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Microsoft’s foldable patent paves way for a durable PC folding screen

A recently uncovered Microsoft patent reveals the company’s work on making folding screens more durable. This could help make future Microsoft foldable devices, like the rumored Centaurus, less susceptible to screen damage.
Source: Digital trends

What is Project Catalyst? Here’s everything you need to know

If you follow Apple news, you may be wondering, “What is Project Catalyst anyway?” This important Apple project is all about creating apps that can work on iPads and Macs interchangeably.
Source: Digital trends

Google Stadia’s platform for everyone promise is already broken

Google Stadia, the upcoming cloud gaming service, pitches itself on accessibility. It’s a platform for everyone, playable on any screen. Except that’s not quite true. Stadia has many restrictions, terms, and conditions.
Source: Digital trends

The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

This week an image of the couple at Buckingham Palace provided meme fodder—and metaphors.
Source: Wired

How to Stream the 2019 Women's World Cup for Free

The US Women’s National Team starts defending their World Cup title, and you’re going to want to watch.
Source: Wired

Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency

In South Africa, a right-wing enclave turned to blockchain to cut themselves off from the black-majority state.
Source: Wired

Why Siri and Alexa Weren’t Built to Smack Down Harassment

Yes, sexism plays a role. But tech companies keep you glued to your devices by making sure their digital assistants never take offense—even at misogyny and bigotry.
Source: Wired

iOS 13 vs. Android Q: iPhone takes on Android in some major ways – CNET

Apple and Google have laid their cards on the table. Now it’s up to us to compare their hand.
Source: CNET

Google Maps will show you earthquake epicenters and crisis navigation – CNET

The search giant wants Maps to be a go-to information hub during a natural disaster.
Source: CNET

Pratilipi, a ‘YouTube for writers’ storytelling platform in India, raises $15 million

Pratilipi, an app that is uniting writers in India and encouraging others to try their hand at storytelling, has just raised $15 million to expand its network in the nation.

The Series B financing round was led by Qiming Venture Partners. Existing investors Nexus Venture Partners, Omidyar Network India, Shunwei Capital, Contrarian Vriddhi Fund, and WEH Ventures also participated in the round. The five-year-old startup has raised about $21 million to date.

Ranjeet Pratap Singh, CEO of Pratilipi, describes his platform as “YouTube for writers.” In an interview with TechCrunch, he said more than 100,000 writers are active on the platform and it has amassed over 5.2 million monthly active readers.

Pratilipi mostly focuses on text and audio storytelling in Indian languages, a niche space but one that also remains largely untapped. Singh said that the platform has managed to attract a very loyal reader base. An average reader spends about 53 minutes on the app, while web users spend about 15 minutes there.

As people from smaller cities and towns in India come online for the first time, there has been a huge surge in the demand for content in local languages in recent years. Ankush Sachdeva, CEO and cofounder of social networking platform ShareChat, said earlier this year that he was surprised to see how quickly ShareChat had built a community with tens of millions of users by just offering content in Indian languages.

Pratilipi currently serves no ads to its users, but writers on the platform also do not have a way to directly monetize their content. That’s part of what Singh intends to change with the fresh capital.

He said that Pratilipi will soon begin to purchase rights to some stories and help writers secure deals with movie and web series studios and publishing houses. A significant portion of the capital will go into engineering to improve stories recommendations that populate the platform.

“Pratilipi is well positioned to capture the next wave of internet users in India, who prefer to consume content in their own vernacular languages. The company has already built a strong community of readers and writers, and network effects provide strong barriers to entry,” said Helen Pei-Hua Wong, Partner at Qiming Venture Partners.

“In China, we have seen the fast growth of user-generated content platforms, some of which became the main source of entertainment for millions of internet users. We hope to share our experiences in China to help the company grow,” she added.

Pratilipi competes with YourQuote, which has raised about $1 million to date. YourQuote runs short stories on its app and organizes open mic events across various cities and towns for writers and poets. In many ways, Pratilipi also competes with ShareChat, Helo, and Vmate, all of which have built social networks around text and media content.


Source: TechCrunch

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