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Chinese Giant Alibaba Is Ready to Become the Next Google

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

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. Show More Summary

‘Bitcoin Jesus’ Offers Bounties to Hunt Down Hackers and Thieves

Roger Ver is so well known for his role in the rise of the world’s most popular digital currency that some people call him “The Bitcoin Jesus.” That makes him a prime target for hackers. They’ve stolen his money, and they’ve broken into his email account. Show More Summary

NASA Picks Boeing and SpaceX to Build Its Space Taxi

Let the space race begin. NASA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded two multibillion dollar contracts to Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, to develop spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Show More Summary

PayPal’s Attack Ad Shows Apple’s Power to Inspire Fear and Loathing

People complain about negative advertising, but it never goes away. That's because it works. The post PayPal’s Attack Ad Shows Apple’s Power to Inspire Fear and Loathing appeared first on WIRED.

Now You Can Take a Free Y Combinator Startup Course Online

Tech accelerator Y Combinator has given birth to so many of the country’s most successful startups—reddit, Dropbox, and Airbnb, to name a few—that it’s sometimes tough to remember that Y Combinator is a business in its own right. And nearly 10 years after it was founded, it’s a business that’s expanding in new ways. Show More Summary

Minecraft Creator Explains Controversial $2.5 Billion Sale to Microsoft

Markus “Notch” Persson has a message for Minecraft fans. “It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.” On Monday morning, tech giant Microsoft announced that it has acquired Persson’s indie gaming company, Mojang, maker of Minecraft,...Show More Summary

It’ll Take a Social Revolution for Americans to Embrace the Apple Watch

The first wristwatches were a flop. Called bracelet watches, they were seen as a rather unseemly replacement for the pocketwatch, a more discreet means of keeping track of the time. Though mass-produced versions first emerged in the 1880s, it wasn’t until 1927 that U.S.-made wristwatches finally outstripped sales of their entrenched competitor. Show More Summary

Anti-Taxi Campaign Shows Uber Can’t Afford to Play Nice

Famously pugnacious Uber CEO Travis Kalanick almost sounded contrite during an onstage interview at Techcrunch‘s Disrupt conference earlier this week. At one point, Michael Arrington, the founder of Techcrunch, asked Kalanick how he felt about being compared to Darth Vader. Show More Summary

Netflix Faces Tough Battles in Its Push to Rule Europe

Can the tech giant replicate the success it’s had back home in the face of so much opposition from local governments and media companies abroad? The post Netflix Faces Tough Battles in Its Push to Rule Europe appeared first on WIRED... Becomes First Major Retailer to Accept Bitcoin Worldwide was the first major online retailer to embrace bitcoin, accepting payments in the digital currency here in the U.S. beginning in early January. And now, it’s the first to accommodate bitcoin across the globe. The post Becomes First Major Retailer to Accept Bitcoin Worldwide appeared first on WIRED.

Uber’s Revenue Is 12 Times The Size of Lyft’s, New Study Says

According to new research that draws on credit and debit card transactions by 3.8 million Americans, Uber revenues were about 12 times higher than those of its rival between May 2013 and May 2014. Across the U.S., it provided more than...Show More Summary

Fungus Could Be the Key to Avoiding a Global Food Crisis

How one company is trying to save the world from a looming food scarcity problem and reduce our reliance on harmful chemicals. The post Fungus Could Be the Key to Avoiding a Global Food Crisis appeared first on WIRED.

The Apple Watch Is Steve Jobs’ iPod Launch All Over Again

Prior to the iPod, a new Apple product didn't carry the expectation that its launch would so thoroughly redefine its product category that all predecessors would become irrelevant. Thanks to the iPod---and the iPhone and iPad---that's the legacy the Apple Watch inherits, and the threshold for success it must match.

The Next Big Thing You Missed: How to Add Location Data to Your App Without Relying on Google

There are curious kids, and then there are curiously curious kids. At an early age, Gil Elbaz developed a seemingly inexplicable fascination with data, and this being the early 1980s, he couldn’t feed his immense curiosity without some good old fashioned hard work. He would hone in on a question like “What’s the coldest place […]

PayPal’s Support Is the Best Thing That Could Happen to Bitcoin

Fairly or not, bitcoin still has an image problem. For every VC who extols the innovative power of the digital currency, pop culture still sees it as a way for the paranoid cyber-libertarian to shop for black-tar heroin on the Silk Road. All the more reason, then, that bitcoin fans should rejoice that, in a […]

Why Facebook Is Totally Rethinking Online Ads in Africa and India

In Africa, over 100 million people are now using Facebook. But they don't use it quite like we do here in the U.S

Apple Is in Big Trouble if It Doesn’t Make Bigger iPhones

Smartphones with bigger screens are poaching Apple’s business from both ends of the size spectrum. As noxious as the “phablet” category may be in name, phones with screens larger than the iPhone’s four inches are hitting the sweet spot where mobile users want to browse. Odds are, Apple will announce a new iPhone tomorrow with […]

Twitter Rolls Out ‘Buy’ Button, Transforms Tweets Into Retail Engines

Twitter is now testing a system, long in the works, that lets businesses embed “Buy” buttons in their tweets, so that you can instantly purchase products through the popular social networking service. According to the company, a “small percentage” of Twitter users in the U.S. will start seeing the Buy button today, and this percentage […]

The 8 Best Apps for Hardcore Stock Traders

Those penny shares aren't going to pick themselves. Use these financial tools to stay informed—and ready to move—at all times.

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