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Amazon starts refunding unauthorized purchases made by kids

Amazon starts refunding unauthorized purchases made by kids

It has been years in the making, but parent can finally have some amount of reprieve. Between 2011 and 2016, more than $70 million worth of purchases have been made on Amazon. None of them made by the account owners. Instead, they were unwittingly made by their offspring, leading to an investigation and eventual charges by the FTC. Now the FTC proudly announces that affected customers will be finally be given their due.

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Tidal loses third CEO, now looking for fourth within two years

Tidal loses third CEO, now looking for fourth within two years

It seems that streaming music service Tidal is continuing to flounder, as the news has surfaced that it has lost yet another CEO. Jeff Toig has been gone from the company since March reports Billboard, and it means that Tidal is now looking for its fourth CEO in a period of only two years. This comes after recent troubles including the failure to find a buyer and claims that it's been exaggerating its subscriber numbers, as well as the firing of its CFO and COO early last year.

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Apple opens flagship Singapore store, its first retail outlet in Southeast Asia

Apple opens flagship Singapore store, its first retail outlet in Southeast Asia

Saturday saw the official opening of Apple's new retail store in Singapore, also marking the first Apple Store to open in Southeast Asia. Officially known as Apple Orchard Road, the store is the latest of Apple's next-generation retail stores, feature design elements like a large, all-glass front, open spaces to be used for community-focused events such as Today at Apple, tree planters inside, and custom wood furniture.

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Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

In the past year we've seen Snap Inc., the parent company of the well-known social media app Snapchat, make an interesting entry into the hardware market with their camera-outfitted Spectacles. It seems drones could be next on the company's list, as Snap has reportedly just acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, a small drone manufacturer located in Los Angeles, California.

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Chipotle on payment system breach: ‘most’ stores affected

Chipotle on payment system breach: ‘most’ stores affected

Late last month, restaurant franchise Chipotle Mexican Grill revealed that it had suffered a security breach affecting its POS system. The company has released an update on that revelation, saying that 'most' of its stores in the US were affected by the malware. Chipotle says the investigation into the breach, which involved both law enforcement and security firms, has been completed.

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Facebook tipped in video deal with Vox Media and more

Facebook tipped in video deal with Vox Media and more

Facebook is rumored to be launching its own video service, one that will compete with things like Snapchat and YouTube, and it has just signed a deal with several big media companies as part of this. Such information comes from recently surfaced sources stating Facebook has penned a deal with Vox Media, Group Nine Media, ATTN, BuzzFeed and more. Content provided by those companies will reportedly be presented with advertisements and will be of both the long and short varieties.

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Lyft Lux and Lux SUV brings high-class options to riders

Lyft Lux and Lux SUV brings high-class options to riders

Uber has long offered a high-end service for customers who want to rent a luxurious ride, something for a nice night out or a good first impression. Now Lyft has finally gotten into that game, offering its own high-end service. Called Lyft Lux, this new option gives Lyft customers the ability to order a 'luxurious ride' that is operated by 'a top driver.' The service also comes in a Lyft Lux SUV version.

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Tesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegations

Tesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegations

Tesla is in the midst of heavy criticism following allegations from workers and others over working conditions. A report surfaced recently via The Guardian claiming poor Tesla factory worker conditions resulting in one hundred ambulance visits over the last three years. While these allegations continue to roll in, Tesla has announced the appointment of a new HR leader, not stating the reasons for its former HR chief's departure.

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Twitter toying with ‘premium’ features or membership option

Twitter toying with ‘premium’ features or membership option

Twitter has toyed with the idea of offering some kind of premium, possibly subscription, option for its platform, company CEO Jack Dorsey has revealed. Though the company isn't ready to introduce such a service, it seems the option is still very much in play and may be something users see introduced at some point in the future. Dorsey talked about the idea during Twitter's shareholder meeting yesterday.

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How to cancel Amazon Prime and get your money back (2017)

How to cancel Amazon Prime and get your money back (2017)

It has happened to all Amazon users at one point or another -- a year passes in the blink of an eye and before you know it, a new $97 charge has appeared on your credit card. You peer at it, wondering what ill-advised purchase this was, only to realize it was Amazon's auto-renew feature coming out of hibernation to bite your wallet. You don't want another year's membership but it feels too late to cancel...only fortunately, it's not.

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Why LeEco has failed in the US

Why LeEco has failed in the US

Chinese company LeEco is set to layoff almost all of its US-based staff tomorrow, according to sources, as it restructures both its business and its focus to stave off total failure of its US brand. The revelation follows a leaked LeEco email calling workers at all three of the company's US offices to join a 'Town Hall Meeting' at 10AM PST tomorrow. Sources say that out of the 500 or so US employees LeEco currently employs, only 60 will be left.

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Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify has announced the acquisition of Niland, a machine learning startup based out of Paris. The music company made the announcement itself this week, explaining that Niland shares its 'passion for surfacing the right content to the right user at the right time.' Spotify plans to use the company's technology and know-how to improves its own recommendation abilities, doing so with the power of artificial intelligence behind it.

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