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    Uber offers drivers whose accounts have been deactivated a choice: attend a class that requires them to pass an exam, or take a class that doesn’t. The latter has been informed by Uber employees, and the company has sent thousands of drivers to it, according to a report from BuzzFeed. Why is that a problem? Because Uber isn’t supposed to provide its drivers with formal training; doing so makes them bona fide employees, not independent contractors. [Source: BuzzFeed]

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    Flipboard users will now be able to collect articles and share them via private magazines visible only to members of certain groups. The feature is aimed at students working in the same class, companies sharing press coverage, and other groups that might want an easy way to share Web pages with each other without having to use public tools like Facebook or Twitter. [Source: Flipboard]

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    T-Mobile has tasked its customers with creating a real-world coverage map that makes it easier to tell where its service works and where it doesn’t. Instead of guessing at where its customers will get service — which is what other carriers do, the company claims — it’s asking people to verify its predictions so it can be more honest with consumers. [Source: T-Mobile]

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    Amazon isn’t happy that the Federal Aviation Administration wants to restrict how, when, and where it tests the drones it hopes will deliver packages some time in the future. So it’s opened a secret test facility in British Columbia where it can operate without pesky regulators worrying about drones falling out of the sky and hurting bystanders. [Source: The Guardian]

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    GitHub has been the target of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack over the last few days, perhaps because the Chinese government wants to prevent anti-censorship tools hosted on the service from spreading. The company now says that it’s able to operate despite the attacks, albeit with intermittent outages. [Source: Reuters]

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    Sony has given up on Music Unlimited, the streaming service it included with many of its products, and will now allow PlayStation owners to listen to music via Spotify. The two companies have formed an exclusive partnership that will prevent the music-streaming app from supporting the PlayStation’s competitors, the Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U, any time soon. [Source: The Verge]

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    “The days of segregation and discrimination marked by ‘Whites Only’ signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone.”

    — Apple CEO Tim Cook on Indiana’s discrimination law

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    Digital Music News sites multiple sources who claim Spotify is preparing to be acquired by a mystery buyer in a deal rumored to be priced “north of $ 14 billion.” The report claims that the Wall Street Journal is prepping an exclusive cover story on the news for this Wednesday, which it will symbolically restrict to subscribers. At that price, if accurate, the list of potential acquirers is short, including possibly: Apple Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, and Tencent, as well as long shots Samsung, Sony, and Yahoo. [DMN]

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