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Google says Fiber and Nest are “longer-term sources of revenue”

Google says Fiber and Nest are “longer-term sources of revenue”

This afternoon Google suggested that three of their earlier stage products were under "tight governance." These products were Fiber, Google Life Sciences, and Nest - all products which the company suggested weren't about to be big cash sources for the company any time soon. Meanwhile Google's confidence in mobile was unabated - this Android-based part of their company was doing extraordinarily well, so said both Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer for the company, and Omid Kordestani, Chief Business Officer for the company.

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Netflix CEO says higher-priced plans are on the way

Netflix CEO says higher-priced plans are on the way

If you're a Netflix subscriber, prepare for higher prices. Eventually, that is. When speaking with investors this week, CEO Reed Hastings said that over the coming years there would be gradual price increases, reports The Guardian. Hastings added that the increases won't happen overnight, and that in turn they will come with additional content offerings and "have more value" to justify the higher prices. There was no exact date for the first increase, but it was said this plan will be carried out over the next decade.

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Uber settles with family of girl killed by driver

Uber settles with family of girl killed by driver

Uber has entered into a tentative settlement with the family of a young girl who died after being struck by a driver who had the UberX mobile app up and running on his smartphone at the time of the accident. The incident took place on New Year’s Eve in 2013, and involved the driver striking the 6-year-old girl, her brother, and her mother on a crosswalk in San Francisco. The girl’s family has requested that the terms of the settlement remain private for the sake of her brother’s privacy.

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Microsoft COO on Google: “We have better technology”

Microsoft COO on Google: “We have better technology”

Today Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner suggested that the company was in a great position to take Google's business. Turner spoke at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, saying the company needed to step up their game in the Android universe. "We have to go rescue the Google Apps customers," said Turner, "throw them a life preserver." He went on to suggest that not only was Microsoft better at business than Google, but that they were a fundamentally different sort of company - a whole different entity.

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Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

This week the folks at Microsoft have been rather up-front about their plans to expand their mobile devices front. At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, the company's COO Kevin Turner suggested that they were at work on a second version of Microsoft Band. He also suggested that they were working on "a few killer devices" for Lumia. For Windows Phone, that is to say, and the future of mobile devices from Microsoft that, earlier this month, seemed to be in question.

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Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

ZTE made an unexpected, if you haven't been monitoring the rumor mill, announcement yesterday. A new Axon smartphone brand that puts mainstream flagships on notice with its high-end specs and sub-premium price. That is, however, just the tip of the Chinese iceberg. Crowd favorite Xiaomi has made its slow crawl to markets outside China. Huawei made an interesting proposition when it announced the P8 lite smartphone and seems to be a crowd favorite for the next Google Nexus smartphone. The dragon is rising and OEMs should take note. But this journey to the West, just like the novel, is fraught with challenges.

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Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

It doesn't matter where you live in the world, if you have ever driven a car or rode a bus; you have traveled on pavement at some point. Typically, pavement is made using asphalt and as we all know asphalt makes a super smooth surface, but that surface can break down over time leading to serious potholes in the road.

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Etsy’s first transparency report details its crafty ne’erdowells

Etsy’s first transparency report details its crafty ne’erdowells

Etsy has followed the lead of many companies and has published its own transparency report, detailing the different aspects of its behind-the-scenes operations like complaints against accounts and user data requests. Etsy is different from many of the other companies that detail these numbers, though: they tend to be sites full of messages and personal data while Etsy is an e-commerce service. It isn't surprising, then, that a large amount of its numbers focus on complains about intellectual property violations rather than demands for account data.

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Reddit’s chief engineer Bethanye Blount has quit

Reddit’s chief engineer Bethanye Blount has quit

Reddit is undergoing a revolution and not everyone is happy about it. A short while after CEO Ellen Pao resigned and co-founder Steve Huffman returned, the site's chief engineer Bethanye Blount has decided to quit. She only spent two months in her role, having first worked for Facebook before transitioning to the "front page of the Internet". Her decision, she said, was not "directly linked to" Pao's exit from Reddit. Rather it seems the overall direction the company has taken recently took its toll.

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Verizon nabs Vice content for its upcoming video service

Verizon nabs Vice content for its upcoming video service

Verizon has struck a deal with Vice Media that will score it some exclusive content for its upcoming video service, it has been announced. Vice produces current events content aimed at younger audiences, and it enjoys a healthy fan base. Verizon will be launching its own video streaming service later on this year, following in the footsteps of several other companies, and under this deal will be making Vice videos available. This is a multi-year deal that spans several content categories.

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Google Map Maker editing reopens in August

Google Map Maker editing reopens in August

Google has announced that it is reopening Map Maker up to editing in early August. Map Maker editing was blocked after pranks were played using the map editing feature. The most notable prank carried out using the Google Map Maker editing feature was the inclusion of the Android mascot urinating on the Apple logo. Google says that this time around, it is looking for users to have more influence over the edits in their specific countries.

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