The tech world is about to lose another independent hardware company with Amazon’s planned acquisition of iRobot, whose Roombas pioneered the robot vacuum business two decades ago. The deal is valued at $1.7 billion, and co-founder Colin Angle will retain his role as CEO of iRobot within Amazon. Neither company has said much about the…

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Amazon’s Prime Video app will look very different. An update this week will overhaul the entire interface on the TVs, with a new sidebar for navigation, a live network-based channel guide and a greater emphasis on Amazon’s growing catalog of sports. It also more clearly distinguishes the core content included with an Amazon Prime subscription…

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If Gmail were to reinvent itself with a simpler design and stronger privacy policies, it would probably look a lot like Skiff. Skiff email service, which launched last month, provides end-to-end encryption for messages to other Skiff users and claims there is no way to read the contents of your email. The app is also…

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Business Insider published quite a few rumors on Wednesday, reporting to “scuttlebutt” that the king of Roku video streaming hardware could be purchased from Netflix. History does not offer much evidence that Netflix can actually buy Roku. No source claims that the two companies are also in negotiations, much less close to any agreement. Instead,…

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