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Amazon Unveils move in Local Services

U.S. online giant Amazon said Monday it was launching a services marketplace offering to connect consumers with businesses offering anything from home improvement to piano lessons.

Amazon Home Services, which is being launched in major cities across the United States, includes businesses in diverse areas such as gardening, computer repair, and math or yoga instruction.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Slams U.S. 'Dangerous Discrimination' Laws

Apple chief Tim Cook slammed what he called a wave of "dangerous" laws in several U.S. states that he said promote discrimination and erode equality, in an editorial published Sunday.

Cook -- one of the most prominent chief executives to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality -- wrote in the Washington Post that so-called "religious freedom" laws passed in several states threaten to undo progress toward greater equality. 

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New Streaming Apps could Boost Citizen Journalism

When three buildings collapsed and ignited a blaze in New York on Thursday, a smartphone app brought the live video feed to anyone online wanting to watch.

The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter's new livestream app Periscope, which became a window for the breaking news event.

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Intel in Talks with Altera on Tie-up

U.S. tech giant Intel is in talks with rival Altera on a tie-up to broaden the chipmaker's product line amid growth in Internet-connected devices, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The Journal said such a deal for Altera, with a market capitalization of $10.4 billion before Friday, would be Intel's largest acquisition ever.

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Future U.S. Navy: Robotic Sub-hunters, Deepsea Pods

The robotic revolution that transformed warfare in the skies will soon extend to the deep sea, with underwater spy "satellites," drone-launching pods on the ocean floor and unmanned ships hunting submarines.

Officials at the U.S. military's research agency outlined new programs this week that include a number of potentially groundbreaking technologies that could alter the way naval battles are fought, in the same way that robotic aircraft have altered warfare on land and in the air.

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Microsoft Wants U.S. Suppliers to Give Employees Paid Time Off

Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off — but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft.

Microsoft said it has about 2,000 U.S. suppliers, who provide services such as maintenance and security. The technology company does not know how many of its suppliers don't provide paid time off. It has heard from workers and media reports that some companies don't provide the benefit.

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Galaxy S6 Phones are Samsung's Best Yet

A better design, sharper camera and easier to use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer.

Although Samsung has been praised for its improved hardware, much of what I like is in the software — specifically, what's not in it. After a few years of making phones difficult to use with a slew of questionable features, Samsung continues to streamline its phones with the S6.

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Facebook Moves Ahead Toward Internet Drone Air Fleet

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday proclaimed the successful test of a wide-winged, solar-powered drone built to deliver wireless internet service to remote spots.

The test flight of a drone prototype dubbed "Aquila" took place in Britain and was considered a milestone in an project to bring online access to billions more people around the planet.

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Yahoo Boosts Share Buyback Plan by $2 Billion

Yahoo on Thursday told U.S. regulators that it will spend another $2 billion buying back shares as the pioneering U.S. Internet search firm continues an effort to re-invent itself.

The new share repurchase program approved by the California-based company's board of directors will expire at the end of March 2018, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Sony Streaming Service Modernizes TV, not Your Bill

Sony's new PlayStation Vue television service probably won't save you money over cable.

Starting at $50 a month, Vue offers more than 50 over-the-air and cable channels for online streaming. But you need a PlayStation game console and you still need Internet access — likely from the same cable company you're trying to ditch. If you press, your pay-TV company might offer a slimmed-down TV package that's comparable to Sony's in price and lineup.

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