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YouTube confirms plans for ad-free subscription service

The price of the service hasn't been revealed, although the plan was disclosed in a YouTube letter to its content partners.

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Iceland-based Oz set to launch, aiming to give YouTube a chill

Oz is a new paid subscription service offering videos designed around premium content that aims to take on sites like YouTube.

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Facebook releases a standalone Messenger web app

It has many of Messenger's mobile app features, just in a handy Web app format.

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Uber seeks to dismiss India rape lawsuit

Uber says its US unit had nothing to do with alleged assault and it's outside the reach of US courts

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Uber's hiring plans show outlines of self-driving car project

Whether the company is planning cars of its own or technology for others isn't as clear

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LinkedIn buys social knowledge startup Refresh

The app helps users prepare for meetings by calling up information related to participants

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IBM joins race to upgrade webmail interface with Verse

IBM aims to eliminate clutter and understand the user's needs with its Verse web interface for email

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Facebook 'riffs' on Snapchat with new group video app

Facebook's Riff app lets users create short videos, which their friends can add to.

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Why Meerkat and Periscope are the next big challenge for marketers

Efforts by companies including Starbucks and Spotify suggest potentially rich rewards, but it's early days

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Slack hacked, compromising users' profile data

Slack has added two-factor authentication as a response.

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At Facebook, a sharpening focus on virtual reality

At its F8 conference, executives helped illuminate some of the company's plans

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In Japan, smartphone apps time spring's cherry blossoms

Smartphones are becoming indispensable for the national pastime of drinking under the pink petals

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NTT DoCoMo rolls out smartphone-controlled wheelchairs in Japan

The move is part of a larger push to develop personal mobility vehicles connected to the Internet

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Google said to prep billing payment service for Gmail

The Google Gmail Pony Express bill-paying service could yield valuable e-commerce activity data for Google, and add another free convenience to users.

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Twitter tests videos that play automatically

Users of the company's iOS apps in the U.S. may start seeing the videos.