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Amazon’s second headquarters will be built in one of these 20 locations

Amazon’s second headquarters will be built in one of these 20 locations

Last year, Amazon set off something of a frenzy when it revealed plans to build a second headquarters somewhere within North America. Ever since then, cities and local governments across the country have been attempting to woo Amazon to their neck of the woods. Many of those cities are out of the running today, as Amazon has delivered its short list of 20 finalists for its next headquarters.

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FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

On Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to commissioners that would provide more than $500 million in funding for accelerating the rollout of broadband in rural regions. In addition, according to a release, this proposal would also "put in place strong new rules to prevent abuse of the high-cost program." Included in it are also multiple reforms to the program, which the FCC says will improve the existing program's "effectiveness and efficiency."

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Apple announces another campus, promises 20,000 new jobs for US

Apple announces another campus, promises 20,000 new jobs for US

Today, Apple announced its plans to accelerate investment in the US economy, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars over the next five years. This investment will take a number of forms, from working on growing its own business to investing in suppliers around the US and even paying a massive tax bill as it looks to repatriate money held overseas. In all, Apple says its contribution to the US economy will total out to $350 billion.

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US Army base removes Chinese cameras, but not over security risk

US Army base removes Chinese cameras, but not over security risk

In a somewhat unusual move, the U.S. Army has confirmed that one of its bases have removed five security cameras made in China. One would presume the move was due to security concerns, but that's not the case. The Army confirmed the move, saying the removal was due to "negative perception" about the cameras' presence on the base.

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US bill proposal seeks fed ban on working with firms using ZTE and Huawei tech

US bill proposal seeks fed ban on working with firms using ZTE and Huawei tech

Huawei and ZTE, both Chinese companies, are once again receiving negative attention from the US government, which a new bill proposal wants to ban from working with firms that use equipment from either company. Though both ZTE and Huawei are popularly known for their mobile phone equipment, both offer hardware outside of that category, such as Huawei with its enterprise routers. The bill is called the "Defending US Government Communications Act."

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Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship after 5 years in embassy

Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship after 5 years in embassy

After spending more than half a decade living in the nation's London embassy, Julian Assange has been granted Ecuadorian citizenship. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, took up residence in the embassy to dodge Swedish extradition over a rape accusation, though he has also expressed worry that the US may request extradition over WikiLeaks' leaking of classified government documents.

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Ripple price leaps on MoneyGram Alibaba news (XRP BTC)

Ripple price leaps on MoneyGram Alibaba news (XRP BTC)

This morning Ripple announced a partnership with MoneyGram. The two companies will team up to bring XRP technology to payment flows. This move was announced to "allows MoneyGram to solve the age-old liquidity issue most financial institutions face while saving time and money." This announcement came on the heels of a cancellation of a MoneyGram sale to online sales giant Alibaba's Ant Financial.

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Bitcoin price biffed in South Korea news bungle (BTC USD)

Bitcoin price biffed in South Korea news bungle (BTC USD)

Bitcoin price became volatile this morning as news from South Korea implied trading of all cryptocurrencies would be banned outright. The reality of the situation soon became clear: regulators in South Korea were only saying they were "considering" a ban in an effort to "cool down" the current cryptocurrency trading boom going on in the country (and indeed worldwide.) In reality, as you might already well know, there's no real way to "ban" the trade of Bitcoin, save the outright banning of all human beings from access to the free and open internet.

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iPhone slowing prompts Senator Thune to question Apple’s decision

iPhone slowing prompts Senator Thune to question Apple’s decision

Senator John Thune, the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's chairman, has fired off a round of questioning to Apple over its decision to slow older iPhones, according to a leaked document. The issue revolves around Apple's confirmation that it slows older iPhones that have aging lithium-ion batteries, which experience a drop in peak voltage.

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Ripple price just dropped: CNBC is part of the problem

Ripple price just dropped: CNBC is part of the problem

CNBC may well be the reason why Ripple just dropped, after airing a news segment on XRP specifically. Another reason might be that CoinMarketCap decided to remove XRP pricing from Korean exchange desks from the total average - making it appear that that overall price dropped. It might also have to do with the lack of support Ripple has from OG crypto investors - that's real talk.

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GoPro Karma drone axed as company struggles

GoPro Karma drone axed as company struggles

GoPro delivered preliminary results for its fourth quarter ending December 31, 2017 today, and while there isn't much in the way of detailed financials, this report does still provide something of a bombshell announcement. GoPro revealed that it will be exiting the drone business, which is sour news for those who are fans of its Karma drone. This is particularly surprising because, as GoPro itself points out, the Karma managed to reach "the #2 market position in its price band in 2017."

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US Customs phone, laptop border searches increased substantially in 2017

US Customs phone, laptop border searches increased substantially in 2017

Back in August 2009, the US Customs and Border Patrol released a Directive over its border searches of electronic devices. Today the CBP released a new Directive that supersedes the one it released in 2009, explaining that the new one "enhances transparency, accountability and oversight of electronic device border searches" it performs. The CBP also said that it performed 30,200 electronic device searches at the border in 2017.

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