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Google starts pulling unvetted Android apps that access call logs and SMS messages – TechCrunch

Google starts pulling unvetted Android apps that access call logs and SMS messages – TechCrunch Google is removing apps from Google Play that request permission to access call logs and SMS text message data but haven’t been manually vetted by Google staff. The search and mobile giant said it is part …

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DuckDuckGo debuts map search results using Apple Maps – TechCrunch

DuckDuckGo debuts map search results using Apple Maps – TechCrunch DuckDuckGo has a new, unlikely partner in search: Apple. The privacy-focused search engine that promises to never track its users said Tuesday it’s now using data provided by Apple Maps to power its map-based search results. Although DuckDuckGo had provided limited …

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German court tosses Qualcomm’s latest iPhone patent suit – TechCrunch

German court tosses Qualcomm’s latest iPhone patent suit – TechCrunch Qualcomm has had a patent lawsuit against Apple dismissed by a court in Mannheim, Germany, as groundless (via Reuters). The chipmaker had argued Intel -powered iPhones infringed a transistor switch patent it holds. But in an initial verbal decision the …

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Samsung’s new Galaxy M smartphones will launch in India first – TechCrunch

Samsung’s new Galaxy M smartphones will launch in India first – TechCrunch Samsung will launch its new lower-priced Galaxy M series in India before the smartphones roll out globally. Asim Warsi, senior vice president of Samsung India’s smartphone business, told Reuters that three devices will be available through its website …

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Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes – TechCrunch

Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes – TechCrunch Xiaomi, the Chinese company best known for budget phones, is betting big on a future of connected homes. It plans to plough at least 100 billion yuan, or $1.48 billion, into the so-called “AIoT” sector over the …

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Facebook is the new crapware – TechCrunch

Facebook is the new crapware – TechCrunch Welcome to 2019 where we learn Facebook is the new crapware. Sorry #DeleteFacebook, you never stood a chance. Yesterday Bloomberg reported that the scandal-beset social media behemoth has inked an unknown number of agreements with Android smartphone makers, mobile carriers and OSes around the …

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Facebook and PayPal pull pages of far right British activist filmed intimidating public figures – TechCrunch

Facebook and PayPal pull pages of far right British activist filmed intimidating public figures – TechCrunch Facebook has confirmed it has removed the pages and profiles of a far right political activist in the UK after concerns were raised in parliament about aggressive intimidation of politicians and journalists trying to …

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Miku watches your baby (and your baby’s heartbeat) while you relax – TechCrunch

Miku watches your baby (and your baby’s heartbeat) while you relax – TechCrunch Using technology that sounds like it comes straight out of Predator, Miku is a new baby monitor that watches and senses your baby’s vitals in real time. The system not only broadcasts a secure feed of your …

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China’s Nreal raises $15M to shrink augmented headsets to size of sunglasses – TechCrunch

China’s Nreal raises $15M to shrink augmented headsets to size of sunglasses – TechCrunch A former Magic Leap engineer believes the problem with most consumer-facing augmented headsets on the market is their bulky size. “You wouldn’t want to wear them for more than one hour,” Xu Chi, founder and chief executive …

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