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Archived Since:April 5, 2008

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How Cosmetics Giant Sephora Plans to Survive Retail in a Digital Age

E-commerce may be eating the world, but Sephora's leadership believes technology can actually complement---rather than kill---the retail store.

Virgin Mobile’s New Wireless Plan Is Like Netflix for Your Phone

The telecom industry, like the cable industry before it, is about to come unbundled.

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

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 embedded computer chip. In anticipation of this sweeping […]

HealthTap’s Video Chatting Doctors Want to End Your WebMD Meltdowns

“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 after a quick search of benign symptoms. But there’s […]

Overstock’s Radical Plan to Reinvent the Stock Market With Bitcoin

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 exchange money. On Tuesday afternoon, Overstock—one of the world’s largest online retailers, […]

Uber and Airbnb Plan to Woo Corporate Clients the Same Way Apple Did

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 Uber’s reaching $18.2 billion. Now, all they have to do is […]

Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition

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

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 firebox to keep his locomotive moving: A phone. Drones. Self-produced […]

This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like

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

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

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 month, the value of the Facebook shares on which that […]

A Startup That Aims to Improve on Craigslist’s Crappy Apartment Listings

Investors are pouring millions into Urban Compass, a New York City-based startup that offers an antidote to Craigslist chaos.

Why Dropbox Is Tying Its Future to Microsoft Office

Hot startups don’t often stake their reputation for innovation on how well their technology works with Microsoft Office, but that’s exactly what Dropbox is doing today. The file-syncing service, one of the most valuable venture-backed...Show More Summary

Next Big Thing You Missed: Bigger, Cheaper Batteries Will Eliminate Power Outages

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

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

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 social network, letting users instantly pay for goods and services from other merchants without […]

Why Cutting 18,000 Jobs Was Likely Microsoft’s Plan All Along

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

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 good sense, after all. IAC runs a near monopoly in […]

Amazon Finally Tries Out the ‘Netflix for Books’ Craze

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

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 sky-high. Not coincidentally, this mostly suburban expanse also has one of the largest homeless encampments in the […]

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