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Scribd adds newspapers to its subscription reading service, including the NYT, FT, and WSJ

Subscription reading service Scribd  is adding another string to its bow today with the news that it’s now including “select” articles from a number of premium newspapers. Founded out of San Francisco in 2007, Scribd offers subscribers unlimited cross-platform access to a selection of reading materials — including ebooks, audiobooks, documents, and, as of last November…

Mobile

Amazon expands subscription TV Channels service beyond the U.S. and into Europe

Amazon has announced that it’s expanding its subscription TV service, Amazon Channels, into the U.K. and Germany. The internet giant first opened Amazon Video to third-party video-streaming services in the U.S. back in late 2015, letting those on the company’s $99 annual Prime membership service subscribe to the likes of Starz and Showtime from within a single…

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Apple and Nokia end legal spat by signing multi-year patent agreement

Nokia and Apple have announced that they have settled an ongoing intellectual property (IP) spat, with the duo signing a “multi-year” patent license. Nokia and Apple settled a two-year legal battle  back in 2011 over license fees for patents that Nokia owned, however late last year Nokia claimed that Apple had “declined subsequent offers” that…

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Microsoft is helping restaurants cook up their own bots

Microsoft has launched a service for businesses to quickly and easily create a FAQ bot customers can chat with inside Bing search results. The Bing Business Bot service begins by asking a business owner a series of basic questions about their business, like where parking is, how to make reservations, and handicap accessibility details. The service then creates a…

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Keep on truckin’: 5 companies disrupting the road freight industry

So Uber officially launched its not-so-secret trucking business, Uber Freight , on Thursday, as the Silicon Valley tech titan looks to infiltrate another lucrative industry: long-distance road freight. Uber first announced the service back in September, but the program had remained in stealth mode ever since. In a nutshell, Uber Freight wants to do for the trucking…

Security

Meet Blair Hanley Frank, VentureBeat’s new staff writer

We’re thrilled to announce Blair Hanley Frank will join VentureBeat as a staff writer effective May 22, 2017. His areas of coverage will include artificial intelligence, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise technologies. Above: Blair Hanley Frank joins VentureBeat as a staff writer covering AI, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise. Blair comes to VentureBeat…

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Google Assistant voice apps arrive on Android and iPhone — here’s what they can do

Google released its standalone Google Assistant iPhone app  on Wednesday and made it possible for both Android and iOS smartphone users to access voice apps made by third-party developers. These changes were two of about a dozen major Google Assistant announcements made this week at I/O, Google’s annual developer conference. Since the launch of the Actions on Google…

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Telegram Messenger gets bot payments and video messages

Telegram Messenger today announced a series of new features, most notably the ability to make orders and purchases through a bot, and share one-minute long video messages. “Currently, most of the payments are handled by Stripe, but Telegram Bot Payments are a platform for payment providers all over the world,” read a Telegram blog post…