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Amazon launches $199 voice-recognition device called Echo

It's hard to keep a secret in the tech world these days, but Amazon managed to pull it off, announcing a surprise voice-recognition device called Echo on Thursday.

Facebook to encourage users to donate to Ebola fight

Facebook is making it easier for people to donate to the fight against Ebola.

One-fifth of Americans share religious experience online

One in five Americans share their religious thoughts and experiences on social networks, and nearly half said they saw someone else post “something about their religious faith” on the Internet, according to a Pew Research Center study on religion and electronic media.

CNN commentators use Microsoft Surface tablet as a stand for iPads

Microsoft’s Surface tablets can’t seem to catch a break. First came the NFL blunders, when Fox commentators, ESPN announcers and local television stations confused the Surface devices for Apple's iPads.

Spotify streaming revenue overtakes iTunes by 13% in Europe

Streaming music continues to surge ahead and shake up the music industry.

Revenue is only a byproduct, says Twitter's revenue chief

Revenue isn’t Twitter’s main mission, according to the company’s head of global revenue, Adam Bain. “We hope to touch every person on the planet,” he said, and revenue “is a byproduct of that.”

Tinder CEO to become company's president after successor is named

Tinder, the dating app that's become irresistibly addicting with the under-30 generation, is seeking a new chief executive to lead it through "this time of explosive growth and expansion," existing CEO Sean Rad announced Tuesday.

Government requests for Facebook user data are up 24% in six months

Government requests for Facebook data increased 24% in just six months, the social media giant said Tuesday, and nearly half of those requests came from the United States.

Warner Music Group strikes deal with SoundCloud

Warner Music Group will license some of its vast music library to SoundCloud, becoming the first major record label to strike a deal with the audio-sharing website that is challenging YouTube and Spotify.

Intel invests in L.A. audio start-up Audyssey

Sound- or music-enhancing services usually try to add to the audio to improve it.

Emoji could be getting some racial diversity

Soon you may be able to send your friends emoji that look a little more like you.

Steve Jobs memorial in Russia is removed after Tim Cook comes out as gay

A Russian memorial to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been removed after last week’s announcement by the company's chief executive, Tim Cook, that he is gay. 

Beats Music will be free on Southwest Airlines alongside Dish TV

Beats Music, the streaming service that Apple acquired as part of a $3-billion deal this year, has a new partner in the skies.

Internet Arcade: 900-plus old-school games playable from your laptop

If your version of living the dream is playing hundreds of retro arcade games for free on your laptop then thank the folks at the Internet Archives.

Nexus Player is Google's search-friendly answer to Apple TV

The Apple TV gets along brilliantly with other branches of the Apple family. Music and movies from iTunes automatically load onto Apple TV, and it enables iPhones, Macs and iPads to display onto a big monitor or television.

Global smartphone shipments rise 25% in third quarter

Global smartphone shipments topped 300 million units for the second quarter in a row, propelled by new phones and emerging markets.

Samsung sales plunge despite rewards aimed at smartphone owners

With smartphone buyers increasingly choosing iPhones or lower-cost options over its devices, Samsung Electronics has been hammered this year.

Reddit launches crowdfunding platform Redditmade

Reddit launched a crowdfunding tool Wednesday that gives users of the popular online forum a tailor-made alternative to Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Ex-dictator Noriega's lawsuit against 'Call of Duty' maker is tossed

Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Inc., alleging the video game publisher wronged him by including his likeness in the blockbuster game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” has been thrown out by a Los Angeles County judge.

FTC suing AT&T over promises of unlimited data

Saying that "unlimited means unlimited," the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced it is suing AT&T for promising unlimited data plans and then slowing Internet speeds, known as throttling, to customers with those plans.

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