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Mobile Minutes: Facebook’s sidebar status; Meerkat buzz fades; Apple acquires LinX; Verizon’s mobile video service

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April 17, 2015

facebook mobileFacebook testing “sidebar status” for iOS, Android
WASHINGTON: Facebook has launched a new feature called “sidebar status” on its mobile apps for iOS and Android, wherein users can write an “away” message which will be accompanied with a picture icon.
Read more on The Times of India

Meerkat learns buzz doesn’t always mean business
After Meerkat, the live video-streaming application, debuted in February, it got the kind of press that would be enviable for any new business. But today? Crickets.
Read more on Bloomberg

Apple hints at implementing DSLR-like features into future iPhones by acquiring LinX
Apple has reportedly acquired Israel-based smart camera technology company LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., according to The Wall Street Journal’s sources. LinX builds miniature cameras for smartphones and tablets that have sensors for detecting depths of field in a single image.
Read more on Forbes

Verizon adds college sports to mobile video service
Verizon Communications Inc. will offer college sports programing in its upcoming online video service targeted at families and younger viewers who increasingly watch content on mobile devices, the company said on Thursday.
Read more on Reuters

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