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Dizzy man accidentally sells US$1.4 million game character for $500

Dizzy man accidentally sells US$1.4 million game character for $500

It's a classic story of selling a multi-million-dollar video game character on a digital sale site for $500 - we've all heard it. This particular story takes place in China, and starts with a video game "whale" - a rich person who spends boatloads of cash on video games. This whale, Lu Mou, spent 8 million to 10 million yuan (the equivalent of around $1.4 million USD) in a video game, creating a powerful in-game character with in-game purchases.

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Google’s next big play is personal banking

Google’s next big play is personal banking

With many tech companies dipping their toes in the personal finance pool, it won't be long before we see Google attempt to do the same. Google confirmed today that it will soon begin offering checking accounts to its user base. Internally, this new service is code-named Cache, and it seems the big G has plans to launch it at some point in 2020.

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These custom AirPod Pros cost over $67k

These custom AirPod Pros cost over $67k

A pair of AirPod Pro earbuds were customized by the same folks who brought you several diamond-encrusted iPhones. They've suggested that the "Caviar AirPods Pro Gold Edition" is an extravagant package the likes of which only one person will ever own. They've suggested that the body of each of the AirPod Pro buds is "one-piece 750-content gold."

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NBC Peacock streaming TV may be free in 2020

NBC Peacock streaming TV may be free in 2020

If NBC follows through with today's report, they'd be the first "totally free streaming video service" to be delivered by a major media provider. Of course, said streaming video provider wouldn't likely be delivered COMPLETELY free. Instead, today's report means it's likely NBC's Peacock will be free, with advertisements. So sorta like what Hulu did when they started... only a little bit different.

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BBK Group may soon beat Apple and Samsung, but how?

BBK Group may soon beat Apple and Samsung, but how?

There's a company by the name BBK Group that you should get to know, if you don't know already. Where Apple made their mark in the smartphone world with a single brand, iPhone, BBK Group (aka BBK Electronics Corporation, or BBK) went completely the opposite direction, creating not only a wide variety of different smartphone models, but running a set of different smartphone companies that, to the average consumer, look like completely separate entities. If one combines the various brands owned by BBK into a single count, they ship more phones than any other single brand.

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Apple earnings Q4: As iPhone falls, all others rise

Apple earnings Q4: As iPhone falls, all others rise

Official Apple earnings sheets released today show iPhone sales numbers down, while all other categories in Apple's earnings breakdown went up. Apple's Financial Year 2019 Forth Quarter Results showed both the three months period ending in September of 2019 and the full 12-month period ending in September 2019. Of course, even falling iPhone sales numbers are sales numbers that dwarf every other category, per usual.

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Why Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plans are under fire

Why Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plans are under fire

Facebook's plans to launch its very own cryptocurrency was met with heavy opposition last week, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Libra proposal to Congress was hijacked into a hearing of the company's past mishandling. To put it briefly, the social media company's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica and election controversies had broken its trust with authorities. Without a clear structure for regulation, there are concerns that Zuckerberg's new Libra project could undermine the national dollar, as well as contain loopholes for criminals to exploit.

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Prototype Star Wars action figure selling for over $130k

Prototype Star Wars action figure selling for over $130k

Why would someone pay over one-hundred-thousand dollars for an action figure? That's likely the question most people ask when they see the most recent listing of a Star Wars: Boba Fett "Rocket-Firing Prototype" action figure here in late October, 2019. Today we're going to give a nutshell version of the low-down on this particular action figure and why it, above all others, strikes the fancy of the most hardcore collectors.

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DirecTV Now, AT&T TV Now price hiked for Grandfathered plans

DirecTV Now, AT&T TV Now price hiked for Grandfathered plans

The streaming service AT&T TV Now, once called DirecTV Now, will get a price hike in the near future. This jump will affect all subscribers, even those that'd previously been "grandfathered in" to older pricing. The price hike will come to approximately $15 extra, for each subscriber, per month.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare update: No more loot boxes

Call of Duty Modern Warfare update: No more loot boxes

Activision just changed the game - or at least attempted to appear to be thinking about changing the game as such. They've suggested in an article today that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not use loot boxes. "We are introducing a new Battle Pass system, not a loot box system," said an Activision representative. They've been a bit tricky about the way they've worded all of this - but there is some hope for a future without the addictive nonsense universe that lives in loot boxes in video games today.

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Venmo is releasing a credit card because of course it is

Venmo is releasing a credit card because of course it is

Venmo is one of the more popular mobile payment apps out there, and now it seems that it's going to take things one step further by getting into the credit card business. Today, PayPal - which is Venmo's parent company - and Synchrony announced that the new credit card will be arriving next year, with Synchrony acting as the issuing bank for the card.

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IRS just published tax guidance on Cryptocurrency forks

IRS just published tax guidance on Cryptocurrency forks

In May of this year, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig made a comment about releasing future guidance on the taxation of cryptocurrency in the USA. Today that guidance was revealed. This is the first guidance released by the IRS on this subject since their relatively thin set of comments on the matter all the way back in the year 2014. A lot has changed in cryptocurrency since the year 2014, including the two most major rises and falls of Bitcoin since the dawn of the blockchain.

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