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FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach

FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach

The FTC has just bucked its own trend, eschewing its tendency to avoid talking about on-going investigations so that it could talk about one investigation in particular: its own probe into the Equifax data breach. The breach is a severe one, potentially affecting approximately 143 million people throughout the US and select other locations.

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Roku files for IPO, looking to raise $100M

Roku files for IPO, looking to raise $100M

Roku, a significant player in the streaming media market, has revealed that it has filed papers with the SEC for an IPO, and is looking to raise as much as $100 million. While the company originally began with a simple set-top box that focused solely on Netflix, it now produces a number of streaming media devices and smart TVs, each with support for a wide range of services.

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Burger King WhopperCoin cryptocurrency is real and it’s only in Russia

Burger King WhopperCoin cryptocurrency is real and it’s only in Russia

Burger King has decided to launch its own cryptocurrency and it is called 'WhopperCoin.' The currency, which is something like bitcoin, only far less valuable, is given to customers as a prize of sort for buying a Whopper hamburger. The cryptocurrency has only launched in Russia, and it is being referred to as a 'blockchain loyalty program.' Whether it will launch in other countries is unclear.

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Apple Pay support disabled for websites selling neo-nazi gear

Apple Pay support disabled for websites selling neo-nazi gear

Certain white supremacists websites can no longer accept payments using Apple Pay following Apple's disabling of the support. Apple confirmed the news this week via a spokesperson, who pointed toward the Apple Pay guidelines that prohibit use for sites determined to be spreading intolerance, hate or advocating violence. This move follows multiple other companies that have revoked support for various racist websites.

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Android Pay expands: 40 US banks and credit unions add support

Android Pay expands: 40 US banks and credit unions add support

Android Pay just got a bit more capable thanks to the addition of support for another 40 banks and credit unions located throughout the United States. Given that all the major banks support the Android Pay platform by now (in the U.S., at least), it isn't surprising that this latest expansion marks the addition of many smaller, more regional and lesser known entities.

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Lyft is doubling donations when riders use Apple Pay

Lyft is doubling donations when riders use Apple Pay

Lyft has announced a new perk that comes with its Apple Pay support; pay with Apple's mobile payment platform and you'll be contributing to some donations going to those in need. The company has announced that under its Round Up & Donate program, anyone who pays with Apple Pay will be contributing a bit extra at no cost to themselves. The new promotion, of sorts, is only lasting through until the end of August, though, so get in on it now if you want to contribute.

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Finance a Surface Pro with Microsoft’s new monthly payment option – With a catch!

Finance a Surface Pro with Microsoft’s new monthly payment option – With a catch!

If you're in the market for a Surface Pro or other Surface device but you don't have the cash to pay for it upfront, Microsoft has a new option: the Surface Plus Program for financing the device. The company announced the new financing option today, explaining that it is available as of 9AM PT for things like the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, and Surface Book. A similar option has also been launched for businesses.

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iPhone sales up in Q3 despite iPhone 8 promises

iPhone sales up in Q3 despite iPhone 8 promises

Apple has just announced the results of its third fiscal quarter 2017, and detailed among the numbers is word about the iPhone's performance. The company has revealed that its iPhone sales were better than had been expected, increasing 1.6-percent year-on-year to hit the 41.03 million unit mark this past quarter; this is compared to the 40.4 million units it moved in the same quarter last year.

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Samsung beats Intel to become world’s biggest chipmaker

Samsung beats Intel to become world’s biggest chipmaker

We've been anticipating such an announcement for a couple months, and now it's finally here: Samsung has officially bumped Intel down a peg, taking over the top slot as the world's premiere chipmaker. It has been expected for a couple months now that Samsung would announce record-breaking profits in its latest Q2 report, and that's exactly what happened. Among the details is a big tidbit: Samsung's chip business had higher sales revenue than the entirety of Intel this past quarter.

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Wells Fargo leaks 50,000 client documents in mailing error

Wells Fargo leaks 50,000 client documents in mailing error

These days, we've almost gotten used to large corporations losing sensitive data as a result of poor security measures and hackers, but in the latest incident, Wells Fargo has just made a big mistake. The bank accidentally sent 1.4GB of data containing information on 50,000 of their wealthiest clients to a former financial adviser. While this person had subpoenaed Wells Fargo as part of a lawsuit, these were the not the type of records that had been requested.

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Microsoft just passed a huge milestone

Microsoft just passed a huge milestone

It's a good day to be Satya Nadella. Microsoft delivered its latest round of financials yesterday evening, and things are generally looking good across the board. Revenue and per-share earnings beat estimates in Q4, but even those aren't the biggest items Microsoft reported. Instead, our focus should be on Office 365, which passed an absolutely massive milestone during the quarter.

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This company wants to treat brain diseases with gaming

This company wants to treat brain diseases with gaming

Company Highmark Interactive wants to use video games to treat brain injuries, and it has just raised a bunch of cash to help it in that mission. The company has raised $2m in funds as part of a plan to develop games that will be used as treatments for individuals with brain trauma, though the nature of these games isn't clear at this time.

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