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Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Today at Facebook's F8 conference, there was a lot of talk about the Messenger app. Lots of praise for it, and its future were given by the presenters. One went so far as to say that thanks to the advancements in Messenger, that this may now be the beginning of a new era.

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Ticketmaster and Eventbrite to sell tickets via Facebook

Ticketmaster and Eventbrite to sell tickets via Facebook

Fans of live music will have two new ways to buy concert and event tickets via Facebook. Ticketmaster is set to begin selling tickets directly on Facebook by the end of April. The move comes as customers for many firms spend less time on websites and more time on social networks like Facebook via mobile apps. Facebook is one of the top destinations for mobile app and social network users.

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Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

The PC market just can't seem to catch a break. After 2015 was practically declared the worst year for PC sales, it seems that 2016 might be even worse. At least if figures for the first quarter are omens of things to come. While differing slightly on specific numbers, both Gartner and IDC agree on one depressing thing: PC shipments have substantially declined last quarter compared to 2015's opening quarter. While both do see some hope near the end of the year, that salvation might come a bit too late for the ailing market.

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Japan looks to fingerprint payment system for tourists

Japan looks to fingerprint payment system for tourists

Forget NFC, heck forget even plastic. Japan is going for fingerprint currency instead. Almost like a page out of a sci-fi novel, the Japanese government is eying the use of fingerprints to implement not just identification but also payment systems for tourists. This will practically fill in the need for tourists to present passports at hotels and inns as well as the need to use credit cards for purchases. Japan intends this sure to be contentious method as a way to increase the volume of tourists, in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralymic Games.

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Netflix will raise prices for some customers next month

Netflix will raise prices for some customers next month

Despite a dwindling catalog, Netflix still remains a good deal, at just $7.99. If you're confused about that price, it means that you probably haven't been using the service for more than a couple of years. And if that price sounds about right, then I've got some bad news for you.

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Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Yahoo's been criticized for dragging it feet, and things are finally getting underway -- there's a planned bid for the company's web business, according to sources, and other companies are considering challenging it. Sources say Verizon is preparing to place a first-round bid for Yahoo's web business, something that would fall in line with the company's previous comments about acquiring Yahoo. As well, sources say Google is considering making a bid of its own.

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Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon has rolled out same-day free deliveries in 11 new metro areas, expanding the number of places where Prime subscribers can get items the same day they order them. The newly added cities span the nation, and include places like Cincinnati, Sacramento, Nashville, Stockton, Tucson, and more. With this latest addition, Amazon's free same-day deliveries now cover 27 metro areas across more than 1,000 towns and cities.

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Oculus “may” use data for advertising, but when?

Oculus “may” use data for advertising, but when?

When it was announced that Facebook would be purchasing Oculus, it gave a lot of people pause. I certainly didn't see that move coming, but over time it slowly made more and more sense. After all, VR can be used for a lot more than just playing video games. It can be a great way to interact with other people, which is what Facebook is all about. Of course, Facebook is also about making money through advertising, which has caused some concern over the last few days.

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Adobe to raise its prices in 6 countries starting May 1

Adobe to raise its prices in 6 countries starting May 1

Adobe has announced plans to increase prices in some countries due to currency changes, the company announced today. The changes will affect users in certain countries, including Australia and New Zealand, and are being made to offset currency fluctuations. The price increases will start on May 1, and is unfortunately the opposite of Adobe’s recent December changes, which saw a price decrease in Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

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Outlook.com Premium Pilot page appears, will run $3.99 per month

Outlook.com Premium Pilot page appears, will run $3.99 per month

Microsoft has teased the idea of getting users to pay for premium features on their Outlook services since earlier this year. These features include using custom domains and ad-free inboxes. And today, it would seem that the company is taking requests to be invited to the new service.

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Apple wants to sell used iPhones in India, industry opposes

Apple wants to sell used iPhones in India, industry opposes

After China, India is quickly becoming the mobile industry's next darling, with smartphone makers scrambling to make a dent in the market. However, just because India is pretty much still considered to be an emerging market doesn't meant it's going to settle for something less. The country already rejected Facebook's temptation of free Internet because it actually confined users to a Facebook-approved corner of the Web. Now industry players are moving to block Apple's application to import and sell used iPhones for fear that it could undermine the country's economy and environment in the long run.

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BlackBerry Priv’s sales numbers don’t look promising

BlackBerry Priv’s sales numbers don’t look promising

600,000 units. That's how many Priv smartphones BlackBerry was able to sell in the fourth fiscal quarter, ending September last year. Considering CEO John Chen's usual coy answer was to hint that things were "so far, so good", the lower than projected total doesn't inspire much hope in the company's future as a hardware maker. Always the optimist, however, Chen tries to mitigate the impression by relating how to company was able to slash its operating losses by half thanks to the sales of its smartphones.

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