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  • Exclusive: Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech

    30 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Square first came to fame with a credit card reader you could plug into your iPhone jack. But next year, the company’s signature device will be on its way to obsolescence as the U.S transitions to a new kind of credit card that verifies purchases with an…
  • HealthTap’s Video Chatting Doctors Want to End Your WebMD Meltdowns

    30 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    “On the internet,” says Ron Gutman, “every headache becomes a brain tumor in four weeks or less.” For Gutman and his colleagues in the world of health tech, this has become a running joke, a cheeky nod to just how far the human imagination can wander…
  • Overstock’s Radical Plan to Reinvent the Stock Market With Bitcoin

    30 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Cade Metz

    Overstock.com and its swashbuckling CEO, Patrick Byrne, are hoping to create a new kind of corporate stock based on the computer software that drives bitcoin, aiming to overhaul the stock market in much the same way that bitcoin overhauled how we store and…
  • Uber and Airbnb Plan to Woo Corporate Clients the Same Way Apple Did

    29 July 2014, 7:02 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    In the eyes of Silicon Valley venture capitalists, nothing is worth more right now than rooms and rides. Airbnb (the rooms) and Uber (the rides) are the two most highly valued private companies in startup land, with Airbnb’s price tag at $10 billion and…
  • Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition

    28 July 2014, 7:17 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    If that $3 billion acquisition of Beats didn't have you convinced, Apple is getting serious about the radio business.
  • Amazon Stays the Course as Its Stock Tanks

    28 July 2014, 7:15 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The train hurtles down the track, the engineer oblivious to the vanished bridge the villain just dynamited to smithereens. For some investors, that train is Amazon and the engineer is CEO Jeff Bezos, who is throwing every kind of fuel he can imagine into the…
  • This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like

    28 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Four women tell their sordid tales of what it's really like to fundraise while female.
  • At Long Last, a Universal Shopping Cart for the Web

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

    Shopping cart attrition is a huge problem for online retailers. This startup says it has the solution.
  • Facebook Finally Figured Out How to Make Money Off of Your Phone

    24 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Two years ago, you didn’t want to be Mark Zuckerberg. Sure, there’s the whole billionaire thing, but no personal fortune was going to buy the young CEO out of his first earnings call. The Wall Street skeptics were circling, and within little more than a…
  • Why Dropbox Is Tying Its Future to Microsoft Office

    23 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The file-syncing service is rolling out several Office-related features for businesses, including full-text search of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, among other file types, and the ability for multiple users to simultaneously edit Office documents via…
  • A Startup That Aims to Improve on Craigslist’s Crappy Apartment Listings

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

    Investors are pouring millions into Urban Compass, a New York City-based startup that offers an antidote to Craigslist chaos.
  • Next Big Thing You Missed: Bigger, Cheaper Fuel Cells Will Eliminate Power Outages

    22 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    General Electric wants to bring clean, reliable, efficient, and affordable energy to the masses, and in a rare move for the 122-year-old company, it's launching a startup to do it.
  • This Computerized Exoskeleton Could Help Millions of People Walk Again

    22 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    The ReWalk is the first bionic exoskeleton approved by the FDA for personal use. Here's the story of how it came to be.
  • Facebook Explains Why It Wants to Be a Retail Store

    21 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    There’s a new internet retailer on the world’s smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It’s called Facebook. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and company started testing a “Buy” button inside the News Feed posts and ads that turn up on the world’s most popular…
  • Why Cutting 18,000 Jobs Was Likely Microsoft’s Plan All Along

    17 July 2014, 11:46 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    The news that Microsoft would be laying off up to 18,000 people this year - enough to populate a small town - came painfully swiftly.
  • Dating Startups Don’t Stand a Chance Against This Corporate Matchmaker

    17 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Aaron Schildkrout and I were sitting in the bar of the Gansevoort Hotel in New York City when I asked him whether he planned on selling his dating site, HowAboutWe, to the giant of the online match-making business, InterActiveCorp, aka IAC. A deal would make…
  • Amazon Finally Tries Out the ‘Netflix for Books’ Craze

    16 July 2014, 1:04 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    Amazon's Prime service is already perfect for binge watchers and shoppers. Now, Amazon wants to lure binge readers to the service, too.
  • Silicon Valley’s Plan to Split California Into 6 States Just Might Succeed

    16 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Silicon Valley is already a land unto itself, a parallel universe where twentysomethings become overnight billionaires, where cars learn to drive themselves, where code is the common tongue and nerds rule. Unemployment rates are low. Housing prices are…
  • LeapFrog Takes on Apple With New Hardware Designed for Kids

    15 July 2014, 5:29 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    LeapFrog has long been a leader in the world of educational technology. But now, it’s making a new leap across the tech landscape, introducing a slew of new devices that pit the 20-year-old company against the giants of industry, including Apple, Samsung,…
  • The Man Who’ll Stop at Nothing to Bring Free Internet to the World

    15 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    The fight to bring the entire planet online has reached new extremes. On one hand, we have Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Internet.org, the non-profit he founded to bring the developing world online through drone and satellite technology. On the other, we…
  • The Next Big Thing You Missed: Saving the Coffee Industry by Running It Like Silicon Valley

    15 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Michael Jones is on a mission to save coffee. The self-described serial entrepreneur says that swift action is required to ensure ready access to the world's favorite way of consuming caffeine.
  • Dumb People Sent a Worthless Stock Soaring. Dumb Machines May Do It Next

    11 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The stock market draws human stupidity the way a black hole sucks in starlight. The dotcom bubble of the late 20th century remains the iconic example; this week, we got a small reminder of what those dumb days were like thanks to Cynk Technology. Cynk is an…
  • This Startup Wants to Turn Free Wi-Fi Into Marketing Gold

    11 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Love it or hate it, data rules online commerce. And yet, many brick-and-mortar merchants are still living in a largely analog world. Mike Perrone wants to change that.
  • What a Stalling Tablet Market Says About Our Search for the Perfect Screen

    10 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    New things get old so fast these days. Just four years since the iPad remade the market for personal computing devices, tablet shipments are down. The year-over-year drop in the first quarter of 2014 is the first decline seen by market researchers at NPD…
  • How to Keep the Internet of Things From Repeating AOL’s Early Blunders

    9 July 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    For many of us old enough to remember, the early days of life online had little to do with the internet. Before we browsed the open web, we dialed into Prodigy or CompuServe or AOL with a 14.4k telephone modem.* Once connected to a particular service, we used…

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