Mobile Minutes: YouTube stars; Samsung’s smartphone demand; Uber’s financial play; Line targets Asia
YouTube’s biggest stars, already padding their income with movies, books and business ventures, are trying to cash in on live events too. A sextet of fashion and lifestyle bloggers with more than 10 million YouTube subscribers between them will tour 20 cities starting in September.
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Samsung misjudged demand for its flagship smartphone
Oops! Samsung hasn’t been making enough of their flagship Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. Samsung experienced “supply difficulties from higher-than-expected market demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge,” the company said in a statement released alongside their second quarter financial results.
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Uber launches car leasing unit, makes entry into financial services
Uber Technologies has launched its own auto leasing subsidiary in an effort to sign up more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time. The move by Uber, announced as a pilot project on Wednesday, follows the end of its partnership with Banco Santander’s U.S. lending unit earlier this year.
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Messaging app Line CEO: Asia is main battlefield
Line, a popular smartphone messaging application in Asia, has tried to attract users in other parts of the world like the U.S. over the past few years. But its chief executive says the company’s main battlefield, for now, will be Asia.
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