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Facebook Marketplace expands into home services

Facebook is entering the home services market. Starting today, U.S. Facebook users browsing the Facebook Marketplace will be able to search thousands of home service professionals through a new feature that helps users locate top-rated and vetted professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others, as well as receive quotes. The services experience will show up on Facebook’s Marketplace, but ...

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Who’s Melanie!? Trump misspells wife’s name in ‘welcome home’ tweet

Published time: 19 May, 2018 22:55 Edited time: 19 May, 2018 22:57 US President Donald Trump has triggered an avalanche of mockery on social media after he welcomed his wife Melania Trump back home from the hospital, misspelling the First Lady’s name and sending Twitter into overload. “Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House. ...

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Xiaomi is bringing its smart home devices to the US — but still no phones yet

Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker that’s looking to raise as much as $ 10 billion in a Hong Kong IPO, is continuing to grow its presence in the American market after it announced plans to bring its smart home products to the U.S.. The company is best known for its well-priced and quality smartphones, but Xiaomi offers hundreds of other ...

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Amazon opens showrooms in model homes to demo, sell smart home products

Last week, we reported on how Amazon was leveraging a new relationship with home builder Lennar to expand its smart home business, specifically in the sale of home security services. Today, Amazon is taking the next step forward in that strategy: it’s launching a new chain of showrooms it’s calling the Amazon Experience Centers across Lennar model homes to demo ...

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Race to the clouds: Asia home to two-thirds of world’s skyscrapers

Over 63 percent of the world’s tallest buildings are located in Asia, making the region a global leader in reaching skywards, according to data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The eastern regions appear to have become home to more than 3,600 high-rise buildings, according to the report that is focused on structures exceeding 492.1 feet (150 ...

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IMF blasts New Zealand’s ‘discriminatory’ ban on home sales to foreigners

The ban on foreign ownership of homes in New Zealand, which aims to ease the housing affordability crisis, won’t improve the situation, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In its annual report, the IMF criticized the measure, claiming that “foreign buyers seem to have played a minor role in New Zealand’s residential real estate market recently.” If the government’s ...

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Amazon eyes a move into home shopping TV with possible Evine acquisition

Amazon has now passed 100 million subscribers for its Prime loyalty shopping program, underscoring its growth as an e-commerce, cloud services and streaming media behemoth. But it’s also looking beyond the internet, at more traditional ways to reach consumers. An industry source claims that Amazon is interested in making a buy in TV home shopping. Specifically, we’re told there have been ...

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Amazon is reportedly working on a home robot

For Amazon’s latest hardware trick, the company has apparently been working on a home robot under the codename, “Vesta.” That nugget comes via Bloomberg sources, who report that the online retail giant expects to start trialing the device in employee homes this year, with plans to launch it to consumers as early as 2019. The project has apparently been in ...

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