This Week in Mobile: Facebook acquires Moves, Hangouts for Android and Microsoft unveiled Bing in Classroom
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Facebook buys smartphone fitness-tracking app ‘Moves’
The social networking giant announced Thursday that it had acquired ProtoGeo Oy, a Helsinki-based outfit that offers a fitness-tracking smartphone app called Moves,that can record your daily activities. This purchase joins a squadron of other recent Facebook purchases that are letting Mark Zuckerberg and company expand their reach beyond Facebook’s primary social network. Moves team said in their blog that they will work on building and improving their products and services with a shared mission of supporting simple, efficient tools for more than a billion people.” via @ engadget
Microsoft unleashes ‘Bing in the Classroom’ ad-free search
The tech giant, Microsoft looking to help students to get an A+ with the roll out of a student-friendly and classroom-specific version of its search engine. Bing in the Classroom has zero ads, privacy controls, and filters that block adult content and ad targeting to help students better focus on their schoolwork Microsoft’s Bing in the Classroom creator Matt Wallaert said – “We created ‘Bing in Classroom’ because we believe students deserve a search environment tailored for learning. Classrooms should be ad-free, and that should be as true online as it is offline.” via @cnet
The Facebook Effect: WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users
Just two months passed Facebook acquired five years old messaging app WhatsApp for $19billion and the app announced its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people.On Tuesday, WhatsApp announced in its blog that – “In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work.” via @readwrite
Hangouts for Android update merges conversations
On Monday, Google unfurled an update to Hangouts for Android that brings some new features, including the ability to merge text messages and Hangout conversations from the same contact into a single thread. In his message on Google+, Google engineer Mike Dodd – “With Version 2.1, users will have the option of choosing either option to send messages “with the flip of a switch”. He also added that – Users will still have the option of unmerging conversations if they like and should be able to easily distinguish between different message types in the conversation, Dodd wrote via @cnet
Microsoft closes $7.2 billion Nokia purchase, now what?
Today, almost after eight months of original announcement,software giant Microsoft has now completed its deal to purchase Nokia’s devices and services unit. The company now no longer dominates just software: from today, it’s a hardware specialist, too. In cold hard numbers, Microsoft is ponying up €3.79 billion for Nokia’s phone manufacturing wing, along with a further €1.65 billion to license its portfolio of patents. In total, that’s €5.44 billion, or $7.2 billion—which sounds like a pretty good value compared to, say, WhatsApp via @forbes
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