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How to Soothe Luxury-Car Buyers: Add Perks and Subtract Haggling

“Buyers won’t have to wait 45 minutes to see a finance director,” said Jim Dunn, general manager for JM Lexus of Margate, Fla., the world’s highest-volume Lexus dealer, which will offer Lexus Plus. “It’s time to put your best price up front and live with that.” Continue reading the main story At Mr. Cooper’s dealership, the program has been well ...

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Finding All Your Friends on the Map

Q. Can an Android phone work with the iPhone’s Find My Friends app? A. By using the iOS location services feature, Apple’s free Find My Friends app displays the whereabouts of participating friends and family on a map, but it is not really a cross-platform program. The app is designed to work with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running ...

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Uber Is Dealt a Fresh Blow in European Legal Case

Uber had argued that the law was also a “technical regulation” over digital services. That being the case, the company said, the French authorities were required to notify the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, before adopting the legislation. Because France did not do so, Uber contended, the law could not be enforced. How Uber’s Brash Approach ...

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The South Park Commons Fills a Hole in the Tech Landscape

It’s also a way of preparing for the future. “You get a couple of shots in life to do something meaningful and impactful. Why not take the time to identify that?” Ms. Sanghvi said during a recent conversation inside the Commons, a high-ceilinged space decorated by local artists. “It is very easy to fall into the traps of Silicon Valley ...

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Yelp’s Six-Year Grudge Against Google

At one point, Yelp held a hackathon to create a sort of alternate-universe Google, the better for it to explain Google’s ways to regulators. And then you have Luther Lowe. Continue reading the main story Mr. Lowe, Yelp’s vice president for government relations, once spent $3,000 on a stuffed elephant, because it had been knit by Europe’s antitrust chief. Unlike ...

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A Wearable Vibrator for Couples

After dozens of prototypes, they came up with their design: an egg-shaped vibrator made of medical-grade silicone that attaches to a woman’s nether region by means of two wings. Not only can the device be operated hands-free, it is also designed in a way that does not interfere with a couple’s intimacy. Continue reading the main story “We wanted to ...

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Why Fog Lamps Are Starting to Disappear

Though fog is an isolated and somewhat regional and seasonal road hazard, it is particularly challenging for drivers. A 2014 report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, looking at federal crash data on fatal crashes from 1990 to 2012 and police-reported crashes from 1990 to 2008, found that fog was a factor in nearly 20 percent of deadly multicar ...

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For the Best Internet at Home, Try These Tips on Wi-Fi Gear

Most mesh kits have easy-to-use apps and they can automatically download and install firmware updates, which is important. Most people don’t ever think to check if their router’s software is up-to-date, which can lead to big security holes. Also, a lot of the mesh kits look a little better than traditional routers, which tend to be angular, dark and bristling ...

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Toshiba Misses Its Deadline for a Deal for Its Microchip Unit

“Once again, I apologize deeply from my heart for causing so many problems,” Toshiba’s chief executive, Satoshi Tsunakawa, told hundreds of shareholders who gathered at a convention center outside Tokyo. Reporters were not allowed inside the meeting hall, but some shareholders recorded the proceedings on their phones and provided video to Japanese television networks. Continue reading the main story Reporters ...

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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

Computer science is also essential to American tech companies, which have become heavily reliant on foreign engineers. Mr. Trump’s efforts to limit immigration make Code.org’s teach-Americans-to-code agenda even more attractive to the industry. Continue reading the main story In a few short years, Code.org has raised more than $60 million from Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Salesforce, along with individual tech ...

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