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Airbnb requires installed detectors by year’s end

Airbnb requires installed detectors by year’s end

Airbnb is the industrious service by which hosts can offer travelers a place to stay, eschewing hotels altogether and sometimes proving more homey. By the end of the year, those hosts will be required to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in their rentals, according to a blog post the company published today.

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T-Mobile adds cellphones to international calling add-on

T-Mobile adds cellphones to international calling add-on

T-Mobile USA has tweaked its Stateside International Talk & Text calling add-on, adding a new tier of service that drops its limitation that international numbers must be landlines. The new $15 plan - $5 more than the existing Stateside International Talk & Text package launched in October last year - now includes unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the US to in excess of thirty countries worldwide.

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Facebook WhatsApp buy triggers unexpected BlackBerry boost

Facebook WhatsApp buy triggers unexpected BlackBerry boost

Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp has perhaps surprisingly given ailing BlackBerry a boost, as the Canadian company's share price jumped amid speculation that messaging service BBM could be worth more than previously believed. The Canadian firm's share price is up more than 5-percent today - and was up more than 9-percent in after-hours trading yesterday - as investors question whether BBM might be the undervalued star of BlackBerry's portfolio of services.

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer revealed with contentious looks

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer revealed with contentious looks

BMW has taken the wraps off the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, and its new "premium compact" is likely to prove divisive with its looks as the German marque goes taller to fit more into a smaller footprint. Headed to the US in 2015, after a European launch later this year, the front-wheel-drive 2 Series Active Tourer is a mere 4.3m long and 1.8m wide, but stands 1.6m tall thanks to a raised roofline. Inside, driver and passengers sit higher than normal in a BMW, while the windows have swollen and an optional panoramic roof further increases the sense of interior space.

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Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber has been bought by Rakuten, the rapidly growing Japanese internet commerce firm, in a $900m deal that will see it push the call and messaging service as a social gaming platform. Rakuten, which already owns online retailer Play.com, ebook platform Kobo, and digital mobile content platform Viki, aims to transform Viber - which already has around 300m registered users - into a communications gateway for its other services, such as contacting online retailers with questions before a purchase is made.

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Verizon MORE Everything cranks T-Mobile challenge (with an Edge proviso)

Verizon MORE Everything cranks T-Mobile challenge (with an Edge proviso)

Verizon's latest phone plans have been revealed, MORE Everything, boosting bundled data and throwing in cloud storage, though the best deals require subscribers to also sign up to Verizon Edge. The plans, which replace Verizon's existing Share Everything tariffs and can be shared among up to ten devices, promise as much as double the data as before - albeit only for those who have been on the lower data tiers so far - and 25GB of cloud storage, in addition to international messaging also being thrown in.

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NVIDIA surprises with strong Q4 thanks to desktop GPU jump

NVIDIA surprises with strong Q4 thanks to desktop GPU jump

NVIDIA saw better than expected quarterly revenue in Q4 2013, the company has announced today, reaching $1.14bn amid strong sales of GeForce GTX video cards, and predicting another solid quarter as it renews its push into mobile. Revenue was up 9-percent versus Q3 2013, NVIDIA said, and up 3-percent year-on-year, though net income fell as gross margin and operating expenses climbed.

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