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February 3, 2020, 11:30 AM

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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
BlackBerry says TCL Communications will stop manufacturing BlackBerry-branded phones on August 31, 2020 as its licensing deal comes to an end  —  In the past few years, BlackBerry has made a return to the smartphone market thanks to a partnership with TCL.  Today, though, BlackBerry's Android …
Benedict Evans:
Now that tech has connected most of the world, a look at the opportunities and issues this creates for the 2020s  —  We connected (almost) everyone There are 5.5bn adults on earth, 5bn have a phone and 4bn have a smartphone
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
As Apple closes its offices, stores, and contact centers in China, Ming-Chi Kuo lowers Q1 iPhone shipment forecasts by 10% due to Wuhan coronavirus outbreak  —  Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has lowered his iPhone shipment forecast by 10 percent to 36-40 million units in the first quarter of 2020 …
Justin Villamil / Bloomberg:
Uber suspends 240 accounts of users in Mexico who came into contact with two drivers who possibly had the coronavirus, to help contain its potential spread  —  Uber Technologies Inc. has suspended 240 user accounts in Mexico to contain the potential spread of coronavirus.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Photos trials an $8/month subscription program that sends 10 prints of automatically-selected pics from the previous month; users get to choose a theme  —  In September, Google Photos added large canvas prints, as well as individual prints.  Google Photos is now trialing a “monthly photo prints” subscription program.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Jeff Bezos, inspired by Elon Musk's Gigafactory in Nevada, pushed for Amazon to aggressively pursue large incentives for its HQ2 project in NY and VA  —  When Elon Musk secured $1.3 billion from Nevada in 2014 to open a gigantic battery plant, Jeff Bezos noticed.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Alleged leaked video shows off Samsung's folding Galaxy Z Flip  —  Samsung's next foldable should be coming this month  —  Samsung's next folding phone is likely to be announced this month, and what appears to be the first hands-on video with the device has just appeared online.
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Gaana, the most popular music streaming service in India, has 152M monthly users, over half of Spotify's global user base and double Apple Music's global count  —  Gaana, which means ‘song’ in Hindi, has used its large library of local music and low prices to beat the competition

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