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Mobile Minutes: Facebook Messenger shopping; Amazon Echo copycats; IPhone redesign rumors; New virtual currency

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March 29, 2016

fb messFacebook users may be able to shop through Messenger
Facebook is steadily turning its Messenger app into a mobile hub for arranging a ride, talking to a customer service agent, and sending money to friends. Next up could be a way for users to shop at brick and mortar stores within the app, according to a new report from tech news site The Information.
Read more on Fortune

Alphabet working on Echo-like product, report says
Alphabet may be working on its own version of Amazon’s increasingly popular voice recognition device the Echo.
Read more on USA Today

Apple could be radically redesigning the iPhone
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is more often right than wrong with his Apple predictions, wrote in an analyst note this weekend that in 2017, Apple will introduce an iPhone with a curved front and back, wireless charging and a larger screen for the “Plus” model.
Read more on CNN Money

Ethereum, a virtual currency, enables transactions that rival Bitcoin’s
A new virtual gold rush is underway. Even as Bitcoin, riven by internal divisions, has struggled, a rival virtual currency — known as Ethereum — has soared in value, climbing 1,000 percent over the last three months.
Read more on CNBC

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