Instagram’s vertical IGTV surrenders to landscape status quo
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Instagram’s vertical IGTV surrenders to landscape status quo

A year ago Instagram made a bold bet with the launch of IGTV: That it could invent and popularize a new medium of long-form vertical videos. Landscape uploads…

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Future launches $150/mo exercise app where real coaches nag you
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Future launches $150/mo exercise app where real coaches nag you

The only way to beat laziness is with guilt, so that’s what Future sells. It assigns you an actual human trainer who builds personalized workout plans and messages…

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A cryptocurrency stealing app found on Google Play was downloaded over a thousand times
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A cryptocurrency stealing app found on Google Play was downloaded over a thousand times

Researchers have found two apps masquerading as cryptocurrency apps on Android’s app store, Google Play. One of them was largely a dud. The second was designed to steal…

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Google Assistant gets NYC subway arrival times ahead of MTA Google Pay support
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Google Assistant gets NYC subway arrival times ahead of MTA Google Pay support

Next week, New York City’s Metro Transit Authority will be adding contactless payment support for Google Pay. In the meantime, Google’s getting ready by bringing a key new…

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ARM halts Huawei relationship following US ban
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ARM halts Huawei relationship following US ban

The dominoes continue to fall for Huawei in the wake of a Trump-led U.S. trade ban. An internal memo from ARM lays out the chip giant’s decision to…

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KaiOS raises $50M, hits 100M handsets powered by its feature phone OS
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KaiOS raises $50M, hits 100M handsets powered by its feature phone OS

While Android and iOS have locked up the market for smartphone operating systems, a feature phone platform that has the distinction of being the world’s third biggest mobile…

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Leak reveals Uber’s $9.99 unlimited delivery Eats Pass
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Leak reveals Uber’s $9.99 unlimited delivery Eats Pass

What’s the cord-cutting equivalent to ditching your kitchen? Uber’s upcoming subscription to unlimited free food delivery. Uber is preparing to launch the $9.99 per month Uber Eats Pass,…

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Instagram’s IGTV copies TikTok’s AI, Snapchat’s design
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Instagram’s IGTV copies TikTok’s AI, Snapchat’s design

Instagram conquered Stories, but it’s losing the battle for the next video formats. TikTok is blowing up with an algorithmically suggested vertical one-at-a-time feed featuring videos of users…

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ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, plans to launch a free music streaming app
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ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, plans to launch a free music streaming app

Does the overcrowded and cut-throat music streaming business have room for an additional player? The world’s most valuable startup certainly thinks so. Chinese conglomerate ByteDance, valued at over…

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Trump’s Huawei ban also causing tech shocks in Europe
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Trump’s Huawei ban also causing tech shocks in Europe

The escalating US-China trade war that’s seen Chinese tech giant Huawei slapped on a US trade blacklist is causing ripples of shock across Europe too, as restrictions imposed…

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Select FCC leaders announce support for T-Mobile, Sprint merger
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Select FCC leaders announce support for T-Mobile, Sprint merger

It’s been more than a year since T-Mobile and Sprint formally announced a merger agreement. This morning, members of FCC leadership have issued statements voicing their support for…

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At this point, SoftBank Group is really just its Vision Fund
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At this point, SoftBank Group is really just its Vision Fund

Last week, SoftBank Group Corp. — Masayoshi Son’s holding company for his rapidly expanding collection of businesses — reported its fiscal year financials. There were some major headlines…

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A year after outcry, carriers are finally stopping sale of location data, letters to FCC show
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A year after outcry, carriers are finally stopping sale of location data, letters to FCC show

Reports emerged a year ago that all the major cellular carriers in the U.S. were selling location data to third-party companies, which in turn sold them to pretty…

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Minecraft Earth makes the whole real world your very own blocky realm
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Minecraft Earth makes the whole real world your very own blocky realm

When your game tops a hundred million players, your thoughts naturally turn to doubling that number. That’s the case with the creators, or rather stewards, of Minecraft at…

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Mobile ticketing company TodayTix raises $73M in new funding
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Mobile ticketing company TodayTix raises $73M in new funding

TodayTix, a mobile ticketing company that makes it easy and relatively affordable to go to Broadway shows and other live performances, is announcing a new $73 million round…

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Facebook changes algorithm to promote worthwhile & close friend content
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Facebook changes algorithm to promote worthwhile & close friend content

Facebook is updating the News Feed ranking algorithm to incorporate data from surveys about who you say are your closest friends and which links you find most worthwhile.…

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Instagram adds Stories to Explore tab. Here’s how to get on it
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Instagram adds Stories to Explore tab. Here’s how to get on it

Instagram’s pivot to Stories continues with an overhaul of Explore designed to let users dig deeper into their niche interests. Stories are now eligible to show up in…

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Twitter’s new Developer Labs offers beta access to rebuilt APIs
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Twitter’s new Developer Labs offers beta access to rebuilt APIs

Twitter is finally modernizing its core APIs after seven years of stagnation, and it wants early feedback from developers. That’s why today it’s launching Twitter Developer Labs, which…

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Google makes travel planning easier
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Google makes travel planning easier

Google today announced a major revamp of its travel planning tools on the web. After launching a similar set of tools on mobile last year, the company today…

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India’s ride-hailing firm Ola is now in the credit card business, too
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India’s ride-hailing firm Ola is now in the credit card business, too

A day after India’s largest wallet app Paytm entered the credit cards business, local ride-hailing giant is following suit. Ola has inked a deal with state-run SBI bank…

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WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones
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WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

WhatsApp just fixed a vulnerability that allowed malicious actors to remotely install spyware on affected phones, and an unknown number reportedly did so with a commercial-grade snooping package…

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Spotify is testing its own version of Stories called ‘Storyline’
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Spotify is testing its own version of Stories called ‘Storyline’

Spotify is testing its own version of Stories — the sharing format popularized by social apps like Snapchat and Instagram that has since made its way to other…

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India’s largest mobile wallet company Paytm now offers a credit card
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India’s largest mobile wallet company Paytm now offers a credit card

Paytm, India’s largest mobile wallet app, has branched out to several businesses in recent years as threat from Google and Facebook grows. On Tuesday, it added another category…

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Hotstar, Disney’s Indian streaming service, sets new global record for live viewership
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Hotstar, Disney’s Indian streaming service, sets new global record for live viewership

Indian video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event.…

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ServiceNow acqui-hires mobile analytics startup Appsee
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ServiceNow acqui-hires mobile analytics startup Appsee

In a carefully framed deal, ServiceNow announced this morning that it has acquired the intellectual property and key personnel of mobile analytics company Appsee for an undisclosed price.…

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Freedom Mobile server leak exposed customer data
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Freedom Mobile server leak exposed customer data

A security lapse at Canada’s fourth largest cell network, Freedom Mobile, exposed customer data. Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar found an Elasticsearch server leaking five million…

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Journey launches its real-time group ‘Peloton for Meditation’
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Journey launches its real-time group ‘Peloton for Meditation’

Sitting silently with your eyes closed isn’t fun, but it’s good for you… so you probably don’t meditate as often as you’d like. In that sense, it’s quite…

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US digital advertising exceeded $100B in 2018 (IAB report)
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US digital advertising exceeded $100B in 2018 (IAB report)

Digital ad spending in the United States exceeded $100 billion for the first time last year, according to the latest internet advertising report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau…

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Facebook sues analytics firm Rankwave over data misuse
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Facebook sues analytics firm Rankwave over data misuse

Facebook might have another Cambridge Analytica on its hands. In a late Friday news dump, Facebook revealed that today it filed a lawsuit alleging South Korean analytics firm…

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India’s most popular services are becoming super apps
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India’s most popular services are becoming super apps

Truecaller, an app that helps users screen strangers and robocallers, will soon allow users in India, its largest market, to borrow up to a few hundred dollars. The…

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Next-generation Google Assistant is coming to new Pixel phones this year
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Next-generation Google Assistant is coming to new Pixel phones this year

A next-generation Google Assistant that can handle more complex tasks across apps — quickly switching from hailing a ride, to checking the weather, to taking a selfie —…

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Instagram will let you appeal post takedowns
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Instagram will let you appeal post takedowns

Instagram isn’t just pretty pictures. It now also harbors bullying, misinformation and controversial self-expression content. So today Instagram is announcing a bevvy of safety updates to protect users…

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Smartphone shipments hit a five-year low in North America
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Smartphone shipments hit a five-year low in North America

More dismal news from the smartphone number crunchers. New figures out of Canalys put the North American smartphone market at five-year low for the first quarter of 2019.…

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Google’s budget Pixel 3a starts at $399, available in ‘purple-ish’
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Google’s budget Pixel 3a starts at $399, available in ‘purple-ish’

Last week’s earnings didn’t go the way Alphabet wanted. The fault primarily lies at the feet of the company’s ad business, but the hardware side didn’t come out…

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#1 app YOLO Q&A is the Snapchat platform’s 1st hit
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#1 app YOLO Q&A is the Snapchat platform’s 1st hit

There’s a new teen app sensation. Anonymous question-asking app YOLO has rocketed to the #1 US app position just a week after launching thanks to Snapchat. Built on…

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What Pixel 3a tells us about the state of the smartphone — and Google
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What Pixel 3a tells us about the state of the smartphone — and Google

Announced yesterday at Google’s opening I/O keynote, the Pixel 3a arrives at a tenuous time for the smartphone industry. Sales figures have stagnated for most of the major…

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Google expands digital well-being tools to include a new ‘Focus mode,’ adds improved parental controls to Android
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Google expands digital well-being tools to include a new ‘Focus mode,’ adds improved parental controls to Android

Last year at Google I/O, Google introduced a host of new digital well-being tools aimed at helping people better manage their screen time, track app usage and configure…

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Facebook talked privacy, Google actually built it
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Facebook talked privacy, Google actually built it

Mark Zuckerberg: “The future is private”. Sundar Pichai: ~The present is private~. While both CEO’s made protecting user data a central theme of their conference keynotes this month,…

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Live transcription and captioning in Android are a boon to the hearing-impaired
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Live transcription and captioning in Android are a boon to the hearing-impaired

A set of new features for Android could alleviate some of the difficulties of living with hearing impairment and other conditions. Live transcription, captioning and relay use speech…

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Facebook Messenger will get desktop apps, co-watching, emoji status
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Facebook Messenger will get desktop apps, co-watching, emoji status

To win chat, Facebook Messenger must be as accessible as SMS, yet more entertaining than Snapchat. Today, Messenger pushes on both fronts with a series of announcements at…

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