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The Essential Phone Is Now $350, Half Its Original Price

The smartphone market can be cruel to newcomers, especially in the United States. It's a place where big names matter most, and four major wireless carriers still hold all the keys to the kingdom. Devices that should change the market often fall flat or gain only niche followings. Andy Rubin's high-end Essential Phone still has the bells and whistles of an $700 phone, but it's price is half that. Less than a year after it's debut, Amazon has the phone for $350. If you're hunting for a smartphone, you'll be…

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GoDaddy is acquiring social media marketing platform Main Street Hub for $125M

GoDaddy is acquiring Main Street Hub, an Austin-based social media marketing platform. The deal is for $125M in cash plus up to $50M in potential future earn outs, and is expected to close late in Q2 2018. Founded in 2010 Main Street Hub has raised a total of $93M in debt and equity financing from Silicon Valley Bank, Vista Equity Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and other investors. For a monthly fee, Main Street Hub handles all aspects of a small business’ online presence including marketing automation, CRM, social media, reputation management…

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Target and Cartwheel apps to merge starting this summer, mobile payments and improved maps to follow

Targets mobile app strategy will undergo a significant change, starting this summer. The retailer announced this week it will soon combine the functionality of its Cartwheel savings app with its main shopping app, in preparation for an eventual Cartwheel shutdown. The Target app will also receive a notable upgrade this year, adding support for an indoor map that shows your location in the store, along with the nearby Cartwheel deals, in addition to support for mobile payments. According to Target, the decision to merge its apps into one is a…

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