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Uber rides can now be ordered in Foursquare app

Uber rides can now be ordered in Foursquare app

Uber's slow expansion into other services has grown a bit more, with the ridesharing service teaming up with Foursquare to offer its service to the latter app's users. Those who use Foursquare will be able to order a ride without leaving the app thanks to a new "ride there with Uber" button. The Uber app will still be needed, but with this button many of the options will be chosen in Foursquare's own app and then loaded automatically into the Uber app.

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Tesla’s direct sales hopes dashed in Texas

Tesla’s direct sales hopes dashed in Texas

Tesla Motors goes the direct sales route, which involves it selling its cars directly to consumers rather than dealerships selling them. This is said to be necessary, according to Tesla, for a variety of reasons including proper consumer education on what the maker's cars are all about. It has encountered a lot of opposition from the industry for this, however, and in many instances has had to undergo legal battles to continue with its direct sales efforts. Texas, again, has proven most difficult.

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Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that'll likely not win it favor with the NSA. This morning the social network announced that it is rolling out a feature that will allow privacy-conscious users to receive encrypted emails from Facebook, with the feature covering emails that are of a sensitive nature — password reset messages, for example. Under this new feature, one can add OpenPGP public keys to their Facebook profile, and can also opt-in to an encrypted notifications option for getting more secured messages.

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Netflix is testing ads before and after videos

Netflix is testing ads before and after videos

One of the nicest things about Netflix is that you can fire up any content you want and immediately start watching it, no advertisements anywhere to be seen. That has started changing recently for some users, however, and now Netflix has confirmed what many were suspecting: it is testing advertisements before and after videos. The advertisements are currently only for Netflix's own content and are only showing up for some users, but that could change in the future.

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Amazon Stream is an entirely new shopping experience

Amazon Stream is an entirely new shopping experience

Amazon is always working hard to figure out new ways to get you to spend your money with it online. One of the latest ways Amazon wants to part you from your money is with a new shopping experience called Stream. Stream has an endless supply of products for men, women, and your home in an easy to browse format that crams all sorts of items in one location.

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IBM staff can now choose a Mac as their work computer

IBM staff can now choose a Mac as their work computer

Last summer’s partnership between Apple and IBM has proven extra-special for the latter company’s workers -- as of yesterday IBM employees can choose to use a Mac as their work computer rather than a PC, removing the shackles from a company that has been out of the PC business for many years. The change took place on Thursday, and it didn't take long for IBM employees to praise the decision on their social accounts. A quick peek at Twitter shows that many will be requesting Macs instead of their PCs.

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Uber’s updated privacy policy spooks some users

Uber’s updated privacy policy spooks some users

Uber, amidst its various unveilings and announcements this week, has updated its privacy policy to do two things: make it more accessible for the average user (in terms of length and jargon), and to highlight some changes that are coming to the service. The first part is welcomed -- the new privacy policy, which was first released last year amidst concerns, is half the length it formerly was, and has less jargon that might confuse riders. The other part, though, highlights upcoming changes that have spooked some users.

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This is Uber’s future (and massive) San Francisco campus

This is Uber’s future (and massive) San Francisco campus

Uber is many things: controversial, successful, and usually undeterred. It's also wealthy, and what better way to demonstrate that wealth than a big glassy campus in tech-heavy San Francisco? The ridesharing service has commissioned a pair of companies to develop the campus, and concept images showing what the final structures will look like have been published. In them we see two buildings, one larger than the other, connected together with glassy walkways over the street sandwiched between them, as well as a lot of glass and interior wooden rooms.

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Social network Path sold to Korea’s Daum Kakao

Social network Path sold to Korea’s Daum Kakao

Path, that social network with a focus on mobile sharing that not too many people use, has just announced that it has bought by Daum Kakao, a South Korean internet and mobile company. Dave Morin, Path's founder and CEO, revealed the news on the company's blog, adding that both Path Talk and the main Path app will continue to operate under Daum Kakao, as well as receive updates for the foreseeable future. The financial details of the deal were not revealed, however.

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Amazon tipped in plan for self-branded grocery items

Amazon tipped in plan for self-branded grocery items

Are you ready to have a jug of milk in your fridge with an Amazon logo on it? How about the cereal in your cupboard and the jars of baby food? According to sources that have cropped up, such will be possible in the future, with the retail giant looking to roll out an own-branded line of food and grocery items. Think of it like a store brand, only that store brand is an Amazon brand — a generic product, in a sense, only one likely to be found on Prime subscriber’s shelves.

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