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The B-2 stealth bomber made its first overseas deployment 20 years ago — here's why it is still one of the most feared aircraft in the sky

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the deployment to Guam of one of America's most important and expensive weapon systems — the B-2 Spirit. The B-2 was originally intended to carry nuclear bombs deep into Soviet territory if the Cold War had ever turned hot. Show More Summary

The best photos taken of planet Earth last year will transform the way you see the world

The natural world is a stunning place. Every year, the best landscape photography shows off Earth's beauty. The following photos are some of the winners from the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest. They highlight...Show More Summary

Magic Leap is reportedly in talks to raise $400 million from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund

Augmented reality startup Magic Leap is reportedly in talks to raise up to $400 million (£286 million) from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, The Financial Times reported on Friday. The newspaper reported that the deal is set toShow More Summary

14 luxury car brands people love more than Tesla

It's no secret that Tesla owners love their cars, but the general public may not share the same affection for the brand. Tesla ranked last for positive brand perception compared to 14 other luxury car brands, according to a recent industry...Show More Summary

The Echo Spot is the only Amazon device with a tiny, round screen — and that's both the best and worst thing about using it (AMZN)

Amazon's Echo Spot is in an unusual position in the Echo family. It has a screen, but not one big enough for serious video-watching. It's small, but not as small as the Echo Dot. It can play music, but it doesn't sound as good as the Echo or Echo Show. So, what is it for? After several weeks of testing the Spot, I'm still not really sure. Show More Summary

SpaceX's biggest rival has a 'genius' plan to cut its rocket launch costs more than 70%

SpaceX turned heads around the world on February 6 with the first-ever launch of Falcon Heavy. The 230-foot-tall rocket's three boosters helped push Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space, peeled off after running low on fuel, and then...Show More Summary

This Facebook recruiting initiative turned a psychology major into a sought-after product manager (FB)

The Facebook Rotational Product Manager (RPM) program takes people from primarily nontechnical backgrounds and turns them into product managers. Jasmine Xu recently went through the program and is now a product manager on Facebook'sShow More Summary

Android users got excited when Google said it would add a 'Dark Mode' — but now it says it's not coming after all (GOOG)

Android users have been asking Google for months to add a "Dark Mode" to Android that would make it easier to use at night. A Google employee said the mode would be added, which caused celebration amongst Android users. But another employee...Show More Summary

This software startup had its best year ever and the CEO says the end of net neutrality is a big reason why

HotSpot Shield, one of the most popular VPNs in the country, saw more downloads in 2017 than ever before The company's CEO says this is due to high-profile hacks and the FCC's crackdown on net neutrality. The U.S. is now HotSpot Shield's largest market. The FCC's repeal of net neutrality has infuriated internet users across the country. Show More Summary

Elon Musk has no problem selling Tesla cars — but strong demand could become a problem (TSLA)

Tesla is dealing with a spike in demand for its Model S and X vehicles. This again proves that Tesla doesn't have demand problems. But it also shows that the company has two car businesses: one in luxury vehicles that has matured, and...Show More Summary

There's one way to hold tech companies hostage and fix the spread of hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and misinformation (FB, TWTR, GOOG, GOOGL)

Hoaxes and fake news continue to be promoted on big tech platforms run by Facebook and Google. The companies have proven in the past that they can make big changes when properly incentivized. Advertisers could pull their ads from Facebook...Show More Summary

easyJet's billionaire founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou gets into fintech with new online investment platform

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is launching an investment platform called easyMoney. The first product will be an "Innovative ISA" allowing people to invest in peer-to-peer loans, backed by property, that easyMoney will write. easyMoney plans...Show More Summary

Peter Thiel's campaign to destroy Gawker was reportedly inspired by a mysterious 'Mr. A'

A mysterious "Mr. A" allegedly inspired Peter Thiel to try and destroy news site Gawker. The Silicon Valley investor subsequently secretly bankrolled legal cases against the company, culminating in it shutting down in 2016. BuzzFeed News reports that "Mr. Show More Summary

Dropbox’s IPO is just the latest case of startup CEOs consolidating their power — and investors should be outraged (FB, SNAP, ROKU)

A growing number of tech companies are setting up stock arrangements that give outsized voting power to executives and founders — at the expense of regular shareholders. Dropbox, which on Friday released the paperwork it filed to goShow More Summary

Dropbox shows its freemium model works — 11 million users and 300,000 business teams are paying for its service (BOX)

Dropbox on Friday released the paperwork it filed to go public, offering new details on its business. The company reported it has 11 million paying users. Although Dropbox was late to pursue the enterprise market, it now has 300,000Show More Summary

Facebook removes VR shooting demo at top conservative conference out of 'respect for the victims' of Florida shooting (FB)

Facebook has been criticised for being "tone deaf" after showing off a virtual reality shoot-em-up demo at a conservative conference following the Florida school shooting. The social network has since removed the shooting aspects from...Show More Summary

Apple and Samsung have very different philosophies when it comes to courting smartphone customers

Samsung and Apple have long led the premium markets when it comes to smartphones — but the two companies have very different approaches when it comes to courting consumers. As this chart by Statista shows, Samsung plasters the market with new models. Show More Summary

Box's Aaron Levie has some hilarious advice for Dropbox's Drew Houston on how to be CEO of a public company (BOX)

The CEO of Box was gracious and funny in welcoming Dropbox, his highest-profile competitor, to the ranks of the publicly-traded tech companies. But Box CEO Aaron Levie, who's been known to smack-talk Dropbox, did have a funny bit ofShow More Summary

Condoleezza Rice, Meg Whitman, Drew Houston, and everybody else who's poised to get richer from the Dropbox IPO

Dropbox filed its S-1 on Friday, revealing ample information about who owns stakes in the $10 billion file sharing company. Among its biggest shareholders are CEO Drew Houston and his co-founder Arash Ferdoswi. Perhaps more surprising...Show More Summary

DROPBOX IPO FILING WARNS : We may never be profitable

Dropbox on Friday filed to go public. The company has never made a profit and warned it may never, according to a filing. Dropbox officially filed on Friday to go public on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker 'DBX.' It’s the first time the company has had to disclose its financial situation — and the details aren’t exactly pretty. Show More Summary

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