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Uber hires an Obama insider for its political fights

David Plouffe, a former Obama campaign manager, will become Uber's senior vice president of policy and strategy.

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Facebook tests 'satire' tag, makes the Internet slightly less confusing (and less fun)

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that may help you determine that the story you saw about a hamster infestation at the White House is, in fact, an attempt at humor.

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FAA says Lyft-like platforms for private planes are illegal

Turns out plane-sharing and ride-sharing are not at all the same.

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Rivalry between Uber and Lyft gets ugly

The finger-pointing continues between the ride-sharing services, which both accuse the other of ordering and canceling thousands of rides.

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Twitter sets the stage for video ads

A new program, now in beta, allows for paid video content in people's feeds.

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Yo adds more context to the 'yo' with iOS update

The app’s use of push notifications may send tech companies scurrying to compete for your lockscreen.

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10 tech dramas that Hollywood should turn into movies

Forget Silicon Valley. Never mind Halt and Catch Fire. The history of technology provides ample source material for your next big-screen blockbuster.

Lyft accuses rival Uber of dirty ride-sharing tricks

Lyft says that Uber employees have ordered and cancelled thousands of Lyft rides since last fall, hurting its business.

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Beware of Bitcoin, US consumer agency warns

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has posted a bulletin warning of the risks associated with the virtual currency, including exposure to hackers and scammers. Bitcoin advocates say it paints an incomplete picture.

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Variety: To teen newbs, YouTube dudes rule over boob tube rubes

Or to put it another way: A survey by the entertainment industry trade magazine found that YouTube stars are more popular among teenagers than movie, TV, and music celebrities.

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Move fast and break bread: The strange new world of meal-sharing

I shared meals cooked by strangers and didn’t die. Thank you, technology.

Study: Virginia has the fastest Internet in the US

Broadband Internet speeds can vary widely from state to state according to research from Broadview Networks.

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Google, Barnes & Noble take a page from Amazon's book with same-day delivery

You'll be able to get books the same day you order them from Barnes & Noble -- assuming you're living in the three cities where Google is offering the service through Google Shopping Express.

Lyft launches carpooling service Line to make your commute cheaper

Uber beat Lyft to the punch on the announcement, but Lyft’s carpooling feature is a fully realized product.

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Uber’s carpooling service is like fare-splitting for strangers

UberPool connects riders who live in the same area to save everyone money.