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UK Budget courts tech sector with $663M in investments in AI, 5G networks and more

 With the UK government continuing to face down criticism over how it is handling plans to remove the UK from the European Union, today the country’s Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered an annual Autumn Budget that underscored its continuing push to win over the tech world. In a wide-ranging speech laying out proposals for investment and taxes for individuals and businesses, the… Read More

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AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead

 The story of AppLovin‘s acquisition has taken another turn. We first reported that the mobile ad startup was in acquisition talks in August of last year, and the announcement came a month later: AppLovin would sell a majority stake Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital. Today, however, CEO Adam Foroughi revealed that the deal is (sort of) off. Instead of an outright… Read More

Business

Google’s latest Pixel feature is your first look at the future of search

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One of Google’s most powerful new features is finally rolling out to Pixel phones.

Google Lens, the company’s intelligent camera software that can analyze the world around you, is now rolling out to Google Assistant on Pixel phones. Announced earlier this year, Lens is one of the company’s most important new products as it offers an early look at what the future of search will look like for Google. 

Though Google Lens has been available within Google Photos since the Pixel 2 launched, this update, which is rolling out “over the coming weeks,” marks the first time the feature has been available outside of Google Photos. Read more…

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Samsung’s bendable Galaxy X could launch early next year

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We may not have to wait much longer to see Samsung’s long-rumored bendable smartphone.

The Korean tech giant plans to unveil the phone, which is rumored to be named the Galaxy X, in January at CES, according to a new report in Yahoo News.

The report comes after a company support page for the product surfaced on Samsung’s website. Spotted by Dutch site Mobilekopen, the support page shows a smartphone model number that’s previously been linked to the Galaxy X.

Samsung's support page with the Galaxy X model number.

Samsung’s support page with the Galaxy X model number.

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Business

Get that side hustle going and learn how to make money off of your blog

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The daily routine: scroll through social media, see famous person making a living off of their blog, wonder why that can’t be your life. 

What if we told you that idea isn’t so far fetched? The truth is, a ton of people use blogging as an at-home business — whether it’s their main income or a side hustle. If that’s a game you’re trying to get into, this online course can help you get your blog business up and running.

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Your iPhone X may have been made by high schoolers working overtime

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Apple has confirmed with Mashable that some high school interns at the iPhone-producing Foxconn plant in China worked overtime to produce iPhones.

The circumstance became public when six students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School told the Financial Times they were “forced” to work at the facility to complete internship requirements. One student reported assembling 1,200 phones in a single day. 

In a statement, an Apple spokesperson acknowledged the students should not have been working overtime to assemble Apple’s latest, gleaming handsets. The students said they worked up to 11 hours a day. Read more…

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Business

WeWork leads $32 million funding round for The Wing

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Last week, we learned that WeWork invested in a wave pool company dedicated to artificial surfing. This week, WeWork is investing in something slightly closer to home—and for a subset of WeWork’s customers, a competitor. 

The $20 billion office-leasing company led a $32 million Series B funding round for The Wing, a women’s only coworking space and social club. The investment is WeWork’s largest to date, Chief Operating Officer Jen Berrent said in a blog post. The funding round is also one of the biggest Series B rounds raised by female founders, Forbes noted

“We are grateful to have WeWork’s unmatched abilities in our corner as we expand and grow The Wing’s physical footprint and community,” The Wing CEO and co-founder Audrey Gelman said in a statement. “As pioneers in the field of co-working and community building, WeWork shares in our mission to provide women with a space to take flight.” Read more…

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Entertainment

Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music

 In October, Sonos launched the Sonos One, raising the bar on what is already the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio. The big new feature? An integrated microphone that added support for Amazon’s Alexa. However, there was one big caveat: While Alexa was integrated to control music services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Soundcloud and others, it was missing a major player in… Read More

Business

FriendO, a quiz app with NSFW questions, goes viral with teens

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There’s a new “quiz app” going viral with teens that’s a lot more NSFW than tbh.

Called FriendO, the app lets users compete in “quizzes” to find out who their “real friends” are — and teens are going crazy for it.

Sort of like a non-anonymous version of tbh, which Facebook acquired last month, FriendO has been climbing up the App Store charts over the last month.

The app has a number of “categories” that friends can quiz each other on, such as what their favorite foods and sports are, or other personality traits. Users take turns answering questions about each other, and they’re then ranked in an in-app leaderboard, which shows their scores.  Read more…

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