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Senior Writer — Fortune
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Tech Writer, dog-lover, foodie, quirky, wife, mom, married to @suneel.

PayPal extends one-touch payments to the web

fortune.com — One of the key challenges to frictionless mobile and web payments is being able to carry your digital wallet across platforms and websites, including your credit cards, shipping and billing information. Apple , Google , PayPal, and others are all trying to help solve this problem.

Why can't we kill email?

fortune.com — 584,341. That's the number of unread emails in my in-box as of this morning. There's simply no way I'm going to dig myself out, and I'm fast approaching what many others do at this point: Declare "email bankruptcy" by marking them all as read, and start from scratch.

Pinterest targets brands and developers with new APIs

fortune.com — As Pinterest aims to create a thriving advertising business, the company is unveiling new technologies to help brands and businesses use the social scrapbooking site in more automated ways. Specifically, several new APIs are being released, which Pinterest is giving third-party developers a way to build new features using proprietary data from Pinterest.

YouTube stars in Google's latest earnings call

fortune.com — Google's has a long list of star products like search, its Android mobile operating system and Gmail. But the star of the tech giant's earnings call Thursday was online video service YouTube, and its potential to turn into a big money-making ad machine.

In prelude to spin-off, PayPal eclipses eBay's marketplace

fortune.com — As it prepares to spin-off PayPal over the summer, eBay reported stronger than expected first quarter earnings Wednesday thanks to its growing payments business. But eBay's marketplace is declining, which doesn't bode well for its success after saying goodbye to PayPal. Indeed, the report hammered home the divergent trajectories of the two businesses in one nugget of data.

What Google's Mobilegeddon is (and why you should care)

fortune.com — Dubbed "Mobilegeddon," Google's latest tweak to its search algorithm arrived on Tuesday. It could make a significant impact on how company's websites are ranked in search results on smartphones. The adjustment will now favors sites in search that are more mobile friendly.

Shyp, a mobile shipping app, raises $50 million

fortune.com — In an increasingly Uber-dominated world, mobile apps that allows you to order a service on-demand are disrupting everything from transportation, to grocery shopping, to health. Shyp is aiming to take on shipping, allowing consumers to ship anything to anywhere in the world, from an app on your phone.

Color Genomics raises $15 million to make medical testing cheaper

fortune.com — With a $1,500 to $4,000 price tag, genetic testing is not accessible to many Americans unless covered by insurance. For example, half of the women who carry two of the best known gene mutations linked to higher chances of breast and ovarian cancers do not qualify for the test under their coverage.

Coin, the universal credit card, finally ships

fortune.com — When Coin debuted two years ago, it promised to streamline your wallet by putting all of your credit cards, debit cards and gift cards on a single credit card-like device. After shipment delay last year, Coin is finally shipping its universal card to consumers in the U.S.

Spring, a mobile shopping app, raises $25 million

fortune.com — More venture capital cash is flooding into mobile commerce today with the announcement of a $25 million funding round for the shopping app Spring.
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Apr 27, 2015

It's heartbreaking to watch what's happening in my hometown. #Baltimore

Apr 23, 2015

RT @eringriffith: another small scoop - Comcast had acquisition talks with Vox Media fortune.com/2015/04/23/com…

Apr 23, 2015

In Q1 2015, AWS sales were $1.56B, compared to $1.05B in Q1 2014.

Apr 23, 2015

Bezos: AWS is a $5 billion business and still growing.

Apr 22, 2015

I forgot how much I dislike the first half of earnings calls. Wish I could fast forward to the questions.

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