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Starbucks isn't done lining up deals with tech-savvy companies -- not by a longshot. The coffee chain has unveiled a partnership with Lyft that will reward just about everyone. As a passenger, you'll earn points (that is, Stars) at Starbucks every time you hail a Lyft ride. Yes, you could travel t...

July 23rd 2015 at 2:02am 0 Comments
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Revenge porn is disgusting, destructive and getting to be tragically common, so much so that titans of the web have been cooking up ways to deal with it. Microsoft is the latest to join the fray, as it just joined Google in giving victims a way to shut down illicit stuff they don't want seen. Star...

July 22nd 2015 at 5:20pm 0 Comments
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Beatport might be the first place you visit if you want to hear a DJ's latest single or remix, but it's no longer quite as exclusive as it used to be. The service has struck a deal to bring its music and video to Spotify, including tunes that were previously exclusives. Moreover, this isn't just a...

July 22nd 2015 at 2:04pm 0 Comments
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After months of investigation, law enforcement has nabbed suspects believed to be behind hacks at JPMorgan Chase and other big banks... and they're not quite the master criminals you might expect. Both the FBI and Israeli police have arrested four people for what now appears to be a classic "pump...

July 21st 2015 at 8:23pm 0 Comments
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If you can't greet the president in person, don't worry... as of now, you can send a robot in your stead. President Barack Obama has welcomed a telepresence robot into the White House for the first time, letting Disability Visibility Project founder Alice Wong attend a celebration and say hello to...

July 21st 2015 at 2:10pm 0 Comments
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Grooveshark's dodgy music service might be gone, but that doesn't mean that your carefully curated playlists have disappeared forever. Newcomer music site StreamSquid claims that it has resurrected about 90 percent of Grooveshark's playlists using a "legit" business model that plays clips from Sou...

July 21st 2015 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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Last month, Instagram redesigned the discovery section of its photo-sharing app to make it easier to spot what's trending and leverage search abilities. Now, that revamped search function is arriving on the web. If you'll recall, the option for browsing filter-draped photos in a browser received a...

July 20th 2015 at 1:38pm 0 Comments
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If you aren't planning a trip to Chicago's Union Park this weekend to catch the Pitchfork Music Festival, you're in luck. Performances will stream on Pitchfork.com all weekend long (July 17-19), starting with the likes of Wilco and Chvrches on Friday, Vic Mensa on Saturday and wrapping up with Run...

July 16th 2015 at 2:01pm 0 Comments
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Here's a mystery: if Facebook thinks store pages are so important, why can't you shop from those store pages? Well, Facebook has finally come to its senses. The social network tells Buzzfeed News that it's testing an option to buy goods directly from stores' Facebook pages, rather than kicking yo...

July 15th 2015 at 9:59pm 0 Comments
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It's supposed to be easier to email Congresspeople than it is to pick up the phone, but that's not always how it works in practice. Just ask anyone who has navigated convoluted web forms just to voice opposition to a bill, for starters. You won't have to put up with those technical hurdles after...

July 15th 2015 at 5:47pm 0 Comments
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Do you read news on Facebook instead of a dedicated site, or catch breaking stories on Twitter instead of TV? You're not alone. Pew's latest study shows that 63 percent of American Facebook and Twitter users rely on the social networks as news sources -- at least an 11 percent jump from two years...

July 15th 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Google Fiber has a few inroads into less fortunate homes, such as its not-quite-free 5Mbps service, but it's still largely aimed at more affluent households. That's going to change very shortly, however: the White House has revealed ConnectHome, an effort that will bring free or inexpensive ($10...

July 15th 2015 at 12:45pm 0 Comments