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Portland Sues Uber, Seeking a Halt to Operations

blogs.wsj.com — The city of Portland on Monday said it sued Uber Technologies and asked a court to halt the company's operations in the city. It is the latest knock to the ride-hailing app as it continues its aggressive expansion plans.

Amazon Adds New Prime Perk: Private Label Diapers

blogs.wsj.com — Amazon.com is adding another lure to its Prime subscriber goody bag: lots of detail about diapers. The company Thursday announced Amazon Elements, a private label that includes extensive information about the origins of ingredients included in the products. The first two Elements products will be diapers and baby wipes.

Steam Is Letting People Broadcast Their Games

blogs.wsj.com — Amazon's deal to buy Twitch Interactive in August for nearly $1 billion made videogame streaming legit. Now, another gaming hub with a built-in audience of millions is getting in on the act. Valve, which owns the popular app store Steam, launched a service called "Broadcasting" that lets its users watch each other play games.

Brace Yourself: You’ll Soon Be Able to Buy Thin Mints Online

blogs.wsj.com — Here's a real "break the Internet" moment: You're soon going to be able buy Thin Mints online. The Girl Scouts of the USA on Monday said it is developing a national platform for selling its famous cookies through websites and a mobile app.

Uber Suspends Operations in Nevada

blogs.wsj.com — Uber Technologies suspended its operations in Nevada after a district judge earlier this week issued an injunction preventing the company from operating in the state. Dust off your "Leaving Las Vegas" jokes. "Beginning tonight, nearly 1,000 jobs disappeared in Nevada and those residents lost their ability to earn a living," Uber wrote in a blog post Wednesday.

Amazon Slashes the Price of an Unlocked Fire Phone

blogs.wsj.com — Amazon is slashing the price of its Fire phone by $250, offering an unlocked version of the device for $199, mirroring a typical starter price for competitors' higher-end phones that are locked into two-year service contracts with wireless carriers.

Twitter CFO Appears to Succumb to the ‘DM Fail’ While Talking M&A

blogs.wsj.com — Anthony Noto is one of us now. Twitter's financial chief appeared to commit the classic "DM fail" on Monday when he publicly tweeted M&A chatter that looked like it was meant for a private direct message. In the tweet, which has since been deleted, Noto tells the unknown recipient "we should buy them," and that the unnamed company is "on your schedule" in mid-December.

Airbnb: Accidents Can Happen, So Here’s $1 Million in Liability Insurance

blogs.wsj.com — Airbnb is giving its hosts some seven-figure peace of mind. People in the U.S. who rent their residences through Airbnb will be covered by up to $1 million in liability insurance, the company said Thursday in a blog post. The policy may also cover landlords if someone is injured anywhere on a listed property.

Facebook Wins: More Than 500 Million Are Using Messenger

blogs.wsj.com — Facebook said Monday that more than 500 million people monthly are using Messenger, the standalone app that it ultimately forced people to download if they wanted to continue sending private messages to friends. It's hard to say that Facebook's milestone is a thank-you nod from customers.

New Apple Website Makes It Much Easier to Detach From iMessage

blogs.wsj.com — Apple is addressing a longtime complaint about iMessage through a new tool that lets people detach themselves from the messaging service. For years, people who switched from iPhones to a competitor like Android have complained that texts sent to them went missing, trapped in some kind of iMessage purgatory.
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Dec 18, 2014

I presume "building stuff" solves challenges. "Minecraft is getting a story-driven game ... theverge.com/e/7179208"

Dec 17, 2014

‘This is now a case study that is signaling to attackers that you can get all that you want and even more.’ on.wsj.com/1sHpggj

Dec 17, 2014

RT @anildash: If only Sony had a media console installed in millions of homes that they could use to release a film.

Dec 17, 2014

Oof. "@RobLowe: Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us never seen/heard anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today."”

Dec 17, 2014

RT @djtgallagher: Are there enough QWERTY groupies to make the Classic into a hit? BlackBerry needs them. My @WSJheard spin: on.wsj.com/1Aq22tN $BBRY

Dec 17, 2014

Assassin's Creed Unity, released in November, is on to its fourth big patch. polygon.com/2014/12/16/740…

Dec 17, 2014

There it is. "Four Largest Movie Theater Chains in U.S. Won’t Show Sony Comedy ‘The Interview’ on.wsj.com/1sG8q1j"

Dec 17, 2014

BlackBerry Classic is the throwback, the spiritual successor to the Bold. If this doesn't do it, what will? blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/12…

Dec 17, 2014

I saw someone using a selfie stick out in the wilds of 6th Avenue. It looked every bit as ridiculous as I thought it would.

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