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Microsoft's Windows and Windows Phone app stores have faced several issues with fake and scam applications over the years, but the software maker appears to be finally cracking down. After recent reports highlighting scams that lead people to pay for useless apps that are typically free, Microsoft's Windows Apps and Store general manager, Todd Brix, says the company will be enforcing its policies more strictly in future. While Microsoft made some changes earlier this year to its app certification requirements, Brix says Microsoft has been conducting a review of the Windows Store to find apps that don't comply with the guidelines. Microsoft's policies state names need to be clear and icons must be differentiated to avoid being mistaken with others.

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A Chicago federal judge on Wednesday said Groupon Inc sales representatives cannot pursue a class-action lawsuit over the Internet commerce company's failure to pay for overtime before and after its 2011 initial public offering. District Judge Edmond Chang said the roughly 1,500 representatives' claims, job duties and alleged injuries were too disparate to justify letting them sue as a group over allegations that Groupon violated Illinois' minimum wage law. Chang noted that Groupon did eventually adopt more uniform management policies, and that these could "serve as markers" for the plaintiffs to pursue a smaller class action. More than 100 Groupon sales representatives are pursuing related claims under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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As the holiday season draws closer, the game release schedule is going to pick up to a pace that might not be safe for your wallet. Call of Duty, Halo, Battlefield, Dragon Age, Super Smash Bros. — that vacation you were planning may have to wait until next year. Thankfully, Sony is taking a little bit of the pressure off with its latest collection of free games for PS Plus members on the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. PS4 owners in search of manic 2D fun are in luck: Velocity 2X and Sportsfriends are free on PlayStation 4 this September. Velocity 2X is the brand new sequel to the well-received Velocity Ultra, a 2D shoot ‘em up with a few unique mechanics. 2X

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iMapMyWALK+ tracks the route, distance, pace, and more in real-time using GPS

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The Coolest Cooler took Kickstarter by storm a while ago, emerging as an interesting, yet unexpected project that could in theory raise more money than the Pebble smartwatch, which pulled in $10,266,845 in pledges in its time, setting the record for the crowd-funding website. And now, the Coolest Cooler has managed to beat that record a few days before its campaign wraps up. The Coolest Cooler project convinced nearly 49,000 backers to submit pledges, helping the company raise over $10,366,000 as of the time of this writing. The Kickstarter campaign is still available to users who haven’t purchased a smart cooler yet, and still want to order one. A best-case estimate said not too long ago that the Coolest could reach a

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Space debris is a serious threat to satellites, and Lockheed Martin is now teaming up to further help keep satellites safe as they orbit around the planet. The firm is partnering with Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to build a facility in Australia that they say will increase the world's ability to track space debris by 25 percent — if not more. EOS says that, so long as the debris is tracked, satellites will be able to avoid it, which will be increasingly important as the value of tech up in space continues to grow.

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Apple will unveil an "iWatch" in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said Wednesday. Apple is believed to be planning a September 9 event at which it will introduce the iWatch, along with new-generation iPhone 6 smartphones with increased screen sizes. The company has not sent out invitations to such an event, nor -- as is standard Apple practice -- has it commented on reports it will even take place. Apple's next-generation iPhones are rumored to have screen sizes stretched to 4.7 and 5.5 inches and have faster processors.

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A YouTube feed of a Counter-Strike game took an unexpected turn today, when it was interrupted by a very real SWAT team that happened to be sweeping the building. The gamers in the video are part of The Creatures, a group based in Littleton Colorado that publishes videos to YouTube and Twitch, and since the broadcast was in progress during the raid, their entire arrest ended up on the livestream.

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In preparing a Hello Kitty retrospective for the Japanese American National Museum, University of Hawaii Anthropologist Christine R. Yano was given one major correction by Hello Kitty owners Sanrio (via LA Times): "Hello Kitty is not a cat.

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Ever wonder why America’s two biggest cable providers don’t bother competing with one another? Or why you have only one choice for Internet service in your neighborhood? Or why cable prices have been rising at more than triple the rate of inflation? Well, wonder no more. Ars Technica flags some recent filings sent to the Federal Communications Commission sent by Internet service providers CenturyLink and RCN that detail how Comcast works tirelessly to keep them out of its markets and then justifies its actions as a favor to poor people. FROM EARLIER: Comcast thinks you’re even stupider than Verizon does In its filing to the FCC opposing the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, CenturyLink says that Comcast has been “uniquely and extraordinarily

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Yo, the minimalist messaging app that can send only a single word ("yo") to your friends, is holding a Moto 360 giveaway with Motorola. All it takes is downloading Yo and adding “MOTOROLA” to your contacts in the app. To be honest, the pricing for Motorola's fancy smartwatch isn't much of a mystery anymore.

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By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - 'Open data' - the trove of data-sets made publicly available by governments, organizations and businesses - isn't normally linked to high-wire politics, but just may have saved last month's Indonesian presidential elections from chaos. The embrace of open data has had few tangible benefits, but created a buzz and fostered a culture that prodded Indonesia's election commission to tweak the way it handles vote results.

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Here's what social media is for, according to most people: Posting updates about your lunch, liking other people's updates about their lunch, getting follows, following other people, indulging in your vanity, stalking your exes, and oh, sharing videos of you dumping ice water on yourself.  Here's what it's not for, according to most people: political debate.   Probably because there isn't enough space on Twitter .... and because all of your Facebook friends will unfriend you if you spew political opinions. The rise of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, has introduced new spaces where political discussion and debate can take place.

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By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Masayoshi Son's nose for an investment has turned a $20 million start-up punt on Alibaba into a stake worth maybe $50 billion or more as the Chinese e-commerce giant co-founded and led by Jack Ma heads to what could be the biggest U.S. Son, CEO of Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank Corp, also put money into a young Yahoo Inc, co-founded by Jerry Yang, in 1995, and Yahoo's subsequent investment in Alibaba saw Ma, Son and Yang build Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] into one of world's biggest internet companies as China's e-commerce market took off.

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It’s an unlikely pairing: The world’s smartest looking smartwatch and the world’s stupidest mobile app. And yet they have indeed teamed up, because mobile app Yo has just announced that “Motorola is going to use the Yo platform to release their long awaited Moto 360 smart watch.” And yes, this promotion is just as awesomely stupid as you think it is. FROM EARLIER: How some lucky people are about to get the gorgeous Moto 360 for free “Potential customers have 24 hours to subscribe to Motorola’s Yo username ‘MOTOROLA’ in the Yo Index,” explains Yo. “Tomorrow, at 12pm CST, Motorola will send a Yo to all of their subscribers. That Yo will contain a link for an early chance to

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Just weeks ahead of its expected debut on the New York Stock Exchange, Chinese Internet colossus Alibaba reported that its quarterly profit nearly tripled on surging revenue. Alibaba Group made a profit of nearly $2 billion on revenue of $2.5 billion in the quarter ending June 30 according to updated documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Alibaba's services are similar to a mix of those offered by US Internet titans eBay, PayPal and Amazon.com. The strategy has given Alibaba an enviable profit margin as an online middleman of sorts.

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