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Square to Acquire a Majority Share in Tidal

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that Square, his financial services company, has acquired a majority stake in music streaming service Tidal. Square will pay $297 million in a mixture of cash and stock, with existing artist shareholders remaining as the second largest group. Why Has Square Bought Tidal? Square is acquiring a majority ownership stake in TIDAL through a new joint venture, with the original artists becoming...

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Amazon Is Launching an Alexa App for Xbox

Amazon is releasing a visual Alexa app for Microsoft's Xbox consoles, but you'll need another device to actually use voice commands on your linked Xbox. Coming Later This Week The app runs directly on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S console. This could be a staggered launch---Amazon has said that the software will become available to download from the Microsoft Store "in the coming days," as...

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Plex Adds More Free Live TV Channels

Plex has added six AMC channels to its free live TV offering. It means you can watch great shows like The Walking Dead without paying a cent. What Channels Has Plex Added? In June 2020, Plex launched free live TV channels for everyone. Unlike usual streaming services, these channels are linear and pre-programmed, so you can't choose what you want to watch. Now, Plex has added six AMC channels to the line-up, which features shows...

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Intel Hit With Monster $2.2 Billion Fine for Patent Infringement

Intel has been hit with a $2.2 billion patent-infringement fine for violating two patents held by VLSI Technology LLC. The fine is one of the largest ever fines levied against a company for patent infringement, although Intel is appealing the decision. Why Is Intel Being Fined? Intel was taken to court for infringing the patents of VLSI Technology LLC. Never heard of them? That's because VLSI Technology LLC is a company that only...

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Intel Ends PTPP CPU Overclocking Warranty Deal

Intel has announced the end of its Performance Tuning Protection Plan (PTPP). The plan was effectively an additional warranty users could take out to insure against damaging a CPU while overclocking. The plan ensured they could claim a replacement chip—if the CPU was still under its original warranty. Intel will no longer offer new PTPP plans from March 1, 2021, meaning the sale of new plans has already ceased. Intel Shuts Down...