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Amazon said to be developing its own suite of office productivity apps

Amazon said to be developing its own suite of office productivity apps

For the longest time, there have been two titan when it comes to office productivity software: the ever enduring Microsoft Office suite, and the more recent web-based Google Docs. But there soon could be a new challenger in the form of Amazon, as sources have indicated the company is planning to beef up its Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform with a productivity suite that will attempt to lure enterprise customers away from Microsoft and Google.

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Sling TV adds new ‘Extras’ bundle, a cheaper way to get add-ons

Sling TV adds new ‘Extras’ bundle, a cheaper way to get add-ons

Sling TV, the over-the-Internet live television service, has announced a new ‘Extras’ bundle that offers four channel packs at half the cost of subscribing to each one individually. The bundle includes the Lifestyle Plus Extra, the Kids Extra, Comedy Plus Extra, and News Extra. Sling TV is calling this is ‘4 Extras Deal,' and is offering it to both its Blue and its Orange subscribers.

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Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber, Otto for stealing trade secrets, IP

Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber, Otto for stealing trade secrets, IP

The tech world might be huge but, if you are able to climb the corporate ladder, there’s always a chance you’ll get around. That, however, always opens occasions for confidential information to also get around. Just recently game publisher Bethesda Softworks won a lawsuit against Facebook and Oculus Rift for patent infringement in the vein. Similarly, Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car project, is suing Uber and its newly acquired subsidiary Otto, for patent infringement willfully done by a former Waymo employee.

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Lyft’s next big expansion: service in 54 additional cities

Lyft’s next big expansion: service in 54 additional cities

Lyft has announced its single biggest service expansion to date, adding 54 new cities to its service map across four states. This gives commuters in many regions an additional transportation option, one that involves neither taxies nor competing service Uber. Newly supported cities include ones big and small, including Manhattan, Iowa City, Springfield, Birmingham, and more.

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Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

It’s no secret that Waze has a ride-sharing service but it is also no secret that it isn’t aiming to compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft. At least not yet. Those two giants, however, should probably be a bit more wary regardless, especially in light of recent news. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Waze head Noam Bardin revealed plans to expand to more US cities beyond San Francisco, even reaching as far as Latin America. This could pretty much set the stage for a sudden change of direction should Waze decide to fully commercialize its Carpool service.

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Pebble was only worth $23 million in the end

Pebble was only worth $23 million in the end

Despite the relatively more successful fitness tracker market, Fitbit, one of the biggest names in that area, is seeing some number problems. It has acquired Pebble, a darling of the smartwatch market, as well as Vector Watch, a move that is mostly seen as an act of desperation to remain in the game. Fitbit, however, was apparently not desperate enough to buy Pebble for its full selling price. Initially rumored to cost $40 million, Fitbit now reports that it bought the smartwatch maker for just $23 million.

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Amazon Go futuristic convenience store will sell beer, too

Amazon Go futuristic convenience store will sell beer, too

Amazon's recently unveiled futuristic convenience store, Amazon Go, will also sell alcohol, it has been revealed. This convenience store, currently existing as a concept in Seattle, aims to revolutionize corner shops by eliminating the human element (mostly) and replacing it with a variety of machine learning, sensors, and cameras. Rather than paying for an item via a cashier or automated checkout machine, the store aims to charge customers automatically as they take items off the shelves.

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Here’s how much Verizon’s offer to buy Yahoo is decreasing

Here’s how much Verizon’s offer to buy Yahoo is decreasing

After Yahoo's well-documented trouble with security breaches, we expected to see Verizon decrease its offer to buy the company's operating business. What started as a $4.8 billion offer was rumored to drop by as much as $1 billion shortly after those breaches came to light, but last week, new reports indicated that the drop would only come in at $250 million. Today, Verizon is finally breaking its silence on the matter, revealing just how much its offer with drop.

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Uber preps first diversity report following harassment allegations

Uber preps first diversity report following harassment allegations

Diversity reports have become popular among tech companies in the face of growing public criticism over low-diversity workforces and potential discrimination. Some companies have been issuing such reports for years now while others are just getting started, and one such notable company is Uber. The ridesharing company is said to be preparing its first ever diversity report following allegations that its didn’t adequately handle alleged sexual harassment within the company.

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Samsung’s reputation in the US tanks alongside Volkswagen

Samsung’s reputation in the US tanks alongside Volkswagen

The latest Harris Poll is in, and in it we see some pretty obvious conclusions, namely that both Samsung and Volkswagen suffered big blows to their reputations in the United States last year. According to the poll, Amazon has the top ‘reputation quotient,’ with other notable companies on the list including Apple at #5, Disney at #7, Google at #8, and Tesla at #9.

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Apple acquires facial recognition firm RealFace

Apple acquires facial recognition firm RealFace

It seems those recent rumors about Apple looking to implement facial recognition and other biometric features into future iPhone models are ringing true, as it's been reported that Cupertino has acquired RealFace, an Israel-based startup that specializes in facial recognition. This news comes from the Times of Israel, which adds that Apple purchased the company for an estimated $2 million.

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T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

Today we're hearing a whopper of a rumor that could have pretty big implications for the US carrier space. SoftBank is apparently eager to see Sprint, one of its subsidiaries, merge with T-Mobile, but resistance from T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom would make such a merger difficult. With Deutsche Telekom unwilling to sell its stake in T-Mobile, it sounds like SoftBank is prepared to put a lot on the line - namely, giving up its majority share in Sprint.

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