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Uber rolls out in Nairobi, returns to New Delhi

Uber rolls out in Nairobi, returns to New Delhi

Uber has good news for its faithful users abroad: it has rolled out in a new city and returned to another. Yesterday the ridesharing service announced that is has launched in Nairobi, yet again expanding the number of cities it services with its UberX offering in particular. In addition to rolling out into a new market, Uber also revealed that it has returned to New Delhi, something that follows a ban in the nation after a passenger was raped by a driver.

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DreamWorks Animation reveals restructuring plan, will nix 500 jobs

DreamWorks Animation reveals restructuring plan, will nix 500 jobs

DreamWorks Animation has produced some popular movies, but the company itself has been facing some struggles for a while, and now it seems it has a plan in place to address that. Unfortunately, according to a recent announcement by the company, that plan involves a restructuring that will require 500 jobs to be cut. When precisely those jobs will be nixed hasn't been detailed, though it seems it will be taking place in the relatively near future. In addition, the company will be shifting its creative focus, and that'll mean fewer movies.

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Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Piracy. Despite the near endless efforts to battle it, the Internet has always won out in the end and illegal downloads show no signs of going away. The ease of access that video streaming services and similar products offer has given consumers attractive (legal) alternatives, and many have embraced them. Still, if it is legal it will cost money (or it will end up being like Crackle), and some refuse to pay up, instead turning to torrents and unauthorized streaming sites.

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Dropbox acquires CloudOn in talent grab

Dropbox acquires CloudOn in talent grab

CloudOn has been acquired by Dropbox, the company has announced. It appears this was a talent grab, and under the acquisition -- the terms of which having not been revealed -- the cloud storage service will bring in 30+ new employees, as well as CloudOn's Israeli office. That latter office will be used by Dropbox as part of its hiring in the nation, the company's product, business, and mobile lead said in an interview recently. This is the latest of many acquisitions on Dropbox's part.

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Lyft is giving its fuzzy pink mustache the boot

Lyft is giving its fuzzy pink mustache the boot

There are many differences between Lyft and its maligned competitor Uber, but the most obvious one to the everyday consumer is the former's facial hair -- that big pink fuzzy mustache. Many drivers and riders alike have long been critical of that mustache, with some being reluctant to order Lyft cars for professional occasions or dates because of the corny look of the 'stache, and others being ticketed under claims that the mustache is some kind of obstruction. Now, finally, the ridesharing service is officially doing away with it.

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Uber expands presence in Colombia, tries to woo Europe

Uber expands presence in Colombia, tries to woo Europe

Uber is in a constant flux, rolling out in some locations and coming to an end in others, sometimes returning, other times having no such luck. The ridesharing service was recently ordered to cease and desist in South Carolina, for example, and it'll be appearing in Portland, Oregon in the near future. Such is the trend we see in the company's most recent news, with Uber announcing that it has expanded its presence in Colombia and that it is trying to woo the consistently hostile European market.

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Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

If Facebook and LinkedIn weren't enough, China's Alibaba is looking to dip its toe in the enterprise service waters, specifically with a social app for businesses. The world's largest e-commerce company is currently developing DingTalk, which at first sounds like another run-of-the mill messaging app for smartphones, but has specific features meant to appeal to enterprise users. In beta testing since December, DingChat will offer the standard group messaging, as well as conference calls, and the ability to connect with Alibaba's platforms that its customers already use.

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Uber told to stop service in South Carolina

Uber told to stop service in South Carolina

Uber has developed more troubles stateside, with South Carolina bringing the service to a halt over a certification issue. Yesterday, the state's Public Service Commission ordered the ridesharing service to stop until it gets a certificate of public convenience and necessity, something taxi companies and other vehicle-related carriers must get. The state seems to have retained a favorable opinion of the service, but is firm in requiring it to get in line with state law. Uber, for its part, is proceeding to satisfy the requirements.

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Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix has failed to strike new contract agreements with Hasbro and Discovery, according to multiple reports, and as a result the video streaming service will be pulling content from both once the current contract runs out. This includes popular series' like My Little Pony, Transformers, and some other children's content. It appears it is possible the shows could end up remaining if deals can be struck, but as of now that is looking unlikely and Netflix's kids' content will be shrinking.

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Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Back in November of 2014, we first heard rumblings of Microsoft bringing the Xbox One's price down to $349 for the holidays. This would include the console by itself and/or a game or games to go with it. Not long after the price drop was confirmed, Microsoft suggested things were going well - the console was jumping off shelves. It was suggested by analysts that the price drop might become permanent. Come last week, the pricing returned to normal - but not for long.

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