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Mobile Minutes: Pepsi smartphone; Symphony investors; Mobile discount for gas; Roving weather reporters

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October 13, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 1.29.16 PMPepsi smartphone? Weibo social media page and leaked screenshot reveals P1 Android handset
PepsiCo is wandering out of the world of soft drinks. A verified company page spotted on social media site Weibo revealed the cola-maker may be preparing to launch a smartphone of its own. The official page doesn’t disclose much else, other than a reference to a Pepsi Phone.
Read more on International Business Times

Investors joining messaging startup Symphony, to tune of $100 million
Symphony Communication Services LLC, the Wall Street-backed messaging startup, said Monday it raised more than $100 million from investors that include Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit and UBS Group AG.
Read more on The Wall Street Journal

Why some gas stations give discounts when you pay with an app
A gallon of gas costs about $2.25, on average, meaning Americans are saving more than $1 per gallon compared with this time last year. Even with that discount, a retailer on the East Coast has figured out the formula for increasing gas sales and making customers more loyal: Offer even more discounts through an app.
Read more on Bloomberg

Clever app turns everyone into a roving weather reporter
Being a meteorologist is like being an umpire: People only notice your work when you’re wrong. Yet we’re all obsessed with the weather.
Read more on Wired

 

 

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