• Smartphone Sales Grow Fairly Teensy 3%
    Smartphone sales are still growing, but not nearly as fast as in years past. That's one takeaway from Mary Meeker's latest Web trends report, which went out Wednesday.
  • Malware-Affected Apps Discovered On Google Play
    Google Play has about 40 fewer malicious apps, thanks to a heads-up from the Checkpoint. The apps all contained "auto-clicking" adware, which use infected gadgets to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on ads, according to the security firm. While we don't know how many times it was actually activated, the malware might have downloaded more than 18 million times, Checkpoint estimates.
  • T-Mobile's 'Digits' Service Will Sync Many Devices To One Number
    Can T-Mobile modernize the phone number for the mobile era? Well, we're going to find out when the carrier launches its Digits service at the end of the month. With Digits, T-Mobile users can synchronize multiple devices -- from phones to desktop computers to smartwatches -- with one number.
  • Microsoft's Renamed Game Streaming Service, Mixer, Adds New Tricks
    Along with a new name -- Mixer -- Microsoft is adding some new features to its game streaming service, Beam. Users of the service should soon be able to live-stream games on their mobile gadgets.
  • AR Drives Up Mobile App Software Market
    The mobile augmented reality (AR) marketplace could balloon to more than a billion users -- and $60 billion in revenue -- by 2021, Digi-Capital suggests in a new report. And, thanks to tech titans like Facebook and Snap, software is positioned to dominate this space.
  • Facebook Opens Up About Content-Policing Problems
    Responding to fresh revelations about its content policy, Facebook is further conceding that, yes, policing about a billion people's daily interactions is hard. Among other challenges, it isn't easy to balance user safety and free expression, says Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at the social giant.
  • Is Content Moderation Facebook's Achilles Heel?
    Facebook's content guidelines are spread across more than 100 training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts, the Guardian has learned. Yet, If not quickly enough for critics, the social giant's content strategy is evolving in response to user behavior.
  • Google Launches Mobile Payment System
    Capping off a week full of mobile announcements for Google, the search giant just unveiled a new payment system tied directly to users' existing accounts.With the new Google Payment API, so-called, third party developers can charge consumers through their Google accounts, while it will assume responsibility for security and processing.
  • WHOA! Facebook Declares WAR (On Clickbait)! Click To Get All The Grisly Details!
    To better detect different kinds of clickbait headlines, Facebook is now separately identifying signals that withhold or exaggerate information. For the social giant, this is just the latest effort to cut down on crappy content in users' New Feeds.
  • At Google, A's Have It: Celebrating 2B Android Devices, Moving Toward AI-First
    As of this week, Android is now active on more than two billion devices, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Wednesday. "This is all because of the growth of mobile and smartphones," Pichai told attendees at Google's I/O developer conference. Rather than celebrate its mobile successes, however, Pichai said Google has to move fast to continue positioning itself for the AI revolution.
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