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Mobile Minutes: Snapchat raises $486 million; Sony uses BlackBerrys; Tizen and smart TVs; Carmakers learn from tablets

Messaging service Snapchat had plenty of reasons to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. The startup disclosed it raised $486 million in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the filing, the funding round involved 23 investors.
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Old BlackBerrys came to the rescue after Sony’s systems were hacked
The beleaguered entertainment company dug up old BlackBerrys to use after Sony’s computers and landlines went down and company e-mail was unusable after a cyber-attack that began last month, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Samsung Electronics says new smart TVs in 2015 to run Tizen platform
Samsung Electronics said on Thursday that all its new smart television products launched in 2015 will be powered by the Tizen operating system, marking a fresh effort by the company to increase the usage of the software platform.
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Carmakers take a hint from tablets
Reaching an apogee of confusion, car dashboards have become a bewildering array of screens, buttons and knobs to control functions like the radio, ventilation, advanced safety systems and Internet services. Looking to simplify such cockpitlike controls, automakers are starting to take design cues from a familiar household device, the tablet computer.
Read more on New York Times