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Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon has a lot of projects up its sleeve, and just as students have settled into their spring semester the company has shifted its focus to colleges and universities. The company revealed yesterday that it has partnered with a trio of colleges under its Amazon Campus initiative, and not long after we heard rumbles that the Internet retailer is eyeing those RadioShack stores that'll soon be up for grabs. Among it all, Amazon has unveiled its first-ever staffed location for order pick-ups and drop-offs, representing a big milestone for the company.

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Google SVP of Knowledge leaving as management restructures

Google SVP of Knowledge leaving as management restructures

Google’s management structure is undergoing more movement, as Senior Vice President of Knowledge Alan Eustace is retiring. According to sources, Eustace is not leaving for another job, but is just plain giving up the day-to-day grind for retirement. His departure marks another major figurehead leaving he company, or otherwise moving to make room for Google’s new management structure. Larry Page has quickly moved Sundar Pichai up the ranks, with a majority of Google’s core service chiefs reporting to him rather than CEO Larry Page.

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Star Wars Humble Bundle summons the Dark Forces

Star Wars Humble Bundle summons the Dark Forces

Today Humble Bundle brings heat with a number of Star Wars-themed games for PC, Linux, and Mac. The team behind Humble Bundle have successfully high-fived the folks who own the rights to these games - previously called LucasArts - and are pushing cash to charity. Users are asked to pay $1 or more - hopefully a lot more - to gain access to a number of rad games from Star Wars history. And what's that - at least one super classic title - Dark Forces, the original 3rd-party Dash Rendar-like character first person shooter back from the dead.

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NASA White House budget up (and down)

NASA White House budget up (and down)

Even with a $500-million-dollar boost compared to last year's total, NASA is only being provided with a potential 0.46% of the Federal Budget. While you'll hear many hearty claps and hoorays at the targets for this budget, this would be another in a long line of drops in percentage-of-total for the federal budget for NASA. The last time NASA received any amount over 1% of the total federal budget was back in 1993. Not that NASA could use the money for anything important like saving humans from an extinction level event, or anything like that.

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RadioShack tipped to close 50% of stores, sell the rest

RadioShack tipped to close 50% of stores, sell the rest

It is no secret that RadioShack has been hurting, with consumers turning to typically less-expensive online retailers for their gadget needs. In early 2014 the company wanted to close down 1100 stores, and last month word surfaced that RadioShack was destined for bankruptcy, and that it could end up selling some of its assets as part of this. Now new sources have surfaced fleshing out some of the details, and according to them the brand itself could cease to exist.

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Reddit lays off Notes lead engineer, equity future in doubt

Reddit lays off Notes lead engineer, equity future in doubt

If you are one of the Redditors who have been holding on to Reddit's every word about equity, chances are you are pretty disappointed by now. The news-slash-social networking service has recently laid off Ryan Charles, who happens to be the lead engineer in the company's Reddit Notes project. It has also closed all and any job openings related to cryptocurrency. And while Reddit itself says it is just bidding its time and waiting for the legal pieces to fall in place, Charles says that Notes, and any other cryptocurrency plan in the company, is dead.

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Lenovo’s Q3 2014 saw revenue jump, PC market domination

Lenovo’s Q3 2014 saw revenue jump, PC market domination

Lenovo has posted its Q3 2014 earnings, and in it we see some good news tempered by a few hiccups. Revenue for the quarter ending on December 31 saw a 31-percent year-on-year increase, hitting $14.1 billion. Pre-tax income (when accounting for expenses) was down 15-percent versus the same quarter last year, however, at $274 million, and Q3's net income saw a 5-percent year-on-year decrease at $253 million. The company managed to hit a new milestone in PC market share, and credits PCs with 65-percent of its revenue.

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Uber confirms CMU partnership with eye on autonomous tech

Uber confirms CMU partnership with eye on autonomous tech

Uber has confirmed the rumor that surfaced earlier today, revealing that it has indeed struck a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Under this, the ridesharing service will create its new Uber Advanced Technologies Center near the uni's campus where CMU's researchers and others will aid in the R&D of autonomous tech, among other things. Uber is being relatively quiet about what exactly it plans to do there, but the future of hailing a self-driving taxi just got a little more real.

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Police stations becoming safe locations for Craigslisters

Police stations becoming safe locations for Craigslisters

Despite the number of crimes surrounding online classified ads like Craigslist and its ilk, there is no stopping people from resorting to these services and transactions to make a quick buck or buy some rare oddity. And despite all that has happened, some still agree to meet in very shady locations or circumstances. So in the absence of some common sense, what are law enforces to do? Why offer to become the witnesses and the drop point of said transactions, of course!

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Airbnb to begin collecting taxes in Chicago, Washington, more cities

Airbnb to begin collecting taxes in Chicago, Washington, more cities

Airbnb has been receiving legal grief for some time now about collecting taxes from hosts on the service. The main arguments against Airbnb are that people use the service as a loophole to set up illegal hotels and not have to pay taxes, and that hosts have an unfair advantage over competition from real hotel businesses. While Airbnb already began collecting taxes last year in the cities of San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon, they have announced that the practice will expand to several more cities over the next few weeks.

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