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Office 2021 perpetual consumer release date locked for Windows and MacOS

Office 2021 perpetual consumer release date locked for Windows and MacOS

Today Microsoft announced the release date for Office 2021, the company's consumer perpetual offering for the service. At the same time, Microsoft revealed the release of the Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for both Windows and Mac for government and business licensing to general availability. If you're looking for the next one-time-purchase Office build for your own home computer, look to October!

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Gogoro reveals $2.35 billion plan to take electric scooters public

Gogoro reveals $2.35 billion plan to take electric scooters public

Gogoro is going public, with the battery-swappable electric scooter and e-bike company announcing it will list on the Nasdaq. It's a big step for the ambitious mobility firm, and one which sets its value at a whopping $2.35 billion.

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Project Taara beams Internet connectivity wirelessly at fiber-optic speeds

Project Taara beams Internet connectivity wirelessly at fiber-optic speeds

Bringing broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved areas is very important. Internet connectivity brings access to jobs, healthcare, education, and entertainment. People who live in developed nations like the US and other countries typically have plenty of access to broadband in cities, but those in rural areas often go unserved. Project Taara is investigating wireless means to bring fiber-like speeds to underserved and unconnected communities around the world.

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Kroger taps Instacart to offer ultra-fast grocery deliveries across US

Kroger taps Instacart to offer ultra-fast grocery deliveries across US

Popular grocery chain Kroger has announced a new partnership with Instacart to offer its customers grocery deliveries within half an hour. The new service is called Kroger Delivery Now, leveraging the Instacart online shopping platform with Kroger grocery stores across the US serving as fulfillment centers. Grocery deliveries and pick-up services have become more popular amid the pandemic.

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Walmart plans self-driving home delivery in 2021 with Ford and Argo AI cars

Walmart plans self-driving home delivery in 2021 with Ford and Argo AI cars

Ford and autonomous vehicle company Argo AI are working with Walmart to launch a driverless delivery service, with the goal of filling in the last mile of home orders. It'll be the retail behemoth's first multi-city autonomous delivery collaboration in the US, Walmart said today, and see the total number of locations taken to three.

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Porsche partners on a new plant to produce Synthetic Fuels in Chile

Porsche partners on a new plant to produce Synthetic Fuels in Chile

Porsche has announced that it will open a new manufacturing pilot plant that is a partnership with Siemens Energy. The plant is described as the world's most carbon-neutral fuel (eFuel) production plant, and is located in Punta Arenas, Chile. The groundbreaking ceremony for the facility happened on September 10.

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Google fined $177 million in South Korea for anti-competitive practices

Google fined $177 million in South Korea for anti-competitive practices

In many parts of the world, Google and Apple are frequently accused of abusing their market-dominant positions to stifle competition and innovation. Recently in South Korea, the country's competition regulator fined Google 207.4 billion Korean won, or $176.9 million. The fine was levied against Google for abusing its dominant market position in smartphone operating systems to limit competition.

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Fake Walmart Litecoin partnership claim briefly pumps LTC

Fake Walmart Litecoin partnership claim briefly pumps LTC

Walmart has disavowed a cryptocurrency announcement that claimed the retail giant had inked a deal with Litecoin, after a fake press release fooled a number of high-profile outlets. The news, purporting to be an official announcement from Walmart and Litecoin, was published on GlobeNewswire early on Monday morning, September 12.

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Lenovo blames Google for the delay in firmware for Smart Displays fix

Lenovo blames Google for the delay in firmware for Smart Displays fix

For the last handful of months, owners of Lenovo Smart Displays had a problem preventing them from displaying anything but a blank screen. Lenovo has now confirmed that it's waiting on Google to fix that firmware issue. The first indications that something was wrong with the Smart Displays surfaced in April from users in Canada.

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Rythm Discord music bot will disappear from YouTube on September 15

Rythm Discord music bot will disappear from YouTube on September 15

YouTube has been making moves in recent weeks to eliminate music bots from the online service. Not long ago, YouTube forced the Groovy Discord music bot to go off-line. After successfully driving that bot away, YouTube is now setting its sights on Rythm. For those unfamiliar, Rythm is a bot allowing Discord users to play music from YouTube videos.

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Lawmakers propose an EV tax-cut benefiting US unionized manufacturers

Lawmakers propose an EV tax-cut benefiting US unionized manufacturers

Late last week, Democrats in Washington proposed a new EV tax credit bill that would benefit major US automakers like Ford, Chevrolet, and Stellantis. The tax credit would be specifically for fully electric vehicles that are union-made and assembled in the US. Some automakers have spoken out against this tax credit in the past, saying that it cut benefits for workers who had chosen not to unionize.

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Toyota chops 300,000 vehicles off production targets

Toyota chops 300,000 vehicles off production targets

Automakers worldwide are feeling the pinch in production in the wake of the pandemic and resulting in chip shortages. A new report claims that Toyota has cut its annual production target by 300,000 vehicles, blaming slowed output at parts factories due to COVID-19. Toyota has specifically said that slowed output at its parts factories in Vietnam and Malaysia are compounding problems already experienced with the chip shortage.

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