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Livescribe and Dropbox bring handwritten notes to the cloud

Livescribe and Dropbox bring handwritten notes to the cloud

Livescribe has partnered with Dropbox to make its Echo smartpen even more productive for busy note-takers. The Echo smartpen will now be able to automatically sync its notes directly to a user's Dropbox account. And since about 46 percent of Livescribe users also use Dropbox, this is a perfect match for storing handwritten notes in the cloud to be conveniently and securely accessible from anywhere.

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Yahoo to begin massive layoffs next week

Yahoo to begin massive layoffs next week

Yahoo is planning to announce layoffs next week followed by a major restructuring plan the week after, reported AllThingsD citing multiple sources. Under new CEO Scott Thompson, Yahoo is trying to refocus its products and drastically slim down its operations. The job cuts are expected to be in the thousands.

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Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps has now been updated to give you more accurate estimates of travel duration by using real-time traffic datas. Now when you use Google Maps to get directions, it will provide you with two estimated durations, one without traffic and one based on the current traffic conditions.

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Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Google Maps may be the dominant player in the mapping business still, but there's a rising star in an open-source competitor called OpenStreetMap that's been heavily backed by Microsoft. Due to the high fees of using Google Maps, some major services, including FourSquare and Apple's iPhoto app, have already defected to using OpenStreetMap instead.

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Spotify preparing family subscription plans

Spotify preparing family subscription plans

Music streaming service Spotify will be offering family subscription plans sometime in the near future, according to comments made by the company's chief content officer, Ken Parks. This should be a welcome option for Spotify subscribers and will certainly put pressure on the competition for rivals such as Rdio, which already offers family plans.

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Skype 2.6 for Android can send photos and videos

Skype 2.6 for Android can send photos and videos

Skype rolled out version 2.6 today for Android that lets users easily send photos, videos, and files directly from the app. The update also features improved battery life and video quality on NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Motorola XOOM, and the Acer Iconia Tab.

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DirecTV to bring back TiVo DVRs on December 8

DirecTV to bring back TiVo DVRs on December 8

The long delayed DirecTV TiVo DVR may finally be arriving as soon as this week. Following DirecTV and TiVo's reconciliation in 2008, talks began of TiVo returning to DirecTV's set-top box in 2009, but that has yet to materialize until now. According to a forum post by a member that appears to be an employee or otherwise associated with DirecTV, the new TiVo-toting DVR is set to arrive on December 8. It will initially be released only in select markets.

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Iridium brings satellite connection to your iPhone

Iridium brings satellite connection to your iPhone

Iridium Communications provides satellite connection service for those that need to stay connected no matter where in the universe they may traverse. And now, the company is offering its first iOS app called the Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web App to bring satellite connectivity to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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