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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Microsoft acquires messaging app vendor Wand Labs to bolster its chat intelligence products as part of larger “conversation as a platform” strategy   —  The startup, which ties together an array of services through a conversational interface, will help build out Satya Nadella's vision.
Jun 16, 2016, 10:30 AMIn context
Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:
Inside Verizon's efforts to build a multi-billion dollar media business that can challenge new media giants like Netflix, and why it is vying to buy Yahoo   —  The telecom giant, which is in talks to acquire Yahoo, wants a piece of the digital content revolution.
May 29, 2016, 7:40 PMIn context
Fast Company:
Samsung says no Android Wear devices are in development or being planned, citing better battery efficiency of Tizen OS   —  It was at Google I/O two years ago that Samsung announced its Gear Live smartwatch (now discontinued) running the Android Wear OS.  Two years later the collaboration is over.
May 24, 2016, 1:07 PMIn context
John Paul Titlow / Fast Company:
How Pandora plans to reinvent itself with on-demand streaming, ticket-selling, and live streaming concerts   —  Inside Pandora's Plan To Reinvent Itself—And Beat Back Apple And Spotify  —  In 2016, personalized Internet radio alone won't cut it.  Here's how Pandora hopes to maneuver its way to profitability.
May 1, 2016, 1:45 PMIn context
Christina Farr / Fast Company:
The first Apple CareKit health apps are out, and CareKit becomes available on GitHub today   —  Apple's First CareKit Apps Are Here  —  Developers can use CareKit to build apps that track patients' health between doctor's visits.  —  How often do you visit your doctor's office?  Three, four times per year?
Apr 28, 2016, 4:10 AMIn context
Nicole LaPorte / Fast Company:
Sources: Apple held secret talks with A-listers at Sundance and in LA, plans to move into original content alongside Facebook, YouTube, and Alibaba   —  Apple, Facebook, Google, and Alibaba Take Hollywood  —  Since Netflix and Amazon proved that outsiders can thrive in entertainment …
Apr 18, 2016, 9:25 PMIn context
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
As Apple turns 40, a look at the notes Regis McKenna took as he formulated an advertising and PR plan for Apple II   —  Regis McKenna's 1976 Notebook And The Invention Of Apple Computer, Inc.  —  On Apple's 40th birthday, an exclusive look at the notes its original media strategist took as he formulated an advertising and PR plan.
Apr 1, 2016, 1:00 PMIn context
Pavithra Mohan / Fast Company:
YouTube partners with UN to produce content that promotes gender equality, invests in videos by and about women at YouTube Spaces   —  YouTube Boosts Female Content Creators With Two New Initiatives  —  Both programs will focus on producing videos by women, for women, that discuss gender equality and other women's issues.
Mar 3, 2016, 10:55 AMIn context
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
Sesame Ventures partners with Collaborative Fund on $10M Collab+Sesame Fund to invest in tech for children   —  Sesame Launches A Venture Arm To Invest In Startups That Help Kids  —  In 1966, Sesame Street's founders wondered whether the prevailing entertainment technology of the time …
Feb 1, 2016, 1:55 PMIn context
Christina Farr / Fast Company:
Apple fixing issue that directed users searching “abortion” to adoption and fertility centers, nearly five years after it was first identified   —  Apple Maps Stops Sending People Searching For “Abortion” To Adoption Centers  —  Apple is fixing a flaw in its algorithm …
Jan 29, 2016, 10:15 PMIn context

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