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Mad Catz has closed up shop: company will liquidate assets

Mad Catz has closed up shop: company will liquidate assets

Mad Catz, the gaming peripheral company that has been around for decades, has officially shut down. The news is sad but not unexpected -- the company has struggled for years with financial difficulties, and last year it assembled a committee to see about selling the company. According to a newly published release announcing the closure, no company was interested in buying Mad Catz and none of the company's banks were willing to extend it additional credit.

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Palmer Luckey, Oculus co-founder, is leaving the company

Palmer Luckey, Oculus co-founder, is leaving the company

Although it now shares the limelight with rival HTC Vive, Oculus will most likely be forever remembered as the startup that started this new virtual reality wave. Now owned, by Facebook, the company has been involved in a few controversies lately, and most of them can perhaps be attributed to its co-founder, Palmer Luckey. The public face of the Oculus Rift, however, might be changing, as Facebook confirms that this will be Luckey's last week at Facebook, without exactly saying why.

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SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a planned launch today that would involve sending off a recycled rocket, something that would be a game-changer for the company if successful. The launch indeed went on as planned, and it was a massive success all around. Not only did the reused first stage part of the rocket work exactly as intended, it safely landed back on Earth for future use.

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Change an Uber pickup location after ordering: here’s how

Change an Uber pickup location after ordering: here’s how

Have you ever ordered an Uber car, only to realize after the driver is en-route that the pick-up location is incorrect? If so, you're not alone. Users have long requested a way to adjust the pick-up location after ordering a ride, making it possible to fix a mistake without cancelling the car and starting over. Now, thanks to a new update, this feature is available: here's how to use it.

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SpaceX recycled Falcon 9 rocket will be launched tomorrow

SpaceX recycled Falcon 9 rocket will be launched tomorrow

Tomorrow, March 30th, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. Such a launch, in and of itself, wouldn't be unusual for the company. What makes this particular launch interesting is what it represents: the potential ability to recycle rockets, another way to keep costs down and launch rates up. While the entire rocket wasn't previously used, the first stage component has already seen action.

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Periscope will soon have video ads

Periscope will soon have video ads

Ads have become a fact of Internet life, so it's not exactly surprising to hear that Twitter is planning on introducing such things even on its live streaming platform. Periscope, which at one point in the not so distant past, was the go to place for live streaming is in need of a new inflow of cash. But perhaps more interesting than the ads themselves is the way Twitter plans on giving advertisers some say on where their ads end up.

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Samsung Cinema Screen is a 34ft Ultra HD screen for movie theaters

Samsung Cinema Screen is a 34ft Ultra HD screen for movie theaters

Movie theaters will soon have a new screen option courtesy of Samsung. The Korean company has taken the wraps off its new Cinema Screen, a massive 34ft screen designed for movie theaters that want an Ultra HD upgrade. According to Samsung, this screen is able to provide LED-tier image quality at a very high resolution of 4096 x 2160. The company is currently showing off its new screen at the Cinemark Century Orleans 18 XD Theater located in the Orleans Hotel & Casino.

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Verizon FiOS is testing Ultra HD 4K programming

Verizon FiOS is testing Ultra HD 4K programming

Verizon has teamed up with SES to test the latter company's Ultra HD platform as part of an effort to bring 4K content to FiOS customers. It's a welcomed move for UHD TV owners who have long waited for Verizon to offer such channels; many of the company's competitors have already introduced their 4K offerings. It is unclear when these tests will begin.

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Elon Musk’s tipped Neuralink wants to put chips in the human brain

Elon Musk’s tipped Neuralink wants to put chips in the human brain

Elon Musk has launched a new company called Neuralink, according to sources, and it aims to develop a technology that could connect human brains with computers. This connection would allegedly be facilitated via small electrodes implanted in the brain, enabling the individual to download and upload thoughts. Though the existence of the company has been confirmed, Musk's precise role within it is unclear.

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Amazon starts collecting state sales tax across US next month

Amazon starts collecting state sales tax across US next month

As an e-commerce giant, one of Amazon's biggest advantages for customers (and biggest disadvantages for brick-and-mortar competitors) has been the site's lack of charging local sales taxes. This has been slowly changing over the last few years, and the policy will finally come to an end next month. Starting April 1st, Amazon will collect a sales tax in all 45 states that have one, with Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, and New Mexico being the last four to be included.

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Comcast tipped to have acquired some OTT nationwide channel rights

Comcast tipped to have acquired some OTT nationwide channel rights

Sources have surfaced claiming Comcast has scored over-the-top (OTT) nationwide rights for some channels, giving it a new avenue of possibilities as competitors increasingly roll out live television services delivered over the Internet. With these alleged new rights, Comcast is able to offer television service beyond its typical regions, potentially allowing it to rollout an online television service for people in cities where its regular cable TV isn’t available.

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Facebook will test comment GIFs next week

Facebook will test comment GIFs next week

Facebook is currently testing new designs for comments on the social network, and now it is preparing to test a new GIF feature for comments, too. The upcoming GIF feature is said to be similar to the one currently available in Messenger, enabling users to share a GIF from sources like Giphy directly in the comments — a feature users have been requesting for a long time.

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