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Uber in New York City gets ride scheduling

Uber in New York City gets ride scheduling

Uber is great if you need to catch a ride somewhere, but lacks when you have to catch a ride at a specific time — if no drivers are close by, you’ll be forced to wait however long until a driver swings by. To help deal with that issue comes a scheduled rides feature for those located in New York City. With it, you can schedule a ride ahead of time to ensure there’s a car ready to pick you up right when you need it. This is part of the feature announced in June, which already went live in Seattle and many other places.

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Huge Yahoo data breach confirmed: 500m accounts hit

Huge Yahoo data breach confirmed: 500m accounts hit

Yahoo has confirmed that it suffered a massive data breach, saying its investigation into the matter reported in August has revealed that at least 500 million user accounts are affected. The hack and subsequent data theft took place in late 2014; the company, per its investigation, says it believes a state-sponsored actor was responsible. The potentially exposed data is extensive, including things like user email addresses, names, birth dates, hashed passwords, phone numbers, and possibly security questions/answers of both the unencrypted and encrypted varieties.

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Yahoo prepares to confirm rumors of extensive data breach

Yahoo prepares to confirm rumors of extensive data breach

Back at the beginning of August, we heard claims of a massive Yahoo data breach, with a hacker named Peace saying he made off with credentials for 200 million accounts. At the time, Yahoo said it was investigating those claims to figure out if they were actually true, but since then, we haven't heard anything from the company about the supposed hack. That may all change quickly, as new reports are saying that Yahoo will soon confirm the data breach.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $3bn to cure all diseases

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $3bn to cure all diseases

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have an undertaking called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and they’re committing a minimum of $3 billion through it over the next ten years in a bid to either “cure, prevent or manage” all types of disease by the century’s end. As such, the initiative says its second big focus is on science, and its President of Science will be The Rockefeller University neuroscientist Dr. Cori Bargmann. At the heart of this undertaking, the initiative says, is the goal of creating a strategy that will “unlock understanding of the human body down to the cellular level."

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Apple tipped in acquisition talks with Lit Motors

Apple tipped in acquisition talks with Lit Motors

Following a report earlier today suggesting Apple is in talks with McLaren, more sources have cropped up to say the company is also talking with Lit Motors, maker of an intriguing, atypically designed self-balancing motorcycle. A total of three sources spoke up about the rumored talks, saying they concern a ‘potential acquisition’ of the motors company. The move would be done to bolster Apple's troubled 'Project Titan' automotive project.

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Comcast WiFi-centric mobile phone service launches next year

Comcast WiFi-centric mobile phone service launches next year

Disappointed that you don't have more Comcast in your life? Starting mid-2017, you'll be able to get mobile phone service through the service provider, something that will reportedly rely heavily on WiFi but will utilize the Verizon Wireless network for times you're not near a WiFi network. The WiFi will be coming from the company’s own subscriber-based hotspots, something confirmed by company CEO Brian Roberts today. The move follows an increasingly large migration from traditional television services to online video streaming, prodding the company to seek out new ways to boost its revenues.

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Uber facility to open in Detroit soon

Uber facility to open in Detroit soon

Uber will soon open a facility in Detroit, doing so to work with suppliers as part of its future transportation goals. The information was announced today by Uber executive Sherif Marakby, who said the facility won’t be used to make hardware or produce cars. The ridesharing company is said to be close to finalizing its plans for the Michigan city, and that it is ‘close’ to launching the Detroit facility. Autonomous cars have become a large focus for the company, which already has research efforts underway in Pittsburgh.

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Car-sharing outfit Zipcar expands into bike-sharing

Car-sharing outfit Zipcar expands into bike-sharing

Long before Uber was ruling the streets, the idea of car-sharing was associated with companies like Zipcar, the service where users can pay to use a car just when they need it, and then park it for someone else to take. Now Zipcar is looking to apply that same model to bicycles, and has announced a new partnership with Zagster where they will bring a new bike-sharing service to 15 college campuses in the US.

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Logitech acquires Saitek, maker of simulation game controllers

Logitech acquires Saitek, maker of simulation game controllers

Logitech has acquired Saitek, maker of simulation game controls. The Saitek website already sports the Logitech logo (the acquisition was made public on Thursday); while Saitek hasn’t issued any statements about the business move, Logitech says it is excited with “a whole list of reasons.” What are those reasons? Logitech says that Saitek’s products are “just great,” giving simulation gaming fans the kind of controllers they need for an immersive experience.

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Domino’s brings pizza ordering Facebook Messenger bot to US

Domino’s brings pizza ordering Facebook Messenger bot to US

Forget placing an order through Domino’s website — the company has made it possible to order a pizza directly within Facebook Messenger via a bot, giving customers in the United States the same feature that has been available in the United Kingdom and Ireland for a short while. In its current form — which will no doubt be refined in due time — users who have an online account and existing orders can use the Messenger bot to reorder their last meal or place an “easy order,” as well as track their meal's status.

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Walmart patent details self-driving shopping cart robots

Walmart patent details self-driving shopping cart robots

Imagine this future: you use your smartphone to order a self-driving car, which pulls up on its own and takes you to the grocery store...in this case, Walmart. When you get there, you just stand by the carts and wait patiently while a small robotic device fetches one and brings it to you, no searching or yanking necessary. Such may one day be reality if a newly awarded Walmart patent -- which describes an autonomous shopping cart system -- is anything to go by.

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Apple shoots down rumor it’s buying Tidal

Apple shoots down rumor it’s buying Tidal

For months now we've been hearing rumors and industry talk about streaming music service Tidal looking for a buyer, with an acquisition by Apple being the most expected. However, in a rare case of addressing such rumors, Apple has come out and clearly stated that it has no plans to purchase Tidal or any other streaming service. That doesn't mean the two companies didn't have talks at some point, but it certainly looks like a deal won't be reached anytime in the near future.

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