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Netflix will expand to Australia, New Zealand in March 2015

Netflix will expand to Australia, New Zealand in March 2015

Netflix, taking a moment from its seemingly perpetual content revelations, has announced that it'll be getting a big expansion early next year, moving into Australia and New Zealand in March 2015. This follows the company's launch in France back in September -- a place where it hasn't entirely been welcomed -- and will likely in the same way include a mixture of locally-relevant content and the shows that span its global viewership. The video streaming service is remaining tight-lipped about pricing, however, saying it'll announce that sometime in the future.

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Uber emphasizes privacy stance following exec’s comments

Uber emphasizes privacy stance following exec’s comments

In case you managed to miss it, one of Uber's top executives recently made comments about how the company could dox reporters that have been critical of the service, something that quickly spawned harsh comments and ample backlash. Though an apology and clarification were made soon after, users are still raising privacy concerns, and in an apparent effort to quiet the noise comes a new blog post from Uber. It has emphasized its privacy policy, pointing out the bits it feels are relevant, though it seems like a case of too little, too late.

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Samsung to focus on price competitiveness with less smartphone models in 2015

Samsung to focus on price competitiveness with less smartphone models in 2015

Samsung has some of the most popular smartphones on the market today, but the company wants to focus on being more price competitive in the future. Samsung also reportedly plans to cut the number of smartphone models it produces by up to 30% to combat falling profits. The idea is to shed some of the poorly performing models and focus on those that do very well for the company. A Samsung spokesperson has said that it will reduce the number of smartphone models by 25 to 30% next year.

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Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Despite what seems to be nothing but losses on the mobile front, Intel isn't ready to call it quits just yet, at least not formally. While some companies (HP and Sony come to mind) are divorcing their businesses in order to remain profitable in at least one area, Intel isn't about to let someone else take its mobile and tablet business elsewhere. Instead, it will be merging that loss-making unit into its division in charge of making chips for PCs, in the hopes that they will finally hit some sweet spot in the end.

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Facebook at Work service rumored in testing for business users

Facebook at Work service rumored in testing for business users

If you can't resist the urge to get on Facebook while at work, the company's new rumored work-in-progress will either alleviate your guilt or feed your addiction. It's called Facebook at Work, and according to sources that spoke to the Financial Times it'll be targeting the likes of Google, LinkedIn, and more by providing a platform specifically for business users. The new site, says the sources, will look more or less like Facebook with both groups and newsfeeds, but will bring with it things like the ability to collaborate over documents.

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Reddit CEO resigns over office location disagreement

Reddit CEO resigns over office location disagreement

Reddit's CEO has resigned from his position following a disagreement over the company's new office location and lease cost. The information comes from Sam Altman, who made the announcement earlier today on his blog. Says Altman, former CEO Yishan Wong was not asked to resign (nor was it suggested he should), but he made the decision "when we didn't approve the new office plan". For now, Ellen Pao will be stepping up to serve as interim CEO. Joining this announcement are details about other team shakeups taking place at the company.

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Report: Hasbro might acquire DreamWorks Animation

Report: Hasbro might acquire DreamWorks Animation

Hasbro is looking to acquire DreamWorks Animation, according to sources that spoke with the New York Times. Talk between the companies is said to be "advanced", but the sources say that nothing is concrete yet and it might still come to nothing. If the acquisition does pan out, however, it would see Hasbro's product lines open to a new level of feature film possibilities, and DreamWorks Animation would have numerous options for future projects. This follows news in September claiming Softbank was looking to acquire the company.

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Square Reader ready for Chip Cards of all kinds

Square Reader ready for Chip Cards of all kinds

So you're in need of a credit card reader that'll work with the next generation of credit cards. The folks at Square have decided to run out ahead of the United States' switch over to credit cards with "chip and pin" authentication and make a reader that'll be prepared for the switch. It's called "Square Reader for Chip Cards" and it'll be essentially the same size as the Square credit card reader you've already got in your pocket today. Time to start scanning.

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Gameloft branch raided by police over gambling rumor

Gameloft branch raided by police over gambling rumor

Gameloft, maker of all sorts of mobile games, had its branch in Indonesia raided by police recently over what was apparently a misunderstanding about what, exactly, game developers do. That raid is said to have happened this past Monday, and was due to residents in the region telling law enforcement the studio was actually a secret "online gambling den." Undercover officers tried to force their way into the building, reportedly punching a security guard in the face, before getting a warrant and returning later.

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