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It's so hard to get a hotel for Salesforce's big conference, they just hired a cruise ship

It's so hard to get a hotel room for Dreamforce, Salesforce's huge blockbuster annual tech conference, that the company has chartered the Dream Boat, a luxury cruise ship in which attendees can stay for the four nights of the show. "The...Show More Summary

21 things you didn't know your iPhone could do (AAPL)

We're nearly attached to our iPhones — we use them all day everyday, but you may be surprised to learn there are still a handful of things it can do that you probably didn't know about. Some of these features are buried in the Settings menu while others are hidden in plain sight. Show More Summary

Pinterest says more guys are joining the site than ever. Here's what they're doing

Pinterest wants you to know: It's not just for women. The company just released a bunch of new growth stats in celebration of its fifth birthday. But it especially wanted to highlight how many men are using the site. "We doubled our male user base in the U.S. Show More Summary

Facebook disputes study saying it might violate European security laws (FB)

Facebook is keeping tabs all of its users and tracking which websites they visit — even those that chose to opt out of tracking, according to a new report. These practices, according to privacy experts, may violate EU privacy laws. This...Show More Summary

The first viable product made with 'wonder material' graphene is about to hit stores

Graphene is arguably the most remarkable material ever discovered, and after years of experiments and research, scientists have finally created what they're calling the first commercially viable graphene product: a light bulb. Manchester...Show More Summary

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: We influenced Georgia not to pass its own 'anti-gay' law (CRM)

As we previously reported, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has become the hammer that is most heavily pounding on Indiana governor Mike Pence to change a controversial law that could encourage discrimination against gay people. Pence held a press conference on Tuesday promising to "fix" the law. Show More Summary

The 30 most popular Vine stars in the world

Forget 15 minutes of fame. Ever since its launch two years ago, Vine stars have been using six-second bursts of video to make a name for themselves. We collected and ranked the most popular Vine stars in the world based on their number of followers. Show More Summary

San Francisco real estate has gotten so crazy that this startup founder was offered stock options for his house

From million-dollar teardowns to homes selling for 70% above their asking price, there have been plenty of crazy stories about the San Francisco real estate market. This one might take the cake. Joe Fernandez, cofounder of social influence startup Klout, was looking to sell his Noe Valley home before making the move to Los Angeles with his wife. Show More Summary

Another major book publisher is going to war with Amazon (AMZN)

The contract between "Big Five" book publisher HarperCollins and Amazon is about to expire and HarperCollins is refusing to sign an agreement with the new terms that Amazon is asking, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Business Insider. Show More Summary

This one chart perfectly sums up why companies pour billions of dollars into messaging apps

Facebook dropped $19 billion on WhatsApp, Snapchat is valued at $15 billion, and even the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak, despite being a little over a year old, is already valued between $300 million and $400 million. Messaging apps are big business, and here’s why. Show More Summary

How to get Siri to read anything out loud

Watch the quick video below to see how to customize Siri on your iPhone. Join the conversation about this story »

This is the guy that is REALLY forcing Indiana to fix its scary law

For the past week, the boom has lowered on the state of Indiana after it passed a controversial law that could encourage discrimination against members of the LGBT community. Gov. Mike Pence went from standing firm in support of the law to saying he was now going to encourage lawmakers to "fix" the law. Show More Summary

This app tells startup founders where they should live

A new app called Teleport is trying to tell startup people the best places across the world for them to set up shop. The problem solved by Teleport is simple, says co-founder and CEO Sten Tamkivi, who was previously an early executive...Show More Summary

Indiana's governor seems to have a long history of opposing gay rights

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) apparently previously advocated far more controversial positions on gay rights than his state's controversial new "religious freedom" law. BuzzFeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski noted on Tuesday that the internet...Show More Summary

Check out Google's tiny new computer-on-a-stick

The Asus Chromebit, announced by Google today, packs a lot of computing power into a little itty bitty form factor and a sub-$100 price point: Plug this stick into any display with an HDMI port, like most big-screen TVs nowadays have, and suddenly you have a Google Chrome desktop at your disposal. Show More Summary

Microsoft just made the iPad an even harder sell (MSFT, AAPL)

People just aren’t buying iPads right now, and Microsoft just gave potential customers an even tougher decision: Buy a baseline iPad for $500, or buy a new Surface 3 computer, which comes the full Windows experience, for the same price? Microsoft unveiled its new Surface tablet-laptop hybrid on Tuesday. Show More Summary

This is the new browser Microsoft wants you to use instead of Internet Explorer (MSFT)

If you're scratching your head and wondering why Microsoft is making a new web browser from scratch, just take a look at this chart: Internet Explorer, which not long ago totally dominated the browser market, has been eclipsed in recent years by Google Chrome, according to stats compiled by Dadaviz. Show More Summary

This company went public without any sales — now it’s worth $2.5 billion

Rod Drury first came up with the idea of Xero, a cloud-based accounting program, in 2006, in his home country of New Zealand. His goal was to make accounting easy for small and medium-sized businesses around the world. But to make it happen, he needed money. Show More Summary

Here are two clever anti-smartwatch ads

Real men don't where smart watches, per German watchmaker Tutima: Super-high-tech people — for instance, this robot model — appreciate a good mechanical watch, per Swatch: But machismo and irony only get you so far when going head to head with the Apple Watch. Show More Summary

Play Pac-Man in Google Maps with this secret April Fool's Day trick

While not every April Fool's Day prank can be considered "fun," Google quietly enabled an Easter egg in Google Maps on Tuesday that lets you play the classic Atari game Pac-Man in your city's streets — and it's actually a brilliant idea. Show More Summary

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