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June 12, 2015

Tons of cool announcements from WWDC this past week. I am most amused with Apple iOS 9 ad blocking announcement. Google has typically struggled with monetizing mobile. Ad blockers to Safari on iOS won’t help that cause. 

P.S. I am at Pre-Money conference today. Follow me on Twitter and check out latest funding news :)

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The 10 most important announcements from Apple WWDC 2015


Check out updates on OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, Siri proactive assistant, Apple Pay in UK, Appl Maps add public transit directions, Apple News app, Apple Watch software update, Homekit and Carplay update plus Apple Music.

iPhone maker Foxconn in talks to build first Apple plant in India


India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones, and base production sites closer to markets where its key clients want to grow.Lower production costs could also help Foxconn keep hold of Apple orders amid intensifying competition with nimble manufacturing rivals such as Quanta Computer Inc.

Facebook earns 51% of ad revenue overseas


Mobile advertising represents more than 70% of Facebook's total ad revenue, and mobile is particularly strong and attractive to advertisers in emerging markets.

Xiaomi is the world’s second most popular wearable


The Mi Band, a fitness tracker priced at $15.

iOS 9 lets app developers make ad blockers for Safari


Google has typically struggled with monetizing mobile. Ad blockers to Safari on iOS won’t help that cause.

How Google Is Taking Search Outside the Box


Google Now is the company’s key weapon in making search ubiquitous, not just an activity that you practice when you “go” to Google.

Uber Spends Heavily to Establish Itself in China

NY Times

Rumor said Uber is providing more than 100,000 rides a day in China. That is about 10% of the total one million rides a day that Uber said it was getting companywide in December.

Numbers from WWDC: Siri gets 40% faster, more accurate, 2500 Apple Pay banks, iOS/OS X growth, more


As of today, over 100 billion iOS app downloads & $30 billion paid to developers.

comScore Reports April 2015 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share


Facebook ranked as the top smartphone app, reaching 71.1% of the app audience, followed by YouTube (57%), Google Search (51.8%) and Facebook Messenger (51.8%).

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