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Truecaller, the caller ID and call-blocking app, has gained popularity worldwide since its initial release during 2009. The Swedish owned company behind the service, True Software Scandinavia AB, reports that it now has over three billion telephone numbers in its database and over 100 million Google Play Store downloads for its Android app alone.

Source: The Next Web/iAfrican

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Hiya came to life a year ago when it was spun out by Whitepages to take on TrueCaller and others in the world of smart caller ID services. Using machine learning analytics on a vast database of calling data (3.5 billion calls to date), Seattle-based Hiya’s mission has been to supercharge the humble phone call — by providing detailed information about who is calling you, whether it’s a regular person or an IRS fraudster.

Source; TechCrunch

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Yell has announced the final print cycle of Yellow Pages, marking the company’s full transition to a purely digital business after 51 years in print, to date. The first of the 104 final editions is being distributed in Kingston in January 2018, with the final ever edition distributed in January 2019 in Brighton, back where it all began. Alongside the shuttering of the print edition, Yell said it is committing to help a million businesses be “found, chosen and trusted by more customers online by 2020”.

Source: MobileMarketing 

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The company behind directory enquiries service 118 118 saw takings fall by a fifth last year as regulators tightened the net on premium phone lines. Turnover fell to £40m in 2016, down from £49.5m the year before, according to accounts filed for parent company The Number UK.

Source: news.co.uk

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While you were worried about net neutrality this summer, an artificial intelligence company named HiQ got itself tangled up in a legal battle with LinkedIn. The Microsoft owned social media platform this June demanded HiQ, an AI startup, cease and desist scraping data from its website. HiQ took LinkedIn to court over it earlier this month and won.

Source: The Next Web

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