The day that changed your phone forever

Whether you’re a developer who’s working on mobile apps, or just someone enjoying the millions of apps available for your phone, today is a very special day. It’s the 10-year anniversary of the original iPhone SDK. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that this release changed a lot of people’s lives. I know it changed mine and had a ...

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Airbnb poaches Amazon’s Prime boss

Airbnb is bringing on Greg Greeley, Amazon’s current VP of Prime & Delivery Experience, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky wrote in a blog post today. His first day at Airbnb will be March 18. At Airbnb, Greeley will be responsible for leading the home-sharing startup’s Homes unit. The Homes unit entails Airbnb’s standard offering as well as its recently-launched Plus offering, ...

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New cars from Fiat Chrysler and VW will come with up to 6 months of free Apple Music

Two major car manufacturers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Volkswagen, announced today they will begin to offer free Apple Music subscriptions of up to six months to customers purchasing new vehicles with CarPlay starting on May 1, 2018. The offers are meant to help boost Apple Music subscribers, and arrive shortly after rival Spotify filed to go public. In the U.S., ...

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Apple’s HomePod gives FKA Twigs psychedelic dance powers in Spike Jonze ad

One thing thing the Amazon Echo and Google Home can’t do: deliver room-melting superpowers. Sure, Siri functionality is still pretty limited at launch, but who’s going to argue with the efficacy of a smart speaker that imbues the listener with matter altering abilities resulting in an epic dance battle with one’s own reflection? All lofty promises in a new HomePod ...

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Amazon Prime boss leaves company

Greg Greeley, Amazon VP of Amazon Prime and delivery experience, is leaving the company after 18 years, he posted on LinkedIn last night. During his time at Amazon, he held a number of senior leadership positions. Greeley is credited for helping create Amazon Prime and previously built Amazon’s European business. Greeley expressed his gratitude to the tens of thousands of ...

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Mobcrush flips the switch on monetization with new ad platform

Mobcrush, the unified mobile gaming streaming service for Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube, is shaking its moneymaker for the first time with the unveiling of its advertising platform. “There’s what you’re able to do while begging for tips and subscriptions and then there’s being able to connect with real brands,” says Mobcrush’s shade-throwing founder Royce Disini. For Mobcrush’s executive duo ...

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Now you can visit Disney Parks in the US through Google Street View

Special for kids — and importantly parents of kids — now you can get designs on visiting Disney — and dropping a small fortune in the process — thanks to Google Maps after it added Street View images for 11 Disney Parks. The feature looks to cover parks in the U.S. only at this point, but that alone might help ...

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Microsoft will integrate Azure Stack with Azure Government this year

In an effort to attract more government clients, Microsoft said it will integrate Azure Stack, its hybrid cloud platform, with Azure Government in the middle of this year. Azure Stack will let government agencies run Azure’s cloud computing platform on their own private servers while retaining access to Microsoft’s cloud services. This makes it easier for clients to protect sensitive ...

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Google is selling off Zagat

Seven years after picking up Zagat for $ 151 million, Google is selling off the perennial restaurant recommendation service. The New York Timesis reporting this morning that the technology giant is selling off the company to The Infatuation, a review site founded nine years back by former music execs. The company had been rumored to be courting a buyer since ...

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BuzzFeed’s Matthew Henick takes content role at Facebook

Matthew Henick, formerly the head of BuzzFeed Studios, is joining Facebook’s media partnerships team, where he will serve as head of content planning and strategy. In a post on Facebook, Henick argued that the social network is “a storytelling platform at its core,” and it sounds like he wants to help Facebook take advantage of those storytelling opportunities: Good stories ...

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