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Mobile Minutes: Android Wear compatibility; Twitter’s GIF tools; Apple’s ad blockers; Google Here

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September 1, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 12.54.55 PMGoogle’s Android Wear smartwatches now work with iPhones
Google wants to make sure it gets smartwatches powered by its software on as many wrists as possible — even if that means treading into enemy territory. The search giant on Monday said smartwatches that run Android Wear, the Google-made software tailored for wearable devices, will now work with Apple’s iPhones.
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Twitter tests new GIF-making tools during VMAs with tweets from Taylor Swift, Big Sean
GIF-making on Twitter may soon get a lot easier. The site tested new camera tools, including GIFs, stickers and doodling, for some Twitter users in attendance at MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday night — one of whom was the star of the night. The new features, spotted by Today Show social media manager Anthony Quintano, allow Twitter users to create GIFs — small moving images — and overlay them with virtual stickers and texts.
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Apple’s ad blockers rile publishers
Apple Inc.’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors.
Read more on The Wall Street Journal

Google shut down a secret Google Maps project called Google Here
Google was set to launch a new product that added context to one of its most successful apps, Google Maps. But earlier this year, it was shut down by Alphabet CEO Larry Page, according to people familiar with the project.

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