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Uber told to stop service in South Carolina

Uber told to stop service in South Carolina

Uber has developed more troubles stateside, with South Carolina bringing the service to a halt over a certification issue. Yesterday, the state's Public Service Commission ordered the ridesharing service to stop until it gets a certificate of public convenience and necessity, something taxi companies and other vehicle-related carriers must get. The state seems to have retained a favorable opinion of the service, but is firm in requiring it to get in line with state law. Uber, for its part, is proceeding to satisfy the requirements.

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Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix has failed to strike new contract agreements with Hasbro and Discovery, according to multiple reports, and as a result the video streaming service will be pulling content from both once the current contract runs out. This includes popular series' like My Little Pony, Transformers, and some other children's content. It appears it is possible the shows could end up remaining if deals can be struck, but as of now that is looking unlikely and Netflix's kids' content will be shrinking.

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Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Back in November of 2014, we first heard rumblings of Microsoft bringing the Xbox One's price down to $349 for the holidays. This would include the console by itself and/or a game or games to go with it. Not long after the price drop was confirmed, Microsoft suggested things were going well - the console was jumping off shelves. It was suggested by analysts that the price drop might become permanent. Come last week, the pricing returned to normal - but not for long.

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SpaceX rocket crashes and explodes on landing at sea

SpaceX rocket crashes and explodes on landing at sea

SpaceX has been performing very well with its rockets and Dragon spacecraft delivering supplies to the ISS for NASA. So far, most of those trips have gone off without a hitch. SpaceX has an ambitious plan that would allow it to capture those first stage rockets and reuse them to make the cost of sending cargo and people into space more affordable.

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Uber and Live Nation strike partnership for concert goers

Uber and Live Nation strike partnership for concert goers

Live Nation is a familiar company to those who like to get their concert fix, and thanks to a new partnership with Uber, those fans can get to where the shows are with less hassle -- at least, that's the promise. As of now, Live Nation app users can request an Uber ride straight from within the LN app, which will show all the pertinent details like estimated ride cost and when the ride will arrive. This is available for both iOS and Android users.

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Sony plans to close its stores in Canada soon

Sony plans to close its stores in Canada soon

Sony has been shaking things up, and amidst its business moves and rumors of upcoming business tweaks is an announcement that the company will be closing its stores in Canada. Sony made the announcement earlier today to its employees at the stores -- as it turns out, they'll have only a handful of weeks to find new jobs as the shops close up. The news was confirmed in a statement by Sony to The Citizen, and in it the company says it'll be redirecting sales elsewhere.

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Elon Musk donates $10M to Artificial Intelligence research

Elon Musk donates $10M to Artificial Intelligence research

The team at Future of Life Institute have announced this week that Elon Musk has donated a cool $10 million dollars to help run a global research program "aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity." This program will be carried out globally through an open grants competition in which funds will go toward AI researchers and AI research involving other fields including policy, law, and ethics, amongst others. "This will provide the impetus to jump-start research on AI safety," said Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence president Tom Dietterich.

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Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

You've likely heard the news by now: Marriott was slapped with a big fine for blocking patrons' WiFi hotspots, something done under the guise of "security" but criticized as being a ploy to force guests to pay for WiFi access. This led to an official push for permission from the FCC to jam guest hotspots, and many entities and companies -- including Google and Microsoft -- spoke out against the petition. Now Marriott has backed down, saying it won't go through with the plan.

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Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has been challenged in several states by dealership associations in much the same way ridesharing companies have been challenged by the taxi industry. Direct sales pose a threat to the dealership business model, some argue, and should be limited or eliminated altogether. Tesla has battled this issue more than once, sometimes seeing victory (or partial victory) and other times losing. Connecticut might end up proving to be a victory in the near future, with a new bill in place that looks favorably upon direct auto sales.

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Pixel Qi has seemingly vanished without a trace

Pixel Qi has seemingly vanished without a trace

More than half a decade ago, an odd-named company became the center of attention and hype because of the promised holy grail of LCD displays. And although Pixel Qi was able to deliver, to some extent, that much sought after readability in whatever lighting condition, the company has failed to make a profit, enough to sustain its business in a viciously competitive display business. But while it has yet to issue a formal admission, provided the company actually does still exist, for all intents and purposes and as far as official communication channels go, Pixel Qi is practically no more.

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