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Blog Post Archive

What Happened To 7 Of The Earliest Employees Who Launched Amazon

When Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie started driving northwest from New York in 1994, they were setting off on a journey to create one of the biggest e-commerce sites in the United States, based in Seattle. Although they took thatShow More Summary

The New York Attorney General Is Going After Airbnb For What It Calls 'Illegal Hotels'

The New York Attorney General's office filed legal paperwork on Friday to compel Airbnb to turn over names of some of its users. The AG wants to subpoena Airbnb's records to locate people it believes are running "illegal hotels," according to an AG spokesperson. Show More Summary

Here's How To Opt Out Of Those Annoying Targeted Ads In Your Gmail

Targeted ads can be extremely distracting, not least of which because it's a reminder that the big G is scanning your email. You can't stop it from doing that, and you can't stop it from serving up ads altogether, but you can stop it from giving you targeted ads in your email. Show More Summary

Nike Has Fired Most Of Its FuelBand Team And Will Stop Making Wearable Devices

There have been rumors that Nike will stop making its FuelBand wearable device, and now it looks like the rumors have come true. A person familiar with Nike's plans confirmed to CNET that the company will get out of the fitness band business and will stick with software, such as the Nike+ app for the iPhone. Show More Summary

A 108-Year-Old S.F. Earthquake Survivor Offers A Pretty Accurate Description Of The Silicon Valley

Hoodline interviewed one of only two people who survived the 1906 earthquake. His name is Bill Del Monte, and he now lives north of the city, in Marin. The whole interview is awesome, as he talks about how the city and technology have changed over the decades. Show More Summary

These Scientists Used Fire To Accompany Their Music, And It's Beautiful

Yay for science. A Rubens' tube is a pipe with holes in it. You put a flammable gas through the pipe, and then light it on fire. Kind of like the pipes in your gas-powered barbecue. But what happens when you play music through the tubes? These scientists in Denmark built a "Pyro Board" to find out, and made a video showing the results. Show More Summary

GOP Congressman Says Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Reward 'Law Breakers'

Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King responded after an organization backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launch an advertising blitz against him Friday. King issued a statement saying the commercials, which were paid for byShow More Summary

PayPal May Be Having A Change Of Heart On Payments Technology

Editors note: This is the free edition of Payments Insider, a newsletter on all things payments produced by BI Intelligence. Click here to subscribe to Payments Insider and receive it in your inbox everyday. EXCLUSIVE: PAYPAL’S SURPRISING TURNAROUND ON NFC. Show More Summary

TaskRabbit Will Let You Spend Half An Hour With A Bunny Today

Seems like Uber started a (dangerously cute) trend last fall when it celebrated National Cat day by delivering people kittens to cuddle with for 15 minutes. Today, in honor of Easter, TaskRabbit is bringing San Franciscans half-hour snuggle sessions with bunnies. Show More Summary

39% Of Americans Believe Teleportation Will Happen In The Next 50 Years

The Pew Research Internet project asked the U.S. public about what it thinks is coming in the next 50 years. This chart has the results. People are expecting lab grown organs, but they’re not optimistic about teleportation, or for humans to control the weather. Join the conversation about this story »

This Futuristic Looking 3D-Printed Cast Could Finally Make Having A Broken Arm Look Cool

While your friends may not be able to sign this cast, it sure looks a huge improvement on the old one. This new 3D-printed alternative kind of looks like a black plastic spider web wrapped around your arm and it uses an ultrasound device to make your broken bone heal faster. Show More Summary

[CHART] E-Commerce Led VC-Backed Tech Exits Last Year

The e-commerce market is maturing, and that was reflected in the flurry of acquisitions last year of online retail businesses, as well as a number of high-profile initial public offerings. In fact, e-commerce led as the tech industry...Show More Summary

Watch Elon Musk's Reusable Rocket Launch And Land Itself In This Amazing Video Shot By A Drone

Elon Musk's private space company, SpaceX, has been experimenting with reusable rockets since last year. Because the cost of fuel is much less compared to the cost of building a rocket from scratch every time, Musk and his team are trying...Show More Summary

Singer Lawsuit Is Tied To Marc Collins-Rector, Infamous Child Abuser Of The Dot-Com Boom

For people who lived the through the dot-com collapse of the late 1990s, the name Marc Collins-Rector carries a special horror. Not only was he the architect of one of the most famous implosions of the time — the bankruptcy of Digital...Show More Summary

Airbnb Takes New Funding At A $10 Billion Valuation

Airbnb, the service that lets people rent their houses, apartments and rooms over the internet to strangers, has taken a $500 million round of new investment which values the company at a staggering $10 billion, according to Techcrunch. Show More Summary

Oracle Wants Everyone To Stop Blaming It For Oregon's 'Disaster Zone' Obamacare Website (ORCL)

For months, Oregon officials have publicly blasted software giant Oracle over the state's problematic health insurance exchange website. Oracle was the state's primary contractor hired to build the website. Oracle has so far refused to comment publicly. Show More Summary

Anthony Weiner: Here's How The Taxi Industry Can Save Itself From Uber 

There's a fierce fight between ridesharing app startups and the taxi companies currently raging around the country and I think I know a way to make peace, let both sides walk away with a win, and most importantly, give the riding public the best of all worlds. Show More Summary

Here Is What You Get For $50 On iAd, Apple's Mobile Ad System That Used To Cost $1 Million

Apple's in-app mobile advertising platform, iAd, has been something of a failure for the company. Though Steve Jobs once envisioned it as a means for Apple developers to make money selling ads inside their apps, the platform has fallen by the wayside over the years as the company has narrowed its focus on its devices and software. Show More Summary

The Founder Of A Dot-Com Disaster Is Giving His Old Grocery Delivery Idea Another Shot

Webvan, the online grocery business Louis Borders founded in 1999 in the thick of the dot-com bubble, went bankrupt only two years after it IPO'd. The company collapsed when it tried to expand outside the San Francisco Bay Area, because it had neither a sustainable business model nor much demand outside of the Valley. Show More Summary

People Are Watching A Surprising Amount Of Long-Form Video On Their Phones

Mobile video continues its massive surge as users rapidly adopt tablets and smartphones as mainstream devices for video viewing. And the switch to the smaller screen hasn't lessened the appetite for long-form video content. Smartphone...Show More Summary

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