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10/18/2018

Spotify has unveiled a new app that allows users of the Google Wear OS to access their accounts via their smartwatches. However, the app still requires the user's phone to be paired with the watch, so users won't be able to go phone-free, which users of the Apple Watch and Apple Music can do.

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Engadget
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Google, Apple, Spotify
10/18/2018

Technology distributors expect this Black Friday to be challenging, as consumers have more money to spend, which may result in shortages of highly sought-after technology. Trevor May of D&H Distributing says, "It's hard to predict the exact level of this year's promotional strategy for retailers, but we're leaning toward thinking it will be an aggressive year -- or at least on par with last year."

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TWICE
10/18/2018

Lucid Software plans to boost product development, pursue global growth and open an Amsterdam headquarters with $72 million raised in a new round of funding. The web-based visual design platform is known primarily for Lucidchart, a collaborative diagramming app.

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Lucid Software
10/18/2018

Preparing for its acquisition by T-Mobile, Sprint has sold its Pinsight Media mobile data and advertising unit to InMobi. However, Pinsight is expected to continue working with Sprint after the InMobi acquisition closes.

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CNBC, Reuters
10/17/2018

Huawei's new flagship phone, the Mate 20 Pro, is designed to compete with high-end devices such as the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9. The device features facial recognition security, an artificial intelligence engine and three rear-facing cameras.

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Huawei
10/17/2018

Uber was valued at $70 billion most recently, but that could inflate to $120 billion with a planned initial public offering next year, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing proposals by banks bidding to run the offering. Rival Lyft is also planning a 2019 IPO, and the two ride-hailing companies are expected to provide a crucial market test for businesses that have yet to turn a profit.

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Reuters
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Lyft
10/17/2018

Instagram now has 1 billion users worldwide, and growth is driven largely by its Stories feature with 400 million daily active users. Looking ahead, Stories is expected to move to the forefront due to its social media popularity and a growing focus by advertisers.

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The Drum (Scotland)
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Instagram
10/17/2018

Simplisafe's new Video Doorbell Pro provides a 162-degree diagonal field of view delivered to consumers in real time with 1080p high-definition. The device also offers a dual-sensor motion trigger for improved accuracy.

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Digital Trends
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SimpliSafe
10/17/2018

Google has introduced a licensing fee for European smartphone makers to access its Google Play app store and will offer separate licenses for its suite of apps such as Search, Maps and Chrome. The announcement comes after the EU fined the company $5 billion for violating antitrust regulations.

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Google, European Union
10/17/2018

Startup Ludenso is looking for ways to make augmented reality more accessible to consumers with its MagiMask head-mounted display. "Our low cost and innovative technology will enable developers around the world to have the hardware tools they need to reach millions of customers and give tech enthusiasts the opportunity to own an AR headset without having to spend thousands of dollars," CEO Eirik Wahlstrom says.

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