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There was a great deal of interest surrounding Apple’s iBeacons when they launched alongside iOS 7 late last year, but as they are still in the initial stages of deployment, we haven’t seen much data regarding their effectiveness. Advertisers claimed that the potential for iBeacons as a new platform was vast, and now we’re finally beginning to see the results. 9to5Mac shares a report from InMarket, a company currently installing iBeacons in grocery stores, which illustrates the point of the advertisers perfectly. Using Hillshire Brands as an example, InMarket announced that purchase intent for the company’s American Craft link sausages increased 2ox after the installation of iBeacons, representing a “500% increase over the CPG average for mobile ad engagement.” We started experimenting with location-based

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Twitter is joining the growing ranks of major tech companies that are publishing data on diversity within their workforce. 59 percent of Twitter's employees are white, and the bulk of the others (29 percent) are Asian. "Like our peers," Twitter notes, "we have a lot of work to do." Both the ethnicity and gender figures at Twitter are all quite similar to those that we've seen from Google, Yahoo, and Facebook.

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Up and at them! If you love The Simpsons, from the best of the best to the worst episode ever, you'll be happier than the happiest man in Springfield to learn that a new streaming service will offer all 552 episodes for fans to consume at their leisure. Entertainment news site HitFix was keeping its eye on Springfield when it covered an announcement from FXX (just in case there was any doubt that you are watching Fox). The Simpsons World streaming service will debut in October for computers (they've got the Internet on computers now), iOS devices, Android devices, streaming boxes, smart TVs and Xbox consoles (no PlayStation support just yet) — more than enough time to prepare for the lousy Smarch weather.

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Windows Phone users can finally take a ride with Uber. Yes, it arrives long after Uber debuted on rival platforms Android and iOS, but most of what you'd expect is there on day one. There's no ability to split fares between other people riding with you, and the Windows Phone app can't yet provide fare quotes. Uber says it will adding both of those in updates within a month, so the wait to reach parity with Android and iOS shouldn't be terribly long.

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By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc's second-quarter revenue rose, but slightly less than Wall Street forecasts, as a promotional offer to charge customers for devices separately from service weighed on average revenue per user. The No. 2 U.S. mobile provider said on Wednesday that, excluding items, it earned 62 cents, one penny less than Wall Street expectations according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. AT&T shares fell 1.67 percent to $35.28 after closing at $35.88 on the New York Stock Exchange. ...

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The HTC One M8 is one of the best smartphones around, but at 5 inches, its display is a bit too large for some consumers. Enter the HTC One Remix. Coming to Verizon on July 24, the $99 Remix is a slightly smaller version of the M8, with a 4.5-inch display.

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(Reuters) - Angie's List Inc, which operates a website that allows users to review local businesses, forecast quarterly revenue below estimates and reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss as it spent more to sign up customers. Angie's List said it expects revenue of $80.5 million-$82.5 million for the third quarter ending September. Analysts on average were expecting $86.63 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company also forecast marketing expenses of $20 million-$23 million. "We increased marketing spend during a seasonally strong period and had a record quarter in gross new member additions," Chief Executive Bill Oesterle said in a statement on Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook Inc. (FB) on Wednesday reported profit that more than doubled in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations.

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Facebook on Wednesday reported that is quarterly profit more than doubled amid big gains in ad revenues and a jump in users. Net income leapt to $791 million during the three months ended June 30 in a 138 percent increase from the $333 million made during the same period a year earlier, the world's biggest social network said. "We had a good second quarter," Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in the earnings release. Cashing in on the trend of Facebook members increasingly using mobile devices to connect to the social network has been seen by analysts as vital to its success.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

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The LG G3 is one of the latest Android beasts to hit stores, and one of the few smartphones that actually packs a high-resolution 2K display that offers users an even better mobile experience, whether they’re browsing the web, watching videos or – especially – playing games. So why on earth would you want G3 buyers to play games that occupy only a tiny portion of that gorgeous new display, LG? The company’s official case accessory for the handset has a round window that can be used to access certain apps on the screen, and developers can add QuickCircle functionality to their apps, including games, as well. To further promote this feature, LG launched the industry’s “first games for play specifically in QuickCircle Window,” which

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By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Leading mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc posted higher fiscal third-quarter results, but its revenue outlook for the September quarter was below Wall Street's expectations, depressing its stock price. The chipmaker on Wednesday reported third-quarter revenue of $6.81 billion, up 9 percent from the year-ago period. Analysts on average had expected third-quarter revenue of $6.52 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Qualcomm had third-quarter net income of $2.24 billion, up 42 percent. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $1.31. ...

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Facebook Inc increased its revenue 61 percent in the second quarter, beating Wall Street's target as the Internet company benefited from strong demand for its mobile advertising business. Shares of Facebook were up 56 cents at $71.85 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook said that mobile advertising revenue represented 62 percent of its ad revenue in the second quarter, up from 41 percent in the year-ago period and 59 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Facebook posted $791 million in net income, or 30 cents a share, compared with $333 million or 13 cents a share in the second quarter of 2013.

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The upcoming sci-fi western Young Ones takes place in a desert of a world where water shortages have everyone struggling to survive. The four-legged robot is developed by Boston Dynamics, which came under Google's ownership late last year. Young Ones director Jake Paltrow worked with Boston Dynamics to get its replica into the film, where it's used as a sort of robotic mule. You can read more about Young Ones and how BigDog ended up in it in our story from after the film's Sundance premiere. Vulture reports that the movie is headed to theaters on October 17th.

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(Reuters) - Network equipment maker F5 Networks Inc reported a 19 percent rise in third-quarter revenue, helped by strong sales of its data traffic management and network security products. Net income for the quarter ended June 30 rose to $79.5 million, or $1.05 per share, from $68.2 million, or 86 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $440.3 million from $370.3 million. (Reporting By Subrat Patnaik in Bangalore; Editing by Robin Paxton)

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Facebook announced its second quarter 2014 earnings today, and one fact is becoming more and more obvious. Facebook is a mobile company now. It makes 62 percent of its advertising revenue on mobile, a dramatic change for a company that had no mobile ads as recently as two years ago. It's important to note that Facebook's monthly user base has grown 14 percent year over year, while it's mobile user base has grown much more, at 31 percent.

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Following the solid quarter Verizon posted on Tuesday, AT&T on Wednesday reported its results for the second quarter. Wall Street was expecting a slight on-year decline in EPS, with consensus earnings of $0.65 seen on revenue totaling $33.22 billion, an improvement over the $32.1 billion in sales it posted in the June quarter last year. The numbers are now in, and AT&T beat expectations, having reported earnings of $0.68 per share on revenue of $32.6 billion. In the first quarter this year, the nation’s No. 2 wireless carrier managed to add 1 million net subscribers, which included an impressive 625,000 net postpaid additions. Last quarter, AT&T added 707,000 net postpaid smartphone subscribers and 366,000 net tablet subscribers. The carrier added 1.03 million net subs in total. AT&T

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By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators on Wednesday reminded Internet service providers to promise consumers only the speed and quality of service that they actually deliver, or face penalties. In an advisory, the Federal Communications Commission urged both fixed and wireless Internet service providers (ISPs) to comply with regulations that say the companies must be clear and accurate in the information they tell consumers about their broadband services. The warning shot to ISPs, such as Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc, comes as the agency crafts new "net neutrality" rules that guide how broadband providers manage web traffic on their networks. The transparency regulations are the only part of the previous "net neutrality" rules set in 2011 that were struck down in court in January.

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AT&T Inc and the Chernin Group are close to buying a majority slice of Fullscreen, in a deal that will value the popular YouTube video network at $200 million to $300 million, tech blog Re/code cited sources familiar with the target company as saying. Otter Media, a joint venture between the telecom carrier and the media investment group, is finalizing a deal with Fullscreen, which has been courted by prospective buyers in past months, the blog reported on Wednesday. Under the deal now being hammered out, Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos, the ex-YouTube executive who started the company, will continue to run the video network and will retain a stake in the company, it said.

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No one was overwhelming impressive by Amazon’s lackluster streaming music offering, Prime Music, when it launched out of nowhere early last month, but the company isn’t giving up on it yet. Amazon announced on Wednesday that Prime Music has added hundreds of thousands of new tracks to the service along with hundreds of new professionally curated Prime Playlists. Some of the new music on the streaming service comes from popular artists such as David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Elvis, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and

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Every year, some of the biggest names in Hollywood and geek culture converge on downtown San Diego to kick off Comic-Con International, the nexus for all things entertainment. The Verge is here to bring you all of it, from the major panel reveals in Hall H, the surprise appearances on the convention floor, and all the craziness that fans are sure to bring with them. Or maybe you just want to see what's next for Dan Harmon and the cast of Community. It doesn't matter;

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