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As its trading debut looms, China's Meituan locked in battle of super-apps

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: Meituan Dianping, which raised US$4.2 billion (3.2 billion pounds) in its Hong Kong IPO, is one of China's super-apps, with 340 million users ordering groceries, paying bills, renting bikes and booking hotels - but it is far from alone

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Youth flock to mobile messaging apps, may be threat to Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO: Create personal profiles. Build networks of friends. Share photos, videos and music. That might sound precisely like Facebook, but hundreds of millions of tech-savvy young people have instead turned to a wave of smartphone-based messaging apps that are now sweeping across North America, Asia and Europe.

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China smartphone makers join hands on apps, pose threat to WeChat

HONG KONG: China’s biggest smartphone makers are collaborating to promote download-free ”fast apps”, in a move backed by the government and likely to threaten Tencent Holdings’ grip on mobile traffic with its wildly popular WeChat app.

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No date for Valentine's Day? New apps on iPhone may help

TORONTO: Singles who believe in love at first sight can turn to new apps that will match them with potential dates in time for Valentine's Day, but only if each person has expressed an interest.

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EBay developers working on possible apps for Google Glass

SAN FRANCISCO: Dvelopers at eBay Inc are working on potential applications for Google Inc's Glass project, opening up the possibility that shopping and broader commercial activities might be conducted through the wearable technology.

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Apple tweaks apps policy under lawmaker pressure

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Under pressure from U.S. legislators, Apple Inc moved Wednesday to quell a swelling privacy controversy by saying that it will begin to require iPhone and iPad apps to seek "explicit approval" in separate user prompts before accessing users' address book data.

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Guilty pleas in first US counterfeit apps case

NEW YORK: The leader of a group that trafficked in pirated Android mobile device applications has pleaded guilty over his role in the scheme, the first prosecution of a counterfeit apps case by the U.S. Department of Justice, the agency said on Monday.

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Smartphone apps and newsfeeds weighing on productivity

SMARTPHONE apps and newsfeeds are designed to constantly grab our attention. And research suggests we’re distracted nearly 50% of the time. Could this be weighing down on productivity?

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Maybank targets RM22b in mobile apps transactions

KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) is on track to achieve RM22bil in transaction value via mobile applications (apps) this year leveraging on the new enhanced features launched in March.

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China's top Uber-like truck apps to merge

HONG KONG: Huochebang and Yunmanman, China’s two biggest apps for Uber-like truck services, have agreed to merge, creating a company valued at more than US$2bil, people familiar with the matter said.