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Mobile Minutes: Facebook and IBM’s ads; Phablet market quadruples; Apple’s Beats Music scrutiny; Uber for everything

May 7, 2015

ibm 185Facebook and IBM team up to supercharge personalized ads
Today, the two companies announced that they’re working together to integrate Facebook’s existing ad targeting technology into IBM’s own line of tools and services for retailers.
Read more on Wired

Phablet market quadruples in U.S., according to Kantar Worldpanel
Phablets — smartphones with a screen size of 5.5″ and over — represented 21 percent of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015, nearly quadrupling their 6 percent share from the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech market share data.
Read more on Digital Journal

Apple’s Beats Music deals under U.S. scrutiny: Bloomberg
Apple Inc’s move to line up deals with record labels is under U.S. antitrust scrutiny as the iphone maker prepares to debut a new version of the Beats Music streaming service, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Read more on Reuters

There’s an Uber for everything now
A concierge economy is sprouting up on phones, and no place more so than in my city of San Francisco, the capital of Internet La La Land.
Read more on Wall Street Journal

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