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This wasn't the most exciting week in tech news, but there were a few notable developments.

First and foremost, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was granted a patent that might have exposed the specs for its first smartwatch concept.

A teardown revealed that Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) Fire Phone may include technology from a number of high-profile suppliers -- including a key competitor.

Rhapsody struck a new partnership as the company attempts to compete against Spotify and Pandora.

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) unveiled a couple of new (yet familiar) features.

Video game sales could decline in five years.

Tyba wants to help you get a job with a startup.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.

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    iTime Patent Hints At Big Things From Apple

    iTime Patent Hints At Big Things From Apple

    Apple was granted a patent this week that sounds eerily similar to the iWatch concept, as well as the iPod Nano.

    The device could include a removable media player, similar to the Nano/watch combo that third-party manufacturers helps facilitate.

    Not everyone is convinced that this is proof of Apple's next move however, so investors might not want to get their hopes up just yet.

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    Facebook Delivers Two Familiar Features

    Facebook Delivers Two Familiar Features

    Facebook, the world's largest social network, has been on a roll with new feature introductions.

    The company has been heavily inspired by what other companies are doing, including Amazon and Twitter. That could explain why Facebook unveiled a Save feature and a Buy button.

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    Rhapsody Seeks New Users With New Partnerships

    Rhapsody Seeks New Users With New Partnerships

    Rhapsody, the oldest streaming music service in America, has been growing steadily over the past few months.

    The company is set to release some new statistics within the next week or two. In the meantime, the company has announced a partnership to bring Rhapsody access to Flipps, a multimedia app with 10 million users.

    This announcement came after Rhapsody revealed that it had teamed up with T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) to launch a new online radio service called unRadio.

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    Video Game Sales Expected To Decline In Five Years

    Video Game Sales Expected To Decline In Five Years

    A lot can happen in five years -- especially for the video game industry.

    Juniper Research believes that the game industry will experience a slight downturn in 2019 as the existing consoles age.

    "I would say that with the technology of consoles…you just get sort of lost in the same technology for five, six years," Juniper Research analyst Eva Hunyadi told Benzinga.

    Hunyadi continued, "I think that's one of the reasons why software sales go down with time. Obviously, hardware providers who want to generate a return on their investments are gonna sell less and less new games on their hardware as the hardware's lifecycle progresses."

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    Tyba Eyes Big Success As Startup Job Curator

    Tyba Eyes Big Success As Startup Job Curator

    Tyba, a recruitment website that specializes in startup gigs, hopes to change the world of job hunting.

    The company is headed stateside and promises to bring its unique offerings (photos and profiles of each company featured) to domestic job seekers.

    "We really think the experience should be so good for a young person coming on our platform, so smooth and seamless for a company coming on it, that it is as easy as renting an apartment on Airbnb today," Eiso Kant, managing director and co-founder of Tyba, told Benzinga.

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    Amazon's Fire Phone Features Chips From Samsung, Qualcomm And More

    Amazon's Fire Phone Features Chips From Samsung, Qualcomm And More

    Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) uses a number of big name suppliers to help build the Fire Phone.

    The list includes Samsung, Qualcomm, and Skyworks, among others.

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