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The COMUNICANO for Friday December 7th 2018

Smartphone growth has leveled off......Huawei Woes Grow...RCS is coming to some Pixel 3s...Google str
December 7 · Issue #439 · View online
Andy Abramson
Smartphone growth has leveled off……Huawei Woes Grow…RCS is coming to some Pixel 3s…Google streamlining messaging app lineup….Alexa goes more natural and looks to the crowd, not cloud for answers….Alexa wants to sleep with you…Top dog at FTC can’t bite into many companies…..Microsoft wants to be the sane voice about AIEricsson turns off mobile operators…..Pandora wants to be the home of podcasts….Rude Uber Pool Riders….eBikes coming to London…..the rise of the Micro-Influencer…Zapier wants to go after the mass-market….those stories and more are “slow cookin’” here in today’s COMUNICANO!!

Smartphone Watch
We’re No Longer in the Smartphone Plateau. We’re in the Smartphone Decline.
Huawei Watch
Everything That Happened With Huawei While You Were Sleeping
Google Watch
RCS support for Verizon Google Pixel 3 rolling out now (Updated)
Google to simplify messaging strategy, will support only five messaging apps
Google Translate now gives feminine and masculine translations
Google Assistant launching personalized audio news feed w/ shorter stories & updates
Amazon Watch
Amazon Music customers can now talk to Alexa more naturally
Amazon Music Rolls Out New Voice Features to Personalize Listening
Exclusive: Amazon’s Alexa begins crowdsourcing answers to common questions
Alexa Watch
Create the Perfect Nap Routine With Alexa's 'Wait' Action
Fire TV Cube gains a one-way intercom feature called ‘Alexa Announcements’
AI Watch
Microsoft Wants to Stop AI's 'Race to the Bottom'
Scientists create AI that can crush the world's best AI (at board games, thankfully)
Gov Watch
The FTC’s top consumer protection official can’t go after Facebook — or 100 other companies
Ericsson Watch
​02 data network outage: Software problem to blame says operator
Update on software issue impacting certain customers
Streaming Watch
Podcasts on Pandora officially launches with 100,000 episodes from 100 shows
Introducing Podcasts on Pandora
Uber Watch
‘Ride from Hell’: Carpooling in the Age of Uber Can Be…Awkward
E-Bike Watch
A fleet of bikes with electric motors and max speed of 15mph will be available to rent in London
WordPress Watch
WordPress 5.0 arrives with block-based editor, new default theme, and developer features
WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”
T-Mobile Watch
T-Mobile is releasing a Slow Cooker Sunday cookbook by CEO John Legere
SaaS Watch
Business-app automation kingpin Zapier has its eye on consumers
Marketing Watch
Why Nano-Influencers Are a Social Media Marketers Secret Weapon
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