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Mobile Minutes: Pinterest buys URX; Periscope hires editor; USA Today’s privacy setback; Google reconsiders hardware

May 4, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 4.18.06 PMPinterest acquires mobile ad firm URX
Pinterest Inc. is again paying up to acquire talent as it builds out an image search engine based on its users’ intent.
Read more on The Wall Street Journal

Periscope hires editor-in-chief to curate live streams
Twitter-owned Periscope just made a high-profile hire to get the most engaging live streams in front of an audience: The social live video streaming company has hired former editor in chief Evan Hansen to help with its curation efforts.
Read more on Variety

USA Today suffers setback in dispute targeting video privacy of newspaper’s app
There’s some life left in the Video Privacy Protection Act, the federal law enacted in the 1980s after the Washington Postpublished a list of videos rented by then-Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.
Read more on The Hollywood Reporter

Why is Google creating a new hardware division?
Reports suggest that Alphabet Inc.’s subsidiary Google has hired Rick Osterloh, the former president of Motorola to run its newly constituted hardware division which will bring Nexus, Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP, Google Glass and the company’s other consumer hardware initiatives under one umbrella.
Read more on Forbes



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