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Jolla looks to boost ecosystem with developer initiative

Finnish mobile platform player Jolla unveiled its Sailfish Community Device Program, accompanied by new hardware …

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WhatsApp users targeted by malware scam

Media reports abound about WhatsApp users being hit by a scam to download a ‘gold’ version of the app with advanced features like video calling and the ability to send more than 100 pics at a time.

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Car makers bet heavily on ride-hailing apps

BMW i Ventures announced a strategic investment in Scoop, creators of the carpooling app with a focus on commuters, as part of the latter’s $5.1 million fundraising round through which it wants to bring the app “to even more cities, more employers, and more commuters.”

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PayPal drops Amazon, BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms

PayPal’s app will no longer support Amazon Fire, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices after 30 …

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Snapchat picks up $1.8B funding – report

Snapchat raised $1.8 billion in a Series F fundraising round, while bringing in $59 million in revenue 2015 with the company only ramping up monetisation efforts towards the end of the year, TechCrunch reported.

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Spotify’s Discover Weekly feature sees 5B tracks streamed

Spotify’s Discover Weekly Feature, which gives music recommendations tailored for each user, is used by 40 million people and nearly 5 billion tracks have been streamed through it since it launched in July 2015.

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Microsoft news app gets a chatbot

Microsoft added a bot called Rowe to its News Pro app that will “find information on the latest developments in your industry or field – and talk about it with you.”

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Twitter simplifies to attract more users

Twitter is relaxing its strict 140-character per tweet limit in a bid to “refine” its product and “make it simpler”, as the firm struggles to increase its user base.

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Vivendi closes in on Gameloft takeover

Vivendi said its public tender offer price for the shares of Gameloft automatically increased from €7.20 to €8 per share, as Reuters reported that Amber Capital agreed to tender its entire stake in the French game publisher.

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Tencent in talks over SoftBank’s Supercell stake

Chinese Internet firm Tencent’s talks to buy SoftBank’s majority stake in Clash of Clans maker Supercell are in early stages, The Wall Street Journal reported, and it is not clear whether the Japanese telecoms giant is also in discussion with any other parties.