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New Google Play policies to cut down on ‘fleeceware,’ deepfakes, and unnecessary location tracking

n”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:” Jeff Bezos dropped Amazonu2019s annual shareholder letter today, as the world struggles through the throes of a global pandemic. Naturally, the companyu2019s response to the on-going COVID-19 crisis took center stage in the open letter, as the virus has impacted the retailer giant at nearly every level. Among the ...

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Replace non-stop Zoom with remote office avatars app Pragli

Could avatars that show what co-workers are up to save work-from-home teams from constant distraction and loneliness? That’s the idea behind Pragli, the Bitmoji for the enterprise. It’s a virtual office app that makes you actually feel like you’re in the same building. Pragli uses avatars to signal whether co-workers ...

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Original Content podcast: We have mixed feelings about Quibi

Quibi, the short-form, mobile-focused video service that Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg first hinted at in 2017, officially launched on Monday. After years of star-studded content announcements, not to mention $1.75 billion in funding, it might have been impossible for Quibi to live up to expectations. And indeed, it divided the hosts ...

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Disney+ Hotstar has about 8 million subscribers

We finally know just about how many subscribers Hotstar has amassed over the years in India. “Approximately 8 million.” Disney said on Wednesday that its eponymous streaming service now has over 50 million subscribers, nearly 8 million of whom are in India, where it launched its service atop Hotstar less than ...

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Quibi is the anti-TikTok (that’s a bad thing)

It takes either audacious self-confidence or reckless hubris to build a completely asocial video app in 2020. You can decide which best describes Quibi, Hollywood’s $1.75 billion-funded attempt at a mobile-only Netflix of six to 10-minute micro-TV show episodes. Quibi manages to miss every trend and tactic that could help ...

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$75M weed giant Caliva ditches Eaze, launches delivery

n”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:” More than six dozen startup founders, venture capitalists and lobby groups in India have requested the government to grant them a u201crobust relief packageu201d to help combat severe disruptions their businesses face due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a joint letter to Indiau2019s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, startups requested ...

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Sony invests $400M in Chinese entertainment platform Bilibili

n”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:” Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced in an internal email that the company is going through difficult times. Yelp has to cut expenses, which means a large round of layoffs and some additional measures — 1,000 employees have been laid off. According to an SEC filing, Yelp had ...

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