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Google passed Facebook as the top referral traffic driver in 2017 as the search giant doubled down on mobile and the social giant cleaned up its News Feed. That move resulted in an even bigger change last year: Search overtook social in 2017, after the two first swapped spots in 2013. The chart above shows this best, detailing the quarterly share of visits for six search engines and the top 13 social networks.

Source: VentureBeat

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The company in charge of monitoring Australia's New Payments Platform (NPP) issued a statement last week in response to concerns that its PayID look-up function is an invasion of privacy after "a person on Twitter" posted screenshots of him entering random mobile numbers and returning PayIDs registered to real people.

Source: ZDNet

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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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As the main search engine of choice for most people, Google dominates with more than 63% market share and holds 95% of mobile searches. But that’s quickly changing as Facebook continues to expand its search features, particularly in favor of businesses themselves. In fact, one can say Facebook is the next big search engine and local marketing platform for brands that want to reach their target audience, including prospective and current customers.

Source: Forbes

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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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