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Sprint, Verizon announce HTC 10 availability

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The HTC 10 is the company’s flagship device for 2016, and while it’s certainly made some changes over past iterations, the final verdict from customers won’t be in until it makes its way into the market. Fortunately, the device is now beginning to launch around the globe, and today brings in availability info from both Sprint and Verizon. Let’s delve in and see what we’re looking at.

Verizon has already put the device up for pre-order, so we’ll begin with them. Interested Verizon customers can now pre-order the HTC 10 for $648 full retail price. If you buy it on a 24-month payment plan, however, you can save some money. Each month you’ll pay $22.83, which, over 24 months, adds up to just $548, knocking $100 off of the price if you stick with the phone for two years.

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HTC Mother’s Day sale offers discounts on One A9, One M9

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and the manufacturers are starting to open up all of their sales for the holiday. Currently up to the plate is HTC, which is offering discounts on two of its smartphones. First up in the sale is the HTC One M9, last year’s flagship smartphone from HTC. The Pink variant of the unlocked One M9 is on sale for just $399, a hefty cut from its regular price of $649.

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Revealed: Google AI has access to huge haul of NHS patient data

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It’s no secret that Google has broad ambitions in healthcare. But a document obtained by New Scientist reveals that the tech giant’s collaboration with the UK’s National Health Service goes far beyond what has been publicly announced.

The document – a data-sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust – gives the clearest picture yet of what the company is doing and what sensitive data it now has access to.

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Motorola facing $5 million class action lawsuit over bad warranty service

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Motorola’s warranty has been talked about for quite a while in the Motorola community lately, and in a negative way. With so many first gen Moto 360 owners facing the issue of a cracked back, warranty has been an important part of owning a Moto product.

Unfortunately, it seems Motorola has been failing to provide good customer service. The company isn’t denying warranty, but what it does is arguably a lot worse. The owner sends in the device, and often doesn’t see a replacement for months. Either that, or they receive the wrong model back (multiple times even).

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SpaceX says it will fly to Mars in 2018 – what are its chances?

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Will SpaceX’s Dragon capsule land on Mars?

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T-minus two years to Mars. In a tweet yesterday afternoon, private spaceflight company SpaceX announced its intention to send its Dragon capsule to Mars as soon as 2018. But will the Red Dragon really fly? The timeline has been labelled ambitious, but realistic.

“Everything about Dragon since the beginning has been done with Mars in mind, you can tell from the design,” says Jim Bell of Arizona State University in Tempe, who has worked on several NASA missions to Mars and is working on the planned Mars 2020 rover. “I wouldn’t put anything past these folks.”

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Facebook revenue smashes expectations as mobile ad sales surge

Facebook Inc's (FB.O) quarterly revenue rose more than 50 percent, handily beating Wall Street expectations as its wildly popular mobile app and a push into live video lured new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to boost spending.

Facebook also announced a proposal to create a new class of non-voting shares, which would be given as a dividend to existing shareholders.

The company's shares rose 9.5 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

The dividend of non-voting shares would allow Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who plans to give away the majority of his wealth, to sell part of his stake in Facebook without giving up any of his voting control. That way, Facebook said, Zuckerberg could remain in an "active leadership role".

Mobile ad revenue accounted for about 82 percent of total ad revenue in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with about 73 percent a year earlier.

Facebook said it had 1.65 billion monthly active users as of March 31, up from 1.44 billion a year earlier.

Competition in the mobile video market has been growing, especially between Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube. Facebook has been rolling out new features to encourage advertisers to experiment further with video and migrate to the platform from television advertising.

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