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|t||Verizon announced Tuesday it has agreed to pay $350 million less to acquire Yahoo’s core business, making the final total approximately $4.48 billion. Verizon and the parts of Yahoo that remain after the sale, to be called Altaba, will share any costs of litigation ove data breaches 50-50. Yahoo has revealed several large data breaches since the deal with Verizon was first announced in July.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yahoo-m-a-verizon-idUSKBN1601EK?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|r||WhatsApp updated its messaging app for Android, iOS and Windows, with a Status feature, letting users share pictures, GIFs, and videos as a status, which expire after 24-hours. You can add emoji, text and drawings too. WhatsApp originally launched in 2009 as a way to share status and pivoted to messaging later.||https://thenextweb.com/apps/2017/02/20/whatsapp-returns-roots-snapchat-style-status-feature/#.tnw_LoChLpTY|
|t||Qualcomm announced more details about its Snapdragon X20 modem that can handle 1.2 Gbps wireless download speeds and 150Mbps upload. The modem bonds multiple carrier frequency ranges to manage the download speed. The X20 also supports the 3.5GHz airspace used by CB Radio which allows for private LTE networks. Samples are available to device makers now with the first products with the X20 expected in 2018. Qualcomm also announced its Snapdragon 210 chips, with integrated LTE support, will work with Google’s Android Things IoT OS.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/21/qualcomm-chip-promises-faster-than-fiber-phone-data/|
|r||Harris Poll released its 2017 US Reputation Quotient Report. The report saw Samsung fall from #7 in 2016 to #49 in 2017. Overall, the companies Reputation Quotient still fell within the "Very Good" criteria. Which may be put to the test as Korea’s Han-kyung.com reports Samsung may sell refurbished Note 7s with smaller batteries in places like Vietnam and India. Samsung has about 2.5 million Note 7s which could be sold in new cases with 3,000 to 3200 mAh batteries in place of the original 3,500 mAh battery.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/20/14667182/samsung-corporate-reputation-ranking-apple-google-harris-polls|
|t||The Kenya Bankers Association have launched PesaLink, an interbank transfer service meant to compete with the popular mobile money transfer services like M-Pesa and Airtel Money. The system allows for transfers from one bank account to another in real time without needing to use a mobile money wallet and the transfer fees that go along with it. M-Pesa has 85% of the person-to-person money transfer market. At the same time international money transfer service TransferWise introduced a Facebook Messenger bot for transfers between Europe, the US, Australia and Canada.||http://www.iafrikan.com/2017/02/21/with-pesalink-kenyan-banks-are-hoping-to-cut-m-pesa-out-of-the-peer-to-peer-cash-transfer-equation/|
|r||Scientists have published a paper in the journal BioMed Central Zoology on a system called LemurFaceID which can distinguish individual lemurs with 97% accuracy. Researchers trained the system with 462 photographs of 80 lemurs in Madagascar and 190 images of other lemur species. This would allow tracking of the endangered species without needing to trap and tag the animals.||http://www.wired.co.uk/article/facial-recognition-lemurs|
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|Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner | TechCrunch||https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/21/facebook-on-course-to-be-the-wechat-of-the-west-says-gartner/?ncid=rss|
|Gartner Survey Shows VPAs and Messaging Platforms Keep Attracting Users||http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3614818|
|sherpa Sherpa, a Spanish-language AI-based personal assistant, raises $6.5M||https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/25/sherpa-a-spanish-language-ai-based-personal-assistant-raises-6-5m/|
- 83% use social media apps, DOWN 2%
- 71% use messaging apps, up 3% from 2015
- Video down 2%, maps down 3% to 71%
- 60% use shopping apps up 4%
- 35% respondents used VPAs up 5% from 2015
- 33% use 6-10 apps a month, down 6.2% from 2016
FB Messenger 81%, WhatsApp 61% US and UK
WeChat 95% China
72% use messaging app once a day
- preference to share with close friends over wider public
- WeChat hosts ride hailing, baking, food ordering and more
Siri and Google most used VPAs in US and UK
70% Weather, 44% find nearby places, 44% news
- Users go to VPAs instead of apps to get info
Opening in both for companies like Sherpa (Spanish) who cater to non-english users.
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|Hi Tom et all.|
Tech and politics.
Remember the tamagochi?
Well we now have kamergochi.nl. https://youtu.be/_qNjpTn6RUM
We have upcoming elections (mid march) and they made an app where you have to take care of 1 of the politicians, tamagochi style.
The guy who came up with it is the same one who started the 'America first, Netherlands second' meme
It is a fun little app and quite popular.
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Why? Well from what I can tell its because at some point they added vat for german users.
So I reset my pledge to $10 wich will now be 11 something including tax and voila got the right back to call myself a Co-executive Producer.
Just a heads up for anyone else: you might want to check your patreon level. And while your there you might as well increase it ;)
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