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Dish and Turner strike temporary deal, channels return

Dish and Turner strike temporary deal, channels return

Dish Network and Turner have settled their dispute -- for now, at least -- and the channels that went dark as a result have now been restored. This follows news last month that the two companies were going at it over a contract dispute, something that led to CNN, Cartoon Network, and some other well known channels being pulled. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a temporary agreement is in place, but sources have cropped up to say that it will only be effective until "early spring".

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Comcast will soon show technician arrival times via app

Comcast will soon show technician arrival times via app

Comcast has announced a new service it likely hopes will win it some favor with often-disgruntled customers -- a mobile app that shows when, exactly, a service technician will be arriving. Users will be able to see this information through Comcast's MyAccount app, and though it will only be available near Boston initially, the service provider is looking to expand it to more customers next year. For now, the program is in an initial trial stage, and the service provider promises to update on what it finds during it.

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Uber taps privacy experts to conduct internal review

Uber taps privacy experts to conduct internal review

Uber announced today that it has brought aboard privacy experts, among them being former IBM Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson, to conduct an "in-depth review" of its privacy practices. This move comes after executive Emil Michael's comments about digging up dirt on journalists became public, Senator Al Franken's inquiry about the service's handling of the situation, and news about the company's so-called "God View" being abused as reported by BuzzFeed. The review seems like an attempt at damage control as customers and non-customers alike express concerns about the company and its respect for privacy.

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BikeHUD Adventure augments your motorcycle rides

BikeHUD Adventure augments your motorcycle rides

Drivers have no lack of options when it comes to head-up displays (HUDs), but those who use a motorcycle to get around are less fortunate. Though we've seen some options for motorcyclists, not many are presently available on the market, and so any addition is a welcomed one. The BikeHUD Adventure is one of the newest models to surface, and as you'd expect it works in the same way as HUDs for cars, displaying things like speed and, in this case, gear so that users don't have to look down at the speedometer.

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Russian dashcams catch another explosion in the sky

Russian dashcams catch another explosion in the sky

Russia is well-known for the number of dashcams around to catch all varieties of interesting things, and thanks to those cameras we've seen quite a few explosions in the sky. This past April, some cameras caught another meteor on video, this one having happened in the nation's Murmansk region. That wasn't the last of the night-time light show however, and just recently another explosion has happened -- this one exceptionally bright and long-lasting -- and it was caught on camera in the Sverdlovsk region. We've got a couple different videos of it after the jump.

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Facebook Techwire wants to bring you the news

Facebook Techwire wants to bring you the news

A lot of news breaks via a lot of avenues. Twitter, personal blogs, and even website exclusives. Though over one billion users digitally inhabit the site, the source for breaking news is almost never Facebook. With a special focus on technology, Facebook is launching FB Techwire, a companion service to their Newswire service. The service will have photos, videos, and status updates. Like Newswire, Techwire uses Storyful as its back-end provider. According to Facebook, users can expect Techwire to be real-time, too.

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3D Robotics X8+ personal drone can carry heavy camera loads

3D Robotics X8+ personal drone can carry heavy camera loads

DJI isn't the only maker with a sleek drone to show off this month. In comes 3D Robotics' X8+ drone, a personal UAV that boasts a rugged construction and enough power to tote around pro-grade mirrorless camera models. With it comes 3D Robotics' own first-person-view (FPV) kit offering plug-and-play functionality for live-streaming from the sky. Brags 3DR, the X8+ is "the first drone at a consumer price point that could be called an intelligent tool." Both the drone and the FPV kit are available as of today.

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Spotify podcasts teased alongside mysterious “Magic” reference

Spotify podcasts teased alongside mysterious “Magic” reference

Following the now-official Spotify for Uber service, new rumor about the music streaming service has arisen -- this time revolving around podcasts. The discovery was made by developer Ethan Lee, who spotted reference in Spotify's code pointing to a podcasts feature that is "ready to go." Joining this was also the discovery of a reference to some feature called "Magic", but little is known about it -- including whether it references an existing feature or if Spotify has yet another announcement up its sleeve.

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Michelin Tweel airless tires officially heading to production

Michelin Tweel airless tires officially heading to production

We've seen airless tires of various sorts for years, some of them nearly solid, others made with metal spokes or fins that promise a more comfortable ride. The benefits of these types of tires are numerous, the biggest two being longer lifespan and elimination of flats. For all the research and work that has gone into them, however, there is still a notable lack of variety available on the market. Michelin will be changing that soon, recently revealing that its airless Tweel tires will be entering production.

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Kim Dotcom banned from Mega over piracy claims

Kim Dotcom banned from Mega over piracy claims

As you might recall, Kim Dotcom -- the subject of numerous legal battles and founder of file-hosting service Mega -- soft-launched his own single album Good Times back in January. It has been available through Mega for some time now, but began having troubles back in September when IFPI -- which represents many big-name music labels -- started hitting it with takedown requests over alleged copyright infringement. That had rolled out into a story of unknown pranksters and blindly sent takedown requests, and now months later Kim Dotcom has been banned from his own site for sharing his own album.

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