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Launches & acquisitions
After several false starts, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. Google Play Music is finally available in India, and at an initial glance, it looks like the entire catalog is available for customers in the country.
Pullstring launched its eponymous product out of private beta and into the hands of creators of conversational interfaces everywhere. Creators can make bots for Facebook Messenger, Slack, Skype, Kik, Telegram and — using the company’s Web API — pretty much every other platform out there.
The update to iMessage is significant in that it’s the first time the company has opened up its core messaging product to third-party developers, recreating the magic that it had with the original App Store.
Google Trips, the iOS and Android app pulls in a combination of data from Google Maps and crowdsourced contributions from other travelers, in order to offer a personalized travel guide that helps you keep track of your day trips, reservations, points of interest, tourist attractions, restaurants and more.
Events & announcements
SoundCloud as a company is a disaster, but its the only streaming service with the DJ sets and remixes kids love. So it makes perfect sense that Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud, the Financial Times reports.
Combining Messenger’s ubiquity with a simple payments feature could keep people running all their communication, words or dollars, through Facebook’s chat app.
While private browsing has long been an option in most browsers, Google’s search app has been without the feature, despite the fact that many mobile consumers today use Google’s app as their main entry point to the web on their iPhone.
The upcoming version of the main Airbnb app will introduce a number of new features for hosts, including things like message templates for quicker replies and a calendar that lets them easily see who’s staying when, at what rate, and more.
Instead of locking those passwords away online and accessing them when you need to log in, their startup Myki looks to keep them locked away on your phone instead.
Good to read
Location data provides a real, concrete insight into consumer behavior that is not always apparent from other data points.
Anyone looking to get a quick, meaningful education in the world of VR development can sign up for the new Virtual Reality Developer Nanodegree program.
That would allow YouTube to better compete with Facebook, which has built an enormous audience for spontaneous video discovery.
Yep, you can actually put words in your friend’s mouth, then laugh while they try to figure out if they’ve lost their mind, or their phone has been hacked.
By integrating all of these features into Assistant, Google is making its AI smarts accessible to a wider audience. Instead of switching to a browser to search on Google, people can directly type @google in a chat and get their queries answered in Hindi.
The key aspects of a data driven scaling strategy include collecting as many signals as available, storing them as many meaningful abstractions, using exploration strategies wisely, using pricing levers to improve costs and fine tuning using aggressive models.
The Python Programming Bootcamp is your way into the wonderful world of meaningful app creation. You’ll learn everything, from the basics to the advanced, throughout 438 lesson — over 50 hours of content!
Where does all this data get stored? Google is backing up the app data to Drive, allocating 25MB for each app. Data used by the backup system doesn’t count toward your storage quota. Meanwhile, developers can choose to select what app data gets stored in the cloud.
Apple has tucked away many little features that you won’t see right away. Here is a list of some of these features.
Facebook Messenger has built an unlaunched feature called Rooms that lets groups publicly chat about different subjects and events. Buried in Messenger’s iOS app’s source code are multiple references to the feature, with some explanation of how it works.