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Uber adds Spanish-speaking driver option in 6 cities

Uber adds Spanish-speaking driver option in 6 cities

Quite a few people in the United States speak Spanish as their only or their primary language, as well as many visitors arriving on vacation or business. As such, it is not surprising that many companies -- particularly those located in certain cities -- offer Spanish language options for customers who prefer it. Now Uber can count itself among those companies, with the ridesharing company announcing today the addition of "uberESPANOL", a new option in six cities for Spanish speaking riders.

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1925 Bugatti Brescia is one of 12 and will be auctioned soon

1925 Bugatti Brescia is one of 12 and will be auctioned soon

Sometimes treasures are hiding in plain sight. Such was the case for one 1925 Bugatti Brescia automobile, which spent 40 years tucked away safely -- and untouched -- in an old barn in France. Eventually it was discovered and given a proper place to stay (though it is going to need some proper maintenance to get back on the road), and soon it will be finding itself a good home -- at least if the auction where it will soon be sold finds a buyer. The car is exceedingly rare, being one of only a dozen that remain.

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Uber now charging San Francisco drivers a 30% fee

Uber now charging San Francisco drivers a 30% fee

Ride-hailing service Uber has recently rolled out a trial fee structure for its new drivers in the cities of San Francisco and San Diego, requiring them to pay as much as 30% of their fares. It is an increase from the 25% that current drivers must pay, and for the testing period will only apply to UberX drivers. The fee is actually on a tiered system, so drivers will see the percentage reduced depending on how many rides they give.

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Experts say researcher’s in-flight hacking claims are dubious

Experts say researcher’s in-flight hacking claims are dubious

Making headlines yesterday, security researcher Chris Roberts is being investigated by the FBI for claiming the ability to mess with a plane's flight systems from onboard. An ill-received tweet started it all, as Roberts claimed he could hack his flight's oxygen regulation. Roberts went on to tell the FBI that he hacked en-route 15 to 20 times over the several years using his laptop, modified cables, and the in-flight entertainment systems. He even claimed to be able to access engine commands and make his plane move sideways. Industry experts are calling Roberts out on his claims, citing a range of reasons why his claims are dubious, if not impossible.

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Man caught making $42K by returning stolen Apple goods

Man caught making $42K by returning stolen Apple goods

Over the last few years, Apple has greatly improved its efforts to deter thieves from stealing iPhones, from requiring an owner's Apple ID and password to reactivate after wiping, to allowing them to be remotely bricked if reported stolen. But this didn't stop one young UK man who came up with a different way to make money off iPhones, this time by trying to cheat Apple directly. 24-year-old Edward Hornsey would buy broken iPhones from people for cash and return them to Apple replacements, not realizing that he was participating in moving stolen goods.

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Russian rocket crash destroys billion-dollar satellite

Russian rocket crash destroys billion-dollar satellite

Russia has suffered another embarrassing and expensive rocket failure, with today's Proton launch failing just minutes after take-off. The incident above Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan destroyed a $1.6bn Boeing-made satellite which Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, was launching for the Mexican government's Ministry of Communications and Transportation, not to mention again calling into question the country's capacity for commercial space missions.

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Restaurants are arranging meals to look good on Instagram

Restaurants are arranging meals to look good on Instagram

You've likely seen it numerous times -- and perhaps have done it yourself: someone pulls out their smartphone while eating and snaps a picture of their food, then uploads it to a social network. More often than not anymore that social network is Instagram. How food looks in a picture has a big effect on those who choose to eat it -- if it looks ugly in a photo, odds are high you wouldn't be inclined to order it when at the same restaurant. It's not surprising, then, that some chains have started designing their meals deliberately to look attractive on Instagram.

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Moonfish found to be first warm-blooded fish

Moonfish found to be first warm-blooded fish

The moonfish, also known as the opah, is the first known warm-blooded fish, it has been announced. This rather voluptuous fish warms its blood using a flapping motion with its pectoral fins, and maintains that heat it generates with "a series of counter-current heat exchangers within its gills". The fish is found in deep sea waters around west Africa and Hawaii, and can grow to be several feet in size. As far as researchers know, this is the first fish of its kind.

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Long Beach cabs get makeover, now have an Uber-like app

Long Beach cabs get makeover, now have an Uber-like app

If you’ve got access to Uber and Lyft, there’s a good conversation to be had about why you’d choose those services over a traditional cab. It’s probably not about cleanliness; Uber and Lyft have standards, but it’s still somebody’s car. The city of Long Beach thinks you’re choosing those services because they’re cool, and convenient. They’re probably right, too. Uber and Lyft are winning out because hailing one is easier, and the city is trying to emulate that with fresh paint and a new app.

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Facebook hikes minimum wage to $15/hr for contractors, vendors

Facebook hikes minimum wage to $15/hr for contractors, vendors

The movement to get a higher minimum wage and more benefits for workers in the United States has apparently had its effect on Facebook, with the social network announcing on Wednesday its plan to boost the minimum wage and other benefits for its vendors and contractors. This will include a new $15 minimum wage, perks for new parents, more than two weeks minimum of paid time off, and more. The same standards were also put into place for some of the workers at Facebook’s headquarters earlier this month.

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