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Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

There's a new Need for Speed game coming to your iOS and/or Android devices this week, one that'll charge for gas. It's a "wait or pay" sort of game, as many in-app purchase-toting games today are. You can also pay to customize the look of your car or give it a nice boost in abilities. But don't forget your precious gas. The gas that you'd have to put in your car if you were really racing, and sponsored by automotive companies, and therefor wouldn't have to pay for anyway.

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Uber suspended a dozen drivers for getting proper registration

Uber suspended a dozen drivers for getting proper registration

Uber has again pulled a business move that has garnered controversy, this time by suspending drivers who elected to follow state law rather than company demands. In California, individuals who drive for hire are required to register their cars as commercial vehicles rather than personal ones. Some drivers complied with that requirement, but were give the boot by Uber, which told the drivers they must switch over to personal registration to get their driving privileges back. At least 12 drivers were suspended.

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Dish Network liable for millions of telemarketing violations, rules court

Dish Network liable for millions of telemarketing violations, rules court

In a recent court ruling, Dish Network was found to be liable for millions of telemarketing violations, including failure to honor Do Not Call requests. The ruling was made by the Central District of Illinois' district court, which says that Dish has "tens of millions" of calls under its belt that weren't made in line with the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule. This is a partial summary judgement victory for the FTC, which had a case filed on its behalf by the Justice Department back in early 2009.

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4chan creator tried to give site away, but couldn’t

4chan creator tried to give site away, but couldn’t

This afternoon Chris "moot" Poole, creator, owner, and sole administrator of the imageboard 4chan spoke about why he was preparing to retire from his role entirely. One of the odd bits about his transfer of leadership and the story therein was that he'd actually tried to give 4chan away at some point inside the last couple of years. While it's not clear to whom he'd have been giving this mega-popular website to, the outcome of this transaction was: the answer was "no, no thank you."

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Uber rolls out in Nairobi, returns to New Delhi

Uber rolls out in Nairobi, returns to New Delhi

Uber has good news for its faithful users abroad: it has rolled out in a new city and returned to another. Yesterday the ridesharing service announced that is has launched in Nairobi, yet again expanding the number of cities it services with its UberX offering in particular. In addition to rolling out into a new market, Uber also revealed that it has returned to New Delhi, something that follows a ban in the nation after a passenger was raped by a driver.

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DreamWorks Animation reveals restructuring plan, will nix 500 jobs

DreamWorks Animation reveals restructuring plan, will nix 500 jobs

DreamWorks Animation has produced some popular movies, but the company itself has been facing some struggles for a while, and now it seems it has a plan in place to address that. Unfortunately, according to a recent announcement by the company, that plan involves a restructuring that will require 500 jobs to be cut. When precisely those jobs will be nixed hasn't been detailed, though it seems it will be taking place in the relatively near future. In addition, the company will be shifting its creative focus, and that'll mean fewer movies.

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Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Piracy. Despite the near endless efforts to battle it, the Internet has always won out in the end and illegal downloads show no signs of going away. The ease of access that video streaming services and similar products offer has given consumers attractive (legal) alternatives, and many have embraced them. Still, if it is legal it will cost money (or it will end up being like Crackle), and some refuse to pay up, instead turning to torrents and unauthorized streaming sites.

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Dropbox acquires CloudOn in talent grab

Dropbox acquires CloudOn in talent grab

CloudOn has been acquired by Dropbox, the company has announced. It appears this was a talent grab, and under the acquisition -- the terms of which having not been revealed -- the cloud storage service will bring in 30+ new employees, as well as CloudOn's Israeli office. That latter office will be used by Dropbox as part of its hiring in the nation, the company's product, business, and mobile lead said in an interview recently. This is the latest of many acquisitions on Dropbox's part.

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Lyft is giving its fuzzy pink mustache the boot

Lyft is giving its fuzzy pink mustache the boot

There are many differences between Lyft and its maligned competitor Uber, but the most obvious one to the everyday consumer is the former's facial hair -- that big pink fuzzy mustache. Many drivers and riders alike have long been critical of that mustache, with some being reluctant to order Lyft cars for professional occasions or dates because of the corny look of the 'stache, and others being ticketed under claims that the mustache is some kind of obstruction. Now, finally, the ridesharing service is officially doing away with it.

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Uber expands presence in Colombia, tries to woo Europe

Uber expands presence in Colombia, tries to woo Europe

Uber is in a constant flux, rolling out in some locations and coming to an end in others, sometimes returning, other times having no such luck. The ridesharing service was recently ordered to cease and desist in South Carolina, for example, and it'll be appearing in Portland, Oregon in the near future. Such is the trend we see in the company's most recent news, with Uber announcing that it has expanded its presence in Colombia and that it is trying to woo the consistently hostile European market.

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