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Facebook Messenger’s AI ‘M’ suggests features to use based on your convos

Write “You owe me $20” and Messenger will suggest you use its payments feature. If someone says “goodbye,” Messenger will recommend a “bye-bye” GIF. That’s how Facebook’s new M Suggestions work. Facebook’s artificial intelligence assistant will privately interject these recommendations above the redesigned one-line message composer in your Messenger conversations, ...

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Gig economy stalwart TaskRabbit is contemplating a sale

One of the earliest and most prominent startups of the so-called “sharing economy” or “gig economy,” is evaluating the possibility of selling itself. As reported by Recode, freelance work marketplace TaskRabbit acknowledged that it is contemplating a sale after receiving inbound interest from a possible strategic buyer. TaskRabbit launched in early 2008 ...

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Comcast announces its new wireless business, Xfinity Mobile

Comcast, a cable company notorious for poor customer service, now wants to be your cellular provider, as well. The company today announced its new business, Xfinity Mobile, a wireless service offering unlimited data plans at $65 per line, that can be brought down to $45 per line for customers that ...

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Stripe’s Patrick Collison says no to an IPO any time soon

You can imagine that Stripe CEO Patrick Collison is asked a lot about whether his San Francisco-based payments company plans to go pubic any time soon. Last year, the seven-year-old company raised $150 million in a deal co-led by General Catalyst Partners and CapitalG that valued the startup at $9.2 billion, ...

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Ford Ranger to Launch in China in 2018

Ford believes that the rapidly changing Chinese market is about to develop a hunger for pickups and is moving to position itself to capitalize. The Blue Oval announced today that the Ranger midsize truck will go on sale in 2018 – a year ahead of its U.S.-market re-launch. “China is ...

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This Apple Clips feature needs to be a staple of iOS 11

(Image: Jason Cipriani/ZDNet) Apple on Thursday released Clips, a video editing app that’s a mix between iMovie, Snapchat, and Instagram. Clips makes it relatively easy to capture, import, and edit video or photos and add special effects such as stickers or filters. The highlight feature is the app’s ability to ...

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