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HP EliteBook Folio 1020 ultrabook lineup unveiled

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 ultrabook lineup unveiled

HP has introduced its new EliteBook Folio 1020 lineup, and with it comes two new business ultrabooks: the EliteBook 1020 and the EliteBook 1020 Special Edition. The maker brags its new models are the lightest and thinnest business laptops currently available, with both measuring in at 15.7mm thin and the special edition featuring a 2.2lbs weight. This is the latest expansion to HP's Elite PC products, and joining the announcement are updates to existing EliteBooks that will feature current-gen Intel Core processors, among other things.

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Girl Scout Cookies online: invites required, limited nationwide roll-out

Girl Scout Cookies online: invites required, limited nationwide roll-out

The end-times for your wallet are near: Girl Scout Cookies will soon be allowed to be sold online. The Girl Scouts' Chief Digital Cookie Executive (that's a real title) Sarah Angel-Johnson has spoken. This is the first time Girl Scout Cookies will be available direct through the Girl Scouts online since the internet was first activated. Girl Scout Cookie sales generate "an estimated" $800 million in cookie sales a year - this online initiative could bring between 50-150% more in the next 12 months.

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Samsung’s mobile chief keeps job despite S5 slump

Samsung’s mobile chief keeps job despite S5 slump

Many technology firms shuffle up their top-level executives frequently in a never-ending search for increasing profits and better sales. One of the firms that annually shakes up the top level executives is Samsung. Samsung perhaps had more reason this year to shake up its executive mix than it has in years past with some reports indicating that it sold 40% less Galaxy S5 smartphones than it predicted.

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Uber’s NY manager hit with “disciplinary actions”

Uber’s NY manager hit with “disciplinary actions”

Earlier this month, BuzzFeed reported that one of its reporters, Johana Bhuiyan, had her Uber data accessed multiple times by the company's New York general manager Josh Mohrer. Following the claim, Uber said that it was investigating the incidents, and now it has revealed that "disciplinary actions" have been taken against Mohrer. The nature of that disciplinary action has not been detailed, however, and Slate reports that Mohrer will continue in his role as general manager. No other official details about the matter have been given.

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Sony Pictures hack tipped as an inside job

Sony Pictures hack tipped as an inside job

Sony Pictures was swept up in a widespread attack recently, something that came to light after a screenshot of a compromised computer in one of the company's offices was posted to Reddit. Through that screenshot we saw mention of some unspecified demands and a threat to leak data if the demands weren't met. That has spawned different tidbits of information coming from different sources alleging knowledge of or access to the situation, the most recent of which suggests the hack was, in part at least, an inside job.

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Sony betting big on gaming and image sensors for next 3 years

Sony betting big on gaming and image sensors for next 3 years

This week Sony suggests that they'll be redirecting their concentration away from mobile devices and TVs over the next three years, aiming instead at gaming and image sensors. Given their success in selling the PlayStation 4 and surrounding technologies, Sony is ready to go big with their gaming segment. The same is true of image sensors, readying their technology for the next generation of cameras and smart devices of all kinds. It should come as no surprise that Sony would pull back on their Mobile Communications Segment as forecasts there show the only operating income loss amongst all of Sony's products.

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Lyft restricts access to user data as Uber debacle continues

Lyft restricts access to user data as Uber debacle continues

Uber has had a rough time lately, and for good reason. The company has been swept up in widespread outcry against its executive Emil Michael's comments about digging up dirt on journalists, as well as concerns over its "God View" that grants access to user data and, more importantly, has been reportedly misused in at least one instance. In the midst of all this, Uber posted a statement regarding its privacy policy this past week, something that caught the attention of Senator Al Franken. Also paying attention are the company's competitors.

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Dish and Turner strike temporary deal, channels return

Dish and Turner strike temporary deal, channels return

Dish Network and Turner have settled their dispute -- for now, at least -- and the channels that went dark as a result have now been restored. This follows news last month that the two companies were going at it over a contract dispute, something that led to CNN, Cartoon Network, and some other well known channels being pulled. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a temporary agreement is in place, but sources have cropped up to say that it will only be effective until "early spring".

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Elon Musk says Gigafactory deal is “extremely good” for Nevada

Elon Musk says Gigafactory deal is “extremely good” for Nevada

Tesla Motors announced in early September that Nevada had been selected as the destination for its Gigafactory, something that has since been criticized as the result of manipulation and other unsavory tactics. Elon Musk has now addressed these reports, saying that he loves "backhanded compliments as much as the next person," but that the claims aren't true. He goes on to point out some details about the deal, doing so in a statement titled "The House Always Wins" as a reference to the nature of casinos.

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