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Why Amazon’s $1 trillion valuation matters

Why Amazon’s $1 trillion valuation matters

Amazon is now the second public US company to hit $1 trillion market cap in history. The first was Apple, who hit the same landmark just this August. This isn't likely a moment that'll change the way Amazon operates - just the way they're viewed in the history of our consumer-centric world. Alexa's in your living room and an iPhone is in your pocket.

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Netflix’s The Witcher series casts one super familiar face as Geralt

Netflix’s The Witcher series casts one super familiar face as Geralt

A little over a year ago, Netflix announced plans to make a series based on The Witcher. We haven't heard very much about the show in the time since that announcement, but today, the company announced that it has found its Geralt. The person playing Geralt of Rivia will be a familiar face to many, especially if you happen to like a certain blue-and-red clad superhero.

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With aptX Adaptive, Qualcomm just supercharged Bluetooth audio

With aptX Adaptive, Qualcomm just supercharged Bluetooth audio

With aptX Adaptive, Qualcomm just gave the otherwise semi-stagnant technology of Bluetooth audio a kick in the pants. Standard Bluetooth audio is encoded at one size, and delivered to speaker devices in the same manner, regardless of the application or situation. With aptX Adaptive, the device sending the sound can encode sound information in a bunch of different sizes, dependent on the environment and sonic requirements of the user.

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These New Zealand towns may soon ban cats

These New Zealand towns may soon ban cats

There's a pest-removal proposal going down in Southland, New Zealand, that'll ban cats, goats, and pigs. If you live in this region, once the proposal is put into effect, you're going to need to get your cat chipped - or it could get removed and destroyed. Per the proposal's outline, these animals aren't the pests - they're just part of the pest problem. As such, they've gotta be kicked out - or at least kicked into gear.

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DC Universe big bang: what’s coming next month

DC Universe big bang: what’s coming next month

DC fans will perhaps begrudgingly admit that Marvel’s properties, direct or otherwise, have saturated the market for a few years. DC definitely had a few good ones but few of those have stuck. Now the comics giant is making one giant gamble with DC Universe, a subscription service for all things DC. And it’s all going down mid-September but it won’t just be about streaming teen angsty series either.

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Spotify adds Showtime to its student Hulu bundle

Spotify adds Showtime to its student Hulu bundle

As it stands, Spotify's student plan is a pretty good deal. Last year, Spotify and Hulu teamed up to offer subscriptions to both services to students for $4.99 per month. Today, Spotify decided to sweeten the deal further by announcing an upgrade to that plan that tosses Showtime in the mix.

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PlayStation Vue adds 200 local stations in markets across the US

PlayStation Vue adds 200 local stations in markets across the US

Sony has expanded its PlayStation Vue live-streaming television service, adding 200 local channels for markets throughout the United States. The expansion adds new NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX local channels for many customers, bringing the total number of local stations on Vue to more than 450.

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LEGO Minifigures turn 40: Here’s their original patent (and some prototypes, too)

LEGO Minifigures turn 40: Here’s their original patent (and some prototypes, too)

LEGO bricks are far older than their epitomous Minifigure friends, and today, 40 years after the first Minifigure was born, we're having a peek at the first patent. The patent comes after the first Minifigure, but it shows a sort of figure that's already evolved beyond the original release. LEGO celebrates the birth of the Minifigure in the release of the original "LEGO building figure," a terrifyingly odd creature born in 1974. It wasn't until 1978 until the form of the true Minifigure came to fruition.

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Twitch is hosting a massive Pokemon marathon beginning next week

Twitch is hosting a massive Pokemon marathon beginning next week

In recent years, Twitch has hosted a variety of marathons centered around everything from The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and even Power Rangers. These marathons lasted for days or weeks at a time, but all of them pale in comparison to the next marathon Twitch has on deck: Pokemon. Starting next week, Twitch will begin broadcasting Pokemon from the very first episode in a marathon that's going to last a very long time.

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Deadpool Blu-ray DVD Digital Super Duper Cut Review

Deadpool Blu-ray DVD Digital Super Duper Cut Review

Take a quick peek at this newest last-ditch effort to get you to spend money on Deadpool 2. It's a plastic box with four different fancy disks inside it. One each for each of the most important characters other than Domino inside it. Because Domino was lucky enough to avoid getting her face plastered on a disk some poor goofball went out and bought from 20th Century Fox - lucky her!

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Netflix looks to cut Apple out of subscription payments

Netflix looks to cut Apple out of subscription payments

Apple is a company that makes money hand-over-fist. One of the ways it does this, aside from hardware, is through App Store sales. Every time a developer sells an app through the iOS App Store, Apple takes a cut of that revenue. This extends to in-app purchases and subscriptions as well, as long as they're carried out through iTunes.

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James Bond 25 loses director Danny Boyle over creative differences

James Bond 25 loses director Danny Boyle over creative differences

The team behind the upcoming James Bond 25 movie have announced a big change: Danny Boyle will no longer serve as director. The decision is due to "creative differences," according to a tweet on the official James Bond Twitter account. The upcoming installment is expected to be the last starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

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