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Facebook gets serious about open internet for all

Facebook gets serious about open internet for all

Those of you in the world wide web and abroad aiming to bring the internet to the whole world can now team up with Facebook if you do so wish. Internet.org, the Facebook-made internets services portal, is now a platform for developer to help in the aim to spread internet access across the entire planet. Three guidelines for participation have been outlined for developers. With these three guidelines in mind, the internet can spread far and wide with developers and apps of all kinds.

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Uber’s China office raided by government authorities

Uber’s China office raided by government authorities

Police and other government officials in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou conducted a raid on the offices of Uber Technologies last week. The incident was initially reported by local newspaper Guangzhou Daily, who added that cellphones and other equipment were seized, and that transportation and business-licensing departments were taking part in the ongoing investigation. The office raid took place on Thursday, while on Friday the Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government's official broadcaster, reported that the operation was not targeting Uber specifically, but part of a general crackdown on illegal taxi services.

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JBL taps NBA’s Stephen Curry as brand ambassador

JBL taps NBA’s Stephen Curry as brand ambassador

JBL, the company you probably best know for its headphones (they’ve got some auto and marine hardware too) has brought aboard the NBA’s Stephen Curry as its “Brand Ambassador”, following in line with a long-running tradition of tacking famous faces to brands in an effort to boost the customer base. JBL made the announcement this afternoon, saying that Curry is now the company’s newest brand ambassador and that the NBA all-star has penned a multi-year partnership deal that’ll have him collaborating with the audio company.

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Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Windows Phone, Windows 10 for tablets, and basically whatever other kind of carrier-driven version of Windows you might have will be working with Carrier Billing soon. This means that whatever carrier your device is connected through will allow you to charge money through your account rather than through a separate credit card. This comes in most handy when you're shopping in an app store and want to purchase an app, music, or a movie, for example - charging it to your carrier account lumps more costs into one bill.

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Samsung posts Q1 2015 results, finally looking hopeful

Samsung posts Q1 2015 results, finally looking hopeful

It's that time of year again when companies are handing out their report cards for the first quarter of the year. Considering how Samsung has been having a bit of trouble in that subject, it is interesting to see how well it fared this time around. Although it's not out of the woods yet, the good news for Sammy's fans is that the company's earnings are finally showing some positive numbers and the future looks a little less bleak. But it's not all because of the Galaxy S6.

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SoundCloud takes podcasting features out of beta

SoundCloud takes podcasting features out of beta

SoundCloud is treading more heavily into the domain of podcasts, announcing that it is taking its podcasting features out of beta and allowing its users to enjoy those features with their own podcasting efforts. The podcasting features aren't just uploading and sharing an audio file containing a podcast, mind you — it’s the ability to host podcasts, which include the tools one would expect to come with that: statistics showing audience data, for example, and an RSS feed URL for distributing the podcasts elsewhere, among several other features.

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Uber buckles under pressure in Germany

Uber buckles under pressure in Germany

Uber has buckled under pressure in Germany and will be getting rid of its UberPOP service in the nation, at least according to sources that have surfaced. In the place of UberPOP will be drivers that have the proper private-hire licenses, though when those drivers will be taking to the road isn’t entirely clear at this point. This is an unusual course of action for Uber, which has notoriously strong-armed its way into markets that weren’t welcoming, usually finding some level of success in doing so — Portland, perhaps, being the most recent example of this tactic.

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Uber’s launching its food delivery service in NYC and Chicago

Uber’s launching its food delivery service in NYC and Chicago

Food is an important part our lives, often extending beyond mere sustenance to serve as a notable touristy or social experience, among other things. Not all special meals have to take place inside of a restaurant, however, and Uber wants to make sure you've got access to them regardless of where you're at. Cue UberEATS, a food delivery service the transportation company has been testing in Barcelona and Los Angeles, and that it has now officially launched in both of those cities, as well as Chicago and New York City.

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