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Best Buy price-matches Target, offers the iPad mini for $199

The iPad mini is currently seeing a major discount at Best Buy, with the 16GB Wi-Fi version now available for $199. This is down from the iPad mini's normal price of $299. This deal is only available in physical Best Buy stores. If you want to buy new from Best Buy's website, it will run you $319.

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Alleged Apple tax avoidance deal with Ireland under investigation by the European Commission

The European Commission is getting set to launch a formal investigation into whether Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland are legal, or whether they qualify as illegal state aid.

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T-Mobile will proactively reach out to customers who were charged premium SMS fees

Going a step further on its fight against fraudulent premium SMS charges, T-Mobile will now start proactively notifying customers of unauthorized billing of premium SMS to their account. Although customers could previously request refunds for any unknown charge on their bill, this proactive approach of identifying premium SMS scams that weren't refunded goes a step further.

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Buy a Sonos speaker from Amazon, get a $50 credit

It's a good time to invest in a wireless speaker from Sonos. Today, Amazon announced that it will offer its customers a $50 credit in its online store for the purchase of select Sonos products.

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ESPN Radio brings live coverage of the World Cup to iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio users will be able to stream World Cup games when things get rolling in just a few days. Apple is introducing a new ESPN Radio station that will include not only live World Cup action, but also ESPN standards like Sportscenter All Night and Mike & Mike. This also marks the first time a live sporting event will be cast through the iTunes Radio service.

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Apple building their own 1,000-member in-house ad team

Apple has always set a high bar with their advertising, and that high bar has led to frustration with their long-time partner TBWA/MAL and the formation of an internal advertising team that Apple hopes to build to one thousand members. That's a huge team, and as previously reported, they're already producing work for Apple.

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Amazon brings Audible integration to the Kindle app

Amazon is integrating professional narration into its Kindle app through a software update. The new version of the app allow you to switch from reading a book to an audiobook version of the same for as low as $0.99.

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Honeywell turns up the heat with the Lyric smart thermostat

Honeywell (yes, Honeywell) has announced their own smart thermostat to compete with Google's Nest. The Lyric, which was first leaked in April, has now been officially announced and is priced at $279. It has some visual kinship with the round Nest and thermostats of old, but it has some different tricks up its sleeves.

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Apple removes apps with music download capabilities from its App Store

It appears as though Apple is removing apps that support the downloading of music from its App Store. It's an interesting move for the company, going as far as implementing a iTunes Radio banner, which is displayed when a search for 'music download' is carried out on the store. Removing said apps, including those that tap into third-party file sharing website, will surely pave the way for Apple to push through its iTunes music services.

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Apple starts removing apps that incentivize social sharing

Apple has begun cracking down on apps that offer incentives to users for watching videos or sharing on social networks. The move is said to be a broader push to change how content discovery is handled in the App Store in iOS 8.

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