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Uber decides to rebrand itself, unveils trippy new icons

Uber decides to rebrand itself, unveils trippy new icons

If you picked up your phone today and spotted an app you didn't remember installing, you might have been surprised to find out its Uber, which has announced a rebranding today. In the past, riders and drivers alike were presented with the dark blue icon with a light gray "U" inside. Now riders and drivers will see different icons, depending on which designation they have with the service, neither of which resemble the old design.

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ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

This afternoon ZAGG announced that they'd be acquiring Mophie, bringing the battery giant into the accessories giant thusly. ZAGG will be holding a conference call for investors this evening at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, at which point ZAGG will explain the terms of this merger. ZAGG suggests that this combination of companies will create one which had a combined net sales of "approximately $470 million" in the year 2015.

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Comcast begins rolling out gigabit cable connections

Comcast begins rolling out gigabit cable connections

Google has been working hard to roll out gigabit internet in various parts of the US. When they first announced the endeavor, many people thought that it was more or less a way to get other ISPs to step up their game and offer higher speeds at lower costs. Well, it's at least partially working, as Comcast is prepping to roll out their fastest cable internet speeds ever, in select locations.

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Evernote closes Market down, will link to actual manufacturers

Evernote closes Market down, will link to actual manufacturers

Evernote calls it focusing on its core business. Others might see it as signs of trouble. The once popular startup, considered to be a unicorn in Silicon Valley, has shut down many of the products and services it has considered dead weight. The latest to get the ax isn't even a product technically speaking but a marketplace. Evernote Market, the place where you can order and buy physical products and objects related to the note-taking service, is shutting down, freeing Evernote to concentrate on what it does best.

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GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE has decided it is time to part ways with compact fluorescent lamp production, the company announced in a statement today. This year, GE plans to cease production of CFL light bulbs and switch its focus over to LED bulb production instead; CFL bulbs have been on the downswing, and says GE, they “were never really beloved.” Now that LED prices are coming down, consumers are increasingly turning their attention to the more efficient bulb technology.

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Microsoft tests undersea data centers

Microsoft tests undersea data centers

If you've ever walked into a server room, you know how important cooling is. Depending on how nice the facility is, you'll either notice that it's rather warm, or that there's some serious cooling happening. Now imagine that same server room, but expanded in size many dozens of times over. That's what a data center is like, and you have to get creative when you want to cool one of those, as Microsoft has learned.

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Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Peer to peer sales that are coordinated — and maybe even paid for through — Facebook are nothing new. The social network makes it easy to get in contact with someone, share pictures, and thanks to that money sending feature added to Messenger not too long ago, even pay for an item. Among the things being sold privately through Facebook were firearms, something the social network has now explicitly banned.

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Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple has acquired the education startup LearnSprout, the company has confirmed. LearnSprout offers a simplistic but robust way for schools and educators to monitor their students’ academic performance, and according to its website, thousands of school districts across the United States already use the platform. The acquisition is reportedly to help Apple bolster the educational tools available on its iPad.

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Report: Apple’s seeking exclusive TV shows and movies

Report: Apple’s seeking exclusive TV shows and movies

Like Hulu and Netflix before it, Apple is looking into ordering its own original content for its iTunes customers, according to a new report. According to newly surfaced sources, Apple has put out feelers in Hollywood for studios and producers who may be interested in producing such content. The original programming, say the sources, would be for a lower-priced video service the company will reportedly introduce this upcoming September.

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It’s official: Jolla Tablet is dead, 540 units to be shipped

It’s official: Jolla Tablet is dead, 540 units to be shipped

It almost seemed like a fairy tale, with Jolla successfully funding not one but two Jolla Tablet crowdfunding campaigns, raking in thousands of dollars in the process. After a more or less prestigious Jolla smartphone, there was very little doubt that the Finnish startup would be able to deliver. It seems that things were too good to be true, however, and now Jolla is officially confirming the writing on the wall. The Jolla Tablet dream is no more and only the remaining 540 units in stock will be shipped. The rest, instead, will get refunds.

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Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Microsoft's fiscal year 2016 Q2 earnings aren't looking so hot unless you know where to look: right at Surface. Windows OEM Pro revenue growth is down 6% year-over-year, one percentage point better than the first quarter, but still down compared to one year ago this quarter. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue growth is down 3% year-over year, while Windows volume licensing revenue growth is down 4% year-over-year. Search Advertising Revenue, Xbox Live active users, and Surface revenue are all on the rise.

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Amazon tipped in plan to make ‘Spotify killer’ music service

Amazon tipped in plan to make ‘Spotify killer’ music service

Amazon is working on a more robust music service that will take on Spotify and other big-name competitors, according to a new report. Sources claim Amazon has been holding meetings in recent weeks about licensing deals for this rumored music service, though it is said to still be in its early stages. The service will offer a more robust library than Prime Music, according to the sources, and comes at a time when Amazon has seen the number of digital music sales decline.

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