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Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook has made a concerted effort of late to be your go-to source for more than just wedding announcements and passive-aggressive complaining. Their trending topics section, typically housed on the right side of your home screen, has been a staple on the desktop. This is an increasingly mobile landscape, though, and Facebook is trying to stay relevant there, too. Now, trending topics will make their way to mobile, with the conversation being aggregated in a way that will make it easier to cut through the nonsense and get right to the gritty details.

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Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Latest among Amazon's new delivery projects is a bike delivery service being tested in New York City. The program is called Amazon Prime Now, according to sources that spoke to the Wall Street Journal, and it aims to provide customers with their orders within an hour of placing them. This will give the company an edge on competing online retailers, and will give consumers the immediacy that results from shopping at brick-and-mortar shops.

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German Chancellor voices support for fast lane internet, opposing net neutrality

German Chancellor voices support for fast lane internet, opposing net neutrality

German leader Angela Merkel made comments earlier in the week on the topic of net neutrality, an important issue being discussed by a number of European governments, not to mention the U.S. Unfortunately for those in support of an internet with speeds unregulated by telecommunications companies, Chancellor Merkel doesn't feel the same, arguing instead for the controversial "two-lane" setup that has many users concerned.

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Apple’s 5th Ave NYC store taken over by Eric Garner protestors

Apple’s 5th Ave NYC store taken over by Eric Garner protestors

Amid the third day of public protests in New York City following a controversial grand jury decision not to indict a local police officer for killing unarmed black resident Eric Garner, Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue glass cube store was overrun with nonviolent demonstrators on Friday night. Dozens of images quickly spread on Twitter, showing activists participating in a "die in" by lying on the floor, subsequently preventing store operations from continuing.

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Uber arrives in Portland without approval

Uber arrives in Portland without approval

It has long been asked when Uber would arrive in Portland, and the answer is now. As of 5PM today, the ridesharing service UberX is now available to customers in Portland...something that was launched without approval, and that has caused immediate backlash. The company confirmed the business move to The Oregonian, and it is doing so without the city's blessing -- Portland prohibits the use of unlicensed taxis, and it has vowed to seek out drivers who start picking up passengers.

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Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear has announced plans to start testing its self-inflating tire technology on trucking fleets in the US and Canada, something that is set to take place "in the next few months". The testing is being done under an ongoing research project that has, among other things, support from the Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology. The tire tech itself has been in development and testing since 2011, and this latest arm of the process will last for 18 months.

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Microsoft CEO promises improved company diversity

Microsoft CEO promises improved company diversity

Several tech companies have revealed their workplace diversity numbers this year, and all of them largely show the same picture: a relative lack of diversity. The various companies have made their own various promises to work toward a solution to this, not the least of which is Microsoft. The company's CEO Satya Nadella recently commented on the reality, promising that his company will continue to improve the diversity of its workplace. The topic came up at Microsoft's annual shareholder's meeting.

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Nintendo sued by actor who wore Donkey Kong costume

Nintendo sued by actor who wore Donkey Kong costume

Nintendo held an event at the Los Angeles Zoo last year, and as part of it the company hired an actor to swaddle himself in a Donkey Kong costume and do whatever Donkey Kong does at a zoo. That actor has now filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that he suffered a serious medical issue as a result of stressful work conditions that included, among other things, not being allowed to take breaks.

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Uber to launch carpooling in New York City tomorrow

Uber to launch carpooling in New York City tomorrow

Uber's carpooling service UberPool was introduced in August, and rolled out as a beta of sorts in San Francisco for US users. Fast forward a few months, and now the ridesharing service is looking to expand UberPool, announcing yesterday that it'll begin testing it in New York City soon. This makes for three locations total where UberPool is available -- San Francisco, New York City, and Paris -- though it won't be launching in New York until Thursday. Uber launched its first service in NYC back in 2011.

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Jeff Bezos envisions millions living, working in space

Jeff Bezos envisions millions living, working in space

Space is a hot topic, and more than a few are anticipating our future on distant planets. Elon Musk has extensively commented on that future, and his SpaceX is putting in quite a bit of effort to help usher it in. Also dreaming of space is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who envisions millions of people one day living and working in space, something he recently discussed at the latest Ignition conference. "We are really evolved to be pioneers," he said.

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