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Whisper Places Responds To More Damaging Accusations, Places Employees On Leave

Anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper has placed some of its employees on administrative leave following a report that called some of its business practices into question. Last week, The Guardian published an exposé on Whisper, alleging that the app tracks some of its users, even when they've opted out of its geolocation tool. Show More Summary

15 Brilliant Quotes That Show The Genius Mind Of Box CEO Aaron Levie

Box CEO Aaron Levie’s idea to turn an ordinary file-sharing software into the next big collaboration enterprise platform has made him one of the most-watched Valley CEOs in recent years. Since its founding in 2005, Box has raised over $564.1 million in funding, which now values the company at roughly $2.4 billion. Show More Summary

Elon Musk Thinks Sci-Fi Nightmare Scenarios About Artificial Intelligence Could Really Happen

Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn't the biggest fan of artificial intelligence, an initiative he called "our biggest existential threat" in comments at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department's Centennial Symposium on Friday. Musk, who called for some regulatory oversight of AI to ensure "we don't do something very foolish," warned of the dangers. Show More Summary

Microsoft's PR Boss Had A Funny Response To Google's Big News (MSFT, GOOG)

Google dropped some big news to employees Friday. Sundar Pichai, the executive in charge of Android and Chrome, got a promotion that makes him the boss of all of Google's core products: search, Google+, apps, advertising, Android, Chrome, and so on. Show More Summary

Larry Page Is Taking A Big Step Back At Google, And Sundar Pichai Is Getting A Lot More Responsibility (GOOG)

Google is reorganizing its executive structure. Former Android and Chrome head Sundar Pichai will lead all of Google's core products. CEO Larry Page taking a step back to focus on the "bigger picture," Re/Code's Kara Swisher and Liz Gannes report based on an internal memo they viewed. Show More Summary

CHART OF THE DAY: Cell Phone Bills Are Up 50% Since The iPhone Was Invented

Despite some recent company efforts to help pay for customers' phone bills through promotions and subscription programs, the telecommunication industry largely relies on customers using more phone data each year — through new applications and innovations — to keep its sales growing, according to The Wall Street Journal. Show More Summary

Sam Biddle Is Leaving Valleywag

Sam Biddle, editor of Gawker's technology site, Valleywag, is leaving the publication and transitioning to another role at Gawker Media. Biddle will spend November on sabbatical. When he returns in December, he will be named Senior Writer...Show More Summary

Meet The 'Lifers' Who Found Their Passion In Live-Action Role-Playing

A few weeks ago, I visited Alliance, one of the oldest live-action role-playing (or LARPing) groups in the US, where I met people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who've made LARPing a central part of their lives. The LARPers included both diehards and the newbies. Show More Summary

Apple Made A Move That Could Shake Up The Wireless Industry, But AT&T Is Making That A Little More Difficult (AAPL)

When Apple unveiled its new iPads last week, it also quietly announced a new technology that will enable you to switch between wireless carriers at your own will. The cellular version of Apple's new tablets will come with the company's own SIM card rather than a pre-programmed carrier SIM card. Show More Summary

How Cellphone Data Could Help Fight Ebola

Mobile-phone records are an invaluable tool to combat Ebola. They should be made available to researchers. With at least 4,500 people dead, public-health authorities in west Africa and worldwide are struggling to contain Ebola. Borders have been closed, air passengers screened, schools suspended. Show More Summary

This Simple iPhone Trick Is Perfect For Reading In The Dark

Ever turn down the brightness on your iPhone and wish it could go even darker? Well, you're in luck — there's even an easy shortcut so you don't have to poke around in your iPhone's menu the next time you're browsing in bed or in a movie theater. Show More Summary

Beats Music Will Become Part Of iTunes Next Year (AAPL)

Apple will shut down Beats Music and relaunch it next year under the iTunes brand, according to The Wall Street Journal's Hannah Karp. Last month, Apple denied rumors that it would be shutting down Beats Music, but it was widely understood that the streaming service would somehow be incorporated into iTunes. Show More Summary

10 Awesome Cases For Your New iPad Air 2 (APPL)

Apple may make one of the best tablets in the world, but that doesn't mean it's the most durable. If you plan on tossing your new iPad in your bag for your commute, you'll probably want to get a case that's both durable and thin. Many...Show More Summary

A Google Exec Just Beat The World Record For Highest-Altitude Jump From The Stratosphere

Google exec Alan Eustace just beat the world record for highest-altitude space jump, according to the New York Times. A helium-filled balloon carried him 135,908 feet — more than 25 miles — above the ground before he cut himself loose and plunged toward the earth at speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour. Show More Summary

RALPH NADER: Hey Apple, Stop Listening To Carl Icahn And Pay Your Workers Instead (AAPL)

Ralph Nader has a clear message for Apple: pay your workers more money. In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Nader, a multiple-time Presidential candidate, wrote that Apple should stop catering to the demands of activist investors like...Show More Summary

Watch This South Korean Robot Fly A Plane

Okay, it's a South Korean robot flying a plane — on a flight simulator. And later, it's a robot flying a... toy plane. However, this Reuters video does show the effect of actually putting a humanoid robot in a cockpit, even if it's a virtual flight deck. Show More Summary

7 Of The Coolest Easter Eggs In The Game 'Destiny' And How To Find Them

"Destiny" has been revered as one of the best video games of the year.  It made $325 million in its first five days. The game was an instant hit, even before it was officially released.  Now that it's been out for awhile, people areShow More Summary

iTunes Music Sales Are Plummeting This Year (AAPL)

iTunes music sales have fallen 13% since the beginning of the year, The Wall Street Journal's Hannah Karp reports. The decline in sales is not a surprise for Apple — sales were down 2.1% in 2013 — but the news underscores how consumers...Show More Summary

#GrammarGate Is A Hilarious Take On The Latest Twitter Controversy

By now you may have heard of an awful controversy sweeping the gaming community known by its Twitter hashtag #GamerGate. Now there's a new, nicer, funnier controversy, gathering around the hashtag #GrammarGate. #GamerGate, to sum itShow More Summary

The Next 'Avengers' Movie Might Demonize Artificial Intelligence All Over Again

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel recently said progressive technologies like artificial intelligence tend to get vilified in Hollywood. " You know, our society, the dominant culture doesn’t like science. It doesn’t like technology. You...Show More Summary

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