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Starbucks’ Mobile Pre-Ordering Goes International With London Launch

Starbucks has expanded its Mobile Order & Pay (MOP) feature outside the U.S. for the first time with a launch in London. The in-app pre-ordering option is available in 150 stores in the U.K. capital, the company said today.<p>The coffee chain kicked off a pilot of the queue-busting pre-order feature …

Coffee

Facebook to support short videos as profile pictures

Fed of up boring profile pictures? Well, Facebook will soon allow all of its users to stick up a short looping video in place of a regular motion-less profile picture.<p>Along with the new short video clips, Facebook will also be updating its social network to support temporary profile pictures that …

Buying Glencore bonds could be the easiest money you’ll make this year

Traders in Glencore bonds have stopped using the rate of interest to describe how much they're worth, and are quoting prices in cents on the dollar of face value, according to a report in the Financial Times on Thursday.<p>The change usually means the traders think some kind of default on the debt is …

Trading

Microsoft and Google officially end their phone and gaming patent battles

Microsoft and Google have announced that they’re dropping their long-running smartphone and video game console patent disputes. This announcement brings an end to some 20 lawsuits in the States and in Europe. Neither company revealed the exact financial terms, but did announce that instead of …

European Union

Mark Zuckerberg explains his distinct visions for WhatsApp and Messenger

It might seem redundant for Facebook to own two messaging apps, each with its own massive user base, but the company has no plans to consolidate them. In an earnings call with investors today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg relayed his distinct visions for the company’s pair of chat apps, WhatsApp and …

Apps