propel is announcing that it has raised $4 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Omidyar Network, Kevin Durant’s The Durant Company and Max Levchin’s SciFi VC, as well as previous investors Jay Borenstein, WinWin and… Read More

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LG reports ~10% sales bump in Q1, mobile revenues up 4% QoQ, 2% YoYLG%20reports%20~10%25%20sales%20bump%20in%20Q1%2C%20mobile%20revenues%20up%204%25%20QoQ%2C%202%25%26nbsp%3BYoYlg-g6-1nelomas

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:35:17 +0000

(image)  LG Electronics has posted its Q1 2017 results, which show a nearly 10 per cent year-over-year jump in revenue. The electronics maker is reporting KRW 14.66 trillion ($12.70BN) in revenue, an increase of 9.7 per cent from the same period last year. Read More

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Crunch Report | Instagram Grows To 700M UsersCrunch%20Report%20%7C%20Instagram%20Grows%20To%20700M%26nbsp%3BUsersCrunch Report April 26anthha

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:43 +0000

(image)  Today’s Stories  Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users Twitter desperately needed a hit first-quarter and somehow managed to deliver Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies Uber is making it easier to see your rider rating Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed… Read More

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Personalized travel planner Google Trips gets better at handling your reservationsPersonalized%20travel%20planner%20Google%20Trips%20gets%20better%20at%20handling%20your%26nbsp%3Breservationsgoogle-trips-androidsarahintampa

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:27 +0000

(image)  Google last fall introduced its own travel planning application, Google Trips, a competitor to TripIt and others, which combines tools to manage your air and hotel reservations with suggestions of places to visit and things to do at your destination. Today, Google Trips is getting its first big update since its fall debut, with the addition of a handful of new features aimed at helping… Read More

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Mobile now accounts for the majority of digital ad spending, according to IABMobile%20now%20accounts%20for%20the%20majority%20of%20digital%20ad%20spending%2C%20according%20to%26nbsp%3BIABadtech, ad tech, advertising, online marketinganthhaIAB Quarterly Growth Trends

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:00:39 +0000

(image)  Digital ad revenue grew to $72.5 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from the year before. That’s according to the latest Internet Advertising Revenue Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (a trade group for online publishers and advertisers). The report also says that for the first time, mobile ads accounted for more than half of that spending —… Read More

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Robinhood stock-trading app confirms $110M raise at $1.3B valuationRobinhood%20stock-trading%20app%20confirms%20%24110M%20raise%20at%20%241.3B%26nbsp%3BvaluationRobinhood Appjoshsc

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:38 +0000

(image)  Zero-fee stock-trading app Robinhood has joined the unicorn club. That’s thanks to it reaching 2 million total monthly users, and 17 percent month-over-month growth of its revenue-driving Robinhood Gold subscription product. The startup confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s raised a $110 million Series C at a $1.3 billion valuation. Read More

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Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million usersInstagram%26%238217%3Bs%20growth%20speeds%20up%20as%20it%20hits%20700%20million%26nbsp%3Busersinstagram-700m-2017-04joshsc

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:01 +0000

(image)  Instagram has doubled its user base, to 700 million monthly actives in two years, fueled by Stories, web signups and better onboarding on low-end Android phones. Instagram’s growth rate is actually speeding up. It took just four months to add the last 100 million users since hitting 600 million in December, while it took six months to go from 500 million to 600 million. Read More

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Twitter shares spike 10% after it delivers a much-needed earnings beatTwitter%20shares%20spike%2010%25%20after%20it%20delivers%20a%20much-needed%20earnings%26nbsp%3Bbeattwitter-360matthewlynley

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:37:48 +0000

(image)  Twitter delivered a surprising and much-needed positive quarterly earnings report this morning — and it’s finally seeing some positive moves in its stock price. That’s going to be important going forward, as the company needs to convince Wall Street it can stay independent and also attract talent. Twitter, as we’ve seen time and again, reports a huge stock-based… Read More

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Here’s hoping this Google Pixel low-light photography experiment gets realHere%26%238217%3Bs%20hoping%20this%20Google%20Pixel%20low-light%20photography%20experiment%20gets%26nbsp%3Brealimage2etherin

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:24:54 +0000

(image)  Google’s Pixel already boasts a formidable camera, among the best in smartphone photography. A Google Daydream engineer Florian Kainz revealed how much more incredible it could be specifically in the area of night photography, when he set himself the task of reproducing DLSR-style nighttime picture quality using both a Pixel and a Nexus 6P. The experiment, detailed on the Google… Read More

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Twitter desperately needed a hit first-quarter and somehow managed to deliverTwitter%20desperately%20needed%20a%20hit%20first-quarter%20and%20somehow%20managed%20to%26nbsp%3BdeliverJack Dorseymatthewlynley

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:06:19 +0000

(image)  In an very un-Twitter move, the company completely beat out the increasing decline of its business that tech observers were expecting. This is a hugely positive sign for the company, which has seen continued bad news on the whole company operating front. Not only was it able to generate more money than expected, its user numbers also made a surprising spike. Twitter’s faced a ton of… Read More

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Europe passes last hurdle to end mobile roaming fees on June 15Europe%20passes%20last%20hurdle%20to%20end%20mobile%20roaming%20fees%20on%20June%26nbsp%3B15europelitupnelomas

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:11:33 +0000

(image)  The European Council yesterday adopted the legal act that limits how much mobile operators can charge each other — the final step in the multi-stage, multi-year process for the region’s lawmakers to agree an end to roaming charges for citizens. Read More

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Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open linksFacebook%20shows%20Related%20Articles%20and%20fact%20checkers%20before%20you%20open%26nbsp%3BlinksFacebook Related Articles Fact Checkersjoshsc

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:01:15 +0000

(image)  Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article. In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing a different version of its Related Articles widget that normally appears when you return to the News Feed after opening a link. Now Facebook will also show Related Articles including third-party… Read More

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Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking ReportCrunch%20Report%20%7C%20Uber%20Responds%20to%20iPhone%20Tracking%26nbsp%3BReportCrunch Report April 24anthha

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:02 +0000

(image)  Today’s Stories  Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword… Read More

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Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%Apple%20cuts%20App%20Store%20affiliate%20commission%20from%207%25%20to%26nbsp%3B2.5%25app-store-purge-heroromaindillet

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:32:37 +0000

(image)  Apple just sent an email to members of the App Store affiliate program saying that App Store commissions will be reduced from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1st — that’s a 64 percent cut. While this change will have no effect on App Store users, it has some implications on the App Store ecosystem. Many websites from the Apple community link to App Store downloads with a unique… Read More

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An Instagram bug has been preventing users from disabling their accounts for monthsAn%20Instagram%20bug%20has%20been%20preventing%20users%20from%20disabling%20their%20accounts%20for%26nbsp%3Bmonthsinstagram icon 2016 iOSsarahintampa

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:07:46 +0000

(image)  A number of Instagram users have found they’re no longer able to temporarily disable their accounts – a feature, similar to Facebook’s, that allows you to take a break from the social network for a period of time, but stops short of a full account deletion. The bug has been spotted in the wild since at least February, and is the subject of a number of complaints across… Read More

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