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Mobile Minutes: BlackBerry’s shares; Verizon owns AOL; Square and Apple Pay; Ride-hailing app rules

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June 24, 2015

blackb 185BlackBerry shares up 8pc after first-quarter miss on earnings
Shares of BlackBerry rose more than 8 percent in pre-market trading after the embattled smartphone maker announced strong licensing revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Read more on USA Today

Verizon now officially owns AOL
It’s official: Verizon completed its acquisition of AOL Tuesday in a deal that raises yet-unanswered questions about the future of one of the country’s earliest Internet brands and of online media in general.
Read more on Time

Square’s Apple Pay reader shows how we pay is still in flux
After unveiling its new credit-card reader at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco earlier this month, Square tested this newfangled contraption at a Blue Bottle coffee shop in Mint Plaza, just down the street.
Read more on Wired

New York taxi agency passes rules on price estimates for ride-hailing apps
Livery-cab passengers hailing rides through smartphone apps in New York City will get estimated fares for so-called surge pricing and itemized receipts, under rules passed Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as it tries to keep pace with rapid changes in technology.
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