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Uber will soon offer cars on lease to secure more drivers

Uber is scratching to keep up with itself and its continuing demand, so the ridesharing giant has just announced that it is opening up a car-leasing program to people wanting to be Uber drivers.

 

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The company has worked with Banco Santander in the US previously, but with Uber going in-house for its car leasing, it's an interesting move. Uber hasn't provided anymore details on the new move, such as the financial side of things - you know, like how much the monthly repayment is for would be Uber drivers.

 

Re/code is reporting that Uber will start leasing cars in California, Georgia and Maryland, but it will quickly expand into other states, and most likely overseas.

LG made a whopping 1.2 cents profit for each phone sold last quarter

LG may have shipped 8.1 million LTE smartphones in the latest quarter, its best results ever by the way, but the profits that the South Korean giant is making per handset isn't so great.

 

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The company saw operating profits of just 1.2 cents per smartphone, but with the G4 only being on sale in the United States for two months, LG's next quarter should hopefully be a little better. Moving to LG's Home Entertainment division, the company said that global demand for LCD TVs was "soft" with revenues dropping 22.7% to $3.59 billion.

Report: Apple Music already has 10 million users testing the service

Apple Music launched on June 30 and has quickly amassed more than 10 million subscribers, according to a report published by Hitsdailydouble.com.

 

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The website spoke with anonymous sources inside a few major record labels, as Apple doesn't release those types of figures publicly. Each new member can enjoy a three-month free trial of the service, so it will be interesting to see how many subscribers stick around following the trial period.

 

The entry-level plan costs $9.99 per month, and a $14.99 per month family plan allows for up to six users to enjoy the streaming music service.

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Microsoft's 'flagship' store in NYC opens its doors in the fall

While there are Microsoft stores around the United States, the company will be opening its 'flagship' store in New York City's Fifth Avenue later in the fall, according to the company.

 

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Microsoft is most likely waiting for the lucrative holiday season before it opens up shop in Fifth Avenue, as there will be plenty of new Windows 10 devices and PCs to sell, as well as the new OS itself. Surface is continuing to sell well, but with Windows 10 launching today, Microsoft is in the perfect position to open up a new flagship store.

David Guetta believes music piracy helps boost his concert attendance

Musicians have been vocal against Internet piracy - and sometimes against streaming music - but one person who has a more positive approach is David Guetta.

 

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The French DJ and producer had a more optimistic approach to how music piracy can actually help boost attendance in concerts: "I just want people to have access to my music. If there was no piracy, why can I sell out 20,000 people every [time] in Brazil?" Guetta said while speaking to BBC. "Is it because of how many records we sold in the shops? Of course not."

 

Guetta previously gave away music in an effort to stifle piracy, and even had a rather amusing outlook: "I wish that every person who's listening to my music would send me a little check. That would make me a very rich person, that would be wonderful. But at the same time this is impossible. You can't fight progress, so you better embrace it."

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Pandora confident of its service, even with Apple Music on the scene

Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews said the recent launch of Apple Music hasn't had an immediate impact on its own business.

 

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Of course, Apple Music has been available for less than one month, and while the company works out a few issues, we'll have to wait and see what impact it may have on Pandora and Spotify. However, it looks like McAndrews had some strong words regarding the newest tradition to the streaming music market:

 

"In terms of the Apple Music, in Q2, of course, Apple Music launched at the end of June, so there was no impact," McAndrews noted during a recent earnings call. "Going forward, we feel really good about our trajectory and competitive position... there could be some listeners who experiment with the service and there could be some short-term impact, but we don't - we aren't seeing any meaningful listener impact at this time and we don't expect any long-term meaningful impact either."

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FCC approves AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, form huge pay-TV business

A whopping $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by AT&T has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the two companies will now create the largest pay-TV business in the United States.

 

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The deal allows AT&T to receive new revenue growth outside of its wireless service, while DirecTV desperately gets a broadband product that the company was unable to create for itself.

 

"The conditions imposed by the Commission address potential harms presented by the combination," according to the FCC. "The conditions also ensure that the benefits of the merger will be realized."

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LG invests $908 million on a new plant to build flexible OLED screens

LG has just invested a cool $908 million over the course of two years by starting construction on a new plant that will be making flexible OLED displays, according to a new regulatory filing.

 

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Flexible OLED displays will be a big thing going into the future, with flexible displays found in smartphones, monitors, TVs and in the next few years, many more devices. Think flexible OLED panels in VR headsets, wearables, and so much more. Right now, products with flexible displays are expensive because they cost more to produce. But with a near $1 billion investment from a company like LG, we should see the price of flexible OLED panels drop considerably over the next few years.

Lenovo has faith in PC market, especially with Windows 10 coming

The PC market has been all over the place in recent years, with vendors struggling to sell PCs and devices pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 8. Chinese manufacturer Lenovo is the No. 1 largest PC manufacturer with around 20 percent of global market share, according to the IDC research group.

 

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However, Lenovo is aware that the PC market faces problems - with the company noting a Q2 7.5 percent year-over-year drop, while the PC market dropped almost 12 percent.

 

"We are starting to see a big consolidation in the market... we think that probably within the next 24 months, maybe four to five players will leave," said Gianfranco Lanci, COO at Lenovo, in a statement to CNBC.

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Silk Road drug dealer, turned witness, given less than three years

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht was given two life sentences and a mix of three lesser sentences for his role in operating the underground drug website. The hammer has dropped for a different drug dealer on the Silk Road website, after a guilty plea late last year for drug conspiracy charges, leading to 2-1/2 years in prison.

 

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Michael Duch, a heroin dealer using the website under the alias "deezletime," will be given 21 months credit for time served. Although his attorney, Samuel Braverman, asked US District Judge Katherine Forrest to release his client to a drug rehabilitation center, that doesn't seem likely just yet.

 

Duch reportedly used Silk Road to purchase painkillers, and when his addiction spiraled out of control, began selling narcotics on the site.

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