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UberCARGO uses big vans to haul your stuff

UberCARGO uses big vans to haul your stuff

Uber keeps tacking new options onto its service, and often the new options are either initially limited to a specific region before wider availability or forever destined for only certain cities. It isn't clear which is the case for UberCARGO, which the ridesharing service recently introduced on its blog for its Hong Kong customers. With it, users will be able to order a large van or something of that nature and use it to have their gear hauled from one place to another.

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Uber pulls its service in Spain following legal troubles

Uber pulls its service in Spain following legal troubles

When it comes to Uber's service, the number of areas where it was available before later being suspended is growing. In some cases, such as with Portland, that appeared to be the plan. In others, the push to remain was a great -- but ultimately futile -- one. The service's presence in Spain seemed more of the latter, but hit a snag following a recent court ruling that pegged Uber as running afoul of local law. Since then, Uber has decided to temporarily suspend its service in the region.

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ZTE shakes up its brand with new logo design

ZTE shakes up its brand with new logo design

If something isn't broken, don't fix it. Or thusly the saying goes. That doesn't mean one would be ill advised to refine whatever has already proven long effective, and that seems to be the mindset behind ZTE's recent decision to change it logo. The new version is hardly different than the previous version -- it is still a simple "ZTE" logo mark, after all -- but the subtle refinements do lend an element of modern flavor to the otherwise minimalist brand mark.

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Xbox One price heads back to $400

Xbox One price heads back to $400

While it'd been rumored that the Xbox One's $349 price point this holiday season would be permanent, Microsoft will indeed be bringing back an extra $50 this January. Starting on the 3rd of January, 2015, the Xbox One will no longer be available for its holiday bundle price point. This includes the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle primarily - while bundles with Forza, Titanfall, and Sunset Overdrive will also be brought back to their original pricing, this allowing Sony a bit more wiggle-room in their console competition through early 2015.

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Xiaomi sees funding, $45 billion valuation heading into CES

Xiaomi sees funding, $45 billion valuation heading into CES

Though they’re still not making devices available the world over, Xiaomi is still the darling of the Android world outside of the United States. In China, they’ve quickly become the top smartphone vendor, seeding well-made devices via their own online sales portal. Those low-cost devices leave Xiaomi with a fairly thin profit margin, but that doesn’t seem to be worrying Venture Capitalists, who just cobbled together a $1 billion funding round for Xiaomi. The new funding values the company at over $45 billion.

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Walmart begins giving credit in exchange for unwanted gift cards

Walmart begins giving credit in exchange for unwanted gift cards

Immediately following the year's largest gift-giving holiday, Walmart has launched a new service where it will accept your unwanted gift cards from other retailers, and give you a Walmart gift card instead. What better way to take advantage of a time when people are trying to figure out what to do with gift credit to places they don't really shop. Walmart's new website for the program is actually in partnership with CardCash, which already offers to buy and sell unwanted gift cards.

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UberT adds $2 charge for hailing taxis

UberT adds $2 charge for hailing taxis

Uber has upset some of its New York customers by introducing a $2 fee to its UberT, a service in New York City that allows travelers to hail a taxi or boro-taxi using its platform. The service itself is a mixture between Uber and traditional taxi usage, making it easier to get a taxi, for example, but less convenient without the payment option regular UberX users enjoy. The new $2 charge is said to be a "booking fee", and it goes directly to Uber.

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DirecTV deal brings Disney content to your tablet

DirecTV deal brings Disney content to your tablet

While competitor Dish Network has been busy battling it out with various networks (and suffering more than a couple blackouts), DirecTV has been quietly working on its own deal, one announced just ahead of the holidays this week: a multi-year distribution deal with Disney that gives subscribers access to Disney Channel, ABC, and ESPN content on any Internet-connected device. This is part of Disney's TV Everywhere service, and was part of a renewal on a contract that was set to expire the end of this month.

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Fastest Internet Ever hits Minneapolis first

Fastest Internet Ever hits Minneapolis first

Global internet and data services provider US Internet has let it be known this week that they're bringing the fastest internet connection in the history of the world to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company, founded in 1995, will be bringing on "the same broadband as Fortune 100 companies" and beyond to small business owners and residential customers. According to Joe Caldwell, Co-CEO of US Internet, "With our new fiber network, we have redefined what is considered broadband Internet and taken our speed capabilities to next-gen levels, resulting in the fastest Internet service the world has ever seen for home users."

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Uber CEO charged in South Korea

Uber CEO charged in South Korea

Following closely after word surfaced of troubles in China and Taiwan, Uber has been hit with a pretty severe blow in South Korea, where the ridesharing service's CEO Travis Kalanick was indicted for allegedly violating the nation's transportation laws. Bloomberg reports that an unnamed government official provided some extra details, among them being that Uber in South Korea (and its partner MK Korea) were operating "rental cars as taxis" illegally. This follows Uber's past claim that it was following the nation's law.

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