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The startup disrupting the conversation in the mobile data battleground

It is widely reported that an incredible 97% of consumers will leave a brand based on a negative customer experience. Meanwhile, a recent study by Marketforce revealed that 66% of customers would switch mobile carriers to get better value for their price. Equally, 33% will change wireless carrier to get more flexible plans to fit their needs. Welcome to the digital world where the personalization of everything is the new currency. If a brand fails to listen to its customers or remove frustrating friction points from archaic processes, loyalty will be sacrificed with immediate effect. A criminally overused phrase is…This story continues at The Next Web

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Industry-leading VPN coverage at home or work — for less than $2.50 a month

Private Internet Access not only looms as an unquestioned industry leader in protecting your online activities, but with deals like this two-year subscription for only $59.95 (63 percent off its regular price), it’s also one of the most affordable VPN services as well.

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Facebook launches Birthday Fundraisers feature, and it’s kind of genius

The Facebook birthday message has practically become an internet trope: A myriad of people you haven’t had a real conversation with in years will come out to type ‘hbd.’ But now Facebook is actually putting your sudden popularity spike to good use by introducing birthday fundraisers. No, it’s not so you can ask money to throw the biggest party ever; instead Facebook allows you to raise money for a non-profit. It’s kind of genius. Two weeks before your birthday, Facebook will ask if you want to dedicate your birthday to support a cause. You then pick from one of 750,000…This story continues at The Next Web
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Google wants to save you from allergies with new pollen forecasts

Google wants to save you from the sniffles. Today the internet giant announced that it will soon begin displaying detailed pollen level forecasts straight into Search. The new feature practically helps users avoid seasonal allergy symptoms by letting them know in advance how high the pollen levels in their area will be. Once the functionality goes live, you will be able to access this data by searching for the key phrase ‘pollen forecast’ in Search. The integration will then proceed to show you the expected pollen-density levels for the next five days. Here is how it looks: To make this…This story continues at The Next Web
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The weird saga of the “water bottle for Women in Tech” hoax

Yesterday, myself and several other technology journalists received an email from a public relations firm called Misty Mountain PR, touting the virtues of the Memobottle A7 for “women in tech.” The pitch was laughably bad, and in addition to being roundly mocked on Twitter, a couple of publications took the bite and wrote something about it — namely Gizmodo and TNW. It looks like we were trolled. The email, I’m bitterly ashamed to say, was a prank designed to trick reporters, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. I screwed up. I hold my hands up, and I…This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook shifts focus away from teens with launch of new video platform

Facebook’s latest attempt to appeal to teens has quietly closed its doors. The social media platform’s Lifestage app (so unsuccessful that this is probably the first time you’ve heard of it) was launched a little under a year ago to resounding apathy and has struggled ever since. Yet, as is Silicon Valley’s way, Facebook has rapidly followed the failure of one venture with the launch of another one by unveiling a new video streaming service. Facebook Watch will host series of live and pre-recorded short-form videos, including some original, professionally made content, in a move that will allow the platform…This story continues at The Next Web
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Corrupt Federal Agent, Who Stole Bitcoins From Silk Road, Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

A former the United States Secret Service agent who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoins during an investigation into then-largest underground marketplace Silk Road has now pleaded guilty to money laundering. Shaun W. Bridges is one of two former US undercover agents who pleaded guilty in 2015 to one count of money laundering and one count of obstruction and was sentenced

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Corrupt Federal Agent, Who Stole Bitcoins From Silk Road, Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

A former the United States Secret Service agent who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoins during an investigation into then-largest underground marketplace Silk Road has now pleaded guilty to money laundering. Shaun W. Bridges is one of two former US undercover agents who pleaded guilty in 2015 to one count of money laundering and one count of obstruction and was sentenced

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Tesla calculator estimates how much it actually costs to buy a Model 3

Tesla already has a pretty sleek configuration tool that helps you figure out how much it would cost you to buy the new Model 3. Unfortunately, one thing it doesn’t tell you is exactly how much cash you’ll have to bleed for federal taxes and other fees. But thanks to this calculator, now you can find out. Ben Sullins, who runs Tesla enthusiast community Teslanomics, has developed a nifty cost estimator tool that helps you calculate precisely that. The calculator is particularly useful since the federal tax fee changes based on how many vehicles the electric car maker has delivered.…This story continues at The Next Web
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8 More Chrome Extensions Hijacked to Target 4.8 Million Users

Google’s Chrome web browser Extensions are under attack with a series of developers being hacked within last one month. Almost two weeks ago, we reported how unknown attackers managed to compromise the Chrome Web Store account of a developer team and hijacked Copyfish extension, and then modified it to distribute spam correspondence to users. Just two days after that incident, some unknown

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Meet the tiny Windows 10 PC designed for the internet of things

Pocket sized computers such as the Raspberry Pi have transformed DIY computing over the years. Here in 2017, the IoT juggernaut is gathering pace and is taking things to another level as the next generation of potential development platforms arrives. Robotics and open source hardware provider DFRobot cater to the niche product needs for robotic enthusiasts. The platform began by winning the hearts and minds of the robotic aficionados who provide tools, electronics, training for schools, hacker spaces, and hackathon events. Creative communities are joining forces to collaborate and to create modern tech products that inspire each other to learn…This story continues at The Next Web
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Here’s why you aren’t shopping in VR (yet)

I genuinely need a new bed this month. And with a small room and a large mattress, it’s imperative that I know what the next one will look like, whether it’ll go with the decor in there, and whether I’ll genuinely be happy plonking down coin and taking the trouble to transport it to my 4th floor apartment. VR shopping can help with some of that – but not with everything you need in order to confidently make a purchase. The good news is, we’re nearly there, and it could be a whole lot of fun. The state of VR…This story continues at The Next Web

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