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Tumblr has been acquired by WordPress owner Automattic

Tumblr has been acquired by WordPress owner Automattic

In May, word surfaced that Verizon was in talks with multiple companies about purchasing Tumblr, the social media platform it acquired with its purchase of Yahoo in 2017. In an announcement today, Automattic, the company that owns Wordpress, revealed that it has agreed to purchase Tumblr from Verizon, though the price it paid hasn't been disclosed.

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Venmo finally offers instant money transfers to bank accounts

Venmo finally offers instant money transfers to bank accounts

PayPal's mobile payment service Venmo is finally offering instant money transfers directly to bank accounts. The new option follows the company's launch of Instant Transfer last year, which was limited to transfers to eligible debit cards. According to the company, its new Instant Transfer option has the same fees and joins the standard free bank transfer option.

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New WhatsApp bans mean you need to consider the risk

New WhatsApp bans mean you need to consider the risk

WhatsApp Temporarily Banned accounts popped up en masse this past week as the chat app continues its campaign to appear to fight unauthorized use. We've seen accounts of several accounts banned for what would - at first - appear to be shaky-ground reasoning. No problem, right? Not like your business depends on the use of a single app to survive... right?

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Nike’s new subscription service isn’t as crazy as it sounds

Nike’s new subscription service isn’t as crazy as it sounds

If there's a current craze among corporations and conglomerates, it's subscription services. A huge number of companies out there are now offering monthly subscriptions, covering everything from streaming to food and even dog toys. Now Nike has announced it's getting in on the subscription frenzy, but what it's offering isn't as crazy as it sounds at first blush.

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FDA orders 44 vaping products to be pulled from shelves

FDA orders 44 vaping products to be pulled from shelves

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered 44 vaping products, including items sold for hookahs and e-liquids, to be pulled from shelves in the United States. These products can't be legally sold, according to the agency, because the companies behind them do not have the proper marketing authorization. The news arrives amid the FDA's ongoing investigation of a possible link between vaping and seizures.

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MoviePass accused of changing passwords to block some power users

MoviePass accused of changing passwords to block some power users

Ill-fated movie ticket subscription company MoviePass is the subject of a new editorial alleging that shady tactics took place behind closed doors. Anonymous former MoviePass employees have claimed that among other things, the company had ordered that a small percentage of power users' account passwords be changed so they couldn't log into the app and order tickets.

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W Hotels caters to YouTubers with new mukbang room service

W Hotels caters to YouTubers with new mukbang room service

W Hotels, specifically the W Hotel in Washington, DC, has introduced a new room service option that'll appeal to YouTubers: the Sip & Slurp menu for filming mukbang videos. The new menu is pricey and only available for a limited time, offering customers more than just food -- they also get a lapel microphone and cell phone stand for recording the content.

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Roku ditches plans for a voice assistant of its own [Update]

Roku ditches plans for a voice assistant of its own [Update]

It certainly feels like voice assistants are everywhere these days, with Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all offering their own. At one point, even Roku said it was working on its own voice assistant, but that announcement came way back in January 2018. If you've been wondering what's up with Roku's voice assistant, you definitely aren't alone, but today we're receiving some disappointing news on that front.

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Netflix pens massive original content deal with Game of Thrones creators

Netflix pens massive original content deal with Game of Thrones creators

Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the duo behind HBO's massive hit Game of Thrones, have reportedly struck a $200 million deal with Netflix. The streaming company confirmed the deal -- but not the financial details -- on Thursday, saying the 'master storytellers' will create original movies and television shows for the service. This is a multi-year deal that will require Benioff and Weiss to leave HBO.

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Google Fiber’s Webpass gigabit Internet service is heading to Austin

Google Fiber’s Webpass gigabit Internet service is heading to Austin

Google has announced that it is bringing gigabit Internet service to Austin, Texas. The launch will involve Webpass, a company acquired by Google Fiber in 2016 after having been founded in 2003. Though Webpass is already available in a handful of other cities, Google says this upcoming launch is notable -- Austin will be the first city where both Webpass and Google Fiber are available.

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo got tired of waiting for loot boxes to self-police

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo got tired of waiting for loot boxes to self-police

Loot boxes and microtransactions in games have been a pretty hot topic in the industry lately, and now it seems that platform holders are going to are going to take some action on the matter. The Entertainment Software Association has revealed that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony will soon be requiring that publishers disclose the odds associated with loot boxes in their games.

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Cathay Pacific Airways says its uses cameras to record passengers

Cathay Pacific Airways says its uses cameras to record passengers

Cathay Pacific, an airline based in Hong Kong, has updated its privacy policy to reveal that it is logging in-flight infotainment system activity and using cameras to capture images of passengers. These images are not captured using cameras integrated into seat-back infotainment systems, according to the airline, which is instead using CCTVs located in airport lounges and inside airplanes.

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