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Facebook draws ire of UK regulators over secret news feed study

Facebook is being investigated by UK regulators over concerns that the social network may have infringed on data protection laws in the country. This is a follow-up to findings that the social network conducted experiments on some of its user base without prior permission.

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Microsoft wants you to beta test upcoming Office products and services

Ever wanted to test out new features before they launch? If so, today's your lucky day as Microsoft is currently looking for beta testers for the Office family of programs and services.

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Tweetbot for Mac updated for multi-image upload, more

Mac Twitter client Tweetbot has been updated to allow multiple images to be uploaded and shared at the same time. Along with the notable feature change, there are also other improvements and bug fixes as well. The app is now in version 1.6 and the latest update brings the OS X app more closely aligned in terms of features with the iOS version.

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Rdio's TastemakerX looks to compete with Google's Songza, Apple's Beats

On the heels of Google's acquisition of Songza to compete against Apple's $3 billion Beats Music deal, Rdio has announced that it is bringing TastemakerX under its umbrella. The deal will allow Rdio to offer better music discovery to its streaming audience.

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FTC claims T-Mobile charged customers millions for bogus SMS subscription fees [Updated]

Update: T-Mobile CEO John Legere has posted a public response to these claims, saying they are "unfounded and without merit." He goes on to talk about T-Mobile's proactive response to these issues as compared to the competition. You can find the full statement at the T-Mobile Newsroom

Original story: The Federal Trade Commission says that T-Mobile has placed "hundreds of millions" of dollars in bogus charges into customer bills. In a press release issued today, the government office alleges that T-Mobile included premium SMS fees that it knew were fraudulent because of the high cancel-rates from subscribers. This is a practice the FTC calls "cramming."

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Apple fires up its 2014 Back to School promotion, bag $100 on Macs, $50 on iPhones and iPads

Apple has launched its Back to School promotion for 2014, offering education customers free iTunes Store gift cards on qualified purchases. Essentially, purchasing a new Mac will bag you a $100 gift card, while an iPhone or iPad and reward you with $50. We've checked and confirmed the promotion is currently live in both the UK and US.

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Apple reportedly developing in-house speech recognition solution for Siri

Apple may wean away from licensing Nuance's services for Siri, instead creating an in-house speech recognition solution which will be used to power the virtual assistant in the future. Apple has already hired several experts in this field, including Nuance's former vice president of research Larry Gillick, and is said to be looking for more candidates in its bid to create a team of researchers to work on technologies like speech recognition, deep learning and neural networks.

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#MobileFit podcast, Fitbit challenge winners announced and more!

June 2014 is coming to a close, which means #MobileFit is ending too. Or is it? We've got a podcast for you to check out below, we're announcing the winners of our Fitbit challenge and we've got some exciting new info about the future of #MobileFit.

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Pebble updates firmware, iOS app with better notification handling

Pebble has rolled out an updated firmware alongside a new iOS app for its smartwatch today that brings some performance improvements, bug fixes, and better notification management. The Pebble watch firmware is now at version 2.3 while the iOS app is at version 2.2.2 after the updates are applied.

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Apple to host Q3 2014 earnings call following financial results on July 22

Apple is scheduled to release its Q3 2014 financial results on July 22, and has announced the usual conference call will follow. The call will be streamed live on the Internet and will take place at 2 PM PT or 5 PM ET where Apple will "discuss the results of its third fiscal quarter."

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