Tag: wider angles

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Facebook launches Connectivity to get the whole world online (and on Facebook)

In recent months, Facebook’s seeming invincible hull has been badly damaged. There was the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, its role in the rumbling “fake news” debate and then, at the end of last month, the slowdown...
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Pandora aiming to launch podcast genome project this year

Earlier this year, Pandora announced plans to create a ‘podcast genome project’ comparable to its earlier work around music recommendations. Now CEO Roger Lynch says the project will soon be ready for public consumption. “Pandora...
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Baidu says its DuerOS voice assistant is on 100m devices

For all the focus on Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, it’s been clear this year that voice assistants developed by Chinese technology companies are going to play a big role in the future of smart speakers – and indeed,...
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AR firm Magic Leap ships its first mixed-reality headset

It’s not vapourware! The Magic Leap One Creator Edition mixed-reality headset is actually shipping this week, with a few restrictions. Not least the price: the headset, computing pack and controller costs a cool $2,295,...
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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s NewTV startup raises $1bn in funding

Imagine if your startup’s SEED funding round was for a cool billion dollars? That’s the case for NewTV, which is the online-video startup being launched by former Disney and DreamWorks exec Jeffrey Katzenberg and former...
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Snapchat financials reveal it lost 3m daily users last quarter

Snap, Inc reported its latest quarterly financial results last night, and the show the first ever quarterly decline in daily active users (DAUs) since Snapchat first launched. Ouch. Snapchat ended June with 188 million...
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Instagram CEO celebrates the success of the stories format

‘Made it your own’ has become one of the clichés for TV talent-show X Factor, usually deployed by a judge when a contestant has bellowed a popular song into oblivion. Thankfully, that’s not the usage adopted by...
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Facebook and Instagram get new time-management tools

‘Time well spent’ is the new mantra doing the rounds in Silicon Valley, as technology companies take action (or at least strive to be *seen* to be taking action) to help people look up from their smartphones every once...
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New Nielsen study explores Americans’ media habits

Research firm Nielsen has published its latest Total Audience Report, covering the first quarter of 2018 and exploring how American adults use media. And? “American adults spend over 11 hours per day listening to, watching,...
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Global smartphone shipments down as Huawei overtakes Apple

Apple’s quarterly financial results are always the trigger for a new round of figures on the global smartphone market, and such was the case yesterday. Research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics agree on the key trend:...
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New Google-funded study explores online piracy trends in 2018

We’ll get the caveat in upfront: a new study of online piracy by researchers at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law is “financed by Google” – although its authors say the project was “conducted...
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Kylie Jenner earns *how much* for a sponsored Instagram post?

There have been quite a few fanciful studies in recent times claiming to have estimated the amount celebrities are ‘worth’ on Instagram, based on their number of followers and how much that might be worth *if* they were...