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Facebook’s new Pittsburgh office is for Oculus research

Facebook’s new Pittsburgh office is for Oculus research

Facebook has confirmed that a new office it has leased in Pittsburgh will be dedicated to Oculus Research. The office is very close to Carnegie Mellon University, and according to one report is said to be 20,000 square feet in size -- though how much of that is dedicated to Oculus isn't known. This makes Facebook the latest company to move into Pittsburgh, a city that has also attracted Uber and some other tech businesses.

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‘Zano’ probe finds why drone Kickstarter campaign failed

‘Zano’ probe finds why drone Kickstarter campaign failed

Crowdfunded projects are risky, and sometimes they don’t pan out. Though some efforts are underway to give backers a bit more protection, the industry is still relatively new and sometimes projects, despite hitting their funding goals, fail to deliver. One of the biggest examples of this is the tiny Zano drone which, though it raised far more than it sought, ultimately fell far short of its goals and left many backers disappointed.

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Facebook mobile app supports anonymous connections via Tor

Facebook mobile app supports anonymous connections via Tor

The terms “Facebook” and “anonymously” are two that probably don't seem to go well together. After all, Facebook goes to great lengths to confirm exactly who is using their service, at times. But still, some people want to be on the social network, without giving up information such as their current location. And the company has rolled out a new feature to help you do just that.

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Time Warner Cable hiking rates for some subscribers

Time Warner Cable hiking rates for some subscribers

Time Warner Cable is increasing the rates for some of its subscribers, stoking ire that -- though not quite as vitriolic as that directed at Comcast -- is often present. The price increase is coming for subscribers in New York state, and follows the Charter Communications merger approval state regulators gave TWC earlier this month. Time Warner Cable informed subscribers of the upcoming price increases via an email.

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Apple’s new EEO-1 filing paints different diversity picture

Apple’s new EEO-1 filing paints different diversity picture

Apple’s EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report for 2015 was released quietly this past weekend, and in it we see a different snapshot of the company’s workforce diversity than the one last presented by Apple. Yes, the company has seen improvements in the realm of diversity among its employees. However, the numbers presented in the report aren’t quite the same as the ones we saw before, and they show relatively little change.

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Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon has taken the wraps off its first round of available devices covered under the Amazon Dash Replenishment service, and they're comprised of printers, a blood glucose monitor, and a GE washer. Under the service, these items and eventually others like the will be able to order needed items when supplies run low, no involvement from the owner necessary (after setup, that is). More connected devices will offer the feature soon.

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Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

In a court case that seems to have been going on since the dawn of time, Apple and Samsung remain at legal war with one another. As a result of that case - the same one we've been talking about for several years - Apple has won an injunction to block the sales of several Samsung phones. Lucky for Samsung, the lot of these phones are... essentially out of rotation. There's almost no possible way you'd be buying these phones in a store today anyway, and if you were, it probably wouldn't be direct from Samsung.

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Amazon Prime Air is real, but their drone army isn’t ready

Amazon Prime Air is real, but their drone army isn’t ready

Amazon is a company that thrives on selling products. But they've never been content with just shipping things to your door, and letting them arrive whenever. No, they want them to get there as fast as possible, through whatever means necessary. They've talked about using a drone army to deliver packages in the past, but today they've actually given some solid details about the proposed program.

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Hyatt names dates and locations of credit card breach

Hyatt names dates and locations of credit card breach

Last month we brought you the news that Hyatt had discovered malware in its credit card processing systems. Obviously, that's the last place you'd want to find malware in a hotel chain. While the company said that it was investigating the issues, we didn't get much information pertaining to how long the malware was on the system, and how many locations were affected. Hyatt has come forward today to answer those questions.

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Facebook is developing their own Android app store

Facebook is developing their own Android app store

If you have a phone from Apple, you get your apps from their App Store. If you have an Android phone, you pick up apps from the Google Play Store. Pretty simple, right? Well, Facebook is concerned about not being able to distribute its apps via these methods in the future, so they're building their own app store.

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Xiaomi fails to reach 80M target, ships over 70M phones only

Xiaomi fails to reach 80M target, ships over 70M phones only

Xiaomi set up a very ambitious goal for itself in 2015. It would ship 80 million phones in that year, a big jump from 2014's 61 million. That, however, might have been too high a jump even for the wildly popular Chinese manufacturer. It only reported "over 70 million" devices shipped, which is still good considering the global smartphone market. That said, it does raise questions on whether Xiaomi's rising star has finally started to fall and whether it can still do its magic for the years to come and in other, more competitive markets.

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