Mobile Minutes: Microsoft buys Wand Labs; Snapchat’s tech magazine; Britain’s digital scene; IPhone’s patent problem
Microsoft boosts its chatbot future by acquiring Wand Labs
On Monday, Microsoft made headlines by plunking down $26 billion for LinkedIn. Now it’s announcing its second acquisition of the week: For an undisclosed sum, the company has bought Wand Labs, a Silicon Valley-based startup that declares its mission is “to tear down app walls, integrate your services in chat, and make them work together so you can do more with less taps.”
Read more on Fast Company
Snapchat readies Real Life, an online tech magazine
Snapchat hasn’t given up on original content after all. The Venice, California-based company plans to launch a new online magazine called Real Life, which aims to break away from the norm by focusing on our lives with tech.
Read more on CNET
Why leaving EU would be disastrous for UK digital scene
If the UK left the EU, it would be disastrous for the digital technology industry because investment would drop and easy access to top talent would end.
Read more on Computer Weekly
Apple iPhones found to have violated Chinese rival’s patent
Apple Inc. violated the design patents of a Chinese device maker and may have to halt sales of its latest iPhones in Beijing, the city’s intellectual property authority ruled, handing the U.S. company its latest setback in a pivotal market.
Read more on Bloomberg