Starbucks may sway the wireless-charging wars

Powermat charging stations are coming to Starbucks, but you'll need a special phone case to use them. Meanwhile, Facebook tracks more about you, and Amazon adds a music perk for Prime.

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  • Amazon unleashes its Prime Music service, even though it's missing music from the largest record label. The service launches just days before Amazon is expected to show off a smartphone. Prime members can use the Amazon Music app to stream songs from their mobile device.
  • Starbucks is installing wireless charging stations in shops across the country. But these stations won't work with the wireless charging technology in phones made by Nokia or LG. It's Powermat, and that requires customers to buy a special case. Today's show explains one reason why Starbucks picked Powermat's technology over others.
  • Facebook is tracking your browsing across the Web in order to better target you for more advertisements. You will be able to click on a link in the ad to learn why Facebook is targeting you for messages, and tell the network to stop showing a particular ad.

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