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LinkedIn to display course suggestions from Lynda

Business networking giant LinkedIn has started using data around which jobs are most popular among its users, to suggest videos to help train in related careers from Lynda.com, reports re/code. The company has currently created course recommendations for 53 careers and plans to double this number by next year. Note that users will require a Lynda account to see the recommendations on LinkedIn for now. LinkedIn had purchased online tutorials and training platform Lynda.com for $1.5 billion in April last year.

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Kik rolls out bot store for all developers

Kik, the messaging app, has rolled out a bot store. Kik already offered some bots to its users but will now offers the technology to any developer that wants to build a bot within the app. The app will approve each bot before it is admitted into the store. At launch, the store had 16 bots including from brands like The Weather Channel and Twitter’s Vine. Note that just last month, Outbrain had launched chat bots for Telegram, Kik and Slack. Similarly, TechCrunch launched an artificial intelligence news bot on Telegram, powered by Chatfuel.

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Practo ties up with Twitter for @AskPracto

Practo has tied up with Twitter to launch a Twitter handle called @AskPracto, which will enable users to get responses to their queries to doctors, reports the Mint. Users can ask questions by tweeting which doctors will reply to in real time via the Practo Consult platform. The service is currently available in India, Philippines and Singapore, with plans to gradually roll out to other locations. Note that in November last year, Practo had started letting users get an Uber cab to get to their appointments.

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SoundCloud launches paid music streaming

Music streaming service SoundCloud will now provide paid music streaming called SoundCloud Go, reports the Mint. The service will cost $10 and will offer ad free offline playback on mobile devices. Artists will also be able to choose if to give away tracks for free or reserve them for paying customers. Earlier this month, SoundCloud had signed a deal with the record label Sony Music. Currently SoundCloud claims to have more than 110 million tracks on its platform, not including Sony Music’s content.

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Google Fiber now offers optional landline subscription in the US

Google Fiber, the broadband and cable provider, will now also provide landline services, reports re/code. The landline connection will cost $10 a month with an unlimited calling option. The device can also transcribe voicemails and can be set to ring a user’s primary mobile phone when out of home. This move will help Google directly compete with other big telecom players like AT&T that package landline services with cable and broadband. Thankfully, Google is providing the service as optional.

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