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Bot Metrics gives developers the tools to measure and analyze their chat bots

techcrunch.com — Bot Metrics, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in - you got it.. - metrics and analysis for chat bots has landed funding to help developers and early bot enthusiasts get a better understanding of their services and users. We've said it before, but mobile has totally shifted the goal posts, particularly around analysis and measurement.

Google expands its initiative to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in emerging markets

techcrunch.com — Google today announced a collection of updates that are aimed at helping get 'the next billion' internet users in India and emerging markets online. One of the more subtle yet interesting components to that push is the launch of Google Station, a project to enable free public Wi-Fi hotspots, which is now open for new partners.

Google launches data-friendly YouTube app for India and other emerging markets

techcrunch.com — Google has introduced a new version of YouTube that is dedicated to users in emerging markets. 'YouTube Go' is initially available in India and Android only. It builds on some of the features Google has added to YouTube's mobile apps in recent years, including the ability to save clips offline.

Xiaomi’s newest phones include dual-lens camera and under-glass fingerprint reader

techcrunch.com — Hot on the heels of the launch of the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple's first smartphone with dual reverse-facing cameras, so China's Xiaomi has joined the double camera club with Mi 5s Plus announced today. It in fact announced two phones, Apple style.

Chinese taxi-hailing giant Didi eyes bicycle sharing with its latest investment

techcrunch.com — Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing company, may be about to get into bicycles. Bike sharing, to be precise. The company, which is in the process of finalizing its acquisition of Uber's business unit in China, today revealed that it has invested in a young startup called Ofo which lets people borrow bikes.

Singapore-based music startup buys 49% stake in Rolling Stone

techcrunch.com — The company behind iconic music magazine Rolling Stone has sold a 49 percent share in the business to a startup from Singapore in a bid to grow its international reach. U.S.-based Wenner Media announced the sale of its stake to Singapore's BandLab this weekend, although the price paid was not disclosed.

Home furnishings retailer Dot & Bo closes down

techcrunch.com — Online furniture retailer Dot & Bo has abruptly closed its doors today. The San Francisco-based company said in an announcement that it had been in "deep discussions to be acquired by a prominent public company" but, after those talks broke down, it had no option but to shut down.

Oculus founder admits he funded to pro-Trump group, but says he won’t vote Trump

techcrunch.com — A day after a Daily Beast story revealed that he had donated money to an organization supporting Donald Trump's President run, Oculus founder (and Facebook employee) Palmer Luckey has come clean about his activities. Well, kinda.

Uber rival Grab partners with Nutonomy to test self-driving cars in Singapore

techcrunch.com — Fresh from raising $750 million in new financing this week, Uber rival in Southeast Asia Grab is now making a move into the self-driving car space after it agreed to a partnership with NuTonomy, the MIT spin-out that is developing autonomous vehicles.

Pepperfry raises $31M to expand its online furniture sales business in India

techcrunch.com — India's fast-growing economy means more people are moving to urban areas and getting on the housing ladder. That in turn has produced a series of companies that use the internet to help home owners and renters outfit their places of residence with furniture.
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Sep 27, 2016

RT @mic: Here’s what it is like to be interrupted 28 times during a debate: #Debates #debatenight https://t.co/Br6c8UBMTb

Sep 27, 2016

Google's free Wi-Fi initiative could make a huge difference in emerging markets -- connectivity is biggest challenge  http://tcrn.ch/2dgp3Ke 

Sep 27, 2016

Yes, that was reality TV star Donald Trump talking about how he’d handle nuclear weapons & international relations if he becomes President 😱

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