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Sling TV offers price guarantee for subscribers worried about price hikes

Sling TV offers price guarantee for subscribers worried about price hikes

Over-the-top (OTT) live streaming television service Sling TV is now guaranteeing its customers that it won't raise their rates for at least a year, addressing price hikes introduced by competing companies like YouTube TV. This fixed-price guarantee isn't available to everyone, however -- you'll need to sign up for the service sometime this month to take advantage of it.

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Apple Arcade contracts reportedly being canceled for not being engaging enough

Apple Arcade contracts reportedly being canceled for not being engaging enough

When Apple launched its Arcade service last year, it was poised to revolutionize mobile gaming if not digital gaming in general. It was praised for not trying to milk gamers with IAPs and ads and its subscription-based model promised to give developers and publishers a steadier source of revenue. It might have been too early to celebrate, however, as news of some significant changes underfoot seem to suggest that Apple Arcade isn't yet the profitable gaming service Apple envisioned it to be.

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Scribd ebook subscription plan expands with 1,000 premium magazines

Scribd ebook subscription plan expands with 1,000 premium magazines

Scribd, the company best known as a platform for hosting documents, is also home to an ebook subscription service that provides access to a large library of fiction and non-fiction digital books. Though the service revolves around ebooks, Scribd has dabbled with other types of content in the past -- it offered digital comic books for a while, for example, before removing them. The latest arrival are digital magazines.

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YouTube TV is getting another price hike and it’s a big one

YouTube TV is getting another price hike and it’s a big one

YouTube TV subscribers are getting a mix of good and bad news today. The good is that YouTube TV is getting more channels and some new features. The bad, unfortunately, is that those new channels and features are coming at the cost of yet another price hike, and this is a big one.

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Lululemon just bought one of the coolest smart home fitness companies

Lululemon just bought one of the coolest smart home fitness companies

Lululemon Athletica, the clothing company best known for its yoga apparel line, has announced plans to acquire in-home fitness company MIRROR for $500 million. MIRROR has launched an all-in-one smart fitness system designed to replace the gym, something no doubt more popular now that many people are practicing social distancing and avoiding public fitness centers.

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Coca-Cola pauses paid social media advertising as boycott heats up

Coca-Cola pauses paid social media advertising as boycott heats up

The Coca-Cola Company has made the decision to 'pause' all of its social media advertising, one of the biggest moves in the growing boycott movement. The decision to pause advertising is joined by similar announcements from other big companies, including Verizon, Mozilla, Honda, Viber, Hersey, and more. "There is no place for racism in the world and there is no place for racism on social media," Coca-Cola Company Chairman and CEO James Quincey said in a statement.

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Warner Bros delays Tenet release because of COVID-19 spikes

Warner Bros delays Tenet release because of COVID-19 spikes

Christopher Nolan's Tenet was supposed to be one of the biggest movie releases of the summer, but it seems the COVID-19 pandemic is making Warner Bros push the movie's release back. The good news is that while Tenet is getting delayed again, it isn't getting delayed by much - instead of releasing on July 31st, Warner Bros will instead be release Tenet in mid-August.

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Amazon just acquired Zoox (not Zoom) for self-driving vehicles

Amazon just acquired Zoox (not Zoom) for self-driving vehicles

Amazon acquired a company called Zoox to "help bring their vision of autonomous ride-hailing to reality." It's important right this minute to be extra clear, here, that Amazon did NOT just acquire the video conferencing brand Zoom - that's a different company altogether. Amazon acquired Zoox, a California-based company "working to design autonomous ride-hailing vehicles from the ground up."

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The Last of Us Part II has become Sony’s fastest-selling PS4 game

The Last of Us Part II has become Sony’s fastest-selling PS4 game

The Last of Us Part II may have drawn some controversy among fans of the series, but it doesn't seem that was enough to slow down sales. Sony and Naughty Dog have announced that The Last of Us Part II has become the fastest selling first-party exclusive title for PlayStation 4. That may sound like a very specific achievement, but given the number of quality first-party exclusives we've had on the PS4, it's nothing to stick your nose up at.

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Microsoft announces plans to close its retail stores

Microsoft announces plans to close its retail stores

Microsoft is making a rather big announcement today, revealing plans to close many of its retail stores. Not all of them are closing, but when Microsoft is done culling its retail locations, only a few will remain. It seems that retail employees will be able to stay with the company too, either by working in-person at corporate offices or by working remotely.

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Amazon forms Counterfeit Crimes Unit to go after bogus sellers

Amazon forms Counterfeit Crimes Unit to go after bogus sellers

It isn't exactly a secret that Amazon has a problem with counterfeit products, and while the company has been successful in stopping some counterfeit items from ever being listed, it's forming a new task force for the times those products make it onto Amazon's store anyway. Officially called the Counterfeit Crimes Unit, this new task force seems less concerned with preventing counterfeit items from being listed and more with bringing those counterfeiters to justice.

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Sonos’ NYC store is closing and it’s cutting jobs

Sonos’ NYC store is closing and it’s cutting jobs

Sonos is closing its New York retail store and will shed around 12-percent of its staff, the company has confirmed today, as it aims to offset the impact of COVID-19 on its multi-room speaker business. The news comes after Sonos warned investors back in March that it was hunting ways to save cash, including trimming marketing and better managing inventory.

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