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FAANG Report: Netflix show to feature star of Crazy Rich Asians; Apple adding ECG sensor to iPhones

Facebook is making it easier for people to communicate during disasters; Google is looking to India for its next billion users
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Crazy Rich Asians' Constance Wu to star in Netflix animated movie

The latest animated movie coming from Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) will feature the star of the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, Constance Wu, a report by CNET said.

The movie is entitled "Next Gen," which weaves a tale of what our phone-addicted society could be like in the future, the report said. Set in a futuristic Chinese city, society is deeply dependent on robots that are used for everything from putting up fences to making instant ramen bowls, and even as policemen. 

The main character, Mai, hates the robots, but her mother Molly, played by Wu, is a big fan of the devices, the report added.

Netflix shares traded almost 1.9% higher US$354.90.

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) is going to introduce an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor that would push the iPhone giant more into the health care sector, a report by CNBC said.

The company is releasing its latest lineup of iPhones late on Wednesday. Apple would need to figure out how to communicate sensitive medical information to consumers without freaking them out, the report said. 

The last thing Apple would want to do with its device is to send tens of thousands of anxious users to the emergency room thinking they're having a life-threatening medical problem when they're not, CNBC added.

Apple shares were up 2.25% at US$223.28.

READ: Apple’s suppliers see shares sink after Trump tweets about moving production to the US

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is making it easier to communicate during disasters by expanding its Community Help feature to the Lite version of its app, a report by CNET said.

This will allow people to mark themselves "safe" in crisis situations, share updates and find or offer help. It was previously only available in the full versions of Facebook's apps or on browsers, the report said.

The Lite version takes up less space on your phone, it's designed to eat up less data and can work on 2G networks if 3G or LTE fail.

Facebook stock increased 1.6% to US$166.82.

Alphabet Inc's Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is taking aim at the Indian market because developed economies are nearing their saturation point, a report by The Guardian said.

India is especially prized among those market since it is home to the second-largest number of smartphones in the world at more than 330mln in circulation and has the world’s largest offline population at more than 1bn people in 2016, according to the World Bank.

“We think the future of the internet looks like the next billion users,” says Josh Woodward, a product manager at Google, whose team looks at future trends in smartphone use.

Google shares added 0.87% to US$1,174.84.

READ: Amazon rings up more than US$10bn in annual sales from its global business customers Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) is stuffing its search results pages with ads and they seem to be working, a report by Recode said.

Amazon-sponsored product ads have been around since 2012. But lately, as the company has invested in growing its advertising business, they’ve become more aggressive, the report said.

It is working at least for brands that are willing to fork over ad dollars as part of their strategy to sell on Amazon.

Amazon stock was up 1.7% to US$1,971.62.

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