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Mobile Minutes: Google Play Music; Square’s IPO; Best Buy sells Apple Watch; Facebook’s free Internet service

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July 28, 2015

26031Google and Samsung take on Apple Music with six months of free music streaming
Google and Samsung are looking to take on Apple Music by offering six months of free music streaming through Google Play Music to anyone who buys one of Samsung’s latest smartphones. UK customers purchasing many of Samsung’s smartphones, including its Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, will now get half a year’s worth of access to the streaming service which typically costs £9.99 a month.
Read more on International Business Times

Mobile payments company Square files confidentially for IPO – reports
Square Inc., the mobile-payments company founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, who is also the interim chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., has filed confidentially for an initial public offering, according to media reports. Square, which processed about $30 billion in payments from its millions of merchant customers in 2014, has been expanding into other areas such as business lending and payroll processing.
Read more on Reuters

Best Buy to become first major retail chain to offer Apple Watch
Best Buy Co. will start selling the Apple Watch next month, becoming the first national retail chain to offer the device beside Apple Inc. itself. More than 100 Best Buy locations will have the Apple Watch starting on Aug. 7, the Richfield, Minnesota-based company said in a statement Sunday.
Read more on Bloomberg

Facebook and other tech giants expand Internet access in Africa
Nearly two years ago, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg,announced an ambitious effort to connect the world’s poorest people to the Internet. Mr. Zuckerberg’s vision — carried out with partners through an entity called Internet.org — encompasses a range of strategies, including lasers, drones and satellites beaming Internet signals down from the sky.
Read more on New York Times

 

 

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