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Apple data center chlorine leak leaves 5 sick

Apple data center chlorine leak leaves 5 sick

Apple has had another incident, it is being reported, this one following the fire that happened in the recent past. This time around the company is said to have suffered a chlorine leak that has left five people injured at one of its data centers in Maiden, North Carolina. The incident happened on Monday at about 2:30 PM, and resulted in hazmat crews being deployed on the scene. Those who were injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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Uber hit with another harassment case in New Delhi

Uber hit with another harassment case in New Delhi

Another sexual harassment case involving Uber has surfaced in New Delhi, where a driver for the ridesharing service has been arrested for allegedly kissing a rider’s hand, then attempting to kiss her on the mouth, at which point she ran away. The driver who has been accused, Vinod Kumar, reportedly has been driving with Uber since May 4, and was arrested following a preliminary probe into the claims. According to an unnamed police official, the driver “is in police custody and” is being questioned about the matter.

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Pinterest intros “Buy It” button, supports Apple Pay

Pinterest intros “Buy It” button, supports Apple Pay

All the signs pointed toward this day coming about eventually, and now it is here: Pinterest has added a "Buy It" button to its service, allowing users to buy items they happen across without leaving the app. This marks the company's foray into e-commerce, and is something many have expected to happen for a while: because the website is often used for things like crafts and recipes, it makes sense that it would offer ways for users to acquire the items they need for different projects.

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ThinkGeek is now being bought by GameStop

ThinkGeek is now being bought by GameStop

Last week the big news was that "alternative" mall retailer Hot Topic was buying ThinkGeek, the popular internet shop. Well, it turns out that the parent company of ThinkGeek, GeekNet, have had a change of heart, and will instead be selling to GameStop, one of the country's largest video game retailers. The reason for that change of heart? Money, of course. GameStop swooped in and outbid Hot Topic at the last minute, making an offer valued at $140 million.

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ShenQi’s Chen Xudong is new Lenovo, Motorola mobile chief

ShenQi’s Chen Xudong is new Lenovo, Motorola mobile chief

Changes in high ranking positions aren't always good. Unexplained changes in high ranking positions are even more suspicious. Given the suddenness of the move and the circumstances revolving around it, Lenovo's announcement that mobile business head and Motorola Mobility chair Liu Jun is stepping down is sure to raise a few eyebrows. In his stead will be Chen Xudong who leads Lenovo's ShenQi, another and separate smartphone unit in China that sells devices online. All of these just after Lenovo's rather positive performance in the smartphone market.

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Uber rides can now be ordered in Foursquare app

Uber rides can now be ordered in Foursquare app

Uber's slow expansion into other services has grown a bit more, with the ridesharing service teaming up with Foursquare to offer its service to the latter app's users. Those who use Foursquare will be able to order a ride without leaving the app thanks to a new "ride there with Uber" button. The Uber app will still be needed, but with this button many of the options will be chosen in Foursquare's own app and then loaded automatically into the Uber app.

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Tesla’s direct sales hopes dashed in Texas

Tesla’s direct sales hopes dashed in Texas

Tesla Motors goes the direct sales route, which involves it selling its cars directly to consumers rather than dealerships selling them. This is said to be necessary, according to Tesla, for a variety of reasons including proper consumer education on what the maker's cars are all about. It has encountered a lot of opposition from the industry for this, however, and in many instances has had to undergo legal battles to continue with its direct sales efforts. Texas, again, has proven most difficult.

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Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that'll likely not win it favor with the NSA. This morning the social network announced that it is rolling out a feature that will allow privacy-conscious users to receive encrypted emails from Facebook, with the feature covering emails that are of a sensitive nature — password reset messages, for example. Under this new feature, one can add OpenPGP public keys to their Facebook profile, and can also opt-in to an encrypted notifications option for getting more secured messages.

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Netflix is testing ads before and after videos

Netflix is testing ads before and after videos

One of the nicest things about Netflix is that you can fire up any content you want and immediately start watching it, no advertisements anywhere to be seen. That has started changing recently for some users, however, and now Netflix has confirmed what many were suspecting: it is testing advertisements before and after videos. The advertisements are currently only for Netflix's own content and are only showing up for some users, but that could change in the future.

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Amazon Stream is an entirely new shopping experience

Amazon Stream is an entirely new shopping experience

Amazon is always working hard to figure out new ways to get you to spend your money with it online. One of the latest ways Amazon wants to part you from your money is with a new shopping experience called Stream. Stream has an endless supply of products for men, women, and your home in an easy to browse format that crams all sorts of items in one location.

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