February 14 - 20

  • 4375ca54bc742d71b44c90efb7b947f6 Friday Five
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  • by: Karolina Bacewicz

Samsung revealed its smart flip phone, Pinterest launched verified merchant program, and much more tech news on this week's Friday Five blog!

 

The 2020 Samsung Unwrapped event took place announcing their take on the smart flip phone, new Galaxy phones and wireless earbuds. The Galaxy Z Flip is the latest take on the touch screen flip phone, with a 6.7 inch AMOLED screen, it comes in multiple colors for $1,380. The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra smartphones. All three will be 5G compatible, Snapdragon 865 processor in the US, and 12GB of RAM. The Galaxy Buds Plus have 40% larger speakers, three microphones, an 11 hour battery and charger case life, and are compatible with Apple and non-Samsung products, for $149. (The Verge)

 

Pinterest launched a verified merchant program, allowing users to find and buy items from trustworthy brands that they may find on their boards, rather than clicking through a link. A waitlist has been set up for the merchants, requiring sellers to share a clear shipping policy and customer service contact information. Pinterest is restricting marketers for financial services, alcohol, tobacco, and gambling to become verified merchants on the platform. The image-pinning platform is working to bridge the gap between inspiration boards to actual purchases to ease consumers and the brands they want to support. (Mobile Marketer)

 

This week, a judge approved T-Mobile’s acquisition of Sprint and denied the requested lawsuit against the merger brought together by 13 states and Washington, DC. Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said the merger "is not reasonably likely to substantially lessen competition" among telecom companies, and should be allowed to go through. Marrero added that in recent years T-Mobile has made “numerous pro-consumer changes” and that the merger wouldn’t stunt that from continuing to develop as the company grows. (Mobile Marketer)

 

Google launched its Gboard addition, that allows you to take smileys (emojis) and combine them to convey more complicated emotions through Gmail, Messages by Google, Messenger, Snapchat, Telegram, WhatsApp and others. The GBoard “Emoji Kitchen” for Android allows you to put together up to 3 emojis to create a custom creation. (Tech Crunch)

 

Toast, makers of a point-of-sale system for restaurants, raised $400 million in Series F funding at a $4.9 billion valuation. The valuation is representative of its growth over the last year, where revenue increased 109%.Toast's technology platform merges restaurant POS, front-of-house, back-of-house and guest-facing technology with a combination of third-party applications. The company claims that over one dozen restaurants join Toast every hour, increasing market share in the $900 billion restaurant industry. (ZD Net)

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