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Amazon Key for Garage unlocked as service expands

Amazon Key for Garage unlocked as service expands

Back at the beginning of the year, Amazon announced that it would soon be adding garage deliveries to Amazon Key. At the time, Amazon said that Key for Garage would go live at some point in the second quarter of year, and right on schedule, the company announced today that it's rolling out to Prime members. On top of that, Key is expanding to more cities in the US today, bringing the total number of cities where Key deliveries are supported up to 50.

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Lime launches electric scooter reservation feature in three cities

Lime launches electric scooter reservation feature in three cities

Electric scooter rental company Lime has announced a new feature test that enables riders to reserve a scooter before they're ready to take it. The new reservation option is limited to customers in certain locations for now, but will be more widely deployed in the future as a convenience feature for riders concerned about scooter availability. The feature requires riders to have an iPhone.

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CIA leak claims Huawei received funds from Chinese state security

CIA leak claims Huawei received funds from Chinese state security

A new leak claims the CIA has accused Chinese company Huawei of receiving funds from the People's Liberation Army, China's National Security Commission, and the nation's state intelligence network. This allegation has reportedly been passed on to officials in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, joining past accusations directed at the Chinese company.

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China reveals ‘Marine Lizard’ amphibious autonomous landing vehicle

China reveals ‘Marine Lizard’ amphibious autonomous landing vehicle

Chinese state media has revealed 'Marine Lizard,' an autonomous amphibious landing vehicle designed for the nation's military. The 'drone boat' can launch anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, and also features a pair of machine guns. The company behind the vehicle, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), revealed its new military vessel on Chinese social media this week.

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Netflix to launch production hub in Brooklyn as part of NYC investment

Netflix to launch production hub in Brooklyn as part of NYC investment

In an announcement on Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed that Netflix will open a production hub in New York City. The company plans to invest up to $100 million in the city as part of its plan, according to Cuomo, who said Netflix will be taking over around 100,000 square feet in the Flatiron District for offices. Netflix will also introduce another 127 jobs in the region.

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US police test lasso gun that wraps suspects in Kevlar cord

US police test lasso gun that wraps suspects in Kevlar cord

Multiple police departments in the US are testing a 'lasso gun' that shoots a Kevlar tether at suspects. The non-lethal weapon works like something out of a Batman movie, giving officers an alternative to pepper spray, which can inadvertently incapacitate the officer, and tasers, which require the officer to be fairly close to the suspect.

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Surprise! Facebook screwed up on even more Instagram passwords

Surprise! Facebook screwed up on even more Instagram passwords

Back in March, Facebook revealed that it had been storing passwords from a number of its products in plain text. Though it didn't give a precise amount, Facebook said that hundreds of millions of passwords were stored improperly across Facebook Lite, Facebook proper, and Instagram. At the time, it said that only "tens of thousands of Instagram users," were affected by this mishap (Facebook said it intended for its login system to make user passwords unreadable), but today, we're finding out that the damage as it concerns Instagram is much worse.

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Google and Amazon don’t hate each other anymore

Google and Amazon don’t hate each other anymore

For years now, Google and Amazon have been embroiled in a feud that saw the services of one company removed from the platforms of the other. Back at the beginning of last year, for example, Google decided to block devices like Fire TV and Echo Show from accessing YouTube. Amazon, meanwhile, has restricted its Prime Video app on Chromecast and Android TV. It was a particularly petty retail war that ultimately gave consumers fewer options, but today, it seems to be coming to an end.

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T-Mobile Money looks to shake things up with no-fee banking

T-Mobile Money looks to shake things up with no-fee banking

Back in November, T-Mobile decided it was time to tackle the banking industry and rolled out a new service called T-Mobile Money. This wasn't the first time T-Mobile tried to break into banking, but its first attempt - which started in 2014 as T-Mobile Mobile Money - didn't get off the ground in the way the company was hoping it would. November's launch of T-Mobile Money was a small-scale one, but today, it's rolling out across the US.

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Twitter acquires Highly quote-sharing service

Twitter acquires Highly quote-sharing service

Twitter has acquired Highly, a service that enables users to easily share quotes from articles on social media. In light of the acquisition, Highly plans to shut down its Slack and iOS apps later this month, though existing highlights from users will remain live. Highly was founded in 2014 and has proven fairly popular in the years it has operated.

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Facebook voice assistant project tipped to take on Amazon Alexa

Facebook voice assistant project tipped to take on Amazon Alexa

Facebook is working on its own personal assistant to take on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, a new leak claims. This project has been in the pipeline since early last year, sources allege, with Facebook reportedly also having been in contact with vendors to supply the hardware. The voice assistant would, presumably, be paired with the company's Portal device, but wider plans are unclear.

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GameStop to offer returns on new games, but there are some big catches

GameStop to offer returns on new games, but there are some big catches

As it is now, it's pretty difficult to get a refund for an opened, new game at GameStop. That will all be changing soon, as GameStop customers will be able to return new releases within 48 hours of purchase, even if they've been opened. That sounds great, but of course, there are plenty of caveats to consider before you get too excited.

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