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Lenovo’s X1 PC line scores new Thinkpads and more

Lenovo’s X1 PC line scores new Thinkpads and more

Lenovo’s popular X1 product lineup is getting a big expansion in coming weeks, not the least of which is the addition of yet another ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Joining the new Carbon model will be a more flexible alternative, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. For those who prefer more portability, the line is also getting the X1 Tablet, and it is catering to more traditional needs with the ThinkCentre X1 all-in-one desktop and the ThinkVision X1 monitor.

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BlackBerry says it will continue to operate in Pakistan

BlackBerry says it will continue to operate in Pakistan

In late November, BlackBerry announced it would be exiting Pakistan due to the nation’s alleged desire to “monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic” within the country. BlackBerry’s withdraw was scheduled to take place after November 30, but was later delayed until December 30 after Pakistan announced its would extend the deadline for its BES servers shutdown order. Now, a single day after the shutdown deadline, BlackBerry has announced a change.

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Uber gave its one billionth trip on Christmas Eve

Uber gave its one billionth trip on Christmas Eve

Following a busy year with lawsuits, protests from traditional taxi companies, and difficulties with its public image, ride-sharing giant Uber announced a huge milestone this week: it's given its billionth ride. Along with the record-setting number, the company shared a few other details about ride number one billion, such as that it took place on Christmas Eve in London, when a couple hailed a £5 London uberX, which turned out to be a Honda Insight Hybrid.

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Facebook’s free Internet service kicked out of Egypt, too

Facebook’s free Internet service kicked out of Egypt, too

Following its troubles in India, Facebook's "Free Basics" Internet service has been shut down in Egypt. The move hints at more extensive trouble for the free Internet service, which gives millions limited access to a select number of websites. The service went dark earlier today, but no official reason has been provided at this time. Facebook has expressed unhappiness with the decision in its' own statement.

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Apple agrees to pay $347M in Italian tax probe

Apple agrees to pay $347M in Italian tax probe

Apple's tax practices have long been under criticism, with CEO Tim Cook even commenting during a recent 60 Minutes interview that accusations that the company goes to great lengths to avoid corporate taxes are "total political crap." However, that doesn't mean governments have to feel the same, with Italy saying that Apple failed to declare its full earnings in the country. The company has now agreed to a settlement in the investigation, and will pay 318 million euros, or roughly $347 million.

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Sidecar bows out from crowded ride-sharing market

Sidecar bows out from crowded ride-sharing market

The market for ride-sharing services has positively exploded over the last few years, but unfortunately there's little room to compete against top rivals Uber and Lyft. This is evident in the news that Sidecar has announced its departure from the ride-hailing and delivery business. CEO Sunil Paul shared the decision in a post on Medium, stating that service would end on December 31st at 2:00 PM Pacific. "Shutting down the Sidecar service is a disappointment for our team and our fans," wrote Paul and fellow co-founder Jahan Khanna.

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Twitter appoints new diversity chief

Twitter appoints new diversity chief

Twitter has appointed a new diversity chief tasked with improving the company’s worker diversity numbers. Twitter was criticized this year for its diversity statistics, being accused of hiring too few female and minority employees -- a criticism many other tech companies face. Jeffrey Siminoff will replace Janet Van Huysse as VP of diversity and inclusion.

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Spotify sued for $150m over alleged failure to pay royalties

Spotify sued for $150m over alleged failure to pay royalties

Spotify has been hit with a class-action lawsuit from David Lowery over alleged failure to make royalty payments. The lawsuit is seeking a minimum of $150 million in damages from the streaming service, and claims that Spotify distributed music compositions that were copyrighted sans identifying the owners or making it known it planned to use a compulsory license.

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Hoverboards still catching fire, despite warnings

Hoverboards still catching fire, despite warnings

Since 1989, we've known that this would be the year of the hoverboard. After all, if Robert Zemeckis says something about the future, we all know it's true. Unfortunately the hoverboards we got were nothing like the ones in Back to the Future. And we've got reports of yet another such device catching fire while charging.

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Fujitsu spins off PC, smartphone businesses

Fujitsu spins off PC, smartphone businesses

In what could be seen as yet another worrying development for the steadily declining PC industry, Fujitsu has announced that it has split its PC, both desktops and notebooks, business and its smartphone business into companies of their own with their own long-winded name. The first part is eerily similar to what fellow Japanese company Sony did with its VAIO business and brand. The second part, on the other hand, could be a portent of things to come for Sony as well as for the Japanese smartphone manufacturing industry as a whole.

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