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Steve Jobs used to ask Jony Ive the same question almost every day (AAPL)

Steve Jobs once called Apple design chief Jony Ive his "spiritual partner" and the two execs had an incredibly close professional and personal relationship. When Ive remembers his friend and coworker four years after Jobs' death, what stands out is the Apple cofounder's ability to stay completely and utterly focused on whatever he was working on. Show More Summary

Elon Musk says that Apple only hires Tesla's worst engineers

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk doesn't think very much of Apple's reported plan to build an electric car, he revealed in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt. When asked about the fact that Apple keeps hiring Tesla engineers, Musk didn't bother to spare anyone's feelings: " They have hired people we’ve fired. Show More Summary

Amazon may be planning a brick-and-mortar bookstore in a Seattle mall (AMZN)

Evidence suggests that Amazon is planning a brick-and-mortar bookstore in University Village, a shopping mall in Seattle. Shelf Awareness, a newsletter about the book industry, reports that Amazon has been rumored to be looking at a spot in the mall ever since Barnes & Noble vacated in 2012. Show More Summary

Google rewarded the guy who bought, and he donated it all to charity (GOOG, GOOGL)

Sanmay Ved thought his real reward was just being the guy who bought for a minute. When Google first told him he wouldn't get any money as a result of the accidental transaction, he said it was fine — he'd rather it be donated to charity anyways. Show More Summary

The whole 'Mac vs. PC' thing is so over, and 'Android vs iPhone' is close behind

Back when I was a kid in the late 1990s, most everyone I knew had a Windows 95 PC, myself included. But I had this one friend whose family owned a Mac — one of those multicolored iMacs that were the company's first big product launch after Steve Jobs returned to the company. Show More Summary

Jack Dorsey's beard has nearly disappeared and his jeans are tight — an analysis of the Twitter CEO's new look (TWTR)

Every good tech mogul needs a look. Steve Jobs had the turtleneck. Mark Zuckerberg has the hoodie. So when Jack Dorsey took the stage in New York City on Thursday in his first public appearance as CEO of both Twitter and Square, all eyes were on Dorsey. Show More Summary

Apple Pay is coming to Starbucks next year

Fast-food restaurants are eating up Apple Pay. Apple Pay will expand to Starbucks, KFC, and Chili's in 2016 in its goal to "replace the wallet," said Jennifer Bailey, Apple's VP of Apple Pay and Internet Services, on-stage at Code/Mobile in Half Moon Bay. Show More Summary

Google's Alphabet could become 'the next GE' (GOOG)

Analyst Colin Sebastian at Baird thinks that Google's recent Alphabet restructuring could make it the "GE of the new technology generation," according to a research note published this morning. For GE, the success of the lightbulb became...Show More Summary

Etsy sellers aren't very loyal, leaving a huge opening for Amazon (AMZN)

Amazon launched Amazon Handmade Thursday, a new marketplace for artisinal and handcrafted goods. That puts Amazon Handmade squarely in competition with another artisinal goods marketplace Etsy. Given Amazon’s market size, it’s a major potential threat to the $1.5 billion company that just went public in April. Show More Summary

You're going to start seeing more pre-roll video ads on Twitter (TWTR)

You're going to see a lot more pre-roll video ads on Twitter. The company hosted a splashy event in New York on Thursday to showcase new video ad features for marketers. The gist of it is that publishers will now be able to make money from videos they post on Twitter, by letting the internet company append pre-roll video ads in front of the clips. Show More Summary

Windows 10 ramps up universal apps ecosystem

Microsoft held its Microsoft Windows 10 Device Briefing on Tuesday in New York City, where it unveiled a full range of new devices, including the Windows Phone flagship, a new laptop, and a new Xbox controller. However, it was the announcement...Show More Summary

The flooding in South Carolina is so bad you can see it from space

An inordinate amount of rain earlier this month from Hurricane Joaquin caused major flooding in the Carolinas, which has killed at least 17 people, some of whom drowned trying to wade through the deep water. South Carolina in particular was hit especially hard — so hard, in fact, that the damage is visible from space. Show More Summary

This new online tool wants to make all your business decisions for you

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, / And sorry I could not travel both," wrote Robert Frost. Major business decisions can leave many of us feeling "sorry" we can't have it both ways, as well as panicked and overwhelmed by the possible consequences — especially if our choice affects other people. Show More Summary

DuckDuckGo CEO calls out Google and says it's 'a myth you need to track people to make money' (GOOG)

It's a myth that search engines like Google need to keep track of people's digital footprint to make a profit, at least that's what Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of rival search engine DuckDuckGo, says. DuckDuckGo bills itself as the search engine “that doesn’t track you," and recently announced it sees more than 10 million searches a day. Show More Summary

Roku's new TV box is nice, but the remote is what'll really get you excited

Your days of tearing apart the couch cushions looking for the remote control may soon be over. Roku's newest streaming player, the Roku 4, which the company announced on Tuesday, comes with feature that will ensure you never lose the precious remote ever again: a button on the set top box that, when pressed, prompts the remote to emit a sound. Show More Summary

Microsoft has almost twice as many data experts as Facebook

Microsoft employs almost twice as many data scientists as Facebook, according to a new report from analytics startup RJMetrics. "Data scientist" is the tech industry term for a mathematician who does the crazy-complicated math it takes...Show More Summary

Amazon wants its cloud service to connect trash cans, toilets and hand sanitizer dispensers (AMZN)

Amazon wants its internet cloud service to connect everything from trash cans to hand sanitizer dispensers. At its annual re:Invent developer conference Thursday, Amazon Web Services launched a new internet of things (IoT) platform that...Show More Summary

This interactive map shows how unaffordable San Francisco has become since 2010

San Francisco has the highest percentage of million-dollar homes in the United States, according to a study released this morning by online real estate broker Trulia. A whopping 63% of homes in the city are now worth more than a million dollars, based on calculations Trulia did using factors like square footage and recent sales in the neighborhood. Show More Summary

More people now search Google on their phone than from their computers

Having the world's information at your fingertips means more people are whipping out their phones to answer a question, rather than waiting until they're in front of a computer to search. "T his summer, for the first time, we are getting...Show More Summary

Holllywood stars and tech elite rubbed elbows at a huge show in San Francisco this week

Vanity Fair held its second New Establishment Summit in San Francisco this week, bringing together stars and execs from both the tech world and Hollywood.  With speakers like Elon Musk, Jony Ive, Mark Zuckerberg, and Lena Dunham, the...Show More Summary

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