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Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

In a world where the biggest tech companies are often criticized for employing relatively low numbers of female workers, Apple and Facebook have both instituted a notable change in policy: they'll both now cover the costs for employees to have eggs frozen, something more women are choosing to do so that their younger years can be spent working on building a career. Both are now covering costs that will, under typical pricing structures, allow female workers to have up to two procedure rounds.

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Netflix’s 4k streaming prices climb for new users

Netflix’s 4k streaming prices climb for new users

Netflix has busied itself with a myriad of projects, many of the most recent ones revolving around theatrical movies that will either exclusively appear on the video service, or will launch on the service at the same time as traditional cinemas. That hasn't sat well with many in the industry, but consumers have expressed excitement about the shift in how entertainment is delivered. What consumers might be less excited about, however, is the newest change that Netflix has been very quiet about.

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OverDrive to offer magazines, newspapers via Nook partnership

OverDrive to offer magazines, newspapers via Nook partnership

Nook and OverDrive have partnered up to bring newspapers and magazines in digital form to public libraries utilizing the latter company's platform. The expansion in content will be available to OverDrive users in both the United States and the United Kingdom, says the companies, though the new digital wares won't start rolling out for an unspecified number of months. Because it is being offered through the OverDrive platform, the additional content will be free for users to download. We've got the rest of the details after the jump.

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Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber, Lyft, and other similar services: you either love them or hate them, with many skewing towards the former due to their integration in a mobile lifestyle and fares that are lower than traditional taxi cabs. That doesn't mean they're not without their problems, however, and those problems have ultimately been reflected by the Better Business Bureau, which has bestowed both aforementioned services with its lowest rating -- "F".The reasons, for those familiar with the services, aren't surprising, and seem to largely revolve around surge pricing issues.

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Skype for Mac 7.0 and Windows preview feature redesign

Skype for Mac 7.0 and Windows preview feature redesign

Skype took to its blog yesterday to introduce Skype for Mac 7.0 and a preview of the newest Skype for Windows version, both of which chiefly feature a redesign intended to further unified all the Skype products. The new design drags in design elements familiar to the mobile version, providing a more consistent Skyping experience regardless of which version you're using in the moment. This follows the Skype for Fire Phone version that rolled out this past summer for Amazon's new smartphone.

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Quip update ushers in spreadsheet integration

Quip update ushers in spreadsheet integration

Quip, for those unfamiliar, is a self-proclaimed "productivity suite" that spans across devices, allowing teams to share documents and messages, among other things. Businesses are one of its targeted user bases, and as of yesterday they now have another functionality available: spreadsheets integration. While a simple update, it expands the usefulness of the service greatly, especially for those users who need to share more than mere words. The feature is more convenient than attaching spreadsheets, and says Quip, it furthers the company's vision of having everything in a single place.

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Microsoft CEO in hot water over comment on women and pay raises

Microsoft CEO in hot water over comment on women and pay raises

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella found himself suffering backlash over comments he made today about women and pay raises at a conference in Phoenix. When asked how women working in tech should approach the issue of pay raises when they find it uncomfortable, he responded that workers should lend their faith to the system and that it will bestow pay raises in the course of things. Criticism of the comment was swift and harsh, and he has since redacted his statement, clarifying it in a new one.

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ZTE may buy Pantech: product designs revealed

ZTE may buy Pantech: product designs revealed

Surprise - one company may buy another in the near future. Bet you didn’t see that coming. In a set of papers that detail the possible purchase of Pantech by the company ZTE, they’ve also revealed what their future products might look like together. Pantech may very well be making these products one way or another, but would that they were purchased by a larger company, we’d go ahead and guess that they’d have the cash they need to move forward a lot easier.

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Red Bull owes you $10 unless you did, in fact, grow wings

Red Bull owes you $10 unless you did, in fact, grow wings

A successful lawsuit filed by Red Bull enthusiast Benjamin Careathers has taken hold this week. Careathers filed a claim with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York back in 2013, suggesting that Red Bull does not actually give you energy in any way different from a common cup of coffee. Because of this, Red Bull has been accused of false advertising. Because of this, Red Bull has settled for $13 million dollars - of which you may be entitled to $10 USD.

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Snapchat’s CEO says ads are coming “soon”

Snapchat’s CEO says ads are coming “soon”

Snapchat, despite suffering some big blunders during its relatively short existence, has continued to grow in popularity and boasts a high valuation at over $10 billion. Yahoo was recently tipped by sources to be planning a significant investment into the startup, which is facing growing pressure to begin generating revenue. Advertising is the obvious route, which was recently tipped to be incoming by sources that spoke to the Wall Street Journal. Now the company's CEO Evan Spiegel has confirmed the news, at least in part, saying that ads will be arriving "soon".

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