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2/12/2016

Mattel is bringing back its ThingMaker toy, originally launched in the 1960s, as a 3D printer that prints small toys designed on an iOS or Android device. The application is already available for use with other 3D printers, and the $299 ThingMaker is scheduled to come to market this fall.

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USA Today
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Mattel, iOS, Android
2/12/2016

Cinemax has been added to the Sling TV lineup, marking the first time the network is available to viewers who don't subscribe to cable or satellite TV. The service costs viewers $10 per month, in addition to DISH Network's $20-per-month Sling TV subscription fee.

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Deadline.com
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Sling TV, Cinemax, DISH Network
2/12/2016

The Internet is one step closer to permanent protection from taxes after the US Senate voted to approve the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act on Thursday. The act, which is headed to the White House for final approval, would prevent the government from enforcing taxes for things such as e-mail and bandwidth but would not apply to sales tax for goods bought online.

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PCWorld
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White House, sales tax, Senate
2/11/2016

A Kickstarter campaign is underway for Immersit's bases, which move and vibrate. They go under the legs of a chair or couch to make the furniture vibrate and move up and down and side to side to augment the experience of watching a movie at home. The company claims its kit can recognize what movie is playing and add motion accordingly.

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TechCrunch
2/11/2016

Apple Music has launched for Sonos sound systems after the completion of a beta test that kicked off in December. Apple's streaming service has also added a "Sonos station" composed of artists' song selections.

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TWICE
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Apple Music, Apple
2/11/2016

Pantomime has launched its first virtual reality game meant to allow VR gamers to play together in the same virtual space and add virtual reality support to iOS devices and Mac computers. "Pantomime Bug Farm" is the company's first game built on its Pantomime Playground, and it uses the sensors in iPhones and iPads to bring the virtual-reality experience to players without access to headsets.

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VentureBeat
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Virtual reality, iPhones, iOS, iPads
2/11/2016

Alcatel is readying its highest-spec smartphone, the sub-$400 OneTouch Idol 4S, to ship in a box that will function as a Google Cardboard VR headset.

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VentureBeat
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Alcatel, VR, Google
2/11/2016

HBO has reported that its monthly subscription streaming service reaches 800,000 customers, coming in below what one analyst estimated was 1.4 million users. The company plans to bring HBO Now to more devices, add content and amp up marketing around the streaming service, CEO Richard Plepler said.

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Bloomberg
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HBO, HBO, Richard Plepler
2/11/2016

Payleven has landed $10 million more in a Series D funding to support customer acquisitions and new products. Its total funding purse now stands at $51 million raised. The mobile payments company recently secured a deal with Adyen, a payment processing firm worth $2.3 billion that now refers customers to Payleven.

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TechCrunch
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Payleven, mobile payments, Adyen
2/10/2016

Super Bowl attendees used up more than 10 terabytes of data, "equal to streaming 6,000+ hours of HD video," over Aruba Networks' Wi-Fi at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco on Sunday, Comcast's John Guillaume said. Comcast partnered with the 49ers in 2014 to offer free Wi-Fi to fans at the stadium, helping spur this year's Super Bowl data volume past last year's 6.2 TB of data used in Phoenix.

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