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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.

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.

Amazon intends to hire 80,000 holiday temp workers

Amazon will bring in more temporary employees for this holiday season, the company has announced. Last year, Amazon hired 70,000 seasonal workers to deal with the increase in demand, and this year it plans to hire 80,000. The extra employees hired by Amazon will work at the online retailer’s American fulfillment locations, of which there are now 50.

Microsoft accidentally takes down Windows video bloggers

Microsoft was left red-faced this week after its DCMA sweep of YouTube knocked several well-respected Windows bloggers down. The bloggers, including such well-known names as Bruce Naylor and Chris Pirillo were left shaken and angry by the take downs. Pirillo took to Twitter to air his frustration, creating the hashtag #MicroStopped to reach out to other Windows bloggers who may have been affected.

Verizon updates Edge with new upgrade restrictions

Verizon has updated its Edge program, and it’s definitely not better. Edge offers a way for customers to pay off their phone over a period of time while also having the ability to upgrade early. With the update, Edge now has payments spread out over 24 months instead of 20, and customers must get through 75 percent of a device’s purchase price before upgrading.

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Marriott Fined $600,000 for Hotspot Jamming

Marriott has agreed to pay a $600,000 fine after an FCC investigation found one of their hotels willfully blocked guests from using their mobile hotspots to connect to the internet while charging them upwards of $250 and more to use the hotel’s services. Authorities were tipped off by a guest staying at the company’s Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

Alpine Electronics launches its first-ever consumer headphone

When you hear the name ‘Alpine’, you likely think of car audio equipment. Alpine Electronics has been a leading manufacturer of performance electronics and mobile vehicle entertainment for decades. We’re talking about everything from speakers, amplifiers, navigation systems, subwoofers, and receivers.

Google may be pouring money into Magic Leap

Magic Leap is the latest competitor to Oculus in the virtual reality market. The company will compete against Oculus directly, and since Oculus is owned by Facebook, there are a few tech companies that could benefit from backing Magic Leap. One of those companies is Google, and a report has come out claiming the search giant will invest millions in Magic Leap to fuel the company.

Google Express drops free plan during expansion

Google has announced a further expansion of Shopping Express, its same-day item delivery service that began in 2013. After launching in San Francisco and expanding to New York and Los Angeles, Express has reached Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC. Along with the expansion to new cities, Express has lost its free delivery option.