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Seth has been a technology journalist for the past five years, covering consumer electronics and gaming. You can find him on Twitter, @SethAFitzgerald.

Foursquare boasts 55M users, launches first ads

An outdoor advertising campaign from Judd Branding has launched in New York and Chicago for Foursquare. This is the first time Foursquare has come out with an advertising campaign. Foursquare has announced it is also at 55 million users, whereas the last time it released user statistics the company reported just 50 million users.

Galaxy Core Max launched by Samsung China

If someone doesn’t pay close attention to Samsung’s line of Galaxy smartphones, it would be pretty much impossible to distinguish one from the other. Yet again, a Galaxy smartphone has been unveiled that offers the same general design as Samsung’s current devices but has lower specs.

Vine iOS app updated with better discovery, sharing

The Vine application for iOS has been updated with improved sharing and discovery features. Vine’s app now lets people, regardless of the number of users they are following, find new videos on the platform. Following individual channels has been possible for a while, but that part of the iOS app has been upgraded with the latest update.

Michigan law re-affirms ban on Tesla sales

Michigan has become the latest state to clearly ban the sale of Tesla vehicles. Tesla only sells its electric cars directly to consumers, and that has gone against the state-level laws in some parts of the US. Michigan was one of the states that had laws on the direct sale of motor vehicles to consumers, and Governor Rick Snyder has signed Bill 5606 that specifically bans direct Tesla sales.

San Francisco moves to make Airbnb legal

Airbnb has come under fire in cities like New York, but San Francisco has taken steps to make the service legal in that part of California. Though the state government in California does not look upon short-term rentals through Airbnb in a positive way, the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco has decided to allow the rentals.

Google leads $542M funding round for Magic Leap

The rumored $500 million funding round for Magic Leap is real, and Google is leading it. The tech company is leading a $542 million round for Magic Leap, a virtual and augmented reality startup that could take on a bunch of companies. Magic Leap has made headlines recently for its life-like augmented reality tech that is supposed to launch relatively soon in a consumer-ready device.

Staples security likely breached, credit card numbers stolen

Staples has launched an investigation into a possible security breach that may have left customer credit cards vulnerable. The office supply retailer’s locations in the northeast may have been affected, according to reports. After it was found there was a trend of fraudulent credit transactions that could be tied back to Staples, the company publicly acknowledged an investigation on Tuesday.

Android 5.0 may soon reach the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 might be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop even sooner than anticipated. The latest version of Android was expected to reach the phone later than other Android devices, but the Twitter account for Samsung Mobile has tweeted a picture showing the Note 4 with lollipops on its display. Given the hint, it is pretty clear an upgrade to Lollipop is just around the corner.

Gmail app will get Yahoo, Outlook account support

Google is updating all of its applications to add support for Material Design, the new design that is being used in Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the apps that is being updated is Gmail, and it turns out the next version of the mobile email application will have support for Outlook and Yahoo accounts.

Spotify introduces a family plan for multiple members

Music streaming service Spotify has launched a family plan that will let multiple people use the service without spending more for individual subscriptions. Spotify Family begins at $14.99 per month for two members, and that already amounts to a $5 per month savings since individual plans cost $10. Other family members can be added to a plan for just $5 per month, thereby increasing the savings.

IBM dropping chip business for $1.5 billion

IBM has announced it will be getting rid of its chip business by spending $1.5 billion to hand the business over to Globalfoundries. The chip company will receive the $1.5 billion in smaller payments spread out over three years. Globalfoundries plans to take in most of the IBM employees involved in the chip business, though some people will be laid off.

Huawei Honor 4X to include a 64-bit processor

A new entry-level smartphone from Huawei has shown up in documents from TENAA, a Chinese regulatory and certification agency. TENAA’s documents show that the phone, which is expected to cost $130, will include a 5.5-inch 720p display and a Snapdragon 410 processor, and it will be called the Honor 4X.