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10 excellent platforms for building mobile apps

“BiznessApps provides a platform to help create mobile apps for a small business with a very simple process” writes Jake Krol for mashable.com. Price: Plans start at $32/month for Android apps and at $96/month for iOS apps.Well, the good news is that it’s easier than ever to enter the mobile app market — no coding knowledge or experience required.Mobile Roadie is an app creator that allows anyone to create and manage their own iOS or Android app.There’s nothing to install or download — just drag and drop pages to create…

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Twitter CEO: ‘I don’t know’ if ban will change Alex Jones’ behavior

“But while the company has seen temporarily or permanently barring people from its platform has the ability to “impact and change behavior,” Dorsey said he doesn’t know if it will have an effect on Jones” writes David Paul Morris for cnbc.com. Twitter was one of the last major platforms not to remove Jones from its platforms, after Apple, Facebook, Pinterest, Spotify and YouTube removed some or all Jones-related content. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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After public outcry, Beijing says it will ban new online lending platforms

“Now, authorities covering internet financial and loan risks have laid out 10 policy measures, such as bans on new online lending platforms, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday” writes Evelyn Cheng for cnbc.com. Seventy-three percent of P2P platform failures since June were due to liquidity issues, Citi analysts Daphne Poon and Judy Zhang said in a July 18 report.The Chinese government is stepping up scrutiny of and instituting new measures for a once-burgeoning online lending sector, where fund closures have prompted protests and even caused a convenience store chain in…

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Two Chinese EV sharing platforms in $730 million push to fuel growth: sources

“In January, the platform reached a valuation of 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) after a 1 billion yuan funding round” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. HONG KONG (Reuters) – Two electric vehicle-sharing platforms backed by powerful Chinese carmakers plan to seek external funding totaling almost $730 million to fuel their growth, people with direct knowledge of the plans said.EvCard, an electric vehicle rental service under state-owned SAIC Motor Corp, is also considering raising some 2 billion yuan ($292 million) from external investors, according to a person with direct knowledge. Source:…

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THE DIGITAL REMITTANCE REPORT: The new platforms disrupting a $600 billion industry

“But these companies’ comfortable hold on the industry is now being challenged by digital remittance startups” writes Business Insider Intelligence for businessinsider.com. The legacy remittance industry has been long dominated by cash, which requires physical locations where customers can hand over or pick up money.In a new report from BI Intelligence, we size the total remittance market, company-specific market share, digital’s market share, and digital’s growth at major remittance firms.We also assess how disruptive digital startups have been by comparing their fees with market leaders, and by juxtaposing their business…

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Beijing struggles to defuse anger over China’s P2P lending crisis

“Since June, 243 online lending platforms have gone bust, according to wdzj.com, another P2P industry data provider” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Many P2P platforms lend to customers that might be deemed too risky for a commercial bank.Across the city, others who had lost money investing in China’s online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms – including some who had traveled from as far away as Shandong and Shanxi provinces – got similar visits from police.That’s not only hurting the financial system but also the real economy.” For Wang, the Beijing investor,…

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Twitter won’t act against Alex Jones after agreeing tweets violated rules

“A Twitter spokesperson told CNN that seven of the tweets from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones flagged in a previous CNN investigation violated the platform’s rules, however, no action is being taken because the tweets were recently deleted” reports axios.com. The big picture: Jones said on Friday that after CNN’s initial investigation, he had his staff delete the tweets to “take the super high road.”. Twitter has been under fire this week for its decision to not take action against Jones and his site, Infowars, while other major platforms, like Facebook…

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China’s ‘MeToo’ movement evades censors with #RiceBunny

“Media platforms have also risked censorship to capture popular attention focused on China’s sexual harassment allegations” writes Yuan Yang for cnbc.com. As China’s “MeToo” movement gathers steam, individuals and media platforms are pushing at the boundaries of what is allowed on the country’s tightly controlled internet by finding ways around censorship to allow activists to mobilize support. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Deplatforming Works  —  Alex Jones says getting banned by YouTube …

“But social media has made these tools much more powerful” reports vice.com. These platforms are so powerful for a reason: the vast majority of Americans use them every single day, and many people use social media as their only source of news.We’ve also seen an exodus towards sites like Gab.ai and away from the more mainstream social media networks. ” There are lots of examples of people who have been deplatformed and have seen their power wane. Source: vice.com Share This:

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Does the banning of Alex Jones signal a new era of big tech responsibility?

“At this very moment, the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is almost certainly sitting in front of a camera, shouting that he has been silenced” writes Julia Carrie Wong for theguardian.com. After Apple decided to stop distributing Jones’ podcasts on Sunday, the other powerful online distribution platforms swiftly followed suit.Facebook, Jones, his supporters and some civil libertarians attempted to invoke the distinctly American conception of free speech in defending Jones’ right to use private technology platforms, but such arguments fall apart under scrutiny. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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