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2/16/2018

Amazon has released an updated version of its Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console; it's designed to improve developer workflow. The console has been broken down into four levels of app development: building, testing, launching and measuring.

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2/16/2018

ITS America has set up a Smart Infrastructure Task Force to discuss deploying new technology for safer transportation of people and goods. The task force will be led by Tina Quigley, general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

2/16/2018

Google has rolled out a new email app for Android that uses less storage. The app, called Gmail Go, takes up about 25 megabytes of storage space, with a 9.51MB download.

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2/16/2018

Mobile game and app marketers now have access to a new team set up by Chartboost to create mobile in-app ads in the company's network. The team specializes in using detailed engagement data to develop the most effective ad versions.

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2/16/2018

Vimeo is using its rivals as a selling point to persuade creators to pay a $65 monthly fee to broadcast live videos on its service. For that amount, they can broadcast simultaneously on Vimeo as well as other platforms -- although there's a catch due to a Facebook restriction.

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Vimeo, Facebook
2/16/2018

Misleading social media tips are pulling investors into fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission warns. It's just the latest in a series of warnings from regulators worldwide about various scams associated with the proliferation of these fraudulent currencies.

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Reuters
2/15/2018

Apple is negotiating the purchase of NAND flash chips from China-based chipmaker Yangtze Memory Technologies; the deal could boost the local market. If successful, the partnership will likely start in 2019 or 2020, as Yangtze will need time to produce the chips required by Apple.

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2/15/2018

Google's ad business is nearing $20 billion in annual revenue, which makes it one of the largest revenue drivers at parent company Alphabet. AdMob and DoubleClick for Publishers, Google's mobile ad delivery systems, are becoming more popular among marketers as consumer browsing habits shift to mobile.

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Google
2/15/2018

YouTube TV is adding NBA TV and MLB Network to its base lineup, as well as several Turner networks such as TBS, CNN and TNT. The enhanced offerings mean the base pricing will rise from $35 to $40 per month for subscriptions.

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MLB Network, NBA, TBS, TNT, CNN
2/15/2018

Adoption of Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages is voluntary, but publishers have a powerful incentive to get on board if they don't want to see their pages downgraded. That's evident in the latest data from Chartbeat, revealing a doubling in mobile traffic for AMP publishers since January 2017 while the overall client base gained only 25%.

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