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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new GLE Coupe, a sloped four-door car with a distinct sporty design drawn from "two classes of vehicle", according to the auto maker. Mercedes isn't shy about pointing out its SUV-esque features and notes, such as a raised seating position, while showing how they work in the grand scheme of things to improve the sporty elements integral to the GLE Coupe's design. Says Mercedes, "These two different worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile, thoroughbred sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé is different."

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos talks ambitious original series plans

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos talks ambitious original series plans

Netflix has been making a steady number of content announcements, with several shows being revealed as in the pipeline over past months -- some of them being acquired series, such as Longmire, and others being original works like soon-to-debut Marco Polo. This is just the start, however, with the video streaming service's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revealing recently that Netflix is looking to add quite a few more original shows.

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Nissan recalls 470k vehicles over potential fuel issue

Nissan recalls 470k vehicles over potential fuel issue

Nissan has announced plans to recall approximately 470,000 vehicles across the globe due to fuel pressure sensors that mightn't have been tightened adequately. Vehicles with this issue may eventually begin leaking fuel as vibration and heat take their toll, and that fuel leak then poses a fire risk. The affected vehicles range from 2012 to 2015 model years, and include a few Infiniti models; the majority of cars under the recall are located in Japan and North America.

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Comcast facing class-action lawsuit over WiFi hotspots

Comcast facing class-action lawsuit over WiFi hotspots

Earlier this year, Comcast caught public attention with its home-based WiFi Hotspot network, which utilizes some subscribers' hardware to broadcast a second WiFi signal for other Comcast subscribers to use. As Comcast told us back in June, this secondary usage is tied to the user's own account, not the home subscriber's account. Many still have issues with the feature, however, and now Comcast is facing a class-action lawsuit over it.

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Amazon’s new ‘Make an Offer’ lets you bid on some items

Amazon’s new ‘Make an Offer’ lets you bid on some items

Amazon has bestowed upon its shoppers a new feature to make private "bids" on items sold through third-party vendors on the website. Called "Make an Offer", the feature allows customers interested in an item to privately offer the seller less than the listed amount, which the seller can then either accept or decline, or alternatively can reply to with a counter offer. The feature is limited for now, but will become an option on thousands of items starting next year.

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Uber hit with lawsuit in LA and San Francisco

Uber hit with lawsuit in LA and San Francisco

Uber's strong-armed business tactics -- namely, launching its service in places it is not welcome -- are causing a growing backlash from cities against the ridesharing service. Portland wasted no time filing a lawsuit against Uber after its sudden arrival, India has banned the service, and Thailand is being less than welcoming. Now both Los Angeles and San Francisco have moved forward with their own lawsuit over what are said to be violations of state law, issues with the company's background checks, fees they say amount to fraud, and more.

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Bing update brings details to the top of search

Bing update brings details to the top of search

Microsoft has been busy rolling out some new features to its various Bing services, and newest among them is a tweak to search. As of now, Bing users who search for places or details about places -- a local restaurant's phone number, for example -- will see relevant information about that place above the search results. Included among this is travel information when the search query includes something related to travel, such as the distance the user is from the restaurant or how long it'll take to get there.

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Uber, iHeartRadio partner in NYC as privacy concerns continue

Uber, iHeartRadio partner in NYC as privacy concerns continue

Last month, Uber and Spotify partnered to give riders control over the tunes they hear while taking a ride. Under that, Spotify subscribers can order a car that'll arrive playing their playlist, and during the ride he or she will be able to toggle through the music. Following that feature comes a different sort of perk for iHeartRadio users that'll be available for the next week.

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Google Street View adds its first Arab city: Dubai

Google Street View adds its first Arab city: Dubai

Back in February, it was revealed Dubai would be the first city in an Arab country to be featured on Google Street View, though no launch date was provided at the time. As it turns out, that day was yesterday, and users can now take a virtual tour of the city using Street View. This launch was preceded by Google taking its cameras up Dubai's towering Burj Khalifa skyscraper, something that was likewise its own first for both Google and Dubai.

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Polaroid Socialmatic camera is now up for pre-order

Polaroid Socialmatic camera is now up for pre-order

Consumers haven't entirely abandoned printed photographs, even if Instagram and similar services are now the preferred way to share and view images. Things like ZenCam have caught attention for offering physical prints of digital media, and so it isn't surprising that Polaroid has been looking at resurrecting its own instant film offerings. We've seen the Polaroid Socialmatic camera before, and now there is finally a launch date to which we can look forward: January.

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