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Trump, FCC unveil plan to accelerate 5G rollout

Posted on: May 26, 2019, in Blog

In a press conference today in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, the president laid out a number of initiatives focused on helping accelerate the U.S. role in the 5G race. “This is, to me, the future,” Trump said, opening the press conference flanked by Ajit Pai, Ivanka Trump and a room full of communications representatives […]

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Apple could be adding Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time to macOS

Posted on: May 25, 2019, in Blog

Apple wants to add more iOS features to macOS according to a report from 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo. And it starts with improvements to Siri. While Siri has been available on macOS for a while, it feels like a scaled-down version of Siri. Sure, you can ask for the weather, NBA scores or a word translation. […]

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Astroscreen raises $1M to detect social media manipulation with machine learning

Posted on: May 25, 2019, in Blog

In an era of social media manipulation and disinformation, we could sure use some help from innovative entrepreneurs. Social networks are now critical to how the public consumes and shares the news. But these networks were never built for an informed debate about the news. They were built to reward virality. That means they are […]

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Snapchat fully rolls out reengineered Android app, boosting usage

Posted on: May 24, 2019, in Blog

After a year of its user count shrinking or staying flat, Snapchat is finally growing again, and more growth is likely on the way. That’s because it’s finally completed the rollout of Project Mushroom, aka a backend overhaul of its Android app that’s 25 percent smaller and 20 percent faster. Designed for India and other […]

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Salesforce is buying MapAnything, a startup that raised over $84 million

Posted on: May 24, 2019, in Blog

Salesforce announced today it’s buying another company built on its platform. This time it’s MapAnything, which, as the name implies, helps companies build location-based workflows, something that could come in handy for sales or service calls. The companies did not reveal the selling price, and Salesforce didn’t have anything to add beyond a brief press […]

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Twitter acqui-hires highlight-sharing app Highly

Posted on: May 23, 2019, in Blog

Quotes from articles are much more eye-catching than links on Twitter, so the social giant is scooping up the team behind highlight-sharing app Highly. This talent could help Twitter build its own version of Highly or develop other ways to excerpt the best content from websites and get it into the timeline. Twitter confirmed to […]

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Vine reboot Byte begins beta testing

Posted on: May 23, 2019, in Blog

Twitter shut down Dom Hoffman’s app Vine, giving away the short-form video goldmine to China’s TikTok. Now a year and half since Hoffman announced he’d reimagine the app as V2 then scrapped that name, his follow-up to Vine called Byte has finally sent out the first 100 invites to its closed beta. Byte will let […]

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HipChat founders launch Swoot, a social podcast app

Posted on: May 22, 2019, in Blog

Pete Curley and Garret Heaton, who previously co-founded team chat app HipChat and sold it to Atlassian, are officially launching their new product, Swoot, today. The app makes it easy for users to recommend podcasts and see what their friends are listening to. This might seem like a big leap from selling enterprise software — […]

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Working backwards to uncover key success factors

Posted on: May 22, 2019, in Blog

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Stripe acquires Touchtech, updates APIs to prep for strong customer authentication in Europe

Posted on: May 21, 2019, in Blog

Stripe, the payments powerhouse that is now valued at $22.5 billion, has made an acquisition to help it gear up for new regulations in Europe that will be rolled out later this year to improve security in online transactions. It has acquired Touchtech Payments, a startup out of Ireland that works with banks to help […]

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