Spotify Reveals Your Dirty Secrets, Sphero’s BB-8 & More Reading List Highlights

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1. 2016’s Top 25 Companies for Women

By Georgene Huang – Forbes

Digest: Women Entrepreneurship

Curator: Lorel Sim

If you’re looking for a new job in a more women-inclusive space, check out this list of companies. A few that made the cut: Salesforce, Deloitte, PwC, Google. Read More

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2. Apple Said to Fly Drones to Improve Maps Data and Catch Google

By Mark Gurman and Alan Levin – Bloomberg

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

Apple wants to fly drones around to do things like examine street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the person said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to provide fresh information to users, the person added. Read More

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3. Spotify Brilliantly Reveals your Dirty Secrets

By Chris Matyszczyk – cnet

Digest: Music

Curator: Katie Chase

Spotify has all the data… and they’re using humor to let you know they’re paying attention. Read More

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4. How Podcasts Have Changed in Ten Years: By the Numbers

By Josh Morgan – Medium

Digest: Product

Curators: Sophie-Charlotte Moatti, Reza Ladchartabi

Podcasting is booming, and podcasts are getting longer and more diverse. Read More

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5. Sphero’s BB-8 Wearable Brings Force Control to Home Automation with IFTTT Support

By Brian Heater – TechCrunch

Digest: Wearables

Curators: Aashay Mody, Ashish Aggarwal

Sphero’s BB-8 was the most memorable bit of merchandising among last year’s epic Force Awakens merchandising bonanza. It was the perfect piece of synergy – leveraging the hardware startup’s compelling piece of remote control technology to bring to life the film’s most marketable creation. Appropriately unveiled the week of Black Friday, Sphero’s taking the Force Band’s functionality to a compelling new level with the addition of IFTTT (If This Then That) support. That means the sky’s really the limit on the sorts of things wearers will be able to control with the wrist band. Read More

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