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Mobile Minutes: Snapchat movie; Apple Pay’s struggles; Grab, Lyft hook up; Facebook Messenger adds emojis

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June 3, 2016

99683_310x459First movie filmed on Snapchat, Sickhouse starring Andrea Russett, debuts on Vimeo
“Sickhouse,” a horror movie starring digital celeb Andrea Russett based on 10-second video snippets posted to Snapchat, is now available for purchase – another test of whether social followers will become paying customers.
Read more on Variety

Early days, but Apple Pay struggles outside US
More than 18 months after Apple Pay took the United States by storm, the smartphone giant has made only a small dent in the global payments market, snagged by technical challenges, low consumer take-up and resistance from banks.
Read more on Reuters

Grab, Lyft hook up ride-sharing apps as anti-Uber effort widens
GrabTaxi Holdings Pte and Lyft Inc. have linked their apps so customers of Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing service can hail a car in the U.S., and vice versa.
Read more on Bloomberg

Facebook Messenger adds more diverse emojis
Facebook Messenger is adding 1,500 emojis including more than 100 to better reflect a diversity of gender and skin tones.
Read more on USA Today

 

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