Android O is officially called Android Oreo
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Android O is officially called Android Oreo

The latest version of Android is officially here, and it’s called Android Oreo, as most people suspected. Google made the interesting decision to reveal the final name and…

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New wearable tracker can transmit vital signs from a soft, tiny package
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New wearable tracker can transmit vital signs from a soft, tiny package

Body sensors have long been bulky, hard to wear, and obtrusive. Now they can be as thin as a Band-Aid and about as big as a coin. The…

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Musical.ly’s redesign adds video recommendations, new user profiles
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Musical.ly’s redesign adds video recommendations, new user profiles

Musical.ly, an app best known for its lip-syncing music videos, but which has more recently begun to air shows from Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, is today rolling out…

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What’s new in Android Oreo
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What’s new in Android Oreo

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Meet Android Oreo’s all-new emoji
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Meet Android Oreo’s all-new emoji

The newest version of Android (Oreo, officially) doesn’t bring a ton of new stuff to the mobile operating system, but it does overhaul something near and dear to…

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Samsung’s Bixby assistant is now available for Galaxy S8 owners worldwide
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Samsung’s Bixby assistant is now available for Galaxy S8 owners worldwide

Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant is now global after it expanded into over 200 countries today. Bixby is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and other virtual assistants.…

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Apple just shared iOS 11 beta 7 to developers
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Apple just shared iOS 11 beta 7 to developers

Apple just dropped a brand new beta for iOS 11. And you know that iOS 11 is going to be your favorite major iOS update of the year…

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Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS
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Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS

Apple and Google could be the biggest frenemies in tech. While they both compete like there’s no tomorrow, they also partner on some very specific deals. For instance,…

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Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app
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Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app

Pinterest is adding a new feature today that allows users to pinch a photo to zoom in and out on various Pins, matching a feature that’s available on…

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How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die
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How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series…

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Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories
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Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories

Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was…

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Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search
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Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip…

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YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms
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YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms

YouTube has started rolling out a “Breaking News” section in people’s feeds today across platforms as Alphabet continues to tailor custom content playlists to users logged into Google…

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Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects
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Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects

The startup behind the Prisma style transfer app is shifting focus onto the b2b space, building tools for developers that draw on its expertise using neural networks and…

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Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons
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Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons

Ever gotten tricked into clicking a fake play button on Facebook that opens a link instead of starting a video? I did, repeatedly, and wrote a story in…

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An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out
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An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out

TouchID has always been a legal grey area when it came to cops and border patrol asking you to fork over your phone. But, with the new update…

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Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story
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Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story

Instagram inception, here we come. If somebody sends you a photo or video in a private conversation on Instagram, the app will now let you play around with…

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Apple could guide you around your city using augmented reality
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Apple could guide you around your city using augmented reality

ARKit is one of the biggest changes in iOS 11. Under the hood, Apple is about to transform the iPhone into a very capable augmented reality device. Felix…

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Google brings Q&As to Google Maps
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Google brings Q&As to Google Maps

Google is launching a new feature for Google Maps for Android and mobile search today: question and answers. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise when I…

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Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle
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Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle

Seattle seems like an unlikely venue for a duel between bike-sharing companies: it’s rainy, hilly, its residents can’t drive and another bike-share program recently went belly up publicly…

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Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile
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Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile

Facebook is again getting into the daily deals space, this time in collaboration with eBay. The company has launched a new feature within its Marketplace section on its…

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Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readability
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Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readability

Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable and commentable. Specifically, Facebook now…

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45 million people send birthday wishes on Facebook each day
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45 million people send birthday wishes on Facebook each day

Roughly 1 in 30 Facebook users tells someone Happy Birthday each day, showing Facebook’s first major emergent behavior is still going strong. Now Facebook is equipping the 45…

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Snapchat “Crowd Surf” stiches together everyone’s concert videos
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Snapchat “Crowd Surf” stiches together everyone’s concert videos

Snapchat’s got a new trick to stay one step ahead of Instagram by turning everyone’s quick video clips from concerts into a much more watchable music video you…

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GoDaddy launches SmartLine to give businesses a second mobile phone number
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GoDaddy launches SmartLine to give businesses a second mobile phone number

GoDaddy may be best known for its web domain registry (a business that’s been in the headlines recently), but it’s also moving into the voice and telephone business,…

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OneSignal raises $7M for its free push notification tools
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OneSignal raises $7M for its free push notification tools

Push notifications are one of the main ways we connect with our apps —  but according to OneSignal CEO George Deglin, most of the tools for managing those notifications…

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Google’s voice typing tech adds support for 30 more languages, reaching further into Africa, India
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Google’s voice typing tech adds support for 30 more languages, reaching further into Africa, India

Google today is expanding its speech recognition capabilities to support dozens of new languages, particularly those in emerging markets in India and Africa, the company announced this morning.…

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TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success stories
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success stories

Time is marching on — sometimes at an alarming rate — and we’re quickly approaching TechCrunch’s annual huge conference in San Francisco. TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 is less…

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Facebook bans ‘cloaking’ of spam sites that fool filters
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Facebook bans ‘cloaking’ of spam sites that fool filters

“Cloaking” sounds sci-fi, but it’s actually a trick used today by spammers to show content moderators or search engine spiders an innocent-looking version of their site while real…

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Yelp partners with Curbside to add order pickup to its app for CVS, Pizza Hut and more
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Yelp partners with Curbside to add order pickup to its app for CVS, Pizza Hut and more

Curbside, a startup powering same-day shopping experiences for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, including CVS, is today announcing a new partnership with Yelp that will allow consumers to shop in…

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SoundCloud faces do-or-die vote by investors
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SoundCloud faces do-or-die vote by investors

SoundCloud will soon collapse if investors don’t vote for a rescue funding round tomorrow. The stumbling music streaming community site had to suddenly lay off 40 percent of…

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8 ways to fix Snapchat
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8 ways to fix Snapchat

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Snap founders won’t sell shares despite plummeting price
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Snap founders won’t sell shares despite plummeting price

Snap has an awful Q2 earnings report… but at least its dancing AR hot dog was viewed 1.5 billion times. To prove their confidence, co-founders Evan Spiegel and…

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Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows
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Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows

Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45…

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Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows
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Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows

Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45…

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Uber adds in-app messaging between riders and drivers
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Uber adds in-app messaging between riders and drivers

Uber is starting to roll out a new in-app chat feature globally today, which will allow riders to send text messages directly to their driver once they book…

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Uber adds in-app messaging between riders and drivers
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Uber adds in-app messaging between riders and drivers

Uber is starting to roll out a new in-app chat feature globally today, which will allow riders to send text messages directly to their driver once they book…

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Blue Apron is having a really bad day
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Blue Apron is having a really bad day

Things are not going so well for Blue Apron this morning after reporting its second-quarter earnings (its first earnings report ever), and the stock is crashing as a…

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Blue Apron is having a really bad day
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Blue Apron is having a really bad day

Things are not going so well for Blue Apron this morning after reporting its second-quarter earnings (its first earnings report ever), and the stock is crashing as a…

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Here’s the 22nd batch of 500 Startups companies
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Here’s the 22nd batch of 500 Startups companies

500 Startups is ramping up its next batch of companies in its early-stage startup program, which this time consists of 36 startups. The firm’s pitch to companies entering…

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Here’s the 22nd batch of 500 Startups companies
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Here’s the 22nd batch of 500 Startups companies

500 Startups is ramping up its next batch of companies in its early-stage startup program, which this time consists of 36 startups. The firm’s pitch to companies entering…

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EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders
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EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders

The EFF has filed a court filing pressing for warrants be required for searches of mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports…

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EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders
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EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders

The EFF has filed a court filing pressing for warrants be required for searches of mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports…

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TabBank lets you generate instant guitar tabs
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TabBank lets you generate instant guitar tabs

In the days before electronic music, musicians used to have to play things called “guitars.” There are very few players left among us with the skills necessary to…

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Apple just released iOS 11 developer beta 5
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Apple just released iOS 11 developer beta 5

Apple just dropped a brand new beta for your favorite iOS update of the year. While iOS 11 isn’t coming out until September, the company has been testing…

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Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts
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Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts

No one picks up the phone and everyone gets too much email. If you want to contact people for fundraising, a political campaign or marketing, texting is the…

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Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts
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Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts

No one picks up the phone and everyone gets too much email. If you want to contact people for fundraising, a political campaign or marketing, texting is the…

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Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts
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Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts

No one picks up the phone and everyone gets too much email. If you want to contact people for fundraising, a political campaign or marketing, texting is the…

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Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts
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Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts

No one picks up the phone and everyone gets too much email. If you want to contact people for fundraising, a political campaign or marketing, texting is the…

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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app
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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find and join…

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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app
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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find and join…

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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app
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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find and join…

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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app
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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find and join…

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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app
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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find and join…

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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app
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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find and join…

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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app
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‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find and join…

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Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps
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Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps

Google today announced it’s rolling out a change to its Play Store so that better-performing apps – meaning those that experience fewer crashes and those that don’t drain…

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Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps
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Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps

Google today announced it’s rolling out a change to its Play Store so that better-performing apps – meaning those that experience fewer crashes and those that don’t drain…

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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company
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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s…

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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company
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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s…

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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company
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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s…

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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company
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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s…

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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company
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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s…

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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company
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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s…

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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company
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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s…

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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe
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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe

Snap will report its second earnings report this week, which will once again look to answer the question: is there room on the advertising spectrum for Snap? The…

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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe
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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe

Snap will report its second earnings report this week, which will once again look to answer the question: is there room on the advertising spectrum for Snap? The…

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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe
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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe

Snap will report its second earnings report this week, which will once again look to answer the question: is there room on the advertising spectrum for Snap? The…

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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe
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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe

Snap will report its second earnings report this week, which will once again look to answer the question: is there room on the advertising spectrum for Snap? The…

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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe
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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe

Snap will report its second earnings report this week, which will once again look to answer the question: is there room on the advertising spectrum for Snap? The…

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All the major cases where an LTE-enabled Apple Watch would be great
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All the major cases where an LTE-enabled Apple Watch would be great

Apple is reportedly working on an Apple Watch that won’t have to be tethered to your phone for data, freeing that small fitness tracker on your wrist from…

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This startup wants to modernize the hotel industry
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This startup wants to modernize the hotel industry

Calling for room service is kind of annoying, though it’s one of the most first world-type of problems one could have. But that’s just to say the hotel…

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Travis Kalanick reportedly sought to reassert control at Uber after ouster
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Travis Kalanick reportedly sought to reassert control at Uber after ouster

Just under two months after resigning from Uber, former CEO Travis Kalanick has reportedly asked some former colleagues if they would support him in a potential shareholder battle, according…

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Now it’s Snapchat copying Facebook’s ads Power Editor
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Now it’s Snapchat copying Facebook’s ads Power Editor

Snap Inc desperately needs ad revenue to redirect its sinking share price. So after a year of getting mercilessly copied by Facebook, Snapchat is returning the favor by…

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Longtime enterprise exec Quentin Clark joins Dropbox as SVP of Engineering, Product and Design
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Longtime enterprise exec Quentin Clark joins Dropbox as SVP of Engineering, Product and Design

As Dropbox slowly gears up toward its initial public offering, it’s bringing on a longtime enterprise executive — Quentin Clark, a former VP of Microsoft as well as…

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Google and Facebook envision Stories for news, not social
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Google and Facebook envision Stories for news, not social

Stories taught us the joy of dictating the pace of content consumption. We fast-forward in 10-second increments, with a quick trigger finger let loose the moment we get…

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Google reportedly offered $30 billion to acquire Snapchat
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Google reportedly offered $30 billion to acquire Snapchat

Nerdy Google has failed at social time and time again, so it considered buying teen sensation Snapchat. The search giant held informal talks with Snap and floated an…

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Meditation app Headspace brings on former Netflixer Dolores Tersigni as chief people officer
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Meditation app Headspace brings on former Netflixer Dolores Tersigni as chief people officer

Dolores Tersigni was hoping she would be taking a long-overdue vacation after leaving Netflix earlier this year — instead, she was spending a lot of time talking to…

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Yelp is selling Eat24 to GrubHub for $287.5M and the stock is skyrocketing
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Yelp is selling Eat24 to GrubHub for $287.5M and the stock is skyrocketing

Two huge pieces of news today from Yelp, the company that shows up first in your Google search for a restaurant: first, GrubHub is acquiring food delivery service…

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LG confirms its next smartphone will feature a massive six-inch OLED screen
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LG confirms its next smartphone will feature a massive six-inch OLED screen

Less than 24 hours after a leak seemingly confirmed that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will pack a gigantic screen, LG has confirmed long-standing rumors that its next…

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Facebook fights fake news with links to other angles
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Facebook fights fake news with links to other angles

Facebook will become the suggester of perspective to avoid being the “arbiter of truth”. It’s rolling out “Related Articles” that appear below news links to stories lots of…

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PAYFAZZ wants to build a network of distributed bank agents in Indonesia
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PAYFAZZ wants to build a network of distributed bank agents in Indonesia

Hendra Kwik is hoping to tap into the excitement of on-demand companies like Uber and distributed workforces — except instead of ridesharing, he’s hoping it will work for…

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Apple is signaling a huge fourth quarter and Wall Street is loving it
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Apple is signaling a huge fourth quarter and Wall Street is loving it

Apple set its expectations for the fourth quarter above what Wall Street was looking for today in its earnings report — just in time for a huge iPhone launch…

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Apple hits an all-time high and is seemingly in striking distance of being a $1 trillion company
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Apple hits an all-time high and is seemingly in striking distance of being a $1 trillion company

Apple had a semi-blowout quarter — though, really, the story is about what’s happening in the next quarter — sending the stock to an all-time high. The big jump…

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Chinese smartphone makers closing the gap on iPhone, Samsung
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Chinese smartphone makers closing the gap on iPhone, Samsung

While Samsung and Apple continued to occupy long-time number one and two spots in the global smartphone market in the second quarter of the year, Chinese Android OEMs…

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Daydream update starts arriving on Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones
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Daydream update starts arriving on Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones

Google’s brand of VR is, at last, beginning to arrive on Samsung devices. Reports emerged last week that certain Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices were getting the…

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Here’s an early look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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Here’s an early look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

We’re just weeks away from Samsung’s next major launch event on August 23, and already we have a full visual of the device it is expected to unveil…

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Boxed is trying to predict when you’ll run out of snacks and toilet paper
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Boxed is trying to predict when you’ll run out of snacks and toilet paper

Boxed allows online shoppers to to find the same kinds of deals you’d get at a wholesale retailer like Costco. Now it wants to help you avoid that awkward moment…

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Apple’s capitulation to China’s VPN crack-down will return to haunt it at home
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Apple’s capitulation to China’s VPN crack-down will return to haunt it at home

Headache? Tense nervous headache? Perhaps your name is Tim Cook. For poor Tim has woken up this Sunday morning with a giant headache, and its name is China.…

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Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing
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Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

Facebook could jumpstart its Snapchat clone by letting social media stars and public figures post Stories publicly. When Facebook Stories launched globally in March, you could only share…

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Charter says it doesn’t want to merge with Sprint
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Charter says it doesn’t want to merge with Sprint

Charter Communications says it has “no interest” in merging with Sprint, after the Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint had proposed a deal. The proposed merger would have…

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Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals
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Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals

Chat fiction apps are among some of the most popular in the App Store, thanks to their highly engaged, largely teenage to young adult fan base who enjoy…

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Apple paid Nokia $2 billion as part of a patent lawsuit settlement
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Apple paid Nokia $2 billion as part of a patent lawsuit settlement

After a quick fight, Apple and Nokia settled a patent lawsuit back in May. But the two companies didn’t comment on the value of this settlement. While terms…

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Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile
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Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile

Peter Yared is a co-founder and the CTO at Sapho. Despite an early lead with Windows Mobile and Windows CE — and spending billions on Nokia’s mobile business…

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Placecast launches new product to verify the location data in mobile ad campaigns
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Placecast launches new product to verify the location data in mobile ad campaigns

Alistair Goodman, CEO of mobile marketing company Placecast, said location data is the “next frontier” when it comes to ad measurement and verification. For example, Goodman pointed to…

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Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive
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Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive

Startups are dying all over the place as last year’s investment cool-off leads many to run out of cash. But Whisper refuses to race into the graveyard like…

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Sprint could sell pieces to Comcast and Charter before attempting T-Mobile merger
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Sprint could sell pieces to Comcast and Charter before attempting T-Mobile merger

T-Mobile and Sprint have been in merger talks for a long while now, but the latter may be attempting to jockey for position by allying itself with Charter…

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Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers
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Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers

At TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen last month, we had a chance to test out the WT2, a clever and ambitious device from startup TimeKettle. It’s a pair of…

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Google’s cord cutter app YouTube TV reaches 2 million downloads
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Google’s cord cutter app YouTube TV reaches 2 million downloads

Approximately 2 million people have installed the YouTube TV app, Google’s live TV service aimed at a younger generation of cord cutters, as well as those who never…

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Dropbox is reportedly inching closer to a potential IPO
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Dropbox is reportedly inching closer to a potential IPO

Dropbox may be taking another step in its very slow shuffle toward an IPO, and is now working with Goldman Sachs to prepare documents that could be filed as…

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