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ASUS Taichi 31 ultrabook with back-to-back 1080p displays finally launches

ASUS Taichi 31 ultrabook with back-to-back 1080p displays finally launches

The ASUS Taichi 31 has finally become available, and it brings a new design form factor to the world of Windows 8 ultrabooks. The ASUS Taichi features back-to-back displays both able to support FULL HD 1080p resolution. The outer 1080p display is also a touchscreen, allowing you to close your ultrabook and use it as a tablet if you want. You are able to use a stylus to interact with the touch screen.

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Chinese iPhone dealers scam Apple with fake components

Chinese iPhone dealers scam Apple with fake components

Five suspects were arrested this month in relation to a scam involving exploiting Apple's return policy and swapping fake iPhone 4S components for real components. The suspects were a group of iPhone distributors in China, who submitted an order for 121 iPhone 4S BAND parts to replace the parts in their "defective" iPhone 4Ss. The bands were worth at least 3000 yuan ($480) each. Apple caught onto the situation, and alerted the authorities.

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MetroPCS encourages shareholders to vote for amended T-Mobile offer

MetroPCS encourages shareholders to vote for amended T-Mobile offer

MetroPCS is once again encouraging its investors to vote in favor of its upcoming merger with T-Mobile, especially now that Deutsche Telekom has improved its offer terms. The improved terms reduces the amount of debt the merged companies would have to pay back by $3.8 billion. It also reduces the debt's interest rate by 0.5%. DK also promised that it won't be selling shares of the combined company for at least 1 year.

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AppGratis starts petition to fight against App Store ban

AppGratis starts petition to fight against App Store ban

AppGratis is seeking help from its user base in order to convince Apple to unban it from the App Store. It has started a petition, which so far has garnered over 600,000 emails of support, a number that is growing rapidly fast. Unlike regular petitions, AppGratis is asking users to send them an email at save@appgrat.is. Your email address (redacted) will appear on the petition's "recent emails" list, alongside your message of support.

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Kodak reaches deal to sell Document Imaging business to Brother Industries

Kodak reaches deal to sell Document Imaging business to Brother Industries

Kodak has been attempting to sell many of its businesses in hopes of paying creditors back and emerging from bankruptcy. Today, it has entered into agreements to sell one of its businesses, its Document Imaging business, to Brother Industries, one of the leading global manufacturers of fax machines, sewing machines, as well as laser, label, and multi-function printers, for the price of $210 million.

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Lamborghini Pregunta prototype on sale for $2.1M

Lamborghini Pregunta prototype on sale for $2.1M

The Lamborghini Pregunta, which made its debut at the 1998 Paris Auto Show, is now up for sale for 1.6 million euros, or $2.1 million. It was acquired by Autodrome, a French seller of rare and classic cars, who retrieved the Pregunta from the Italian branch of the French specialist of prototype cars, Carrosserie Hueliez. The Pregunta was the result of an order placed back in the 90's with Hueliez for an one-off concept car that was based off a Diablo development car donated by Lamborghini.

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California-exclusive 2013 Fiat 500e is priced at $32,500

California-exclusive 2013 Fiat 500e is priced at $32,500

The Fiat 500e will be sold exclusively in California for the price-tag of $32,500 MSRP. The first deliveries of this car are expected to occur this summer. You will be able to purchase a Fiat 500e at the starting price of $32,500, however, for those that are eligible for federal credits, state incentives, and FIAT rebates, you will be able to purchase this vehicle for as low as $20,500. You will also be able to lease the 500e for a down payment of $999 and monthly payments of $199 a month for 36 months.

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Free music streaming service Songza raises $3.82m in funding

Free music streaming service Songza raises $3.82m in funding

The free music streaming and recommendation service, Songza, has just secured $3.82 million in funding. Its funding was revealed in a recent SEC filing. Songza offers playlists created by "music experts". The playlists are configured based on the date, the time of day, your mood, and the type of activity that you're currently doing. Like other music streaming services, you can thumbs up or thumbs down a song to better adjust your playlists.

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DoJ approves Arris’s $2.35B proposed acquisition of Motorola Home

DoJ approves Arris’s $2.35B proposed acquisition of Motorola Home

Arris has just received the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Justice to acquire Motorola Home from Google. Arris issued a $2.35 billion proposal to purchase the Motorola Home broadband unit from Google, however, before Arris agreed to this deal, it required that Google limit its liability when it comes to the TiVo v. Motorola infringement case. If Motorola loses to TiVo in the case, the financial damage Arris will receive will be very minimal.

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Minecraft Creator Markus “Notch” Persson ranks #2 in TIME 100 poll

Minecraft Creator Markus “Notch” Persson ranks #2 in TIME 100 poll

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft, has claimed the #2 position in Time Magazine's "2013 Time 100 Poll". The ranking is based on how influential a person is, making Notch the 2nd most influential person in the world. He garnered 156,694 votes from Time Magazine voters, falling short about 16.5 thousand votes below Mohamed Morsi, the president of Egypt. Notch did, however, manage to beat out Kim Dotcom for 2nd place by nearly 40,000 votes.

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Google issues settlement terms to the European Union

Google issues settlement terms to the European Union

Google has issued some new settlement terms to EU regulators to make sure that its search engine is much more competition-friendly. According to The Wall Street Journal's sources, Google's proposal was submitted last week, and will alter the way the search engine will look in Europe (it will look the same as it does now everywhere else in the world). If approved, Google would be bound to this proposal for 5 years, and it would be monitored by a 3rd party to ensure its following through with the terms.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt asks for increased regulation for civilian drones

Google’s Eric Schmidt asks for increased regulation for civilian drones

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has voiced his concerns over the use of civilian drones. In an interview with The Guardian, he states that civilian drones could potentially be used irresponsibly, and can compromise a person's privacy. He also addresses concerns that these miniature drones can potentially be used as a terrorist weapon. He says that terrorists can strap weapons, like IEDs (improved explosive devices), to the drones.

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