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Stephen Hawking auction hawks 22 evocative lots

Stephen Hawking auction hawks 22 evocative lots

Within the lots hawked by Christie's for the estate of Steven Hawking (run by his tots), lots of cool stuff can be bought. What we're looking at today is a set of 22 lots sold by Christie's on behalf of the Stephen Hawking estate. This set of lots includes such gems as an original dissertation by Hawking, signed "this dissertation is my original work." Also in the mix: A Time Traveller party invitation poster.

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Surface All Access: The fine print

Surface All Access: The fine print

The cost of a Surface device can be spread out over the course of two years, thanks to the new Surface All Access plans revealed by Microsoft this week. These plans read like car loans, or buying a phone from T-Mobile: You pay for the whole device, but you don't do it all at once. The deal is done with Microsoft, but it's "made possible by Dell Financial Services." So more users can access Surface devices faster, and more realistically.

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Apple Pay, Google Pay now accepted at 7-Eleven

Apple Pay, Google Pay now accepted at 7-Eleven

It’s a long time coming, but 7-Eleven shoppers can now take advantage of the convenience of not having to bring cash with them to buy at stores. Instead, they can simply tap their smartphones on terminals and that’s that. Digital payments at 7-Eleven just got an upgrade with the addition of Apple Pay and Google Pay to its list, ensuring that three of the biggest mobile payment systems in the US are now all accounted for.

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Why Amazon’s $1 trillion valuation matters

Why Amazon’s $1 trillion valuation matters

Amazon is now the second public US company to hit $1 trillion market cap in history. The first was Apple, who hit the same landmark just this August. This isn't likely a moment that'll change the way Amazon operates - just the way they're viewed in the history of our consumer-centric world. Alexa's in your living room and an iPhone is in your pocket.

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Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

Google has just recently taken on some heat about how it was handling, or rather misrepresenting, its location tracking options. “No” doesn’t always mean “no”, as far as the turning location tracking off. Privacy advocates, however, may have something bigger to worry about. Because according to sources familiar with the matter, Google and Mastercard inked a deal that could link online ads with what people buy in stores, allowing Google to offer advertisers deeper insight into how effective their digital ads really are.

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NVIDIA earnings sign death knell for Bitcoin farming

NVIDIA earnings sign death knell for Bitcoin farming

NVIDIA Q2 earnings today reported the complete wipe-out of expected earnings from cryptocurrency-specific products in the future. This comes after this Q2's expected earnings in crypto hardware were $100m for the company, but turned out to be just $18m. As NVIDIA's statement suggests, "Whereas we had previously anticipated cryptocurrency to be meaningful for the year, we are now projecting no contributions going forward."

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Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Today we had a chat with Sonos VP of Software Antoine Leblond about the company going public. Sonos launched today on Nasdaq with stock symbol SONO, as it did so becoming a public company for the first time. The first and most important question we had for Leblond is the same we've had for every tech company that's hit the stock market in the past decade: How will this change Sonos?

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Apple’s affiliate program app removal sees some backlash

Apple’s affiliate program app removal sees some backlash

It's the service that gives money to websites and social media stars for directing followers to iTunes-centric purchases. That's the iTunes Affiliate Program. Before now, it included everything on the store - music, movies, books, TV episodes, apps, and in-app purchases. Starting October 1st, 2018, that program will remove apps and in-app purchases. Some affiliates are not pleased by this move.

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Apple Pay expands to CVS, 7-11, and Germany

Apple Pay expands to CVS, 7-11, and Germany

Mobile payment systems might not yet be as common as, say, credit cards, but their silent and steady growth is like a stealthy invasion that will suddenly take us by surprise. Apple Pay, in particular, claims to have already surpassed market leader Square in terms of transaction numbers. Now Apple is moving to cement its position and show its strength by announcing Apple Pay’s upcoming appearances in, among other places, CVS Pharmacy and 7-11 stores.

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Snapchat Snapcash is shutting down to no one’s surprise

Snapchat Snapcash is shutting down to no one’s surprise

Snapcash may have been ahead of its time. Launched in 2014, it got a head start on peer-to-peer payments via social networks. now that the feature is more common, Snapchat will soon be shutting it down. Because while it called dibs on that feature, it hasn’t exactly taken off the way other payment options have. More importantly, it has even become more of an embarrassment to the social network, having become a method to pay for less than innocent content posted on Snapchat.

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$121M says Light is the future of smartphone cameras

$121M says Light is the future of smartphone cameras

This week the folks at Light have some tech that'll make future mobile cameras more advanced than ever before. They've created a couple of devices so far - the first runs Android and sports 16 camera lenses, 10 of which fire at the same time. Light also has a more mobile smartphone device with 9 lenses currently in the making. Today Light shared news of a funding round led by Vision Fund to the tune of $121 million USD.

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Google Pay embraces tickets, peer-to-peer payments

Google Pay embraces tickets, peer-to-peer payments

Although no longer in the spotlight, mobile payment continues to grow at a steady, though maybe slower, pace. In addition to adding new banks and merchant partners, they’re also adding new features here and there. Once two separate apps and services, Google Pay is now embracing features from its parents, allowing you not only to store tickets but to also send money to your contacts. Or nudge them to pay you back.

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