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  • Stripe Leads the Race to the $1 Trillion Future of Mobile Payments

    30 September 2014, 11:00 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Stripe is having a moment. Almost as soon as Apple announced its new pay-by-iPhone service, the online payments startup released its specs for supporting Apple Pay—a clear sign the world’s most valuable company had brought Stripe into its inner circle.…
  • EBay Will Spin Off PayPal Into a Separate Company

    30 September 2014, 8:46 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    EBay is breaking away from PayPal, turning its payments operation into a separate, publicly traded company. “ebay and PayPal will be sharper and stronger, and more focused and competitive as leading, standalone companies in their respective markets,” eBay…
  • The Non-Profit That’s Using Technology to Put Itself Out of Business

    30 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Pierre Ferrari is working hard to put himself out of business. The post The Non-Profit That’s Using Technology to Put Itself Out of Business appeared first on WIRED.
  • Facebook Ads Will Now Follow You No Matter What Device You’re Using

    29 September 2014, 10:08 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Facebook's long-awaited Google Ad Sense competitor is finally here. It's called Atlas, and like Ad Sense, it will allow brands to buy ads on Facebook, using the social network's massive trove of data, and have those ads show up on sites across the web. The…
  • You Should Run Your Startup Like a Cult. Here’s How

    29 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Peter Thiel

    No company has a culture; every company is a culture. A startup is a team of people on a mission, and a good culture is just what that looks like on the inside. The first team that I built has become known in Silicon Valley as the “PayPal Mafia” because so…
  • Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education

    26 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Don't give up on MOOCs yet. That's the message from MIT computer science professor Anant Agarwal, also the founder and CEO of the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-profit, edX. The post Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education appeared first…
  • ‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Doesn’t Care About Money—So It Won’t Work

    26 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Jessi Hempel

    Ello’s founders, a group of designers and programmers led by artist Paul Budnitz, use the statement to criticize social networks for building businesses that track their members’ personal data and sell it to advertisers. “Your social network is owned by…
  • You Can Now Use Drones to Shoot Movies in the US, Feds Say

    25 September 2014, 5:55 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The federal government has taken a step toward opening US skies to commercial use of drones, allowing several movie production companies to use flying ‘bots on their shoots. On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that six companies have…
  • Amazon Takes a Big Step Toward Finally Making Its Own Deliveries

    25 September 2014, 2:30 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Over the past year, Amazon has been quietly building out its own capacity to do more of what the big carriers do---a logistics upgrade that takes the company one step closer to taking over the entire delivery process for itself. The post Amazon Takes a Big…
  • Pixar Vets Reinvent Speech Recognition So It Works for Kids

    25 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Oren Jacob and his daughter Tobey had just finished Skyping with some family members when his daughter, then 7-years-old, picked up Jacob’s phone and asked if she could call her American Girl doll. The post Pixar Vets Reinvent Speech Recognition So It Works…
  • Hillary Clinton on How to Close the Business Gender Gap

    24 September 2014, 1:20 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    The numbers around women in the workforce are disheartening at best. On stage at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton offered up her own ideas for turning those numbers around. The post Hillary Clinton on…
  • Amazon Doubles Down on Gadgets in Battle With Google and Apple

    24 September 2014, 11:54 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Amazon is reportedly diving even deeper into the world of hardware development with a major investment in its own hardware division, a move that will no doubt pit the company against the likes of Google and Apple. The post Amazon Doubles Down on Gadgets in…
  • Alibaba’s Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China

    24 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Alibaba founder Jack Ma and the Notorious BIG may seem like two very different people---OK, fine, they're polar opposites---but on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting in New York City on Wednesday, Ma made it clear that he shares at least…
  • The Ghost of Invention: A Visit to Bell Labs

    24 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Douglas Coupland

    Whatever happened to Bell Labs, which was once the hallmark of invention? The famed author Douglas Coupland investigates. The post The Ghost of Invention: A Visit to Bell Labs appeared first on WIRED.
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    24 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Wired Staff

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  • New App Wants to Make Trading Stocks as Easy as Posting Selfies

    23 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Standing in line for coffee may seem like an awkward time to trade stocks. But for the makers of the new app Robinhood, those casual moments are exactly when they want to reach a new generation of potential investors. The post New App Wants to Make Trading…
  • The Next Big Thing You Missed: This Startup Will Train You for That Trip Into Space

    23 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    The age of commercial spaceflight is finally here. From Richard Branson to Elon Musk, some of the world’s greatest innovators have spent years developing a new kind of space shuttle, with the promise that one day, in the not too distant future, all of us…
  • Former Microsoft Tech Chief Thinks He Can Get You to Talk on the Phone Again

    23 September 2014, 12:01 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Ray Ozzie, who invented Lotus Notes before becoming Bill Gates' right hand man, thinks the phone part of smartphones is ripe for improvement. The post Former Microsoft Tech Chief Thinks He Can Get You to Talk on the Phone Again appeared first on WIRED.
  • X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves

    22 September 2014, 5:14 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    The X PRIZE Foundation, the brainchild of entrepreneur and futurist Peter Diamandis, is already working on some of the world's biggest problems, and on Monday, it added another to the list: global education. The post X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets…
  • AT&T’s New Internet Plan Comes With Free Amazon Prime

    22 September 2014, 3:03 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Amazon’s streaming video service began as an extra perk that could attract more people to Prime, the company’s unlimited two-day shipping program. Now, video is the main attraction and shipping the odd side benefit in a new subscription package from AT&T…
  • Money Is Pouring Into Tech Like It’s 1999—And That’s Not Good

    22 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    When respected venture capitalist Bill Gurley said that tech startup investors were taking on a level of risk not seen since the dotcom bubble days, the reaction in Silicon Valley was a collective sigh of relief: finally, someone was saying what everyone was…
  • Alibaba Is Already Bigger Than Facebook, Amazon, and IBM

    19 September 2014, 2:33 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Unlike any of this country's biggest tech companies, Alibaba has mastered the Chinese economy. And it's more likely to achieve the same results elsewhere in the world before U.S. companies do the same in China. The post Alibaba Is Already Bigger Than Facebook,…
  • Apple Takes a Swipe at Google in Open Letter on Privacy

    18 September 2014, 10:49 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Apple wants you to know that your data is safe in their hands, and on Thursday, the company launched a new website, complete with a letter from CEO Tim Cook, to explain just how your information is protected. The post Apple Takes a Swipe at Google in Open…
  • Chinese Giant Alibaba Is Ready to Become the Next Google

    18 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Parallels drawn between Alibaba and U.S. tech giants are bound to break down---except insofar as Alibaba is poised to become as giant as they are. The post Chinese Giant Alibaba Is Ready to Become the Next Google appeared first on WIRED.
  • Even With Apple Pay Around, Credit Cards Are Still a Hotbed for Startups

    18 September 2014, 6:30 am by: Cade Metz

    Today, just a week after Apple unveiled a mobile service that seeks to eliminate the credit card, Nitish Kannan will roll out a new payments technology that would be completely useless without that familiar piece of plastic we carry in our wallets. Kannan is…

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