• Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

    Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

    Ford has begun testing of its new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid with Transport for London, working with the UK city’s local transit authority to pilot 20 of the new vehicles in use during a 12-month trial with select London businesses for commercial use. The pilot of the vehicles, which feature a pure electric range of around 31 miles according to European agency measurement standards… Read More

  • Twitter’s latest feature tries to identify your BFF

    Twitter’s latest feature tries to identify your BFF

    Twitter thinks it has identified your BFF. The company is currently testing a new feature that will highlight the tweets from a select, single account that Twitter thinks you’ll want to see. Yes: a single person’s tweets will get their own special spot on your timeline. The feature is similar to Twitter’s “In Case You Missed It…” which rounds up the tweets… Read More

  • Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

    Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

    Some news today from Dwolla, the startup that competes with banks (but also works with them) to provide payments and money transfers with reduced fees by way of more efficient software. The company has raised another round of funding of $6.85 million, and at the same time it’s announcing the relaunch of its white-label API, which it is now calling Access API. The funding round was led… Read More

  • Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

    Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

    New York City startup Slidejoy has been acquired by South Korean competitor Buzzvil. Both companies offer a way for Android users to earn rewards in exchange for allowing ads on their lockscreens — in Buzzvil’s case, that’s both through its HoneyScreen consumer app and through its BuzzScreen platform for publishers. The financial terms are not being disclosed, but… Read More

  • Anti-Trump protestors are outside of Uber’s SF headquarters

    Anti-Trump protestors are outside of Uber’s SF headquarters

    Happy Inauguration Day (ughhh). Anti-Donald Trump protestors are outside of Uber’s San Francisco headquarters. Protestors have linked arms outside Uber’s entrance, chanting, “Donald Trump, go away. Racist sexist, anti-gay.” They’re protesting Uber because the company’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, is a member of Trump’s Strategic and Policy forum. That… Read More

  • Despite glitches, AT&T’s DirecTV Now hits 200,000 subscribers in its first month

    Despite glitches, AT&T’s DirecTV Now hits 200,000 subscribers in its first month

    AT&T’s new live TV streaming service DirecTV Now has been off to a shaky start in terms of performance, but that hasn’t stemmed the flow of sign-ups, AT&T reports. The company said the service added more than 200,000 subscribers in its first month of operations. These details were included in an SEC filing for the quarter ending on December 31, 2016. DirecTV Now launched… Read More

  • Facebook is looking at ways to mitigate the impact of fake news

    Facebook is looking at ways to mitigate the impact of fake news

    Fake news has been top of mind for a lot of people as of late. After the presidential election in the U.S. and public outcry over the prevalence of false information on Facebook, the company announced measures to prevent fake news from appearing on the platform. But there are still concerns about the civic consequences of fake news and the effect it has on people once it’s already… Read More

  • Trump ditched his Android phone and probably won’t give you his new number

    Trump ditched his Android phone and probably won’t give you his new number

    Trump’s an unorthodox sort with, by most accounts, a fairly tenuous grasp on modern technologies. Until relatively recently, there was a seemingly open question regarding whether the soon-to-be sworn in leader of the free world ever actually used a computer. But the guy loves his smartphone. Since the campaign, Trump has relied fairly heavily on an Android handset for sending out… Read More

  • Amazon puts virtual Dash buttons on its homepage

    Amazon puts virtual Dash buttons on its homepage

    Amazon has just made it easier to repurchase your favorite items from its online store. The company on Thursday added virtual “Dash” buttons to its homepage and mobile app that let you click to buy the product they represent – like diapers, paper towels, medicine, groceries, household items, pet supplies, and more. Dash buttons, in case you’re not familiar, have been… Read More

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