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SOFTWARE

Microsoft wants you to pay for Solitaire, again, in Windows 10

Netflix charges you $7.99 per month for thousands of streaming movies and TV shows. Spotify, Slacker, Rdio and others charge about $10 per month for unlimited music. And Microsoft? They want you to pay $1.50 per month to remove ads from Solitaire.

LEGAL

FuelBand buyers eligible for $25 gift cards in Nike, Apple settlement

If you bought a Nike+ FuelBand between Jan. 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015, you might be eligible to claim a little bit of cash. Nike is paying out $2.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming the FuelBand misled buyers by delivering inaccurate step and calorie counts.

GAMES

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Store app will finally sell some decent games

Maybe, just maybe, the Windows Store app will begin to challenge Steam and other sites as a repository for quality games on Windows 10.

BUSINESS ISSUES

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Google Ventures continues London spending spree, backs Secret Escapes in £38.7m round

Other London startups to be backed by Google Ventures include online music platform Kobalt, ecommerce startuo Yieldify and children's storytelling startup Lost My Name.

SOFTWARE

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The Windows 10 upgrade: Who should do it, who could wait

The day is finally here: Windows 10's launch. And if you haven't been participating in Microsoft's Windows Insider previews, you have a single, simple question: Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

INTERNET

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LinkedIn brings back simple, instant contact exports following user outrage

After dabbling with something new and far slower, LinkedIn is once again making it easy to grab a list of your contacts from the social network.

SOFTWARE

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Optional Windows 10 utility blocks bad updates from messing with your PC

Of all the changes coming to your desktop with Windows 10, one of the most radical is that Microsoft will no longer let you pick and choose updates to download and install.

SOFTWARE

You Should Play: Headbutt zombies, eat brains in the ridiculous GoatZ

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

INTERNET | SERVICES

YouTube cofounder says people should pay for service

YouTube cofounder thinks Google's plan to launch a subscription version of the service without adverts is a great idea.

INTERNET

Twitter's mobile developer conference will take flight again

Twitter held its first Flight conference for mobile developers this year, and has confirmed it will open its doors again in October in San Francisco as it aims to grow its user base.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.