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Apple Is Reportedly Planning To Bring Its iPhone Trade-In Program To China

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Apple is on a tear in China, where it is seeing record shipments and revenue, but it might be about to step things up a notch there. Bloomberg is today reporting that the U.S. firm is planning to launch a trade-in program in the country for the first time.

Bloomberg said Apple will work with Foxconn, the Taiwanese firm that manufactures its mobile devices, to accept older iPhones from customers in exchange for discounts on a newer model. Foxconn will refurbish the older models and sell them to new customers online, via its own e-commerce sites and Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace, according to the report.

The program is well established in the U.S., to the point that Apple is being linked with accepting Android devices for trade-in too. It will stick to iPhones in China, initially at least, Bloomberg said, although it isn’t clear what kind of discounts will be on offer.

There’s a robust market…

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Amazon Expands ‘Prime Now’ One-Hour Delivery Service To Dallas, Now Covers 4 Metros

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One more step ahead for e-commerce giant Amazon in building up its logistics and delivery network, and another for developing services to keep customers coming back for more. This morning the company announced that Dallas is the latest city to get Amazon Prime Now, its one-hour delivery service of “daily essentials” like household items, toys and books. This brings the total number of cities serviced by Prime Now — where two-hour deliveries are free, and one-hour arrivals cost $7.99 — up to four, after Baltimore and Miami were added last week, and New York launched in December 2014.

Prime Now is designed as another perk for members of Prime, its $99/year loyalty program that gives users free two-day shipping, access to certain services like Amazon’s streamed video and music services and fresh food delivery, discounts on certain items and other features — basically things that Amazon has determined will ensure that customers continue…

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10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of iPad sales

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It has been a tough slough for Apple’s iPad since the height of its popularity in 2013. Facing its second straight year of negative growth, there isn’t a consensus on why iPad sales have declined. I believe the slump is attributable to a combination of factors.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the declining iPad sales a “speed bump” last year before the launch of the 2014 models, but we haven’t seen what Apple plans to do to rejuvenate the product. From my point of view, Apple itself has done more to hurt iPad sales than any external factor, such as Microsoft or Google.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here’s a full explanation of my theory…

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Alcohol Startups Are Brewing Up VC Cash

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Editor’s Note: Christine Magee is an editor for CrunchBase.

A new startup movement brewing in the booze biz has VCs backing liquor delivery services, robotic bartenders, and smartphone breathalyzers — and they’re showing no sign of turning off the tap.

Last year, startups in the alcohol industry raised $100 million in funding across 43 venture rounds. This is petty cash compared to the $800 million raised by food startups in 2015 (Delivery Hero’s $586 million round alone far exceeds the total venture money invested in alcohol startups), but a handful of investors are convinced that the alcohol industry warrants its own tech brands. And they’re testing the waters with some early stage capital.

“Wine in the U.S. alone is $35 billion annually, liquor is something like $46 billion annually, and the higher margins on alcohol make this a compelling market,” says Henry McNamara of Great Oaks Venture Capital.

In the past year, Great Oaks has backed alcohol delivery startup

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UK government approves free iPad Air 2 for all 650 members of parliament

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The UK government has decided to equip all of its 650 members of parliament with an iPad Air 2, according to a report fromThe Telegraph citing an official announcement from the House of Commons Commission this week.

While some have been critical of the decision to lock into Apple’s ecosystem, it’s now official with all members set to receive a 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Air 2 at a cost of around £200,000 or almost $300,000 US a year:

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General Assembly And 500 Startups Partner For Accelerator Prep Program

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General Assembly and 500 Startups are putting their collective heads together to provide an accelerator prep program designed for alumnae of GA’s programs.

The month long training bootcamp is taking applications now and will give capital and education to companies that include at least one graduate of a General Assembly immersive or part-time course or online circuit.

The program will look to accept at least ten companies, and potentially as many as 20 for its accelerator prep courses.

Successful applicants will receive $8,000 in cash and a $2,000 tuition waiver from 500 Startups in exchange for a 2% equity stake. Those companies that are accepted will also be fast-tracked for the 500 Startups accelerator.

In addition to the money, companies will also get a three-week crash course in the dos and don’ts around accelerators, and a basic overview of what they’ll experience in a program. GA will also give a week-long class on user experience design and…

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Gone, The App For Selling Your Old Crap, Taps UPS To Go Nationwide Instantly

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Gone, a service that launched out of Austin to help your sell your old crap, has today announced a partnership with UPS that will allow the company to rapidly scale nationwide.

Gone traditionally works by letting users snap pictures of their old gear, which is then automatically priced, picked up same-day by a Gone helper, packaged, and either shipped to a buyer or sent over to Gone to re-sell for later. A few days later, a paycheck arrives in the mail to the original seller.

With the UPS partnership, Gone is introducing Gone Lite, which automatically ships users the packaging materials necessary for them to send off the item themselves, either through a home pick-up from UPS or by dropping it off at a local UPS branch.

The most helpful thing about Gone is that the app automatically lists a reasonable price for the seller and ensures no back-and-forth between…

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