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Uber Safe breathalyzer gets Canadians home at no charge

Uber Safe breathalyzer gets Canadians home at no charge

Most people have been a bit too tipsy to take the wheel as some point in their lives. In a genius marketing move, Uber set up a an interactive breathalyzer installation, dubbed "Uber Safe", in downtown Toronto. According to Uber, drunk driving accidents triple after midnight, so the ride share company is doing its part to get Torontonians home safe and sound. In the marketing stunt, inebriated crowds encountered the breathalyzer and curiously stepped up to take the test by exhaling through a straw for six seconds.

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Apple tipped in Dryft startup acquisition

Apple tipped in Dryft startup acquisition

Apple has acquired Dryft, the startup behind the keyboard apps, at least according to some sleuthing work that has been performed and unnamed sources. If true, it was an exceptionally quiet acquisition, with it being said it seems the acquisition happened in 2014. Apple skirted around confirming the rumor, saying instead its boilerplate response about occasionally buying smaller tech companies -- a canned response many are assuming means "yes" without any explicit confirmation of such. If true, it appears it may have been a talent grab.

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Slew of copycat Kickstarters reported for DMCA infringement [Update]

Slew of copycat Kickstarters reported for DMCA infringement [Update]

Kickstarter is the place to go for crowdfunded projects, but from the multitudes of original content arise the occasional copycat productions, ripping off someone else's work. Kickstarter just issued its first transparency report which details all of the requests and claims in 2014 to take down campaigns. Out of the 22,252 68,668 projects submitted in 2014, 282 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claims were made on a total of 240 Kickstarter projects. Surprisingly, the crowdfunding company only pursued actions against 44% of those reported projects.

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‘Ride’ new carpooling app hits iTunes today

‘Ride’ new carpooling app hits iTunes today

Carpools aren't just for soccer moms anymore. The latest ridesharing service, Ride allows those with a long commute, more than 30 minutes, to participate in efficiently arranged van pools. It has an app and mobile interface, like Uber, but its similarities end there. Ride drivers are all volunteers instead of paid contractors. The service hope to save you time and money. Instead of paying for tolls, parking, and wear and tear on your vehicle, Ride supplies a regularly maintained van to transport people who live or work in the same area.

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Uber requests US lawsuit over India assault be dismissed

Uber requests US lawsuit over India assault be dismissed

Late last year, an Uber driver in New Delhi reportedly raped a passenger, something that led to a temporary ban on the ridesharing service and eventual safety measures being implemented in the region. A lawsuit from the victim still stands, however, and Uber is seeking to have it dismissed by a U.S. court because, among other things, the attacker and victim are both Indian citizens and the attack took place in India. The driver had a contract with Uber B.V in the Netherlands, not Uber U.S.

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Microsoft reveals plan to hire autistic employees

Microsoft reveals plan to hire autistic employees

Microsoft has revealed a pilot program for hiring people with autism, with information about it having been released late last week in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. The program is still in its early days at this point, but is being done in conjunction with Specialisterne, and will result in autistic individuals being offered full-time employment in various positions at the company's Redmond, Washington campus.

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Google Moderator to close down in July

Google Moderator to close down in July

Google will be shutting down its Moderator service forever this summer, the Internet giant has announced. The closure will take place in three parts, with the first part having kicked off on March 30 -- that was when you could start exporting your data using Google Takeout, something that now makes sense in light of the newest announcement: Moderator will close to new questions and similar actions on June 30, and will be gone forever a month later on July 31.

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“Gmeet’ may be Google’s new teleconferencing tool

“Gmeet’ may be Google’s new teleconferencing tool

If you work at an office that either has other offices elsewhere or lets employees work form home, you know how crucial teleconferencing can be. It’s also handy for those businesses that have clients or customers spread out across the country or world. It seems Google knows, too, and is readying some sort of teleconferencing tool tentatively named GMeet; likely short for ‘Google Meeting’. Details are sparse, but it might serve as an offshoot of Hangouts, Google’s existing over-the-top communications platform.

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Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung just released its financial performance for the first quarter of the year and, good news for Sammy and its fans, it has beat the rather negative analyst expectations. But it might be too soon to rejoice. While the Korean consumer electronics giant did seemingly beat the odds, it's smartphone business, believed to be the culprit for Samsung's decline, isn't looking any better. Instead, the company has its chips and LCD displays to thank for greeting 2015 with more of a bang instead of a flop.

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Uber to hire slew of engineers, could be developing self-driving cars

Uber to hire slew of engineers, could be developing self-driving cars

Uber has big dreams, one of which might be to run fleets of self driving cars. The ride-share company is hitting the ground running as it looks to hire a range of positions including mechanical engineers from the automotive field and software engineers to work on sensors and vehicle controls. Nineteen positions were posted online today. The job listings are for Uber's newly established Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, which is a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. This research center will act as an experimental lab where the top minds can solve problems blocking the path to driver-less vehicles.

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