From VentureBeat: Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with more proactive Windows Update

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a small but important change to Windows Update. This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is likely to ship soon). There is no new build from the RS5 branch. Windows […]

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From VentureBeat: Dropbox files to raise $500 million in IPO

Dropbox filed for an initial public offering today with the aim to raise $500 million for its cloud-based file storage and collaboration service. It had secretly filed to go public in early January. The San Francisco-based company brought in $1.1 billion in revenue last year, with a net loss of $111 million. It has more […]

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From VentureBeat: ProBeat: Google’s RCS business messaging push is too much, too early

OPINION: Google yesterday announced that the rich communication services (RCS) messaging experience on Android is now open to businesses. Nobody is using RCS yet, but businesses are already being encouraged to get on board. This is a big mistake. First, some background. The default SMS app on Android — unless the carrier decides to change it […]

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From VentureBeat: ProBeat: Google’s RCS business messaging push is too much, too early

OPINION: Google yesterday announced that the rich communication services (RCS) messaging experience on Android is now open to businesses. Nobody is using RCS yet, but businesses are already being encouraged to get on board. This is a big mistake. First, some background. The default SMS app on Android — unless the carrier decides to change it […]

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From VentureBeat: Google launches ARCore out of preview, will expand Lens to Android and iOS devices

Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Google today launched ARCore 1.0, letting developers create AR experiences on Android. Releasing ARCore out of preview means developers can publish apps that can understand your environment, and place objects in it, on the Google Play store. Google today also announced plans to expand its Google Lens […]

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From TechCrunch: Google adopts a new approach to bring its AR service to China

 Google has adopted a novel way to circumvent China’s internet censorship system, which continues to block its services, after it partnered directly with three OEMs to bring its augmented reality service to the country. ARCore, the company&#…

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From The Next Web: Looks like Google is finally building dark mode straight into Android

One thing Android users have consistently asked for over the years is a dedicated dark mode for browsing at night – and it seems Google has finally decided to accommodate this request. Responding to a thread asking to include the feature in the next …

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From VentureBeat: Split raises $17 million to help companies test new software features with targeted groups

Split, a platform that allows companies to experiment with new product features, has raised $17 million in a series B round of funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Accel Partners and Harmony Partners. Founded in 2015 out of Redwood City, California, Split offers a feature experimentation platform designed to help engineering and […]

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From TechCrunch: Momo buys Tantan, China’s Tinder, for $600M as Chinese social networks consolidate

 WeChat is far and away the biggest messaging platform in China at the moment, and that is helping to drive a push among the smaller players to get together for better scale. Today, Momo, the Chinese location-based social networking app that has m…

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