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Mobile Minutes: Google Duo; Airbnb tests travel guides; Snapchat eyes Vurb; Twitter on Apple TV

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August 17, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 3.58.06 PMGoogle Duo is like FaceTime but more fun
The company launched a free new video calling service called Duo on Tuesday that’s not unlike Apple (AAPL, Tech30)’s native video calling app. But it comes with a few bells and whistles to help the app stand out.
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Airbnb tests standalone app for travel guides and services
Airbnb Inc. is pressing ahead with plans to expand into new travel services including restaurant reservations and city tours, transforming the company from a single-minded home-rental service to a multipurpose trip planner.
Read more on Bloomberg

Snapchat may buy personalized search app Vurb for more than $100M
Snapchat Inc. is in the process of acquiring personalized search app Vurb, according to people familiar with matter.
Read more on LA Times

Twitter shares surge 7pc on talk of Apple TV deal
Twitter is thinking visual, and investors agree: Shares of Twitter surged 7% Monday following a report the social media service is readying a version of its app for the Apple TV set-top box.
Read more on USA Today

 

 

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