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Amazon’s Treasure Truck is hitting the road in the U.K.

After slowly rolling out across the U.S. over the past two years, Amazon’s Treasure Truck is ready for a bit of international expansion. As with its Stateside introduction, the company’s taking baby steps toward bringing the deal-sporting vehicle to U.K. shores, kicking things off in London and Manchester. The company’s not really giving specifics about the timeframe here — that ...

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Twitter changes reason for not removing anti-Muslim videos retweeted by Trump

Twitter is standing by its earlier decision to keep up a series of graphic anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump earlier this week — though it’s attempting to reframe its reason for doing so. CEO Jack Dorsey took to the site to retract an earlier statement that Twitter support had left the videos live due to their being “newsworthy for ...

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Apple’s hand is down and its $1 trillion dream now rests with consumers

As we head into the end of 2017, it’s pretty safe to say that Apple’s fate — barring any major issue with its phones — is now in the hands of its consumers. With the iPhone X now in stores (well, sort of — if you catch them at the right time), Apple has now laid down its hand and ...

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Apple’s hand is down and its $1 trillion dream now rests with consumers

As we head into the end of 2017, it’s pretty safe to say that Apple’s fate — barring any major issue with its phones — is now in the hands of its consumers. With the iPhone X now in stores (well, sort of — if you catch them at the right time), Apple has now laid down its hand and ...

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Periscope expands virtual tipping via Super Hearts beyond the U.S.

Twitter’s big push to draw in more live video stars to its Periscope streaming service is now expanding beyond the U.S. The company announced today the Periscope Super Broadcaster program, which allows video stars to earn revenue from their streams through a virtual tipping mechanism, is now available in Canada, Ireland, and the U.K. Other countries will be added to ...

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Google Assistant can now help you find a plumber and other local services

Google Assistant is about to get a bit more home-savvy. The voice assistant will be gaining local discovery skills that will help you locate home services nearby. The company specifically detailed that Assistant would be gaining insights to help users locate “nearby services like an electrician, plumber, house cleaner and more.” Saying something like, “Hey Google, I need a plumber,” will ...

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Google Cloud brings in former Intel exec Diane Bryant as COO

There are now two Dianes running the show at Google Cloud. The company announced that Diane Bryant has been hired as the COO of the division. She joins Diane Greene, who came on board as Senior VP of Google Cloud in November 2015. Greene appeared to be excited about the prospect of her joining the team. “I can’t think of ...

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Google Home learns how to multitask

Google’s smart speaker got a little smarter this week, with the addition of a multitasking feature. The new capability makes it possible for the device to accomplish two different missions at the same time. It was rolled out with little fanfare and first noted by CNET. We’ve since confirmed the addition with Google. It’s a bit surprising that the company ...

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Apple marks World AIDS Day with in-store and in-app donations

After raising $ 160 million for the Global fund as part of its partnership with (RED), Apple is marking tomorrow’s World AIDS Day by offering up a bunch of opportunities to donate. The easiest of the bunch is the company’s promise to donate $ 1 to the fund for every transaction made with Apple Pay at the company’s retail stores, ...

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Qualcomm alleges that Apple’s iPhone infringes on Palm Pre patents

Shortly after the announcement of the iPhone X in September, my colleague Natasha Lomas noted the similarities between the phone and how WebOS operated on the Palm Pre. She ended her article, noting “in the iPhone X it’s clear you’re looking at a little ghost of the Pre.” It seems that Qualcomm’s legal team was taking note; they cited that ...

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