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Uber’s using hi-res satellite images to identify pickup locations

Uber’s using hi-res satellite images to identify pickup locations

Uber has struck a global multi-year deal with DigitalGlobe in order to use its high-resolution satellite images for better identifying pickup and drop-off locations. DigitalGlobe announced the new partnership today, saying it will provide Uber with satellite photos of cities around the globe. Access to such information is no doubt vital to Uber as it continues work on developing self-driving technologies and eventually replaces its drivers with autonomous vehicles.

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Opera’s Chinese buyout falls through, cheaper deal in place

Opera’s Chinese buyout falls through, cheaper deal in place

Instead of getting $1.2 billion, Opera will have to settle for just half of that. That is the new deal that the once extremely popular mobile web browser maker and a consortium of Chinese Internet firms have reached after the original, more lucrative offer didn't get approved in time. The new deal also involves only selling parts of Opera's overall business, but it will naturally be the most significant parts, and the very parts that could cause some concern from privacy advocates and some governments.

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Despite legal pushback, Uber hits 2 billion rides milestone

Despite legal pushback, Uber hits 2 billion rides milestone

This past December 31, Uber announced that it had given its one billionth ride, a huge milestone for the ridesharing company. Now, a mere six or so months since that announcement, it has hit another major milestone — it has given its two billionth ride, a doubling of its transportation numbers in a half year. The company’s CEO Travis Kalanick revealed the news on Facebook today.

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Verizon 2G CDMA 1X network shutdown set for late 2019

Verizon 2G CDMA 1X network shutdown set for late 2019

Verizon will be shutting down its 2G CDMA 1X network by the last day of 2019, assuming it can get all of its subscribers who are using it switched over to LTE. The company says it will be working with subscribers who are using devices on the 2G network, and that it will delay the shutdown into 2020 if more time is needed to get everyone switched over. In its present form, some Verizon subscribers depend on this network for their voice calling feature; VoLTE will, in due time, take over that task.

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Kantar paints an interesting Samsung v Apple fight in Q2 2016

Kantar paints an interesting Samsung v Apple fight in Q2 2016

Samsung and Apple remain the world's biggest brands when it comes to smartphones so naturally every quarterly report is about those two butting heads and fighting for numero uno. While that is still true to some extent, the world is slowly starting not to revolve around those two. Market research company Kantar divulges some interesting figures in the battle among smartphone makers, and while Samsung and Apple do remain at the top, not only is the gap between them narrowing more than ever, they aren't the only ones up there anymore, too.

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Uber makes ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Hungary

Uber makes ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Hungary

Uber has decided to pull its Uber X service from Budapest, Hungary due to legislative rulings that have been made in the nation. The service will be suspended on July 24, and marks the latest troubled market in which Uber has been forced to leave. Uber has frequently been the source of protests among taxi drivers in nations across the world, and has in some places faced regulations it has denounced for one reason or another. Protesters in Hungary have been actively protesting against Uber.

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Google Fiber offers up three new plans for small businesses

Google Fiber offers up three new plans for small businesses

Google has revealed new information for small businesses taking advantage of its Fiber internet, signaling the end of the program's early access period. That means we're getting our first look at what internet plans for small businesses will offer, complete with pricing details. Google says it will offer small businesses three different options when it comes to internet speeds, with plans ranging in price from $70 a month to $250 a month.

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Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

The term "PC" is hardly something anyone, especially Apple, would use to label its Mac computers. After all, it popularized the Mac vs PC ads. But for the sake of statistics and to show that everyone is affected by the PC slump, that is exactly what market analyst IDC did. Labels aside, IDC's figures do reveal how even Apple, whose Macs have traditionally done better even in the face of the PC market's decline, is having some number problems when it comes to shipments. Not exactly welcome news at a time when analysts are predicting continued slowdown of iPhone sales.

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Amazon’s Seattle spheres will have employee ‘treehouses’

Amazon’s Seattle spheres will have employee ‘treehouses’

You've probably seen Amazon's work-in-progress spherical Seattle biodomes by this point -- they're essentially large glass spheres with a somewhat angular frame, and at least per the renders that have been released, they'll be gorgeous to look at upon completion. The company plans to fill these domes with thousands of plant species, turning them into a veritable earthy paradise for its workers to chill in. Amongst those plants will multi-storey 'treehouses,' as well.

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Oculus is losing the VR war – bleak outlook ahead

Oculus is losing the VR war – bleak outlook ahead

VR is one of those technologies that we've dreamed of for decades, but has only just become a reality. Sure, we had the Virtual Boy back in the 90's, and a handful of other “virtual reality” games over the years. However, there is really one company that's responsible for the current state of virtual reality. Yet somehow their grip on VR dominance is slipping.

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Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

A Department of Justice lawsuit filed this week seeks to force Facebook’s hand in a battle against the IRS and the allegations it has made about Facebook’s tax records. According to the IRS, the social network may have skirted paying taxes on billions of dollars by understating the value of some of its IP that was transferred to Ireland. The DoJ’s lawsuit, which was filed this past Wednesday in California, aims to make Facebook turn over documents as part of the tax investigation.

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Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft has announced a new ‘Premier’ option that allows customers to order a high-end car for those times they want to make an impression. Cars arriving under Lyft Premier include things like an Audi A6 and a BMW 5 Series, though its rollout is pretty limited at this point: only Los Angeles, the Bay area and New York City users will see the Premier option. Uber has long offered a similar service called Uber Black.

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