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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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Yahoo has made three National Security Letters public

Yahoo has made three National Security Letters public

National Security Letters are a big deal, and that’s because companies face severe restrictions related to them. No company has been able to make the nature of the letters, nor the number or even a narrow range of the number of letters received, public. As consumer fears about privacy invasions led to a fast scramble on tech companies’ parts to be more transparent, certain law changes have come about, and one of them has led to Yahoo disclosing publishing National Security Letters.

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Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Over the past several years, I've seen attitudes change when it comes to the iPhone and the mobile world in general. I refer mainly to two groups of people whose understanding of the world tends to reflect society at large, especially when it comes to technology. People who I meet at gas stations on long trips are part of one group - the other is my extended family. According to them, things are changing. Or they have the potential to change.

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Atari-branded IoT devices are coming, but we’re not sure why

Atari-branded IoT devices are coming, but we’re not sure why

If you head to the store to pick up something that's got the Atari logo on it, you'll probably end up with one of those joysticks that you hook up to your TV, that plays a bunch of retro games. Or maybe a t-shirt, because retro is in. However, someday in the future, Atari will have their name stamped on IoT devices.

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The Apple TV will never come to Amazon, here’s why

The Apple TV will never come to Amazon, here’s why

These days it seems like you can buy almost anything from Amazon. It doesn't seem to matter who the manufacturer is, if it's sold in stores, it's also on Amazon. There's just one strange little exception to that rule. You won't find the Apple TV for sale on the site. Not even from third-party sellers.

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Jawbone reported to exit fitness wearables business as well

Jawbone reported to exit fitness wearables business as well

Earlier this week reports surfaced about Jawbone looking for a buyer for its wireless speaker division, allowing it to focus on its health and fitness trackers, which the company is more known for these days, instead. However, a new follow-up report from Tech Insider has indicated that even Jawbone's wearables business is in trouble, and all production of the UP line of trackers has been stopped.

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Jawbone tipped trying to sell speaker business as focus shifts to trackers

Jawbone tipped trying to sell speaker business as focus shifts to trackers

Jawbone is looking to sell its speaker business, according to sources, as its shifts its focus solely to its wearable and health business. According to a report, Jawbone has been pitching its speaker business at possible buyers, which, if it’s successful, will see its Jambox wireless speakers changing hands. In addition, a source says Jawbone is liquidating its current speaker stocks.

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