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Withings CEO apologizes for releasing Aura “too hastily”

Withings CEO apologizes for releasing Aura “too hastily”

First introduced in January of this year, Withings' Aura sleep system was ultimately launched in August, and unfortunately was soon after met with user complaints about various issues. The device is meant to track how well a user sleeps, as well as lulling the user to sleep by shining a soft light in different colors and playing gentle music. Unfortunately, it was apparently released before properly ready, and now the company's CEO has apologized to its users.

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BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

It may be time for BT Group - British Telecom - to ready their purchase purse for EE. This deal is being reported by BT itself, suggesting that they've not yet reached a final agreement, but that they're certainly aiming for EE and not O2 as previously reported. It'd be strange, after all, if BT bought O2 as it sold the company to Telefonica just 10 short years ago - of course they'd be buying a big hunk of Telefonica then instead, if they did decide to do so.

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Google Translate now supports ten more languages

Google Translate now supports ten more languages

The only way that most of us get to read content in other languages is by using an online translator service. There are a few of these services and one of the most widely used is Google Translate. Google Translate will automatically translate a wide range of languages already. Google has now added ten more languages to those supported.

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Google to close Russian engineering office

Google to close Russian engineering office

Google plans to pull its engineering office from Russia, leaving in place only workers tending to its partnerships, sales, support, communications, and marketing. The information comes from the Wall Street Journal, which says a Google spokesman wouldn't state the company's reason for closing its engineering office. The business move follows the nation's crackdown on both Internet companies and Internet freedoms.

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos talks ambitious original series plans

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos talks ambitious original series plans

Netflix has been making a steady number of content announcements, with several shows being revealed as in the pipeline over past months -- some of them being acquired series, such as Longmire, and others being original works like soon-to-debut Marco Polo. This is just the start, however, with the video streaming service's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revealing recently that Netflix is looking to add quite a few more original shows.

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Uber’s problem extend to Thailand as service deemed illegal

Uber’s problem extend to Thailand as service deemed illegal

Uber is no stranger to articles like this one. Time and again, the ride-sharing company falls victim to articles that paint it in a less-than-glowing light, all set in motion by their own actions. Yesterday, the city of Portland, Oregon sued Uber to halt services, where Uber was legally prohibited from operating. Now, aspects of Uber’s business model have been ruled illegal in Thailand, according to The Wall Street Journal. That might sound fishy, but the parts deemed illegal are the same found offensive stateside.

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Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Latest among Amazon's new delivery projects is a bike delivery service being tested in New York City. The program is called Amazon Prime Now, according to sources that spoke to the Wall Street Journal, and it aims to provide customers with their orders within an hour of placing them. This will give the company an edge on competing online retailers, and will give consumers the immediacy that results from shopping at brick-and-mortar shops.

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Portland sues Uber over unapproved launch

Portland sues Uber over unapproved launch

This past Friday, Uber announced its arrival in Portland, OR, with the ridesharing service sending out drivers to pick up riders without city approval. Portland officials immediately denounced the move, threatening to go after drivers and to "throw the book at" Uber. That didn't deter the service, however, which encouraged its drivers to start working in the city despite the risks. Merely one weekend later, Portland has filed a lawsuit against Uber.

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Uber arrives in Portland without approval

Uber arrives in Portland without approval

It has long been asked when Uber would arrive in Portland, and the answer is now. As of 5PM today, the ridesharing service UberX is now available to customers in Portland...something that was launched without approval, and that has caused immediate backlash. The company confirmed the business move to The Oregonian, and it is doing so without the city's blessing -- Portland prohibits the use of unlicensed taxis, and it has vowed to seek out drivers who start picking up passengers.

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Dish Network loses CBS in major cities

Dish Network loses CBS in major cities

The CBS blackout set for Thursday had been postponed, but apparently only for a day. Dish Network subscribers in several large cities -- Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York among them -- have lost access to CBS stations, though Showtime and CBS Sports remains. The blackout is due to ongoing negotiation troubles between the two companies over fees, and was staved off twice by temporary extensions. The talks have been ongoing for six months, according to CBS.

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