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Bitcoin reaches new milestone with $1 trillion market cap

Bitcoin reaches new milestone with $1 trillion market cap

Bitcoin has seen a surge in recent weeks, sitting with a value of around $54,000 as of Friday, February 19. The cryptocurrency has reached a $1 trillion market capitalization. The milestone follows Tesla's recently revealed $1.5 billion Bitcoin purchase, as well as tweets about the cryptocurrency from Elon Musk, which helped fuel public interest in the volatile coins.

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Instacart COVID-19 vaccine stipend arrives: Everything you need to know

Instacart COVID-19 vaccine stipend arrives: Everything you need to know

The previously announced COVID-19 vaccine stipend Instacart announced in January is now live, the company said in a recent blog post. Called the 'Vaccine Support Stipend,' Instacart is offering eligible shoppers and shift leads a $25 payment to cover the time off they'd have to take while getting the vaccine.

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iPhone, iPad, Mac, Services net sales all rocket up in Apple Q1 2021

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Services net sales all rocket up in Apple Q1 2021

Today's earnings call for apple showed blockbuster success in basically every respect. If we're looking at net sales by category, Apple's shown growth in iPhone net sales, net sales of iPad, Mac, "Wearables, Home, and Accessories," and Services, both year-over-year and compared to the three months ending just before this quarter, ending in December of 2020.

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Apple Q1 2021 set a huge revenue record

Apple Q1 2021 set a huge revenue record

It's that time of the year already: Apple has announced the results of its first fiscal quarter in 2021, announcing all-time high revenue with a massive 21-percent year-over-year increase. Apple made $111.4 billion in revenue with 64-percent of it coming from international sales. The company also announced record revenue across iPhone, Wearables, and Services.

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Medium acquires Glose, a social ebook platform

Medium acquires Glose, a social ebook platform

Online publishing platform Medium has acquired Glose, a Paris-based online ebook store that includes some robust social features. The company announced the business deal on Friday, stating that it will integrate Glose with its platform to bring more than 1.5 million ebooks -- and the related Glose features -- to its users.

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Betting on drone races is now a thing, but only in some states

Betting on drone races is now a thing, but only in some states

The Drone Racing League has teamed up with DraftKings to launch drone race betting in some states, the two companies have announced, making DRL races the first of their kind open to legal betting. At this point in time, only a handful of states have made it legal to bet on drone races, but regulatory approval is likely to come from other states in the future.

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Mint budget tracker app can now monitor your subscriptions

Mint budget tracker app can now monitor your subscriptions

Mint, the money-management app, has pushed out an update for iPhone users that brings a number of new features, as well as a refreshed design. Among other things, the changes enable users to monitor their subscriptions, get personalized insights into their finances, and more. Android users will soon get these features, too.

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Venmo app can now cash checks, but only for some users

Venmo app can now cash checks, but only for some users

Money-sending app Venmo has announced a new feature available to some users -- check-cashing. Called 'Cash a Check,' this feature aims to eliminate the need to visit a bank or other physical location to get your money. The feature will, as you'd expect, support cashing the stimulus checks many people are receiving.

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Hulu is about to raise prices, but only for some subscribers

Hulu is about to raise prices, but only for some subscribers

If you're a Hulu subscriber, there's a good chance your rate will increase next month when the company increases prices for two of its plans. The news comes only weeks after competitor Netflix announced its own price increase, underscoring the increased costs of streaming entertainment as traditional cable television loses subscribers.

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Apple reveals record Q4 2020 revenue despite pandemic

Apple reveals record Q4 2020 revenue despite pandemic

Apple has announced another quarterly earnings record, stating that it raked in $64.7 billion in revenue during the fiscal quarter that ended on September 26, 2020. The record quarter was achieved despite the pandemic, which has resulted in widespread unemployment, concerns about long-term economic depression, and a general decrease in consumer spending.

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Lyft just made it much easier to split your ride fee with friends

Lyft just made it much easier to split your ride fee with friends

If you're using Lyft, there's a good chance you're catching a ride with friends. Until now, splitting the fare typically involved one person paying for the trip and the other people reimbursing them with their share of the fee, a time-consuming and somewhat convoluted method. Lyft's newly added Venmo support changes that, making it very simple to split the cost of a ride.

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Instacart teams with ALDI to pilot EBT SNAP same-day grocery option

Instacart teams with ALDI to pilot EBT SNAP same-day grocery option

On-demand delivery service Instacart has announced a new partnership with ALDI that brings same-day grocery deliveries and pickups to EBT SNAP recipients, giving them access to a safer, more convenient -- and in some cases, vital -- service. The support will be rolling out to ALDI stores in select markets soon with additional markets added in the near future, eventually totaling more than 570 grocery stores.

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