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Financial Times:
Sources: Amazon working on Alexa-powered smartglasses with bone-conduction audio and a new home security camera system that would tie into its Echo products   —  Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of “smart glasses” that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to be summoned any time …
Sep 20, 2017, 12:35 AMIn context
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Sep 18, 2017, 6:15 PMIn context
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Slack raises $250M, largely from Softbank's Vision Fund, valuing the firm at $5.1B, up from $3.8B at the time of its April 2016 round   —  Workplace messaging app Slack has been valued at $5.1bn in its latest fundraising, which drew $250m from investors as the weight of cash in private markets continues …
Sep 17, 2017, 10:45 PMIn context
Financial Times:
France, Germany, Spain, Italy take aim at US tech giants in plan to tax on revenues instead of profits; passage requires unanimous approval by EU member states   —  Paris and Berlin are mounting a joint offensive to tax internet giants such as Google and Amazon based on revenues generated in EU countries …
Sep 10, 2017, 9:35 PMIn context
Financial Times:
Sources: Apple is in talks to move its original content division to The Culver Studios, the iconic Hollywood studio where Gone With The Wind was filmed   —  Apple is eyeing the studio where films from Gone With The Wind to The Matrix were shot, as the base for its big push into Hollywood production.
Sep 1, 2017, 8:05 AMIn context
Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
Uber says it will give its 450K Uber drivers working in India free life and accident insurance, the largest market it has extended the service to   —  Uber drivers in India are to receive free life and accident insurance as the company looks to improve its reputation, following a string …
Aug 29, 2017, 9:30 AMIn context
Financial Times:
Beijing's public transport payments company Yikatong launches Android app for allowing commuters to pay for journeys by tapping their smartphones   —  Read next … Everyone in Beijing can now get on to public transport with the tap of a smartphone — everyone except Apple iPhone users.
Aug 15, 2017, 12:25 AMIn context
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sources: Apple glasses prototypes include a fully autonomous AR headset and a Snapchat Spectacles-like device with no screens that connects to iPhone   —  As it approaches $1tn valuation, the iPhone maker is betting on augmented reality and robotics technology
Aug 4, 2017, 5:40 PMIn context
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Spotify passes 60M paying customers, adding over 20M so far in 2017, as sources say it plans for IPO on NYSE later this year   —  Unconventional public debut of music streaming service based on subscription success  —  Read next … Spotify has reached 60m paying customers …
Jul 31, 2017, 2:10 PMIn context
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Behind the chart-topping anonymous messaging app Sarahah, which gives message recipients no way to respond   —  Text service tops iPhone download charts, but the real challenge is staying there  —  Read next … There are two unusual things about Sarahah, a mobile app topping iPhone App Store download charts around the world.
Jul 30, 2017, 10:50 PMIn context

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