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How to cancel Amazon Prime and get your money back (2017)

How to cancel Amazon Prime and get your money back (2017)

It has happened to all Amazon users at one point or another -- a year passes in the blink of an eye and before you know it, a new $97 charge has appeared on your credit card. You peer at it, wondering what ill-advised purchase this was, only to realize it was Amazon's auto-renew feature coming out of hibernation to bite your wallet. You don't want another year's membership but it feels too late to cancel...only fortunately, it's not.

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Why LeEco has failed in the US

Why LeEco has failed in the US

Chinese company LeEco is set to layoff almost all of its US-based staff tomorrow, according to sources, as it restructures both its business and its focus to stave off total failure of its US brand. The revelation follows a leaked LeEco email calling workers at all three of the company's US offices to join a 'Town Hall Meeting' at 10AM PST tomorrow. Sources say that out of the 500 or so US employees LeEco currently employs, only 60 will be left.

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Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify has announced the acquisition of Niland, a machine learning startup based out of Paris. The music company made the announcement itself this week, explaining that Niland shares its 'passion for surfacing the right content to the right user at the right time.' Spotify plans to use the company's technology and know-how to improves its own recommendation abilities, doing so with the power of artificial intelligence behind it.

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SiriusXM tipped in talks to buy Pandora

SiriusXM tipped in talks to buy Pandora

Pandora is on the hunt for a buyer and now sources say that SiriusXM may be the one to acquire it. The music streaming service is said to be in talks with SiriusXM, which is tipped to be in 'active discussions' with the company. This won't be the first time SiriusXM has expressed interest in Pandora; whether an acquisition will come from these latest reported talks is anyone's guess. The sources go on to indicate that some analysts' estimated acquisition prices are too high.

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Lyft now rewards riders with Delta SkyMiles: here’s the fine print

Lyft now rewards riders with Delta SkyMiles: here’s the fine print

Lyft just announced a new perk that may give riders a good reason to choose it over Uber: airline miles. The ridesharing company just announced a partnership with Delta that will reward Lyft riders with the airline's SkyMiles rewards. There are certain restrictions on the mile reward, namely that you can't earn them for things like taxes on the ride or tolls fees, but otherwise the benefit is open to anyone with a Lyft account to catches a ride with the company.

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Sega plots revival of major IPs in coming years

Sega plots revival of major IPs in coming years

After spending a couple of years on the decline, Sega's latest round of financial results shows that the company is once again on the upswing. This is thanks, in large part, to the beginning stages of planned structure reform, which is plan that will carry Sega through the year 2020. In a presentation to investors given shortly after its financial results dropped, Sega outlined what this "Road to 2020" plan involves, and it sounds like a major component will be reviving classic IPs.

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New Samsung division wants to put its chip in all your devices

New Samsung division wants to put its chip in all your devices

To the surprise of no one, Samsung has just created a new division within it silicon business that will focus on contract chip manufacturers for companies outside of Samsung. While it was probably a long time coming, the move couldn't have come at a worse time for Qualcomm, who is now beset by lawsuits from all sides. With Qualcomm begins to show cracks in its armor, Samsung seems to be getting ready to snatch up whatever piece of the pie Qualcomm might drop.

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Apple buys machine learning specialists Lattice Data for $200M

Apple buys machine learning specialists Lattice Data for $200M

It's become clear in the last few years that Apple is doubling down on its focus on Siri, with recent advancements including the use of AI and other technology that allows the assistant to do more with data from users. In what's likely a part of that effort, it's been revealed that Apple has acquired Lattice Data, an AI and machine learning company that specializes in "dark data," or unorganized information like images and text.

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Samsung, Intel lend support to FTC’s Qualcomm lawsuit

Samsung, Intel lend support to FTC’s Qualcomm lawsuit

Chip maker Qualcomm has been having a rough couple of months, not only getting sued by Apple — one of its largest customers — for unfair licensing costs, but also being accused of anti-competitive tactics by the Federal Trade Commission. In the case of the latter, now some of Qualcomm's biggest rivals have chimed in, offering statements to the FTC in support of their monopoly accusations.

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Sprint, T-Mobile once again discussing possible merger

Sprint, T-Mobile once again discussing possible merger

It's been a few years now since US mobile carriers Sprint and T-Mobile held negotiations over a merger between the two companies, only to eventually be shut down by government regulators. But now that some time has passed, along with a freeze on such discussions due to the recent spectrum auction, Sprint's parent SoftBank and T-Mobile's parent Deutsche Telekom AG are looking to revive their merger talks.

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Apple’s first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment goes to Corning

Apple’s first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment goes to Corning

Back at the beginning of the month, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that his company would set aside $1 billion for a new "Advanced Manufacturing Fund." At the time, Cook didn't say who would ultimately benefit from this fund, but today we're learning that Corning will be the first company to get an investment from it. Corning, as many of you already know, is the company behind Gorilla Glass, which adorns many phones on the market today.

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Google acquires Owlchemy Labs, will continue to focus on VR games

Google acquires Owlchemy Labs, will continue to focus on VR games

Owlchemy Labs has been acquired by Google, the company announced, marking a new big milestone for the six-year-old company. The studio will continue to focus on creating virtual reality content, according to a statement it released today. Owlchemy Labs has already produced several VR games, such as the lesser known skydiving title 'Aaaaaculus!,' as well as some big games like 'Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.'

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