Fitbit said to be buying smartwatch maker Pebble

Health and fitness wearables maker Fitbit is buying smartwatch maker Pebble, The Information reports, citing three people familiar with the deal.Pebble, which started out as a Kickstarter project in 2012, captured a portion of the smartwatch market early, before heavyweights such as Apple and Samsung launched their first watches.However, the company has most recently been struggling financially, laying off a ...

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Facebook messenger launches instant games

Bored while you wait for someone to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant Games, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. Available right from your message threads, they load in seconds since they’re built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, rather than having to be downloaded like clunky native ...

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Uber defends business model, wants to avert strict EU rules

Uber [UBER.UL] defended its business model in Europe’s highest court on Tuesday, saying its service had made it easier for people to get around and cut pollution as it fights a case which could leave app-based startups facing tougher regulation. The ride-hailing app, which expanded into Europe five years ago, has come under attack from established taxi companies and some ...

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iPhone 8 with curved OLED screen coming, report says

What will the iPhone 8 look like? Apple might not even know yet.Apple is reportedly testing “more than 10 prototypes” of the iPhone 8, according to The Wall Street Journal.The Journal claims its checks with display suppliers suggest next year’s flagship iPhone could come with a curved screen with greater resolution than the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The curved ...

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Australian regulator opposes collective bank bargaining on Apple Pay

Three of Australia’s four biggest banks will be barred from collectively bargaining with Apple Inc (AAPL.O) in relation to its mobile digital payments system, under a draft decision released by the antitrust regulator on Tuesday. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said letting banks collectively offer their own integrated digital wallets in Apple iPhones, in competition with Apple’s Apple Pay ...

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Huawei Showcases 2Gbps Mobile Speeds with EE

Huawei has partnered with EE this week to announce the successful live demonstration of 2.1Gbps mobile speeds, working with EE in their state-of-the-art UK test lab.The 2Gbps demonstration continues the evolution of 3GPP LTE Advanced technologies, and sets a clear path towards Gigabit class networks. This demonstration is the latest breakthrough of carrier aggregation technology that started in 2013 with ...

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You don’t know me, online shopping algorithms

No one waits for Cyber Monday to launch the internet’s biggest holiday shopping surge anymore.We start shopping on Black Friday and don’t stop until our Santa’s bags of holiday goodies are full. But when the online shopping is done, do you ever look back at the choices you made and wonder how many were yours and how many were made ...

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Amazon announces Cyber Monday 2016 sale – here’s everything you need to know

Black Friday just arrived despite a full week of sales, but it feels like it’s already over. That’s because most retailers out there began selling their discounted products much earlier than normal this year. Some sales began on Monday, while most online shops opened on Thanksgiving as retailers focused on attracting as many buyers as possible to their online storefronts. ...

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Facebook slapped with racial discrimination suit

The lawsuit alleges a facility manager at the social networks’ North Carolina data center used racial slurs when referring to black employees. Facebook was struck with a racial discrimination lawsuit after two black employees at the social network’s North Carolina data center alleged the company didn’t respond promptly to repeated complaints of harassment. The suit, filed Tuesday in US District ...

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Symantec to purchase LifeLock for $2.3 billion

Symantec said it would acquire U.S. identity theft protection services company LifeLock for $2.3 billion, in a deal that it hopes will prop up sales at its Norton cybersecurity unit. Symantec’s security software often comes bundled with personal computers. As a result, the company has suffered as consumers use mobile devices more than traditional computers. While Norton remains profitable, its ...

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