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9/19/2017

The new payment program designed to come as part of Apple's iMessage program will not be released with iOS 11, due to be rolled out today. The new operating system will include significant updates to the App Store with a redesigned platform that heavily features games.

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Reuters, TechCrunch
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9/19/2017

Sprint made a major subscriber power play by offering new and existing customers a new iPhone 8 with the trade-in of an iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Note8. Even customers with older iPhones or other competitor models can get half-off iPhone 8 price deals.

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Bloomberg
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Samsung, Sprint, iPhones, Galaxy
9/19/2017

With 89 locations, Equinox gyms offer a mobile app that 80% of of its customers use and 88% are registered online. The data gives Equinox insight into the customers' behavior while intuitively offering insights that match the attendee behavior.

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Digiday
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Equinox
9/19/2017

G6 Hospitality, parent of Motel 6, purchased an Adobe stack of solutions to make its booking experiences more mobile friendly. The streamlined services have paid off with mobile bookings rising nearly 20% in two years and mobile revenue rising 50%.

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Adobe
9/19/2017

August has rolled out updates to its smart lock for a new Pro version that supports Z-Wave Plus and offers Wi-Fi, HomeKit and Bluetooth support. The company has also announced another compatible product, the Doorbell Cam Pro, which allows users to monitor their front doors via webcam.

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TechCrunch
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Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
9/19/2017

Venture capital firm Shasta Ventures is offering a new fund designed to assist in the development of augmented reality. The fund will provide $100,000 to eligible companies in the AR development field.

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TechCrunch
9/19/2017

PlayerUnknown's "Battlegrounds" just overtook "Dota 2's" number of online players with 1,342,857 players online at the same time. The game tweeted the announcement Saturday.

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The Verge
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Twitter
9/19/2017

Ecommerce may be the future of retailing but it still accounts for under 15% of total sales. A pairing of bricks-and-mortar stores and ecommerce through an omnichannel approach is the best strategy for marketers as it leverages the advantages of both, writes Paul Maraviglia.

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The Drum (Scotland)
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9/19/2017

Shasta Ventures is offering as much as $100,000 each to qualified developers working in augmented reality. The goal of the Shasta Camera Fund is to extend a promising start for AR by encouraging wider development of compelling apps.

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TechCrunch
9/19/2017

Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is citing evidence of Russian ad purchases on Facebook last year as he steps up his criticism of social media's role in the 2016 presidential election. Schiff is now pursuing testimony from these outlets on the alleged interference.

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Recode