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8/23/2017

Facebook is expected to see a 3.4% decrease in its 12- to 17-year-old user base this year as consumers switch to sites such as Snapchat and Instagram, an eMarketer report states. Snapchat, on the other hand, is expected to see growth of 19.2% for its 18- to 24-year-old user base, the report notes.

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Mashable, Bloomberg
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Facebook, Snapchat
8/23/2017

Walmart is partnering with Google to bring voice shopping to Google's Assistant platform. The partnership will allow customers to purchase hundreds of thousands of Walmart items to pick up in store or have delivered; customers will order via voice or through a "quick reordering" tool beginning in late September.

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Walmart, Google
8/23/2017

Starbucks is reformulating its mobile presence with new mobile app tools, like giving baristas information to help recognize regular customers, even if they visit a store that isn't their home one. Its last quarterly earnings report showed that 9% of Starbucks sales were placed in advance through the mobile app, but 30% of all sales were paid using the app.

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Quartz
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Starbucks
8/23/2017

Nintendo fans can now buy digital versions of Switch games using PayPal. It's part of a new PayPal integration with Nintendo's eShop, including the option of using PayPal for any purchase there.

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The Verge
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PayPal, Nintendo
8/23/2017

Consumers now have the choice of low-cost annual rather than monthly mobile service plans from mobile virtual network operator FreedomPop. The plans also include inexpensive smartphones from LG and Samsung.

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VentureBeat
8/23/2017

About 57% of 18- to 29-year-olds believe there are too many streaming services, but many are still willing to subscribe to Disney's future services, per industry data. About 36% of the demographic planned to pay for Disney's streaming service, the data also showed.

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Disney
8/23/2017

Uber has upgraded its app to cater to the needs and preferences of its drivers. One new feature is a notification if a particular ride is likely to take more than 45 minutes, giving the driver the option of turning the order down if the trip is too lengthy.

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Business Insider
8/23/2017

Major food and retail companies such as Tyson, Nestle and Walmart are partnering with IBM on blockchain technology to upgrade safety and supply chain efficiency. In June, Walmart reported that use of blockchain helped it reduce mango movement tracking from seven days to 2.2 seconds.

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Reuters
8/23/2017

A rogue advertising software development kit used by many app developers planted spyware on more than 500 Android apps. Security researchers discovered the Igexin SDK, and now all the affected apps have either been eliminated from the Google Play Store or updated with clean versions.

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ZDNet
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Android, SDK, Google, software development
8/23/2017

President Donald Trump would be required to obtain congressional approval before creating a joint US-Russia cybersecurity unit under a legislative proposal drafted in July and held for weeks due to intelligence-related content. Trump is also prohibited from relaxing sanctions against Russia without involving congress, one of several barriers congress has created to constrain Trump's dealings with Russia.

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President Donald Trump, Congress