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6/21/2019

Walmart has dropped plans to acquire grocery delivery app Cornershop for $225 million. The app operates in Mexico and Chile, and Mexican regulatory officials moved to block the deal on the grounds of competition concerns.

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Walmart
6/21/2019

A bug that allowed access by the previous owner of a Nest Indoor Camera to the new owner's video feed has been fixed by Google. The Nest Cam bug was discovered by a member of a Facebook group for users of smart home software product Wink, Wirecutter reported.

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Google, Facebook
6/21/2019

Huawei has announced the release of the Nova 5, Nova 5 Pro and Nova 5i smartphones, as well as a 7 nanometer Kirin 810 chipset, amid an uncertain future after Google suspended its Android license with Huawei in May. The phones should launch in China at the end of June.

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The Verge
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Huawei, Google
6/21/2019

Cesar Valiente of Microsoft shares how the company develops its Android apps, mostly using Java but now expanding into Kotlin. Microsoft's apps have scored an average of 4.2 stars on Google Play, where five of them have been downloaded more than 500 million times.

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Microsoft, Google
6/21/2019

Slack went from zero to more than 10 million users in a decade, topped off this week by an IPO launch. "Slack did an incredible job of driving bottoms-up growth via their freemium model, which allowed for adoption within companies in the absence of a typical enterprise sales process," said Andy Johns, a partner at Unusual Ventures.

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Forbes
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Slack, freemium
6/21/2019

The introduction of 5G is creating all kinds of options and challenges for the internet of things universe, resulting in what one analyst described as a "wild West." The choices businesses make now need to be long-term investments because IoT devices will have longer lifespans with different connectivity issues than other technologies.

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CRN (US)
6/20/2019

The new Surface Book 2 has a 15-inch screen and costs $1,999 -- $500 less than the previous version of the Microsoft laptop. To cut cost, the new Surface Book 2 has an Intel Core i5 processor and integrated graphics, rather than the Core i7 and dedicated GPU that are in the $2,499 model.

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Engadget
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Microsoft, Intel
6/20/2019

Canada-based e-commerce tech provider Shopify is expanding into logistics in the US, with plans to open US fulfillment centers. "Our aim is to make fast and inexpensive shipping the new standard on the internet," says Craig Miller, Shopify's chief product officer.

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Shopify, Craig Miller
6/20/2019

Hayward has unveiled the OmniHub Smart Pool and Spa Control system, which provides voice and smartphone app control of filter pumps, heaters, jets, lights, scheduling and valves for pools. The system integrates with software drivers from companies such as Control4, Crestron, Elan and Vantage, as well as with Amazon Alexa and Nest voice-controlled devices.

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Dealerscope
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Hayward, Crestron, Alexa, Elan, Amazon
6/20/2019

University of Washington researchers have developed a system to convert smart speakers into a monitoring device for potential cardiac arrests while a person sleeps. The research team of Shyam Gollakota, a UW associate professor of computer science and engineering, developed the app, which listens for sounds of cardiac arrest and calls for help.

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Digital Trends
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