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Comcast brings user time scheduling feature to app

Comcast brings user time scheduling feature to app

Comcast is America's favorite company to hate, and it is trying to change that popular view by eliminating some of the hassle customers often encounter. The latest on the chopping block is waiting on hold, at least under certain circumstances. On Thursday, Comcast announced that it had added two new features to its My Account App, one of which allows users to arrange for a Comcast representative to call them, rather than calling and waiting for a representative to become available.

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Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Earlier this month, Uber steamrolled into Portland without any heads up that it was coming, surprising both residents and city officials alike. The intrusion was illegal, and was not tolerated for long. Within a couple days, Portland had filed a lawsuit against the ridesharing service and had begun baiting drivers, issuing them warnings under the threat of possible substantial future fines. The tactic wasn't a surprising move on Uber's part, and now that it has managed to catch Portland residents' attention, it has agreed to withdraw its service temporarily, leaving everyone else to scramble.

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CrowdedRocket crowdfunding platform takes off with a bang

CrowdedRocket crowdfunding platform takes off with a bang

This week a new crowdfunding platform by the name of CrowdedRocket was launched - and not 24-hours later it's become so popular, the site is down. "We are experiencing heavy traffic," says the site at the time of this article's publication, "we are working on scaling up. Please try back later." The site works with startup companies and sets itself aside by creating a vetting process. Instead of allowing just about any sort of project jump onboard, they have a set of "thought leaders and influencers" work to see whether or not said project is worth the jumpstart in the first place.

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Apple not guilty in decade-long iPod suit

Apple not guilty in decade-long iPod suit

A jury has unanimously decided that Apple was not guilty in the iPod case raised against them a decade ago. The trial for this case only lasted a week and was marred by accusations that the plaintiffs didn't actually have the iPods covered in the case at hand. While the plaintiffs suggested that Apple's iPod software deleted their music in an unlawful way back in and around 2006-2009, the jury did not agree. Instead, they've suggested that Apple's deleting of non-iTunes tracks was basically just what Apple said it would do - and that this was totally fine.

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Withings CEO apologizes for releasing Aura “too hastily”

Withings CEO apologizes for releasing Aura “too hastily”

First introduced in January of this year, Withings' Aura sleep system was ultimately launched in August, and unfortunately was soon after met with user complaints about various issues. The device is meant to track how well a user sleeps, as well as lulling the user to sleep by shining a soft light in different colors and playing gentle music. Unfortunately, it was apparently released before properly ready, and now the company's CEO has apologized to its users.

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BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

It may be time for BT Group - British Telecom - to ready their purchase purse for EE. This deal is being reported by BT itself, suggesting that they've not yet reached a final agreement, but that they're certainly aiming for EE and not O2 as previously reported. It'd be strange, after all, if BT bought O2 as it sold the company to Telefonica just 10 short years ago - of course they'd be buying a big hunk of Telefonica then instead, if they did decide to do so.

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Google Translate now supports ten more languages

Google Translate now supports ten more languages

The only way that most of us get to read content in other languages is by using an online translator service. There are a few of these services and one of the most widely used is Google Translate. Google Translate will automatically translate a wide range of languages already. Google has now added ten more languages to those supported.

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Google to close Russian engineering office

Google to close Russian engineering office

Google plans to pull its engineering office from Russia, leaving in place only workers tending to its partnerships, sales, support, communications, and marketing. The information comes from the Wall Street Journal, which says a Google spokesman wouldn't state the company's reason for closing its engineering office. The business move follows the nation's crackdown on both Internet companies and Internet freedoms.

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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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Uber’s problem extend to Thailand as service deemed illegal

Uber’s problem extend to Thailand as service deemed illegal

Uber is no stranger to articles like this one. Time and again, the ride-sharing company falls victim to articles that paint it in a less-than-glowing light, all set in motion by their own actions. Yesterday, the city of Portland, Oregon sued Uber to halt services, where Uber was legally prohibited from operating. Now, aspects of Uber’s business model have been ruled illegal in Thailand, according to The Wall Street Journal. That might sound fishy, but the parts deemed illegal are the same found offensive stateside.

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