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PlayStation Vue dropped its cheapest plan: $40 is the new minimum

PlayStation Vue dropped its cheapest plan: $40 is the new minimum

Livestreaming television service PlayStation Vue has dropped its cheapest television plan, making $40 the new lowest price point at which you can get the service. This is compared to the previous pricing tiers, which started at $30/month for the 'Slim' channel package. The change, at least according to a Sony spokesperson, was part of the plan all along.

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Tesla gets go ahead for 100MW Powerpack system in South Australia

Tesla gets go ahead for 100MW Powerpack system in South Australia

Remember when Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that he could have a backup power solution in place for South Australia in 100 days? The promise came after South Australia experienced severe storms that caused a blackout, leaving 1.7 million residents without power. Musk and his company will now get the chance to make good on that promise, as Tesla has been given the go ahead to proceed with its energy storage system.

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TV networks are misspelling shows on purpose to tweak Nielsen ratings

TV networks are misspelling shows on purpose to tweak Nielsen ratings

Some days are worse for television ratings than others, and TV networks know this. Nielsen stands chief among data companies when it comes to TV ratings, and so it is perhaps no surprise that networks have found a way to game the system. As it turns out, some networks are deliberately misspelling the names of their shows on days they know are likely to have poor ratings, helping preserve their ratings and their public image.

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Charter testing Spectrum Stream live streaming TV service

Charter testing Spectrum Stream live streaming TV service

Charter is currently testing an online streaming television service that could soon launch for customers across the nation. The service is billed as a cheaper alternative to traditional cable, one that comes with the convenience of online streaming versus using a satellite dish or a cable box. The service is called Spectrum Stream, and it competes with things like DirecTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and Hulu Live TV.

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Sony is making vinyl records for the first time since 1989

Sony is making vinyl records for the first time since 1989

The demand for vinyl continues to climb, and in light of it Sony has started creating records for the first time since 1989. The announcement was made today by Sony Music Entertainment, which says production will be taking place at a factory located near Tokyo. The news comes in light of increased consumer interest in records, and not just old ones: we're seeing soundtracks increasingly launch on new vinyl, including the 'Ocarina of Time' soundtrack and the 'Last Guardian' soundtrack.

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T-Mobile will help keep PBS alive and available in rural America

T-Mobile will help keep PBS alive and available in rural America

The Public Broadcasting Service, commonly referred to as PBS, remains a popular and important source of educational material for young kids, among others, delivering free content to families around the nation via cable, OTA television, and its online website and apps. The service has faced various challenges during its lifetime, though, and now T-Mobile has stepped in to help it through one: keeping the service accessible in rural communities throughout America.

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Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations

Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations

The Lyft app will soon get an update that tries to make rides overall faster by suggesting better pick-up locations for riders...even if that means you may have to do a bit of walking to get there. The update will arrive in both the iOS and Android apps, and will be optional -- if you're set on wanting picked up at a specific location, you'll still be able to choose it when ordering a ride.

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Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis Budget Group has announced a new partnership with Alphabet's Waymo, saying that it will maintain and support the latter company's self-driving car fleet. The maintenance/support offered under this partnership will take place at Avis's various rental locations, enabling Waymo to keep its vehicles maintained and ready for use in many locations. The Alphabet company is creating a 600-vehicle fleet, among other things, for riders to utilize.

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Tesla looks to begin car manufacturing in China

Tesla looks to begin car manufacturing in China

Tesla is interested in opening a factory in China to begin building its all-electric vehicles in the country, the company revealed this week. But before fans of American manufacturing start getting worried, know that this isn't about Tesla looking for a cheaper workforce or anything like that. Instead the car maker is looking to improve its appeal among buyers by making the vehicles more affordable for the local market.

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Comcast accused of cutting Internet cables to sabotage small ISP

Comcast accused of cutting Internet cables to sabotage small ISP

Comcast, one of the most hated companies in America, is at the heart of a new controversy after one small Texas telecom accused it of using sabotage methods to drive the company out of business. Comcast and some of its contractors were recently sued by Telecom Cable owner Anthony Luna, according to Courthouse News, alleging that Comcast cut Telecom's underground cables. Per the lawsuit's allegations, Comcast is said to have cut the cables faster than Telecom was able to repair them, and a mere 6 weeks later the company was forced to close up shop.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns under investor pressure

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns under investor pressure

The writing has been on the wall for months now, so it should really surprise no one that Uber's controversial CEO is stepping down. Of course, that doesn't mean he's completely out of picture, as he still serves on the company's board. It, however, also doesn't translate to an immediate recovery for the embattled ride hailing service, whose woes, not to mention lawsuits, will proceed even without Kalanick at the helm.

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Microsoft and Accenture team to give legal ID to undocumented individuals

Microsoft and Accenture team to give legal ID to undocumented individuals

Microsoft has teamed up with Accenture to provide legal digital identification to more than a billion people throughout the world who do not have any official documentation. During the second ID2020 summit in New York yesterday, both companies showed off a prototype version of this digital ID network, helping further the UN's plan to get legal ID in place for everyone around the globe.

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