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Would ad-supported rides take Uber to the next level or just kill it?

Would ad-supported rides take Uber to the next level or just kill it?

There are two ways you can enjoy many services: by forking out cold hard cash, or by putting up with advertisements that support a free model. Uber operates only under the first of those two models, but what if it rolled out a free or discounted ad-supported version? A glimpse at what that could look like has been given by writer Andrew Chen, who has posted some Uber app concept mock-ups displaying different types of ad-based activities riders could use to earn points.

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Blackberry made a (small) profit in Q4, but revenue nosedived

Blackberry made a (small) profit in Q4, but revenue nosedived

BlackBerry's financial struggles and long-running business troubles are no secret, but that hasn't stopped it from trying to remain above water, and now it looks like that effort has paid off. The company announced its last quarterly financial numbers on Friday, and to the surprise of many it brought in a small profit. Not all was good news, however, with the company also experiencing a big drop in revenue that it wasn't expecting, making the fourth quarter an overall bittersweet financial period.

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Uber to get around German ban by paying for taxi licenses

Uber to get around German ban by paying for taxi licenses

Legal troubles are nothing new for Uber at this point, whether it's safety conduct or the employment status of its drivers, we see it again and again in country after country. But after getting banned in Germany, for a second time, a little over a week ago, the company has decided it needs to follow the rules. In order to get around the recent court-ordered ban, Uber will pay the government fees needed for its German drivers to receive taxi licenses.

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UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

Huawei, along with ZTE, has previously been a source of concern for western governments, many of whom have expressed worry that the Chinese company could be performing surveillance for the Chinese government. That has led to use of its hardware being banned in some places, and probes into whether Huawei hardware has been compromised. Back in 2013, Huawei revealed that it would be launching an R&D facility in the United Kingdom, and that resulted in an investigation into the matter. It has been quite a while since then, and the result is in Huawei's favor.

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Roost on why Facebook’s Parse for IoT solution makes sense

Roost on why Facebook’s Parse for IoT solution makes sense

This week we've seen Facebook launch their first big Internet of Things initiative with Parse. The Parse IoT for innovative smart home platform and Facebook selected several key groups to work with for launch, one of which was Roost, who saw an opportunity in the Parse cloud infrastructure to provide for the Roost Smart Battery. This battery - connected with its own mobile app - connect battery power and Wi-Fi in a simple 9V package. We spoke briefly with Roost CEO Roel Peeters on why Parse was the platform to go with for this particular launch.

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HTC has a new lead designer (again)

HTC has a new lead designer (again)

Not even a full year has passed since Scott Croyle, the designer who brought us the One M7 and One M8, ‘transitioned’ himself out of HTC’s main design lab. Succeeding him was Jonah Becker, who was billed as a capable stand-in for Croyle. The two came to HTC six years ago when the Taiwanese firm snatched up their design studio, One & Co. With Croyle already taking his leave, HTC is now confirming Becker has also left the company. Succeeding him is in-house candidate Daniel Hundt.

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Facebook’s ‘Businesses on Messenger’ turns chats into orders

Facebook’s ‘Businesses on Messenger’ turns chats into orders

As Facebook turns Messenger into a platform, a major pull will likely come via enterprise. In opening Facebook Messenger up to third parties via an API, the company imagines we’ll no longer need to make calls or send emails. If all goes according to plan, that might be a reality. With Messenger’s business angles, we will now have the ability to message a business rather than call them, and get receipts and the like via a message rather than email.

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Yelp adds 5 new businesses for you to use and review

Yelp adds 5 new businesses for you to use and review

Spring is in the air and while you're encouraged to get up and about and get moving, that doesn't mean your mobile can't help you with some of the more tedious or mind-numbing menial tasks. Taking advantage of what should be the new bounce and energy brought about by the season, Yelp is introducing a bunch of new business categories to the service that you can use to get things going, from reserving a table, booking a a spa appointment, or even setting some time for a game of golf.

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Universal wants Spotify to tighten leash on freemium model

Universal wants Spotify to tighten leash on freemium model

There is very little doubt that, at least in the West, digital music has eclipsed sales of physical media like CDs. But it seems that even in the digital land there is a bit of unrest. Streaming services, particularly Spotify, are largely seen to be eating into the numbers of digital downloads, provided by the likes of iTunes. But the Universal Music Group, one of if not the world's largest music company and who holds a 5 percent stake in Spotify, wants even more and wants Spotify to "urge" its free users to upgrade to paid.

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The changing of the guard: Cher Wang is the new HTC CEO

The changing of the guard: Cher Wang is the new HTC CEO

CEO changes happen. Sometimes, the current head steps down for health or personal reasons. Sometimes, it's merely to give way to a younger generation. But on average, such high-level management shifts usually betray some problem that a company is scrambling to resolve, partly by changing the CEO. When that company is HTC and that CEO is Peter Chou, that might very well be the case. The Taiwanese OEM has just announced that, effective immediately, Ms. Cher Wang will be the company's new chief executive, bring perhaps hopes of a revived HTC.

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