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12/17/2018

Huawei unveiled its much-anticipated Nova 4 smartphone, which offers a unique "hole-punch" camera for taking selfies. The reveal closely follows Samsung's announcement of a similar feature on its Galaxy A8 phone.

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Huawei, Samsung
12/17/2018

Uber is settling disputes ahead of an initial public offering planned for the new year. Driver demands for employee status and reported Justice Department investigations remain unresolved, but the company is continuing image-rehabilitation efforts that began when Dara Khosrowshahi became its leader.

12/17/2018

A select few creators, influencers and public figures are trying out an Instagram format tailored to them. The new accounts provide tracking for follower growth or decline, optional labels and message filters.

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Instagram
12/17/2018

Kano's do-it-yourself touch screen kits can teach anyone how to code, but the target market is children. Paul Sawers recruits a 6-year-old to test the company's Harry Potter-themed kit and see the results.

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VentureBeat
12/17/2018

Amazon Echo devices will now be able to support Apple Music via an app rolled out on iOS and Android platforms. Users can set Apple Music as their default streaming service, and manage their Apple Music library and access curated playlists and radios stations via voice.

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The Verge
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Apple Music, Apple, Amazon
12/17/2018

LG is expected to highlight its partnership with Drop, creator of the Drop Kitchen OS platform, during CES 2019. The partnership will allow LG to integrate the platform into its existing smart kitchen appliances to offer a more unified experience.

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Digital Trends
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LG
12/17/2018

The newly emerged leisure economy, which allows people to get paid to pay games, is a unique phenomenon that data analytics firm Playgroundz chose for its Leisure Economy Research Study. While many believe this is a temporary trend, Michael Yum of Playgroundz said it's here to stay, stating, "Everyone in the industry is trying to develop their business around the rise of women in gaming, esports and new ways of compensating gamers."

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VentureBeat
12/17/2018

Discord in 2019 intends on releasing a self-serve game publishing platform where developers can keep 90% of the revenue from their sales, per a recent company announcement. Discord will also improve Verified Servers to allow better communication between developers and players.

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Variety
12/17/2018

Retailers expect major profits this holiday season as consumers are optimistic about spending and more sales are available due to many major chains closing down. Target is a particularly strong example, having updated stores to dedicate more space to toys in the wake of the Toys R Us shutdown.

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Target
12/17/2018

Slide presentations can be snooze-inducing, but a proliferation of apps can help users create more engaging content. Joshua Rotter reviews nine of the best, including Apple's Keynote and Google Slides.

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CNET
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Apple, Google