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Walmart Pay rolling out in all stores nationwide

Walmart Pay rolling out in all stores nationwide

Well, that didn't take long: just a few days after we hear that Walmart was increasing the number of its stores offering Walmart Pay by about 600, we get news from the massive retailer that Walmart Pay is now available across every one of its stores in the US. If you're wondering, that means Walmart has increased this launch to include a grand total of around 4,600 stores.

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Amazon bookstore and cafe may launch in NYC by early 2019

Amazon bookstore and cafe may launch in NYC by early 2019

Amazon Books, a physical retail store in which Amazon sells physical books, currently exists on the west coast and may be making its way east in the next couple of years. According to a new report, Amazon is planning to launch a New York City store in either late 2018 or early 2019, offering paper books and a cafe like all the brick-and-motor bookstores it put out of business years ago.

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Report: Verizon to increase monthly plan costs and data caps

Report: Verizon to increase monthly plan costs and data caps

Verizon will be increasing the costs of its monthly smartphone plans, as well as how much data they offer, in the near future according to a new report. The changes are tipped to affect the carrier’s “S” through “XXL” plans, boosting prices by $5 or $10 per month while increasing data allotments between 1GB and 6GB, depending on which plan you have. While the carrier didn't confirm the planned price increases, it did tease that it has something to announce later this week.

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Google’s latest diversity numbers show very little change

Google’s latest diversity numbers show very little change

Google has been working to diversify its workforce for a couple years, and it recently released the latest numbers on its efforts. Unfortunately, not much changed last year in comparison to 2014. The number of non-white and non-Asian U.S. employees scarcely budged, for example, with Hispanics accounting for 3-percent of the workforce and African Americans accounting for 2-percent. The company’s overall number of female workers increased a whole 1-percent over 2014.

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Walmart Pay rolls out to hundreds of stores across the U.S.

Walmart Pay rolls out to hundreds of stores across the U.S.

Walmart Pay, following a limited launch earlier this year, has gone live in about 600 stores across 14 states, including Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Oregon, and more. With Walmart Pay, customers at supported stores can use their phone and the Walmart app to pay for their goods at the register in the same way one would use Samsung Pay or Android Pay. The system is exclusive to Walmart, though, which had notably turned its nose up at other options in favor of its own platform.

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Spotify cries foul again over Apple’s anti-competitive ploy

Spotify cries foul again over Apple’s anti-competitive ploy

Apple has been known to exercise an iron hand when it comes to apps in its iTunes Store, sometimes rejecting updates or even entire apps based on what some claim to be whimsical or downright anti-competitive rules. That is the picture that Spotify is painting in a letter addressed to Apple's general counsel over Apple's recent rejection of an update to Spotify's iOS app. According to the music streaming giant, Apple cites "business model rules" as the reason for the rejection. Which is just another way of saying that it wants Spotify to reinstate in-app billing via iTunes, which would require Spotify to fork over 30% of subscription fees to Apple.

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AT&T promo gives subscribers a free movie ticket on Tuesdays

AT&T promo gives subscribers a free movie ticket on Tuesdays

AT&T, perhaps spurred by T-Mobile’s #GetThanked campaign, has announced a new promotion for its postpaid customers that will give them a free movie ticket when they buy one. Part of the “AT&T THANKS” program, the free ticket will allow subscribers to take a friend or significant other to the movies on a Tuesday for the price of one ticket instead of two, and it’ll be available every week per supplies and the length of the AT&T THANKS program.

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OnePlus 3: Brexit may force price increase

OnePlus 3: Brexit may force price increase

The surprising ‘Brexit’ vote may force OnePlus to increase its prices, the company said in a statement. Note, that price increase hasn’t happened yet, and if it does come about (hint: it probably will), it’ll be one of the “hard choices that need to be made,” per OnePlus’s statement. The reality of the situation — that is, the impact Brexit has had on the Pound — will in all likelihood result in the company’s second-ever price increase, though.

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Vodafone says it may relocate outside UK following Brexit

Vodafone says it may relocate outside UK following Brexit

UK telecommunications company Vodafone is among the many unhappy with the recent vote to leave the European Union, and has dropped a couple serious hints that it's considering a relocation of its London-based headquarters. While nothing has been made final yet, the firm notes that it won't be abandoning its services or customers in the UK, however most of its earning and operations are found outside England.

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HTC is spinning off its Vive VR business after all

HTC is spinning off its Vive VR business after all

HTC may have hit some good points in the tech market of late, thanks to the relatively more successful HTC 10 and especially the HTC Vive VR, but it isn't out of the woods just yet. At a shareholder's meeting, company CEO Cher Wang and head of global sales Chang Chia-lin revealed efforts to establish a wholly owned subsidiary that will specifically focus on growing HTC's budding virtual reality business to help offset the company's overall dismal performance in the market.

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Apple Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued

Apple Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued

Apple is discontinuing its Thunderbolt display, the company has confirmed. The monitor, which is the only one Apple sells and has traditionally been slow on the updates, is still available to purchase through Apple's website, as well as Apple Stores and authorized retail stores for however long the existing supplies last. Once they're gone, though, they will be gone for good.

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FAA propses more fines against Amazon over alleged shipment violations

FAA propses more fines against Amazon over alleged shipment violations

On the heels of a recent proposed $350,000 fine against Amazon over the alleged improper shipment of hazardous materials comes another two notices from the FAA: a proposed fine of $78,000 and a proposed fine of $52,000, both likewise over the claimed violations of hazardous materials shipment regulations. The shipping instances took place in 2014, and are said to have involved a total of three cardboard boxes.

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