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Uber reveals deCarta mapping startup acquisition

Uber reveals deCarta mapping startup acquisition

Uber has been busy rolling out little perks to riders and drivers, but behind the scenes it has been busy acquiring the startup mapping company deCarta. Word has it the deal will be closing some time later on this week, and with it Uber will score tech related to things like turn-by-turn navigation, mapping, and search. How much Uber paid for the startup service hasn't been revealed, but a spokesperson has said this business move will help it further fine-tune its offerings.

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uberFAMILY rides to include nabi 2 educational tablet for kids

uberFAMILY rides to include nabi 2 educational tablet for kids

Uber has announced a new partnership with Fuhu that will bring the maker's nabi 2 educational tablet to its uberFAMILY rides. This gives kids something to do during a ride that doesn't involve playing with the power windows or kicking the back of the seat, and has that educational twist to put this under utilized spat of downtime to good use. The feature is only coming to Washington DC, however, and the ridesharing service doesn't go into many details at this point.

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Netflix (finally) details its Australian launch plans

Netflix (finally) details its Australian launch plans

Netflix revealed plans late last year to expand into the Australian market in March of this year, and that time is finally upon us: the service will be available to Australian users on March 24, exactly 3 weeks from now. Questions about what kind of content and specifics on pricing were left up in the air, however, and though the video streaming service still hasn't revealed what subscribers will be paying, there have been a couple announcements today fleshing out the other particulars.

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Sony Mobile head disputes prophecies of doom

Sony Mobile head disputes prophecies of doom

Last month, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai was quoted to have said that the company is not ruling out an exit strategy with regards to its mobile device and TV businesses to focus more on its more profitable markets, like the PlayStation and camera sensors. This inspired many a speculation about the company selling off its smartphone and tablet arm in the near future. After all, it already sold off its VAIO PCs. Things, however, aren't as clear cut as we might think, at least according to Sony Mobile division chief Hiroki Totoki.

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Lyft entices drivers with new Accelerate rewards program

Lyft entices drivers with new Accelerate rewards program

In the emerging ride-sharing industry, Uber and Lyft have been going at it against each other for a while. Lyft has been trying to entice new drivers, and possibly to lure some away from Uber as well. Lyft's is trying to make their company a bit more alluring to drivers with their new Accelerate program. Accelerate is a rewards program that is designed to give drivers rewards, like a direct line to call Lyft headquarters, based on the amount of rides they give per month.

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Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium

Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium

Feeling old yet? If you're over the age of 30 and you're thinking Tinder could be the key to scoring yourself a mate, you're going to have to pay extra for the premium version, with the service assuming no longer being in your twenties means you've more money to burn. This assumes you're interested in using Tinder Plus, which gives users more features than the non-plus version: namely, you can undo that swipe that you didn't mean to do, and you can view profiles outside of your region via Passport.

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Uber tries to woo ‘partners’ with new magazine for drivers

Uber tries to woo ‘partners’ with new magazine for drivers

The relationship between Uber and its drivers is an increasingly strained one, something that wasn't helped last week when the company revealed that about 50,000 of its drivers had some of their information compromised as part of a security breach. Uber has done little things over its time to try to win favor with its drivers -- whom it has, though perhaps not wisely so, chosen to call 'partners' -- including its "Momentum Partner Rewards". Joining that is its new Momentum Magazine.

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Tinder close to finalizing its advertising system

Tinder close to finalizing its advertising system

The pattern should be clear by now: social networking companies offer their service to users for free, and once they grow to a certain level, it's time to start making money with advertisements. Well, everyone's favorite swipe-right-swipe-left dating app Tinder is looking to join the ranks of Facebook and Twitter by showing users ads in the near future. As the company gears up to begin generating revenue, sources say they shopping around for potential partners to fill the advertising space in their app.

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Uber reveals driver data was hacked last May

Uber reveals driver data was hacked last May

All has been quiet on the Uber front, at least as far as negative things go, and that lucky streak has come to an end as the company has announced that it was hacked and data belonging to about 50,000 drivers was compromised. The announcement came earlier today, but discovery of a possible breach was made back in September 2014. After looking into the matter, Uber found that one of its databases had been accessed on May 13, 2014. Thus far, Uber is unaware of any misuse of the driver data that was compromised.

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Aereo assets sold for a measly $2 million

Aereo assets sold for a measly $2 million

The TV streaming company that's been battling their way to real release over the past several years is now dead. Aereo just went through an auction to sell off their assets, which they expected to be sold for between $4 million and $31 million USD. Unfortunately for the company, they just can't catch a break - their entire portfolio of assets has just sold for right around $2 million - total. This auction attracted a whopping 10 bidders and a statement has been released by Aereo's lawyer William Baldiga, who suggests that they were "very disappointed" by the results.

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