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The 31-year-old convicted of running a huge criminal website asks to be spared a life sentence

Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind the Web's most famous black market, has run out of options and is now pleading with a judge not to send him to prison for life, Bloomberg reports. Prosecutors said that Ulbricht was the "Dread Pirate...Show More Summary

Why it totally makes sense for Snapchat to invest in shopping startup Spring

Snapchat is investing in shopping app Spring, according to Re/code. Spring is a mobile app like a virtual mall, where items from hundreds of brands can be purchased with a pre-uploaded credit card and a single button swipe. Neither Spring nor Snapchat would confirm the investment to me. Show More Summary

Amazon is launching an Etsy killer (AMZN)

Amazon is introducing Amazon Handmade, a marketplace for handmade goods, aimed directly at competing with Etsy, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The way that Amazon is recruiting sellers for Amazon Handmade is typically aggressive: Select Etsy sellers are receiving targeted emails urging them to come over to Amazon. Show More Summary

9 Facebook facts you weren’t aware of (FB)

With almost 1.5 billion monthly active users worldwide, Facebook is easily the world’s largest social media site. But how much do you know about its actual users? Marketing firm Wishpond put together 40 of the latest facts and stats about Facebook. Show More Summary

BlackBerry cuts more jobs as it changes its focus from phones (BBRY)

BlackBerry is cutting jobs around the world, mostly in its devices business, as it works to move its focus away from making loss-leading smartphones and towards higher-margin businesses like security, privacy, business software, and smart appliances, reports the Hamilton Spectator. Show More Summary

Netflix is thinking about getting rid of star ratings

Netflix i s thinking about offing one of the oldest and most ubiquitous features associated with movies and TV shows: star ratings. The company has been testing user preferences for years now, trying to understand what brings a user to actually press the "play" button. Show More Summary

There's a new game coming out based on an insane glitch in the original Pac-Man

Hipster Whale, the studio that made the smash hit Crossy Road game for iPhone and Android, is now working on Pac-Man 256, an insane-looking free-to-play game coming to smartphones this summer, publisher Bandai-Namco announced. This new...Show More Summary

A company is using people's DNA to shame them for littering

A Virginia-based genetics technology company and a Hong Kong ad agency are using the DNA people leave behind on their litter to print computer-generated images of their faces on wanted posters. The company's first project launched last month in Hong Kong, reports the South China Morning Post. Show More Summary

Incredible before-and-after photos show how much New York City has changed since the 1800s

There's a new map that will help you chart exactly how much Manhattan has changed over the years. This week, the New York Public Library released an interactive website that allows users to travel back in time using the Library's historical photography database. Show More Summary

This chart explains why Spotify added video (AAPL)

Spotify launched a new video streaming service on Wednesday in partnership with Comedy Central, Vice News, ABC, and ESPN, to name a few. Currently, the service seems to offer mostly video clips, but Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said more original content is coming. Show More Summary

Pizza Hut has taken a turn at making a 'viral' PSA and the results are really cheesy

Pizza Hut has put together a new viral PSA taking aim at selfie sticks and the people who use them. Watch the bizarre PSA above. Video courtesy of Pizza Hut Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Here are the insane rewards you get for a flawless victory in 'The Trials of Osiris,' the new hardcore mode in 'Destiny'

People expect a lot from Bungie — they created "Halo," one of the best gaming franchises of all-time, and now "Destiny," its new blockbuster franchise that released last fall. "Destiny" is finally beginning to mature after its second major expansion, "The House of Wolves," dropped this week. Show More Summary

Google has a secret, invite-only Slack group for women going to their conference

Before Google I/O starts next week, Yasmine Evjen already knows which parties she should go to and what happens at the coding labs. She even knows what's going to be stocked in the bathrooms, including  no-crease hair ties, dry shampoo,...Show More Summary

Netflix tested preferences by showing users fake TV shows and ratings

Over the next few weeks Netflix will be rolling out a completely redesigned website. This is the first time in four years that the TV and movie streaming site has made a big update to its homepage. But this doesn’t mean Netflix hasn’t been thinking about redesigning. Show More Summary

EXPERT: 'We need a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity'

Whether or not Chris Roberts, the security researcher who recently claimed to have hacked into the flight control system of a plane while it was in flight, was telling the truth about his ability to hijack a plane, we've most definitely entered the era of cybercrime. Show More Summary

LEAKED: This Microsoft app lets you copy from Windows and paste to Android or iPhone

Microsoft is working on a clipboard app called OneClip that lets you copy text from your Windows desktop and share it on your iOS, Android, or Windows phone — or vice versa — making sure you have the text you need where you need it. "Copy once, paste anywhere," promises the Windows Store description of the OneClip beta version for Windows Phone. Show More Summary

It appears the mystery buyer of Salesforce was Microsoft, but the talks have fizzled (MSFT)

We finally know which company was trying to buy Salesforce — it was Microsoft, unnamed sources told CNBC's David Faber. And although the two companies got pretty far in these talks, the talks are over because the two couldn't agree on a price, Faber reports. Show More Summary

Meg Whitman hints she will offshore jobs at HP's most troubled unit (HPQ)

The full-throated confidence that HP CEO Meg Whitman voiced last quarter about the company's Enterprise Services business was replaced by some stark realism on Thursday. Enterprise Services is HP's consulting and IT offshoring business — it helps HP customers use technology more efficiently, and handles their IT needs. Show More Summary

It sounds like Apple will make it nearly impossible to jailbreak the iPhone with iOS 9 (AAPL)

Apple is reportedly working on a new security system for iOS and Mac called "Rootless," which will supposedly prevent malware and make it difficult to jailbreak the iPhone, according to a new report from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman. Jailbreaking,...Show More Summary

This is why Criteo is one of the few star performers among the public ad tech companies right now (CRTO)

Criteo, an ad tech company which works with retailers to target online ads at users who are likely to be in the market for buying products, is one of the few star performers at a difficult time for many other public ad tech companies. Show More Summary

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