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Facebook acquires Beat Games: What Beat Saber fans should know

Facebook acquires Beat Games: What Beat Saber fans should know

Facebook has acquired Beat Games, the company behind hit virtual reality game Beat Saber. The acquisition will help Facebook 'bring VR to more people around the world,' the company said as part of its announcement. Beat Saber's team will join Oculus Studios as part of this deal but will independently operate in Prague. What will happen to Beat Saber? Not much, so don't worry.

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Intel and MediaTek partner to make 5G modems for PCs

Intel and MediaTek partner to make 5G modems for PCs

Intel and MediaTek have teamed up to develop 5G modems for computers, Intel has announced. The two companies will work on the development, certification, and support of these 'solutions,' with Intel focusing on the 5G specification and MediaTek on the development and delivery of the 5G modems. The end result will be PCs that can connect to the budding 5G networks slowly spreading across the US.

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Uber loses London operator’s license again

Uber loses London operator’s license again

Uber has found itself in the sights of Transport for London again today, and not in a good way. Transport for London has decided not to renew the company's license to operate, citing a "pattern of failures" on the part of Uber that put the safety of passengers at risk. This isn't as bad as seems on the surface, as Uber now has the chance to appeal and can continue to operate while that appeals process plays out.

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Walmart ends Jet.com fresh grocery delivery test, won’t expand service

Walmart ends Jet.com fresh grocery delivery test, won’t expand service

Walmart's Jet.com is ditching fresh grocery deliveries in New York, the company has confirmed, bringing an end to the test that started around one year ago. Jet.com isn't going anywhere as a service, but will instead shift its focus to general merchandise and dry goods, according to a new report, leaving fresh grocery deliveries to other companies. Walmart's own grocery pickup and delivery options aren't going anywhere, however.

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Apple retools iOS 14 testing process to avoid another iOS 13 debacle

Apple retools iOS 14 testing process to avoid another iOS 13 debacle

It isn't exactly a secret that iOS 13 was a buggy mess on release. Apple has spent the last couple of months trying to fix those bugs, and those efforts persist to this day, with the latest iOS 13 update addressing a number of remaining glitches. You'd think that Apple having to devote so much time to fixing bugs would make it re-evaluate its testing process, and according to a new report, you'd be right to think that.

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Amazon Go cashierless grocery stores may launch in early 2020

Amazon Go cashierless grocery stores may launch in early 2020

Amazon may launch cashierless grocery stores in as early as the first quarter of 2020, according to a new report. The alleged stores will feature the same technology used in Amazon Go convenience stores, the leak claims, making it possible for customers to grab what they want and then leave, no checkout lines necessary. The company may also license its technology to other companies.

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Apple Music for Business muzak now competing with Pandora, Spotify

Apple Music for Business muzak now competing with Pandora, Spotify

There's a market out there for music companies that wish to get a piece of the retail sales market pie. Apple Music is now a part of that market. If you head into your local department store, you probably won't hear a brand new track from your favorite hardcore metal band - but you might soon hear something delivered by Apple. A report this week suggests that Apple Music has been piloting a "a version of Apple Music" for use in businesses for a time with businesses like Levi Strauss & Co. and Harrods stores.

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Macy’s website hacked, customer credit card data stolen at checkout

Macy’s website hacked, customer credit card data stolen at checkout

When you boast to be the world's largest anything, you're practically issuing a challenge not just to competitors but also to criminal elements to try their luck in taking you down. When you are one of the US' largest department stores, you definitely have a large target on your back, tempting hackers to try and make a profit at your customers' expense. That is the horrifying truth that Macy's and "a small number" of its customers have discovered last month after the retailer's online store was compromised, allowing hackers to get away with some shopper's credit card information.

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Kickstarter budget tool shows backers how funds will be used

Kickstarter budget tool shows backers how funds will be used

Kickstarter has introduced a new tool called Project Budget that helps creators estimate how much funding they need and makes it easier for them to be transparent with their backers regarding how the funds will be used. The new tool joins a previously added Funding Calculator launched back in August as a way for creators to keep in mind hidden project costs like taxes.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere is leaving: Here’s what we know

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is leaving: Here’s what we know

It's the end of an era for T-Mobile, as CEO John Legere announced today that he'll soon be stepping down from his position. The transition won't happen for a little while yet, but T-Mobile has already tapped a successor for Legere, confirming that current president and COO Mike Sievert will be picking up the mantle of CEO. Legere won't be leaving T-Mobile entirely, either, as he'll still be a member of the board after leaving the CEO's office.

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Huawei US license extension might last 14 days only

Huawei US license extension might last 14 days only

It has been half a year since the US government practically declared it illegal for US companies to do business with Huawei but the Chinese giant's fate still remains uncertain. That would have been sealed by Monday but it seems that the US still wants to hold power over Huawei and is likely to give it yet another extension of its license to do business in the US. This time, however, it will only be for 14 days, probably to give time for the US and China to finally sign a "Phase 1" trade agreement.

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Nike ditches Amazon after two years, but its products will remain

Nike ditches Amazon after two years, but its products will remain

Nike has decided to end its pilot program with Amazon, the company has announced, but its products will remain for sale on the platform through third-party sellers. Nike launched its pilot program in 2017; under it, the company sold some of its products directly to Amazon, a move that would potentially give it more control over its brand on the Internet retailer's platform.

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