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11/15/2018

Uber has posted single-digit growth in all three quarters so far in 2018, down from double digits in each of 2017's quarters. The slower pace contributed to a $1.07 billion loss for the third quarter, down 27% from the record loss a year before.

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Reuters
11/15/2018

Walmart is acquiring Latin American grocery-delivery app Cornershop with an eye on North America. A Cornershop executive says expansion is planned in Canada as a test for eventual viability in the US.

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11/14/2018

Dolby's Dimension over-the-ear headphones, the first consumer product the company built itself, were designed specifically for use by individuals who want to binge watch TV shows or videos. The headphones offer up to 15 hours of battery life and are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core ARM processor.

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11/14/2018

The smartphone is the most common digital device, with 85% of consumers owning one, while 21% use a fitness band and 14% a smartwatch, a Deloitte survey of 2,000 US adults has found. Nearly two-thirds of smartphone owners have used a voice assistant on their phones, but less than one-third have used their phones to make in-store payments.

11/14/2018

Amazon's Alexa Fund is one of several prominent investors providing $5 million in fresh funding for ParkWhiz, a startup that helps customers find parking spots in garages and lots. Amazon's interest in the company reflects a growing emphasis on voice-based technology.

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TechCrunch
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Amazon, Alexa Fund, ParkWhiz
11/14/2018

Deloitte's latest Global Mobile Consumer Survey reveals consumers are increasingly favoring voice assistance. The study found nearly half of respondents use their phones' voice assistants every week, and more than 6 in 10 used them at least once during 2018.

11/14/2018

Google is previewing a fix in response to publisher complaints that clicking AMP results in Google Search doesn't display their domains. The fix allows developers to make publisher domains visible using Chrome version 71 or newer.

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Google
11/14/2018

Millennials are once again leading the generations in digital adoption as the holidays approach, with 55% planning to use mobile devices for shopping and 17% probably using voice assistants. That information comes from a survey by Citi Retail Services, which also found that 13% of consumers across generations plan to do some of their holiday shopping through voice assistants.

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Citi Retail Services
11/14/2018

Amazon has established a team of 10,000 employees to further its development efforts for both the Echo smart speaker and the Alexa assistant. The news comes on the heels of a recent announcement that the company will expand its overall workforce by 50,000 at two new hubs in New York City and Arlington, Va.

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Digital Trends
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Alexa, Amazon, Echo
11/14/2018

Users of Google's enhanced network for its Project Fi initiative will be able to automatically access a virtual private network during every connection. This provides an additional layer of security by protecting the user's Wi-Fi or mobile data, while keeping browsing data separate from the user's Google account.

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