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News Corp's UK division confirms appointment of Rebekah Brooks as chief executive

News Corporation's UK division News UK has confirmed the appointment of Rebekah Brooks as its chief executive officer. She returns to the company, having quit from the CEO position in 2011 — when the company was called News International — at the height of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Show More Summary

Purple, a startup backed by Uber's cofounder, wants to make sure you never have to pump gas again

The gas station is an institution that has remained largely unchanged and unchallenged for the past 50 years, but if Bruno Uzzan gets his way, it will eventually become a thing of the past. Purple, Uzzan’s new mobile app which is available...Show More Summary

Google is going to start punishing websites that force full-screen app install ads on your phone (GOOG)

Google has been making a serious effort to ensure websites are as mobile-friendly as they can possibly be. In April, Google unleashed what was dubbed "Mobilegeddon" on website owners. Essentially, its algorithm started favoring mobile-friendly...Show More Summary

A North Carolina marine made a viral video asking Ronda Rousey to his Marine Corps Ball, and she said yes

Ronda Rousey says she's prepared to make a North Carolina marine's dreams come true. The marine, Jarrod Haschert, made a :34 second video telling Rousey she's his "celebrity crush" and that he loves everything she does. "I think you are a phenomenal person," Haschert professed. Show More Summary

Socialbakers has a new CEO

Socialbakers CEO Jan Rezab will give up the CEO position at the company he founded to become executive chairman. Robert Lang will become CEO in his place. The move is a huge surprise: Rezab — who is sometimes referred to as "the Czech Mark Zuckerberg" — is only 28 years old. Show More Summary

There's only a '50-60%' chance Apple will build a car, according to one top Apple analyst (AAPL)

Over the last year, there has been a deluge of leaks and rumours about Apple's ultra-secretive electric car project, Project Titan. We got our clearest indication yet that Apple is looking into self-driving automotive technology in August,...Show More Summary

Red-hot security startup Tanium just doubled its value to $3.5 billion in 5 months

The recent barrage of high profile hacks has created a bubble in security startups, as investors pour money into companies that promise to help stop the next attack. But the cofounder of one of those startups thinks that bubble's about to pop. Show More Summary

Barely anybody is using Microsoft's new browser (MSFT)

Microsoft's re-entry into the browser market could have hit a roadblock: barely anybody is using it. Data shared with PC World, and independently verified by Business Insider, shows that the Edge browser, released alongside Windows 10, is seeing surprisingly little usage when compared to Chrome and Firefox on the same platform. Show More Summary

One of Apple's biggest smartphone competitors is reportedly planning to release a laptop to rival the MacBook (AAPL)

Xiaomi, the $45 million Chinese "startup" that came from nowhere to become the world's fourth-largest smartphone maker, is planning to launch a laptop early next year, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with Xiaomi's plans told Bloomberg that the Chinese tech company may release a notebook computer in the first quarter of 2016. Show More Summary

This new phone has a feature that could make your PC irrelevant

One of the coolest, but least hyped, announcements that accompanied Windows 10 was Continuum, a piece of software that gives a smartphone the ability to transform into a Windows 10 PC when connected to a monitor. By creating an operating...Show More Summary

A London clinic has accidentally released the HIV status of hundreds of patients

A London sexual health clinic has accidentally leaked the HIV status of 780 of its patients. On Tuesday, 56 Dean Street sent out an email to all subscribers to its Option E email service — a service intended specifically for those diagnosed with HIV. Show More Summary

Here's Google's latest tactic to try to win over the EU (GOOG)

Google is doing all it can to show the EU that it's a nice, helpful company, not the corporate monster that it has been portrayed as. So if you're Google, how do you reach the EU politicians and policymakers who are making your life hell? Easy: take out an ad in an email newsletter that they all subscribe to. Show More Summary

Etsy is in trouble over its tax practises (ETSY)

Etsy, the online arts and crafts marketplace, has come under fire from a US tax policy group over allegations that its tax practises do not align with its B Corp status, The Financial Times reports. The issue, according to a letter from...Show More Summary

Hundreds of British businesses have been targeted by a Wikipedia extortion racket

Wikipedia's greatest strength is also one of its greatest weaknesses. It has grown to become the largest encyclopedia in the world because anyone can edit it — but this fact also makes it extremely vulnerable to abuse. This fact hasShow More Summary

Russia is clamping down on foreign internet companies

After briefly banning Wikipedia over a page related to drug use, new details have emerged from Bloomberg about the country's efforts to block foreign internet companies. Putin's regime appears to have no problem with the individual companies, just the content they host. Show More Summary

What it feels like to be exposed in the Ashley Madison data breach

Ashley Madison, a website for would-be adulterers, was hacked in July and its user base was posted online. Data from around 31 million accounts revealed a lot of sensitive information about the people (mostly men) who used the site, like email addresses, which cities they're from, and their sexual preferences. Show More Summary

People are freaking out because WHSmith is accidentally emailing customer contact details to other customers

This morning many WHSmith customers started receiving hundreds of emails containing personal details for the company's other customers. It appears that every time someone uses WHSmith's contact form their message is then sent to allShow More Summary

10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, AAPL, HP, MSI)

1. Google has a brand new logo. Its "flat" sans-serif look fits with the material design aesthetic that Google launched with Android Lollipop in 2014 2. More than 250,000 "jailbroken" iPhones in at least 18 different countries have had their Apple account logins hacked. Show More Summary

Why PayPal launched a new mobile peer-to-peer payment platform

PayPal announced a new mobile peer-to-peer (P2P) payment platform called, which will allow users to create a personalized PayPal link and send it to peers for fast P2P transfers through PayPal. Once the link is created, the user sends it to the individual or group as a request for funds. Show More Summary

Amazon Prime Video now offers something Netflix says it will 'never' allow (AMZN)

Amazon just announced a video streaming perk that Netflix has sworn it would never allow. If you're one of the approximately 40 to 60 million people who pay for Prime, Amazon's $99-a-year membership club, you can now download movies and TV shows on your smartphone or tablet for offline viewing. Show More Summary

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