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June 26, 2015

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Mobile Banking Provides Lifeline for Bangladeshis


Four years after Bangladesh Bank started handing out mobile-money licenses, about $42 million is flowing through mobile banking systems daily. The number of registered mobile-money users has topped 23 million, around 15% of the total population, according to the central bank.

Search, discovery and marketing

Ben Evans

Today, app stores look a lot like the Yahoo of 20 years ago, and they don't work for the same reasons - you can browse 20,000 apps but not a million. Hierarchical directories don't scale. And so while it's easy to make a list of things that Apple and Google should fix on their app stores, that misses the point - it's like making a list of ways that the Yahoo home page should have been better. 

T-Mobile's new phone leasing program lets you upgrade three times a year

Dan Seifert - Verge

Tmobile customers pay a monthly fee in addition to their service plan that provides them with a new smartphone and the ability to trade that smartphone in towards another new smartphone anytime they want, up to three times a year. 

Apple Moves to Block iPhone App-Scanning

Amir Efrati - The Information

As part of its recent privacy push, Apple earlier this month said it would shut down an increasingly popular practice by companies like Twitter to scan people’s iPhones and iPads to see which apps are installed. They used such data, which is akin to Web-browsing history, to target in-app advertisements to individuals.

Health On-Demand: 42 Mobile Startups Disrupting Healthcare

CB Insights

Many of these startups are bringing the on-demand phenomenon to healthcare, providing app-powered services such as medical-marijuana delivery and therapist sessions.

As Slack Hits 1M Daily Users And 900K Integration Installs

Ingrid Lunden - Techcrunch

Part of Underwood’s tasks will include adding a new tier to the mix for very large enterprise deployments, and it looks like one of Underwood’s tasks will be to work on integrating the kinds of applications that enterprises use on a daily basis.

To Apple, Love Taylor

Taylor Swift

My favorite line for the week - We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.

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