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Small-town tech hub sneers at you, because it thinks you sneer at it

        When you feel you’re being ignored, one reaction is to whine about it. When you feel you’re being treated with disdain, one response is to toss that disdain right back at the disdainer. Some might think this a touch fruitless. The denizens of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., seem …

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Alibaba builds up $150 million stake in Zulily

        Alibaba, already the biggest e-commerce company in China, keeps dabbling in the US. The company has taken a roughly 10 percent stake — worth about $150 million — in Zulily, a Seattle-based online retailer focused on women’s and kids’ merchandise, according to a regulatory filingposted Friday. …

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Uber to be valued at $50 billion in new funding round, say reports

Car-hailing company Uber could soon become the most highly valued venture-backed startup in history. That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, whichreported last night that Uber is planning to raise from $1.5 billion to $2 billion in new funds, at a value of $50 billion or more. The Journal’s report …

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Cyanogen phones will soon sniff out caller ID thanks to partnership with Truecaller

Cyanogen’s newest partnership will ensure you know exactly who’s calling you next time an unfamiliar number pops up on your phone. The company announced on Friday a new deal with Truecaller, which will embed its technology in forthcoming Cyanogen phones. The service has a database of 1.6 billion phone numbers, …

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Swatch says it can solve the smartwatch battery problem

        CEO Nick Hayek revealed the plans in an interview with a Swiss newspaper, saying that the watchmaker is “working intensively” with its research group Belenos and battery producer Renata. The battery tech will also be available to automobiles, Hayek said. Reuters confirmed Hayek’s comments with a …

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OneDrive roadmap reveals offline mobile viewing and ‘next-gen’ desktop sync

        OneDrive may be one of the cheapest cloud storage services, but it’s not necessarily the most convenient. That’s something Microsoft is looking to change in 2015. Thanks to a roadmap that Microsoft showed at this week’s Ignite conference, we know exactly which features the company is …

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Five to Try: Mortal Kombat X assaults Android, and AppChat lets you chat about apps

      Another week, another smattering of new apps and games on the Play Store—and this time around, it’s the eagerly anticipated debut of Mortal Kombat X that stands out atop the pack. It’s joined this week by Grim Fandango Remastered, an updated version of a true point-and-click adventure …

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Canada to Cap Wholesale Wireless Rates Charged by the Big Three

Canada will limit the wholesale wireless rates that major companies charge their rivals as part of a push to boost competition in the telecommunications sector, the country’s broadcast regulator said on Tuesday.The move means the three firms that dominate the market Telus Corp, BCE and Rogers Communications Inc will have …

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Oculus Rift VR Headset Consumer Edition to Launch in First Quarter of 2016

Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, has announced that the consumer version of the Oculus Rift will be available in the first quarter of 2016. The developer edition of the device has been available for awhile now, purchasable directly from the company for $350 (around …

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Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and more: Which music streaming service is right for you?

Like CDs before it, MP3s are becoming obsolete. Today, streaming is king. With a music streaming service, instead of purchasing a track or album, you pay a flat monthly fee to play unlimited tracks that you don’t actually own. The upside is that you don’t have shell out money every …

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