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FTC report: Google caused ‘real harm to consumers’

FTC report: Google caused ‘real harm to consumers’

A 160 page FTC report from a couple years ago has made the light of day through an open-records request, and in it we see Google held in a harsh, often damning light. The report reveals that it was recommended that the FTC sue Google over three of the Internet giant's practices, something that would have -- had it gone through -- ended up being one of the biggest antitrust cases since the similar suit against Microsoft in the 90s. Among other things, the report says Google both has and will harm consumers and innovation with some of its actions.

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Frappuccino at home? Starbucks says it’s coming soon

Frappuccino at home? Starbucks says it’s coming soon

If you don't have time for a mad dash into Starbucks before work, and you're suffering caffeine withdrawals, will soon be able to delivery your drink to your door. Starbucks is launching a new "green apron" delivery service this year. We heard rumblings of the service last year. Now, things are more clear as Starbucks' chief digital officer, Adam Brotman, announced its new delivery operation plan. Starbucks is partnering with Postmates Inc. delivery service in Seattle to bring its customers fresh coffee on-demand. The delivery service will be available to select area of Manhattan as well.

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Uber given the banhammer in Germany…again

Uber given the banhammer in Germany…again

Uber has been hit again with legal woes in Germany, receiving today a ruling that its uberPOP drivers in particular must get the same permits as taxi drivers to continue picking up riders -- something that has haunted Uber across multiple countries and within several states, and that despite its best efforts otherwise have hampered its ability to operate the way it wants. This is the second time Uber has been given the banhammer in the nation, with this latest ruling reversing the ruling made in September that had overturned the original ban.

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T-Mobile going after small business with Uncarrier 9

T-Mobile going after small business with Uncarrier 9

With Uncarrier 9, the expectations were big. T-Mobile typically comes forward when they’ve got something significant to announce, and today was no different. In celebrating two years of ‘Uncarrier’ moves, T-Mobile CEO John Legere — Red Bull in hand — went on a review of the carrier’s growth since Uncarrier began. So what exactly is ‘Uncarrier 9’? Exactly as we suspected, T-Mobile is attacking enterprise. According to CEO John Leger, T-Mobile is going to do for business what they’ve done for the average consumer.

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Sidecar Deliveries expands service into Los Angeles, Boston

Sidecar Deliveries expands service into Los Angeles, Boston

Sidecar has made a couple big announcements today, the first being that it has seen ample success with its delivery service, and the second being that because of that success it is expanding Sidecar Deliveries to include Boston and Los Angeles. This will open the market for those who want to have an item delivered within one's own region in a short period of time, with common users including restaurants offering food delivery, stores making local shipments, and more. This joins the company's regular ride operations in San Diego and San Francisco, Chicago, DC, and Boston.

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Dropbox update improves collaboration with badges, commenting

Dropbox update improves collaboration with badges, commenting

Dropbox has updated its service today, and it has done so with a focus on collaboration in particular, namely how it can make that shared experience better for its users. Dropbox for Business can be used to take Dropbox beyond mere file storing and can be used by workers as a collaborative environment for handling documents and such. If collaborative environments aren't clear and organized, however, they become messy and convoluted quickly, and Dropbox has taken a step to ensure that doesn't happen with two new workflows.

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eBay and Sotheby’s partner, will live stream auctions

eBay and Sotheby’s partner, will live stream auctions

Auction house Sotheby's and eBay have struck a partnership that will see the latter service's online platform being used to auction off goods from Sotheby's live, presenting an opportunity for eBay users to score some coveted antique from the comfort of their desk. This is part of eBay's live auctions platform, and though Sotheby's won't be holding its first auction through the service until the first of April, it is presently up for users to check out and to slip in an advanced bid or two.

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Adobe Document Cloud takes your work wherever you go

Adobe Document Cloud takes your work wherever you go

Even traditional workers may soon have nowhere to hide. Continuing its invasion of the cloud, Adobe is announcing its third "Cloud" product, following its more popular Creative Cloud (CC) and less known Marketing Cloud. While Document Cloud may sound like a storage service that will take on Dropbox or Google Drive, it is actually a more focused product. While it does store documents on the cloud, it is actually more interested in getting you and others to sign them or to keep track of changes to them.

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Uber’s CFO is leaving the company reveals leaked memo

Uber’s CFO is leaving the company reveals leaked memo

Uber is about to see one of its biggest executive departures so far, according to a leaked company memo. Brent Callinicos, who has been with Uber a couple years and currently serves as the company's Chief Financial Officer, is reportedly planning to leave, and the reason has to do with personal matters. According to a memo to Uber employees, Callinicos is looking to step down so that he has more time to spend with his family, fulfilling a promise he made to them.

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Uber goes green: Testing fleet of BYD e6 electric cars

Uber goes green: Testing fleet of BYD e6 electric cars

Uber made a deal with Green Wheels and Chinese automaker BYD to use BYD's e6 electric cars. Uber's first fleet of twenty-five electric vehicles is being tested in Chicago. Uber hopes to expand its Chicago test market to include other cities and add hundreds of BYD electric cars to its fleet before the end of the year. If you're unfamiliar with China's BYD, or "Build Your Dream," you're not alone. In America, when we think of electric vehicles we may think of the Tesla or Nissan Leaf instead of BYD.

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