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2/21/2019

Facebook is extending the location tracking tool already available on iPhones to include Android devices. The feature allows people to let Facebook access data about their locations only when using the platform's app.

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Facebook
2/21/2019

Microsoft may be working on a laptop with a foldable screen, based on a patent filed in 2017 for a "Bendable device with Display in Movable Connection With Body." The patent indicates that the foldable technology is appropriate for a range of consumer electronics devices.

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Microsoft
2/21/2019

Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi 9, its newest high-end phone, offering a minimal bezel and a triple lens camera. The phone will come in two models -- the standard Mi 9 and the Mi 9SE -- and the company will offer a premium Transparent Edition as well.

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TechCrunch
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Xiaomi
2/21/2019

Samsung has unveiled its wireless Galaxy Buds; they will work with the company's virtual assistant, Bixby, and will go on sale on March 8. The Galaxy Buds offer ambient sound control, adaptive microphones and six hours of battery life.

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VentureBeat
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Samsung, Bixby
2/21/2019

Microsoft will roll out two enterprise apps with augmented reality features: Remote Assist for Android and Product Visualize 365 for iOS. The company intends to open up both apps for public preview in April.

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Microsoft
2/21/2019

An app called Market Kurly lets consumers in South Korea order eggs, produce and other fresh groceries the night before for home delivery by 7 a.m. About 300,000 shoppers currently use Market Kurly, which was created by 35-year-old former Goldman Sachs banker Sophie Kim.

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Goldman Sachs
2/21/2019

Chevrolet has added a "vehicle locate" feature to its app, letting users mark the location of their parked cars on mobile maps or receive notifications if a vehicle leaves or enters a geofenced area. The feature doesn't keep track of a moving car, but could spare people the effort of trying to recall where their parking space is.

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Ubergizmo
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Chevrolet
2/20/2019

US digital ad investment will hit $129.34 billion in 2019, up 19%, taking a 54.2% share of overall estimated ad spend, according to eMarketer. Mobile will make up more than two-thirds of digital ad investment, and while Google and Facebook continue to dominate, Amazon's share in third place will rise from 6.8% in 2018 to 8.8% this year.

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Facebook, Google, Amazon
2/20/2019

Sony may release the PlayStation 5 by the end of 2020, based on company release history, which has the longest gap between new consoles being seven years, writes Sam Byford. Sony may choose to release the new console when the PS4's profitability starts to fall, which Sony estimates will occur by March 2021, Byford adds.

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The Verge
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Sony
2/20/2019

Digital payments might grow to total as much as $100 trillion, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman says. The solid growth of PayPal's mobile service Venmo is a major contributor to Schulman's view that "There's an explosion in digital commerce, and we're riding that wave."

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CNBC
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PayPal, Dan Schulman, Venmo