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Mobile Minutes: Facebook and Uber; Apple shuts Topsy; Amazon’s thank you notes; wearables disappear

December 17, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 4.48.21 PMFacebook partners with Uber for ride-hailing service via Messenger
Facebook Inc. said on Wednesday it is testing a service that will allow users of its Messenger app to hail Uber rides directly from the app, without leaving a conversation or downloading the ride-hailing app.
Read more on Reuters

Amazon beefs up gift receipt service with automated thank you notes
Amazon has started packing gifts with scannable codes to automatically send thank-you notes. The notes, which became part of Amazon’s gift receipt service for this holiday season, include a QR code designed for the Amazon app.
Read more on International Business Times

2016 will be the year wearables disappear, says VC
New Enterprise Associates venture capital partner Rick Yang predicts that wearables will “disappear” in 2016. The first generation, like theApple Watch, Google Glass, Fitbit and Jawbone, has opened the door to a slew of new, more fashionable products, said Yang.
Read more on CNBC



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