Apple has made a quiet but interesting move in its longer-term strategy around courting more business from enterprises. The company has hired the tech team — at least 18 people, including at least two co-founders, one of whom is the CEO — from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), a startup based out of Mountain View that provides business transformation consulting to enterprises… Read More

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 Amazon’s slow push into mobile is getting a lot more real this morning with the addition of voice integration into its Android app for Alexa. Up to now, the app has been little more than a way to manage settings for the Echo and other smart home devices built around its smart assistant. The addition of voice commands means users can speak directly to their handset the way they would an… Read More

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 Spotify says advertisements that recently appeared to paying subscribers of its music streaming service were loaded by mistake. Over the past few days, a number of Spotify customers complained their music listening experience was interrupted with ads inserted into their playlists. To be clear, the ads being weren’t those from third-parties, but were rather in-house promotions for… Read More

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 Private equity and media giants from the U.S. are starting to pay attention to Africa’s burgeoning online media and culture scene. TPG Growth and Evolution Media have acquired a majority stake in the South African multimedia entertainment company, TRACE. Read More

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 If you gave your credit card number to OnePlus sometime between mid-November and last week, your card may have been compromised. The smartphone maker confirmed this morning through its online forum that upwards of 40,000 customers may have had their numbers exposed to hackers. “Only a small subset of our customers is affected,” a spokesperson for the company told… Read More

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