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Top Tech Stories of the Day: Still Trying to Make Proximity-based Social Networking Happen

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Most people need to communicate at regular intervals -- which is the driving force behind the rise and rise of mobile messaging apps. Far fewer people feel a similar imperative to regularly broadcast their location; or tether their communications to a particular location. Yet proximity social network startups are still trying to make it happen. Akamai has released its Q1 State of the Internet report detailing the latest figures in online and mobile usage and current security threats. The topline figure is that our connected world is getting more connected. The company says there are now nearly 734 million addresses in use worldwide. Akamai estimates that this works out to over 1 billion users because of device sharing. Apple hasn't reported its most recent iPhone sales numbers but newly released estimates from TrendForce indicate Samsung smartphone sales absolutely crushed Apple's iPhone in the second quarter this year. According to the firm, Apple sold 27 million iPhones in the second quarter while Samsung sold a staggering 71 million smartphones .

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