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January 15, 2016

Happy Friday! Hope you enjoy the articles I selected this past week. It is all about VR, China and more. Seems like my 2016 predictions are happening already :) 

P.S. Check out 500 Startups & Stanford's program ->

Mobile Reading List Startup Digest is curated by:
Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung - Partner at 500 Mobile Collective Fund

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Opportunity Is Knocking

Braintree recently teamed up with Vision Mobile, the world's largest developer survey, to look into untapped opportunities for mobile developers and the Internet of Things. They found that the upside of e-commerce is even bigger than you might think. Read more about the findings here.

Uber China Lags Despite New $7B Valuation

Jon Russell - Techcrunch

Uber in China is complicated. It will be its biggest market & Uber China is $7B worth, but is Didi Kuaidi is winning the race.

Snapchat's Video Traffic Is Catching Facebook


Snapchat users view, in aggregate, more than 7 billion videos through the ephemeral photo and video sharing app per day. YouTube & Facebook need to watch out!

Skype integration for Slack now available for preview


This is a brilliant app integration :)

Google Cardboard Gets a Big Upgrade With Realistic 3D Audio


Using tech developed by Thrive Audio, which Google bought back in April, Cardboard developers can now create a more accurate soundscape with not just left and right audio cues, but also top, bottom, front, back, and every direction in between. It’s a full 360 degrees of sound, just like it should be.

Amazon's stealth takeover of the smart home at CES 2016


Alexa has moved beyond Echo and into a host of third-party devices, in part thanks to Amazon’s $100 million Alexa Fund, which helps other companies incorporate the software into their products.

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


195.6 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (78.6 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in November. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 43.1 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Samsung ranked second with 28 percent market share (up 0.6 percentage points from August), followed by LG with 9.6 percent (up 0.5 percentage points), Motorola with 5.3 percent (up 0.6 percentage points) and HTC with 3.4 percent.

Apple To Disband iAd Sales Team


Six years after launching its advertising platform, Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favor of a new publisher-driven system.

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