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Mobile Minutes: Periscope and privacy; Facebook’s video apps; Mobile app for airport rides; App sharing economy

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April 15, 2015

peri 185Twitter’s Periscope responds to ‘Game of Thrones’ piracy reports
Twitter Inc., responding to reports that people used its Periscope live-video service to stream HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” said the app shouldn’t be used for piracy.
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Facebook makes messaging quirky with video apps, plays to young users
With Messenger Platform, developers can now build apps for the service, in turn, giving users more ways to share media without leaving their chat screens. Facebook featured about 40 apps in the Messenger launch, including two from video startup Joya: FlipLip and Cleo.
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Wingz raises $2M to book airport rides for people who plan ahead
San Francisco startup Wingz, the latest in a lineup of venture-backed ride-sharing apps, has raised $2 million in an equity seed round for a mobile app that lets travelers book prescheduled rides to and from the airport.
Read more on Wall Street Journal

Sharing economy poised to explode, PwC survey declares
Nearly 60 percent of adults say “access is the new ownership,” a nod to the coming boom in the sharing economy, according to a new PwC Consumer Intelligence Series report. That means hot companies ranging from ride-hailing service Uber to house-rental player Airbnb are likely to generate like-minded offspring as consumers look to leverage tech to save money.
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