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Facebook Messenger has amassed more than 600 million monthly active users, CNBC has learned, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg seeks to establish his company’s dominance in the newest mobile battleground. It’s an eye-popping growth number, considering it’s been just four months since Facebook announced that Messenger had crossed the 500 million user mark. And as Zuckerberg …

What ails American Express

Mary Thompson tells us what investors want to hear from American Express’ CEO at the company’s investor day following a string of hits to the company.

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Amazon is expanding its one-hour delivery service beyond New York City. The e-commerce giant said Thursday its Prime Now service will now be available in select ZIP codes in Baltimore and Miami from 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Prime Now offers two-hour delivery service for free and one-hour delivery for $7.99. …

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Swiss luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer is to launch an Android-powered smartwatch in partnership with Google and Intel. The device, which was announced at watch fair Baselworld on Thursday, will be unveiled at the “end of the year”, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Tag Heuer said, but would not give details about pricing or what the watch …

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French police raided Uber’s Paris office this week, seizing smartphones and other items as part of an investigation into the company’s carpooling service called UberPop, according to a report in Le Monde. (Tweet This.) Read More What the Uber, Lyft lawsuits mean for the US economy Authorities claim that UberPop does not abide by a new law …

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Apple is in talks to launch an online TV service, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The tech giant is working with programmers to offer a bundled service of about 25 channels anchored by broadcasters like ABC, CBS and Fox, on devices such as Apple TV. The service …

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures while speaking during a Microsoft event in San Francisco, October 20, 2014.

Microsoft says it plans to retire its storied—and often maligned— Internet Explorer brand in favor of a new Web browser under a different name. The rebranding is a part its upcoming Windows 10 software overhaul. Internet Explorer will continue to exist only for compatibility issues, according tech site The Verge, and the new, unnamed browser will become …

The buzz from SXSW

What’s turning heads at South by Southwest this year?

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Come to South by Southwest Interactive to see Malcolm Gladwell on stage. Stay for the free frozen yogurt and grilled cheese, virtual reality demos and happy hours on wheels. What was once a big tech conference chock-full of panels, keynotes and networking sessions is still that. But talk to many of the tens of thousands …

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An on-stage conversation between Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Gurley became the South by Southwest version of a championship fight on Sunday, or perhaps an all-star game. In a wide-ranging chat at the interactive festival, the pair covered the problems with U.S. healthcare, the challenge with combating hackers, sports analytics and companies that Gurley, a venture …

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The seven-figure deal. It’s the holy grail of software. In addition to real revenue, the million-dollar contract brings with it credibility and the stamp of approval from a big institution. It enables the vendor to tell the world, “We sell to the enterprise.” For a small start-up like Quid, it marks entry into the big …

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Intel warned Thursday that its first quarter revenue will be lower than expected. The chipmaker said that it now expects revenue for the quarter to be $12.8 billion, plus or minus $300 million. Its previous expectation had been $13.7 billion, plus or minus $500 million. That new guidance comes in substantially lower than even Wall …

Snapchat

A $200 million investment by Alibaba in social network Snapchat could help the Chinese online retailer’s own growth as it develops worldwide, according to one expert. “This isn’t just about an investment. Snapchat [has] tremendous reach, almost 200 million active users, and this will give Alibaba a great learning experience as they invest deeper in …

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In a landscape full of start-ups, one company is making its mark by capitalizing on other start-ups. The strategy is paying off, Managed by Q’s client list has doubled in the past four months to 200. Knowing that there’s typically no such thing as a set of extra hands when you work for a small …

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When American consumers shop for clothes, cars and electronics, there’s a simple process they often use to start their search: star ratings. But when it comes to prescription drugs, patients are typically in the dark, often guided by the advice of a single doctor. A start-up called HealthTap is out to change that. Founded five …