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Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Latest among Amazon's new delivery projects is a bike delivery service being tested in New York City. The program is called Amazon Prime Now, according to sources that spoke to the Wall Street Journal, and it aims to provide customers with their orders within an hour of placing them. This will give the company an edge on competing online retailers, and will give consumers the immediacy that results from shopping at brick-and-mortar shops.

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Portland sues Uber over unapproved launch

Portland sues Uber over unapproved launch

This past Friday, Uber announced its arrival in Portland, OR, with the ridesharing service sending out drivers to pick up riders without city approval. Portland officials immediately denounced the move, threatening to go after drivers and to "throw the book at" Uber. That didn't deter the service, however, which encouraged its drivers to start working in the city despite the risks. Merely one weekend later, Portland has filed a lawsuit against Uber.

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Uber arrives in Portland without approval

Uber arrives in Portland without approval

It has long been asked when Uber would arrive in Portland, and the answer is now. As of 5PM today, the ridesharing service UberX is now available to customers in Portland...something that was launched without approval, and that has caused immediate backlash. The company confirmed the business move to The Oregonian, and it is doing so without the city's blessing -- Portland prohibits the use of unlicensed taxis, and it has vowed to seek out drivers who start picking up passengers.

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Dish Network loses CBS in major cities

Dish Network loses CBS in major cities

The CBS blackout set for Thursday had been postponed, but apparently only for a day. Dish Network subscribers in several large cities -- Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York among them -- have lost access to CBS stations, though Showtime and CBS Sports remains. The blackout is due to ongoing negotiation troubles between the two companies over fees, and was staved off twice by temporary extensions. The talks have been ongoing for six months, according to CBS.

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Dish Network and CBS stay in talks to avoid blackout

Dish Network and CBS stay in talks to avoid blackout

Dish Network was set to have a CBS blackout at 7PM ET yesterday night if a last-minute solution to an ongoing dispute wasn't settled. Under that blackout, subscribers in 14 cities would have seen CBS stations go dark until an agreement was in place -- something that recently happened with Turner Broadcasting until a temporary deal could be struck. Those using Dish Network know the channels remained past the deadline, and the reason is a decision to continue with negotiations.

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Microsoft CEO promises improved company diversity

Microsoft CEO promises improved company diversity

Several tech companies have revealed their workplace diversity numbers this year, and all of them largely show the same picture: a relative lack of diversity. The various companies have made their own various promises to work toward a solution to this, not the least of which is Microsoft. The company's CEO Satya Nadella recently commented on the reality, promising that his company will continue to improve the diversity of its workplace. The topic came up at Microsoft's annual shareholder's meeting.

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Amazon Fire Phone 2 on the way

Amazon Fire Phone 2 on the way

Amazon CEO Fire Phone Jeff Bezos has indicated that another Fire Phone is on the way. At a Business Insider conference in New York, Bezos spoke with Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider. There in reference to what he thought about the state of the Fire Phone, Bezos suggested "ask me in some number of years." He added, "it's going to take several iterations." This after of Amazon via Senior VP of Devices David Limp told Fortune earlier this year: "we're also willing to say, 'we missed.' And so we corrected."

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Uber to launch carpooling in New York City tomorrow

Uber to launch carpooling in New York City tomorrow

Uber's carpooling service UberPool was introduced in August, and rolled out as a beta of sorts in San Francisco for US users. Fast forward a few months, and now the ridesharing service is looking to expand UberPool, announcing yesterday that it'll begin testing it in New York City soon. This makes for three locations total where UberPool is available -- San Francisco, New York City, and Paris -- though it won't be launching in New York until Thursday. Uber launched its first service in NYC back in 2011.

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Uber job applicant said he had access to user data for hours

Uber job applicant said he had access to user data for hours

Uber has been called into question over privacy concerns after news about its "God View" tool, which grants employees access to user data, came to light. That tool has reportedly been used improperly in the past, including having been used to track a journalist without her permission, according to BuzzFeed. Though the company published its privacy policy on its blog last month, that has done little to settle concerns about how safe its customer data is, and now an anonymous source has surfaced at The Washington Post claiming he was granted access to it -- and he wasn't even an employee.

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HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Review

HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Review

The HP ElitePad 1000 is a tablet built for business. Working with a 64-bit Intel Atom processor under the hood, Windows 8.1 up front, and both TPM 1.2 and HP Bios protection throughout, this unit is a true contender for the finest business world-oriented slate on the market today. With MIL-STD 810G testing approval (that's Military Standard testing for ruggedness), this unit is ready to roll for your in-the-field needs, regardless of if you're working in an office, on an airplane, or anywhere in-between.

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