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3/23/2017

Last year, only about half of Android devices manufactured by third parties received security updates, but Google has been working with companies to cut update wait times. Google has also implemented automatic scans in its Play Store to detect apps that pose a threat.

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Google, Android
3/23/2017

Starpower has designed a 15,000-square-foot showroom to best display its high-end appliances and A/V options. Company Chairman Daniel Pidgeon said, "This store focuses on the intimate relationship between products and an upscale lifestyle, and that must be done in an environment that allows the client to fully understand what they are buying."

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Starpower
3/23/2017

Apple's newest full-sized iPad boasts the tablet's lowest-ever price at $329, as well as a brighter screen. The base version, which replaces the iPad Air 2, comes with 32 GB of storage.

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iPad, Apple
3/23/2017

Marketers widely acknowledge the value of mobile, although most remain baffled about how they can use it to find new customers, according to a survey by Radium One and the Mobile Marketing Association. "We must help them in three key areas: identifying the right consumer signals of interest and intent, building accurate insights and predictions and activating these to maximize return on marketing investment," said RadiumOne chief Bill Lonergan.

3/22/2017

Mythic, a company that provides technology for artificial intelligence-based programs, has raised $9.3 million, partly via a Series A round of funding. The company will use the funds to move to commercial production of its software and chips.

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Series A
3/22/2017

The Blu-ray Disc Association estimates that Ultra HD Blu-ray players are selling at three times the rate of standard players. The group is forecasting that 250 Ultra HD Blu-ray titles will come to market this year.

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HD Guru
3/22/2017

IPhone users now can add animated captions, emojis and titles to their videos using the Clips video messaging app from Apple. The app is similar to Snapchat's Stories feature.

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Apple, iPhone
3/22/2017

Amazon will expand its program aimed at removing counterfeit goods from its website by allowing brands to register intellectual property and logos. The brand registry will allow Amazon to remove listings and even sellers when counterfeit products are flagged.

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Amazon
3/22/2017

Developers can now download Google's first Android O preview for experimentation and app testing. The preview includes an updated software development kit, the official Android Emulator and system images for Nexus and Pixel models.

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Android, Google, software development
3/22/2017

Applying its own anti-spam tools, Twitter says it halted 376,000 accounts in the latter half of 2016 for policy breaches associated with terrorism. The actions are part of a continuing crackdown, with Twitter promising to share "future updates on our efforts to combat violent extremism."

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