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Venmo Scammers Know Something You Don’t
This Slate piece explores how easily people can get ripped off when using the extremely popular mobile payment service Venmo.

We’re on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants
Wired looks at the progress that has been made in creating digital assistants that we can interact with by speaking naturally to smartphones and other electronics, what this will mean, and what still needs to be done to make this work.

Masters of the Small Canvas
A Bloomberg Businessweek story that offers a fun, interesting look at the world of designing icons for apps that will be viewed on all kinds of displays.

Smartphones Bring Happiness and Headaches to Myanmar
NPR takes a look at how the proliferation of smartphones in Myanmar–from 500,000 five years ago to 22 million today–is changing a country where many residents were previously offline.

Google Has Hired a Bunch of Engineers From Amazon’s Lab126 for a New Wearable Tech Initiative Called ‘Project Aura’
Business Insider reports that Google, widely believed to be working on a new version of its Glass head-worn computer that is more enterprise-geared, is creating it within a new group called Project Aura that will also work on other wearable projects.

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