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Toyota partners with MIT, Stanford in ‘intelligent’ cars project

Toyota partners with MIT, Stanford in ‘intelligent’ cars project

Toyota has announced that it is collaborating with Stanford University and MIT to develop so-called intelligent cars instead of autonomous vehicles. This is said to be a $50 million research project, and it will be directed by now-former DARPA researcher Gill Pratt. Toyota’s goal isn’t to remove the human element from its vehicles, but rather make those humans better drivers. After all, most accidents are due to human error, and even present self-driving cars can blame human operators for their (infrequent) accidents.

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BlackBerry gets Good in $425m cross-platform play

BlackBerry gets Good in $425m cross-platform play

Today BlackBerry acquired another company by the name of Good Technology. This company will bring "secure applications" as well as "containerization that protects end user privacy" - adding to BlackBerry's already business-oriented set of technologies for smartphones. This update to BlackBerry's collection of technologies will help offer cross-platform EMM solutions for consumers around the world. This isn't just about BlackBerry OS, it's about all sorts of different operating systems, including iOS for iPhone and iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.

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Google’s Waze faces lawsuit over alleged database theft

Google’s Waze faces lawsuit over alleged database theft

Waze, the navigation app that Google bought and cops hate, is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying a proprietary navigation database. The lawsuit is being brought by San Francisco law firm Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP, and was filed on behalf of PhantomALERT, Inc., which is described as a “GPS navigation technology company.” Waze was acquired by Google, but before that happened, according to the lawsuit, it copied PhantomALERT’s database without authorization. This data was then reportedly used in Waze’s own Android and iPhone apps.

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Uber: driver status lawsuit granted class-action request

Uber: driver status lawsuit granted class-action request

Uber classifies its drivers as contract workers, meaning they don’t get the perks that come with regular employment like health insurance. Some drivers state that due to certain requirements they must meet to drive for Uber, they can’t legally be classified as contractors, and must be given employee status. Uber has pushed against this, and for obvious reasons: classifying its drivers are employees rather than contractors will represent a huge expense.

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Amazon’s offline Prime videos give Netflix a reason to worry

Amazon’s offline Prime videos give Netflix a reason to worry

When it comes to streaming movies and TV shows, Netflix is the name on most lips. The service is popular enough that, as with Google, one may invoke its name as a sort of general indication of one's intentions -- "Let's find a movie on Netflix or something" -- without necessarily intending to use its service. At the end of the day, it's convenience that counts for most people, and users will gravitate to the method of least resistance, whether it is Netflix or a different company entirely. Netflix is pretty simple to use, but it has one big limitation: you need Wi-Fi.

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Verizon’s new logo is simple, clean and incredibly boring

Verizon’s new logo is simple, clean and incredibly boring

Verizon has, like certain other companies in recent weeks, introduced a newly redesigned logo that it feels better suits its modern-day self. While there's nothing wrong with that, there is something wrong with the new logo...it is a giant step backward, and while cleaner, it is also considerably more boring. The checkmark is still there, but it's not even trying anymore. And the word "Verizon"? It is now content merely existing as a shell of its former self.

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Comcast to subscribers: pay extra or face 300GB data cap

Comcast to subscribers: pay extra or face 300GB data cap

Comcast wants to play a game: pay $30 extra per month, or get your data capped at 300GB and pay extra anyway when you go over that amount. It's a lose-lose situation for subscribers in the regions where Comcast will be introducing it -- if you don't pay it, you may end up paying more than the $30/month extra in overage charges. If you do pay it, though, but don't end up using more than 300GB that month, Comcast will just pocket the money and you'll be faced with the same situation the next month.

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Lenovo tackles enterprise with new business desktops lineup

Lenovo tackles enterprise with new business desktops lineup

In addition to its consumers lineup of tablets and laptops, Lenovo has bunch of new desktops to add to the mix, including an all-in-one offering that is targeted at enterprise users and small form factor PCs that would work equally well at home as they would in the office. Each machine is its own beast, some of them big, some small, but all worth checking out if you're considering a new desktop in the near future.

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MCX Mobile payments rolling out to Walmart and other locations in Ohio

MCX Mobile payments rolling out to Walmart and other locations in Ohio

Mobile payments have been making their way to a bunch of retailers around the world, but some of the biggest companies in the US have yet to adopt mobile payments. Three years ago a group of retailers in the US working under the Merchant Customer Exchange umbrella decided to enter the mobile payments market. That Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) partnership includes Walmart, Target, and Darden Restaurants.

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Google’s new logo on Android and everywhere: identity evolved

Google’s new logo on Android and everywhere: identity evolved

This morning Google revealed their new logo and design language evolution, complete with Android implementation. We're having a look with what Google describes as "designers from all across the company, including Creative Lab and the Material Design team" at what it took to design this logo and this new look. We'll see first how the new look will appear in a web browser on your desktop or notebook computer. We'll also see how it'll appear on Android - colors, animations, and everything in-between.

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Google updates their logo – again!

Google updates their logo – again!

Every could of years, it would seem, Google opts to update their main "Google" logo - that time has come again. This year Google is working to become a whole lot more modern, cutting out the serifs and going super flat. This version of the logo retains the colors from the past couple of schemes, while changing the lettering relatively drastically. This is the first time Google has gone without serifs in their mark - ever.

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Ashley Madison boots CEO Biderman in bid to save company

Ashley Madison boots CEO Biderman in bid to save company

The CEO of Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media has, with the agreement to the company, resigned from his position. The company recently suffered a massive data hack that exposed intimate details on millions of users, some of which have resulted in job loss, extortion attempts, lawsuits, and unconfirmed suicides, among other things. Biderman was the primary focus of the second data dump, which included several gigabytes of his personal email.

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