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Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Podcast app 60dB, which focuses on personalized short-form audio content, to shut down November 10 after being acquired by Google   —  Google has purchased podcast app 60db, which will shut down on November 10, Business Insider has learned.  —  “We are thrilled to be joining the team at Google.
Oct 10, 2017, 6:20 PMIn context
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Changes to Apple exec bio page show that Craig Federighi is now in charge of Siri, instead of Eddy Cue   —  There's a new executive in charge of Apple's AI assistant, Siri.  —  Apple updated its leadership page on Friday with new profiles for China managing director Isabel Ge Mahe, and Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's new head of HR.
Sep 1, 2017, 1:25 PMIn context
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Apple confirms it has discontinued iPod nano and iPod shuffle; iPod touch now costs $199 for 32GB and $299 for 128GB   —  Apple updated its iPod lineup on Thursday and discontinued the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.  —  They were the last two iPods that didn't run iOS, the same software on the iPhone.
Jul 27, 2017, 12:20 PMIn context
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Mira, which raised $1.5M led by Sequoia, unveils Prism, a $99 AR headset in which screen of inserted iPhone reflects off lens viewed by wearer, shipping in fall   —  Most college kids around their senior year look for internships or a killer beach house for the summer.  —  Not the founders of Mira.
Jul 18, 2017, 10:35 AMIn context
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Apple received permit to test autonomous vehicles in California; DMV spokesman says Apple applied to test three 2015 Lexus RX450h vehicles   —  Apple has received a permit to test autonomous cars in California, the first official confirmation that the maker of the iPhone sees the century-old automobile …
Apr 14, 2017, 12:17 PMIn context
Business Insider:
Sources: Magic Leap last spring quietly acquired game studio FuzzyCube Software, which had fewer than ten employees   —  Magic Leap is beefing up its ranks with artists and animators from an Oscar-winning studio and veteran game designer, in a sign that the $4.5 billion company believes content …
Apr 10, 2017, 10:50 PMIn context
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Shazam, which crossed 1B app downloads in September 2016, launches brand-sponsored AR features   —  Shazam was one of the winners of the early app rush.  Its app had a simple function — identifying what song is playing — that's led to 1 billion downloads on iOS and Android so far.
Mar 7, 2017, 12:15 PMIn context
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Image of Magic Leap rig from January leaks, showing a bulky backpack containing a visible circuit board; CEO says it was a test rig to collect room data   —  Magic Leap, the $4.5 billion startup backed by Google building technology that “augments” human vision with digital imagery …
Feb 10, 2017, 8:30 PMIn context
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Sources: Magic Leap's consumer prototype is in “good shape” ahead of board meeting, but January demos used vaporware; as timeline slips, SDK expected in 2017   —  The future of Magic Leap, a quickly expanding startup valued at $4.5 billion that's developing a futuristic pair of computer glasses …
Feb 8, 2017, 4:05 PMIn context
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Report: Apple hires Greg Duffy, the founder of Dropcam who sold it to Nest for $555M, likely to lead a “special project”   —  Apple has hired Greg Duffy, a well-known entrepreneur who previously founded Dropcam and worked at Alphabet company Nest, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.
Jan 25, 2017, 3:25 PMIn context

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