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Apple offers to replace swollen batteries in certain MacBook Pros

If your MacBook Pro was one of the unlucky ones that has a battery swelling problem, then Apple has some good news. The company has promised to replace the defective components for free.
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City of Austin is hoping the blockchain can help protect the homeless

Austin is seeking to use the tech behind Bitcoin to help solve some of the issues that its homeless population faces.

Sega is working on a retro Genesis console

Sega may be working on a miniature Retro Genesis console in the vein of Nintendo's line of NES and SNES Classic consoles.
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Tesla boss admits company had been too reliant on robots

In a recent interview, Tesla's Elon Musk admitted that the company relied too much on robots which slowed down production. "Humans are underrated," the CEO tweeted.
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Oath revamps Yahoo, AOL privacy policies to allow email and photo scans

Users of Yahoo and AOL services may want to read over Oath's new privacy agreements as Verizon has recently changed them. The sites Oath owns can now scan emails, instant messages, photos, and other user data. The agreement also says that the data may be shared with Oath's parent company, Verizon.
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Spotify may be working on a stand-alone car speaker

Spotify may be getting into the hardware business. There is some evidence to suggest that the company is working on a standalone speaker for cars.
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Coinbase may register with SEC as brokerage firm

Coinbase, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is reportedly considering registering with the SEC as a brokerage firm.
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Chrome is scanning Windows, but it may be a bug

It turns out that Chrome is scanning Windows, but it isn't intended. Rather, it is a bug that Google intends to fix in future updates.
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Could Facebook be broken up over privacy concerns?

Mark Zuckerberg's problems seem to be getting worse and worse. A U.S. senator from Oregon recently warned that the company could be broken apart if it can't protect users' data.

DARPA is seeking new ideas for how drones can be used in combat

The military's research division is soliciting new ideas regarding the use of combat drones in urban environments.
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Now Bitcoin millionaires are buying Lamborghinis

For some Bitcoin millionaires, a Lamborghini is more than just a status symbol. It can provide am means to validate their investments.
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Facebook rolls out stricter rules regarding email-targeted advertisements

In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is pursing stricter enforcement of its privacy rules regarding advertisers.
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Parkmobile adds feature that makes it easier to find on-street parking

Parkmobile is introducing a new feature which should make it easier for customers to find parking spots on busy streets.
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Google is ending its URL shortening service

Google is discontinuing its URL shortening service, the company said Friday, to shift the focus towards Firebase Dynamic Links -- smart links meant to allow developers to redirect users to any location on a web page or within a mobile app.
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Check out these delicious 3D X-ray scans of some classic Easter treats

Ever wanted to take an in depth look at some of your favorite Easter treats? Well now you can, thanks to a series of 3D scans of various chocolate treats.
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Everyone hates the new look of Google Finance

Google has revamped its finance page and many users are not happy with the changes both in terms of appearance and practicality.
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Uber kills UberRush on-demand delivery service

Rest in peace, UberRush. We hardly knew ye and now we never will, because Uber is shutting down the on-demand package delivery service.
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Where’s Waldo? He’s hiding out in Google Maps for the next few days

Where's Waldo? He's hiding out on Google Maps and you can find him for yourself thanks to Google's latest minigame.
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Niantic agrees to settle Pokémon GO Fest lawsuit

Niantic has agreed to pay more than 1 million dollars to reimburse those who attended the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago.
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Public trust in Facebook fades in light of privacy concerns

A pair of recently released polls show that the public in America and Germany are losing faith in Facebook's ability to safeguard their privacy.
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Walmart says that store employees have embraced new robots

Walmart is expanding its fleet of robots to 50 new stores, but the company promises it won't cut any new jobs.

Reddit bans its DarkNetMarkets subreddit

Reddit has banned the subreddit R/DarknetMarkets as part of its efforts to crack down on illegal activity taking place on the site.
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‘Black Panther’ breaks $600 million at domestic box office

Marvel's Black Panther has reached another milestone to become one of a handful of movies to earn more than $600 million at the domestic box office.
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Google is working on blockchain technology for the cloud

Google is currently working on a new adaption of blockchain technology for its line of cloud services, though it isn't making any announcements just yet.
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With Willow Village, Facebook moves from digital communities to real ones

Facebook is making the move from digital communities to real ones, as work begins on its own Willow Village.
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Smashwords wants to Findaway to make it easier to create audiobooks

Audiobooks are one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing industry, but they can be expensive to produce. Smashwords and Findaway Voices wants to change that.
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State Department and Coca-Cola to use blockchain in fight against forced labor

In order to fight unfair labor practices, Coca-Cola and the State Department are turning to blockchain to help provide a means of securely validating contracts.

Federal Trade Commission brings the hammer down on crypto ponzi schemes

The FTC has filed a complaint against a three defendants who were allegedly involved in a ponzi scheme making use of cryptocurrency
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Conspiracy theories surface on YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids has had a rough few months and things don't seem to be slowing down. It has been reported that the family-friendly service has been playing host to conspiracy theories
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Stephen Hawking’s last paper may lead to proof of a multiverse

Sadly, Stephen Hawking is no longer with us, but his legacy of discovery will live on. His final paper may even lead to proof of a multiverse
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Match Group sues Bumble for alleged patent infringement

Bumble is in legal trouble with one of its biggest rivals. Match Group, which owns Tinder, is suing Bumble for alleged patent infringement
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Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi offers internet service to developing countries

Facebook has launched its Express Wi-Fi app on the Google Play Store which aims to provide affordable internet access to people in developing countries.
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Should Spotify launch a record label and become the Netflix of music?

Despite impressive subscriber numbers, Spotify is losing money thanks to high licensing fees. However, one expert recommends Netflix as a model for success.
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In bid to compete with Amazon, Walmart files patents for farming drones

In an effort to increase the efficiency of its grocery supply chain, Walmart has filed patents for six new drones to aid farmers in managing their crops.