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Mobile Minutes: Google’s mobile network; LinkedIn acquires Refresh; Pinterest for wearables; Craigslist competitor app

April 7, 2015

google mobileGoogle’s mobile network could offer free international ‘roaming’
Google reportedly is in talks with the operator of the UK’s Three and several other mobile networks to let subscribers use its upcoming mobile phone service without charge while abroad.
Read more on CNET

LinkedIn acquires refresh contact-intelligence app
Professional networking site LinkedIn said Thursday it acquired Refresh, three-year-old maker of a mobile app that compiles a dossier of the user’s contacts based on publicly available data from Facebook Inc., Twitter and other services.
Read more on Wall Street Journal

Pinterest turns 5, with grand designs on future
Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp, a product designer by trade, has some unique designs in mind as the popular discovery engine turns 5 years old. Smartwatches and other wearables are the latest opportunity for a young start-up that has plenty to celebrate.
Read more on USA Today

A virtual garage sale takes on Craigslist
The app lets people connect through their Facebook profiles, and it conscripts volunteer moderators to approve new members. Members list anything they want on the site and attach an asking price, then others leave comments, haggle, or declare their intent to purchase.
Read more on Bloomberg


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