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Airbnb just made booking easier for business travelers

Airbnb just made booking easier for business travelers

If you travel for business, staying in an Airbnb is a great way to enjoy the comforts of home, but getting that room booked can be a little tricky. Until now, you'd have to book the room yourself with a company card or go through the extra hassle of getting reimbursed. To ease all that is a newly introduced option called Business Travel Booking; with it, someone in a company, such as a manager, can book an Airbnb rental for other people in the company.

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Keurig Kold soda machine discontinued, company lays off 130 workers

Keurig Kold soda machine discontinued, company lays off 130 workers

It's sad news for Keurig, but not terribly surprising: the company's pod-based soda machine, the Kold, has been discontinued. Consumers weren't interested in the Keurig Kold, and it's not hard to see why -- the machine cost nearly $370 USD and each pod, which produced one soda beverage, cost about $0.50. Considering a 12-pack of soda cans typically costs between $3 and $5, it would have taken a lot of soda consumption to make the machine worthwhile.

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Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be a great way to get around a big city in a timely fashion, without having to pay a whole lot to do so. With carpooling options like Uberpool, it gets even less expensive, as you end up actually sharing your ride with one or more other people. However, if sharing that car makes you late to your destination, that can be pretty frustrating. Uber gets this, and they want to make it right.

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Comcast brings gigabit internet to its second city

Comcast brings gigabit internet to its second city

If you want the fastest internet connection possible, and you happen to live in Nashville, then today is your lucky day. Comcast has announced that they're finally ready to roll out gigabit service to both business and residential customers in the city, today. The company started laying the groundwork for the faster service back in February, but now they're ready to crank up the speed for customers.

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Apple might get an exception to sell in India after all

Apple might get an exception to sell in India after all

Apple's persistence in negotiations with the Indian government might finally be paying off and it soon might have the fairy tale ending it's dreaming of for a local Apple Store in India. An anonymous source talking to the Times of India claims that the government might be willing to waive the "30 percent rule" in Apple's favor for two to three years in order to give Apple the chance to comply with the law and sell locally sourced goods by the time that grace period is over.

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Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

When you request an Uber, most of the time you'll get matched up with a driver, and they'll show up to give you a ride. However, sometimes the driver cancels on you before they get there, and you have to try again. If this has ever happened to you, there are two reasons why it might have happened. You could have a low rating as a rider, or the driver you were matched up with wants a break.

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T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

Today T-Mobile USA has revealed a plan to give users single stocks in exchange for bringing new customers into the fold. In the prospectus for this plan, T-Mobile suggests that these stocks can be given to T-Mobile customers "who are individuals" (not businesses) for one of three different reasons. Stocks can be given for being customers, becoming customers, or referring new customers. It seems relatively simple. T-Mobile USA also suggests that redemptions of "Stock Up Rewards" will be "fulfulfilled through open market purchases of Shares by LOYAL3 Securities, Inc. ("LOYAL3 Securities")."

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Uber arrives in depopulated Japanese city to transport the elderly

Uber arrives in depopulated Japanese city  to transport the elderly

Uber has been given permission to operate in Japan’s Kyotango city, particularly in its Tango region. This community is very small, having a minuscule population of only 5,560 -- it is too small for regular taxi companies to operate, and lacks that transportation option. Most of the population is composed of elderly individuals (those over 65) who have scant options for getting around…that is, until Uber rolls out some cars in the region.

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Tinder will be more transgender-friendly starting in July

Tinder will be more transgender-friendly starting in July

Tinder will soon be a more welcoming place for transgender individuals, the company's CEO Sean Rad said recently. Starting sometime in July, Tinder will add a feature in which users can better specify who they’re looking for and who they (the user) are as a person. Rad also suggested that some augmented reality features could one day make their way into the app.

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Facebook Notify news app is being shutdown

Facebook Notify news app is being shutdown

Facebook’s Notify news app was introduced in November 2015, and now just a little over half a year since its launch, the company says it will be dropping support for the app. According to a message being sent to Notify users, Facebook is working on “transitioning parts of Notify into” some of its other products. The Notify app will be pulled from the App Store; speculation has it that very few people have been using the app (if they knew it existed at all).

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Why this $3.5bn in Saudi Uber investment isn’t about women non-drivers

Why this $3.5bn in Saudi Uber investment isn’t about women non-drivers

It's not particularly difficult to convince your investors that you're doing well when an investment fund sends you $3.5 billion to purchase a stake in your company. That's what's happening this week with Uber, the ride-hailing ride-sharing program that's put taxi cabs on alert the world over. The deal was announced this week by Uber and the Saudi state's Public Investment Fund (PIF), a group that, according to Reuters, is generally aimed at low-risk foreign investments.

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Vivendi wins hostile bid for Gameloft, Ubisoft might be next

Vivendi wins hostile bid for Gameloft, Ubisoft might be next

The term "hostile takeover" already prejudices minds with its outright negative connotation, but that might exactly be the sentiment between Vivendi and Gameloft. Media giant Vivendi has long expressed its desire to takeover Gameloft, a giant in the mobile gaming industry, and it has now practically succeeded. Vivendi proudly announced that it now holds majority share in Gameloft, which practically means it can now take over the smaller company. Undoubtedly much to the dismay of Gameloft's execs who have publicly expressed their desire to remain an independent game maker.

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