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Amazon smart fridge rumored to track your food

Amazon smart fridge rumored to track your food

Amazon was rumored this week to have a product-tracking refrigerator in the works for consumers. This new product is tipped to use technology similar to Amazon Go cachierless stores and would be one of the most massive consumer products released by Amazon so far. This fridge is said to be developed with the ability to scan its contents to see if supplies are low, thereby learning which products need to be re-ordered from Amazon.

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Zelle update causing issues for banks this morning

Zelle update causing issues for banks this morning

Today a set of financial institutions appear to be having issues all at the same time. It's not clear at the moment if the issues are related, but a relative spike this morning seems to have started at around 8:45 AM Central Time for companies like Bank of America, Zelle, and FAFSA. Other financial groups appear to have had less frequent reports of issues - possibly owing to involvement with the aforementioned services.

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China name-checks Bitcoin, Ethereum, TEDA in blanket crypto ban

China name-checks Bitcoin, Ethereum, TEDA in blanket crypto ban

The People's Bank of China just released a note that effectively outlawed cryptocurrency in China. This note was issued to "the people's governments of all provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities under the Central Government, and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. That's basically everyone in China - every Chinese citizen, anyway. They're targeting what they're called "virtual currency trading hype activities" of all sorts.

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Twitter brings Bitcoin aboard, NFT might be next

Twitter brings Bitcoin aboard, NFT might be next

Twitter started using Bitcoin this week with the addition of a feature called Tips. You might've seen Tips in Twitter before when it was called "Tip Jar" - now it's just Tips. This Tips feature also just rolled out to all iOS users around the world - and Android is next.

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Bitcoin now official legal tender of El Salvador

Bitcoin now official legal tender of El Salvador

As of the 7th of September, 2021, El Salvador became the first country in the world to accept Bitcoin as legal tender. "For the first time in history, all the eyes of the world will be on El Salvador," said El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, "The bitcoin achieved this." Officials in the country hope that Bitcoin will open opportunities for new business in the country, "reduce costs and attract tourists from anywhere in the world."

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T-Mobile Apple TV+ free a year (12 months): The fine print

T-Mobile Apple TV+ free a year (12 months): The fine print

The latest way in which Apple is getting in to the homes and eyes and minds of everyday citizens with Apple TV+ is with T-Mobile USA. It would appear that T-Mobile is delivering an Apple TV+ subscription to not only new customers, but existing customers. You'll need to sign up for the free 12-month subscription to Apple TV+, and you'll need to cancel your subscription at the end of the 12-month period if you want to avoid being charged for further use.*

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Mastercard is ditching magnetic stripes: Here’s what happens to your card

Mastercard is ditching magnetic stripes: Here’s what happens to your card

For several years now, we've seen consumers and merchants move away from magnetic stripe payments with credit cards. As new payment methods - such as chip and PIN, NFC payments, and even biometric cards - become more and more prevalent, some of us are wondering when the magnetic stripe will go the way of the dodo. Mastercard has given us some indication of when that will happen, announcing that it will begin phasing out the magnetic stripe on its credit cards.

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Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser prices revealed: Here’s what you get

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser prices revealed: Here’s what you get

Starting prices for the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience with Disney have been revealed, and they are... substantial. The first "Voyage Departure" dates have been revealed, as well, starting on August 20, 2022, through September 17, 2022. It's likely Disney is only booking this first set of weeks first before moving on to make sure they have their Porgs in a row for a more expanded set of launch dates.

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Apple earnings for fiscal Q3 2021 point to the future: Services

Apple earnings for fiscal Q3 2021 point to the future: Services

Generally an Apple earnings announcement focuses on how the company reached new heights, broke records, took the world of one device or another by storm. Normally we're talking about how the iPhone sold more units than any other device, how the iPad refuses to stop being the monstrous devourer of all other tablets, and so forth. This quarter, though, it's clear that Apple's focused on what'll be their future, now that they've saturated the earth in their hardware products. Now, the key is: "Services revenue reaches new all-time high."

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The United States just sold a Wu-Tang album

The United States just sold a Wu-Tang album

It's official: "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" by the Wu-Tang Clan has been sold by the United States government. An announcement from the United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of New York made it official that the album was sold to an anonymous buyer. The album had previously been purchased by one Martin Shkreli for a winning auction bid of $2-million USD. The album was seized by the government after Shkreli's arrest and sold after convictions on counts of fraud in Shkreli's associated pharmaceuticals company Retrophin.

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Tumblr Post+ subscription service monetizes content at last [UPDATE: Tumblr responds]

Tumblr Post+ subscription service monetizes content at last [UPDATE: Tumblr responds]

Creators of content working with Tumblr now have their own monetization system in play. The system is called Tumblr Post+, and it'll be appearing with the biggest and most popular Tumblr accounts as soon as this week. Users will be able to set prices for their content, starting at $3.99, with higher tiers at $5.99 and $9.99 per month.

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New gold found in pyrite

New gold found in pyrite

It would appear that fool's gold isn't done revealing its many secrets just yet. Over the past several decades, pyrite (fool's gold) has been subject to advanced testing and deep-dive investigations. This week's discovery of "a third, previously unrecognized way that real gold can lurk inside pyrite" may change the way (some) gold is mined.

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