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5/25/2018

Several South Korean carriers, including KT, LG Uplus and SK Telecom, plan to offer use-based data plans to combat higher demand for data as technology advances. 5G-heavy applications such as UHD videos and holograms are seen as potential areas of high revenue due to the ability to charge a data premium.

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SK Telecom, LG Uplus
5/25/2018

Technology has already contributed greatly to human happiness, and the advent of artificial intelligence promises to accelerate the trend. Internet attorney Andrew Rossow reviews the ways this evolution is likely to play out in improved life quality, increased free time and better data security, concluding AI stands to be a "game changer."

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Forbes
5/25/2018

Vevo is going all-in on YouTube with plans to close down its mobile apps and consumer-focused website. "Going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities," according to a Vevo statement.

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Variety
5/25/2018

Honeywell has overhauled its Lyric app and rebranded it as the Honeywell Home app. The Home app offers a new dashboard for viewing networked devices, along with better geofencing and improved performance and stability.

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Honeywell
5/25/2018

Steam Link, an app designed to allow users to play games via mobile devices, has been blocked by the App Store, though Apple has not commented on the decision. Industry experts warn that this could be a serious problem for Apple, with Bob O'Donnell, president of TECHnalysis Research, saying, "What they're doing is denying iPhone owners access to the most important gaming ecosystem there is. Given that the younger demographic skews toward iPhones, it seems particularly damaging."

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Reuters
5/25/2018

Essential, a startup created by Android founder Andy Rubin, is being considered for sale and has ended development of a new smartphone. The company was valued at close to $1 billion about a year ago, but no specified price has been listed for the sale.

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Andy Rubin
5/25/2018

In a Thursday conference with concerned publishers and advertisers, Google said complying with new EU data privacy rules would be an ongoing project and promised tools would be forthcoming to help. Meanwhile, a number of digital companies began denying service to European users as the rules took effect Friday, saying the cost of immediate compliance was too great.

5/25/2018

Livestreamers can now monetize their content on the Caffeine social broadcasting platform. Rather than serve ads, the system will allow fans to purchase Caffeine Gold they can exchange for items during a broadcast.

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VentureBeat
5/25/2018

Group administrators on Facebook will be getting fresh help maintaining their groups and keeping them safe with a palette of new features. These include a preapproval option for trusted member content and tutorials on safety issues.

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Marketing Land
5/24/2018

DISH has announced the launch of its AirTV device, which will allow viewers to access free live local feeds from ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. The company has also announced plans to integrate a DVR function this year.

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