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An Activist Investor Takes Aim At A Multi-Billion Dollar Tech Company

Elliott Management Corp., a $25 billion activist hedge fund founded by Paul Singer, has spent more than $1 billion to take a 2% ownership of data storage firm EMC, the Wall Street Journal reports. That would make Elliott the fifth-largest shareholder of EMC, which is one of the largest in Elliott’s 37-year history, according to the WSJ. Show More Summary

The 10 Best Ice Cream Shops In The US, According To Pinterest Users

No summer is complete without a good ice cream splurge. Last fall, Pinterest launched a feature called "Place Pins," which allows users to map out businesses or locations they want to visit in the future. In the eight months since the feature was launched, more than 1 billion travel locations have been pinned. Show More Summary

Can You Identify These Brands By Their Signature Fonts Alone?

Earlier this month, we talked about how brands use color to establish their place in consumers' minds. But that's not the only way companies use subtle imagery to make connections with people. Sometimes simply choosing the right font can convey important messages. Show More Summary

Apple Tells Suppliers To Gear Up For Both Models Of The iPhone 6 This Year

iPhone fans should expect both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6 to come out this fall, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The Journal cites unnamed sources claiming that Apple has ordered 70 million to 80 million iPhones to be produced by the end of the year. Show More Summary

Apple's New Ad Shows How Much Users Love Their Macs

Apple has unveiled a new ad for its slender MacBook Air, according to a MacRumors report. The ad highlights the many ways Mac users can creatively customize their computers with laptop stickers. The showcased stickers come from all corners of pop culture. Show More Summary

Google, Verizon, Samsung, And Others Want To Make New York City Pay Phones Useful Again

Eerily similar to cell phones, internet connectivity might be the next step for pay phones. As public phone booths grow less and less useful to New Yorkers, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg began a plan in 2012 to give the city's 7,300 pay phones purpose, Bloomberg reports. Show More Summary

The 10 Most Rotten Apple Products

Apple is known for the hit products it has released in the last decade: the iPod, the iPhone, and most recently the iPad. But the company hasn't always been a synonym for success. Some of of its products, particularly in the 80s and 90s, were huge flops. Show More Summary

Instagram Deleted This Young Woman's Account — Twice! — After She Posted A Harmless Photo Wearing A Bra And Shorts

For months, Samm Newman filled her Instagram feed with photos of herself in bras and boy shorts. The photos were hardly risque. Baring a bit of skin, but nothing you wouldn't encounter at the gym or beach, it resembled thousands of other selfies taken by young women and posted to social media every day. Show More Summary

An Engineer Invented A Headphone-Friendly Hoodie That Could Break Silicon Valley

Wearing headphones with a hoodie can be tough. Often, it's an either/or situation. San Francisco clothing company Betabrand thinks one of its designers has come up with a solution. Audio engineer Nic Pope submitted a hoodie to Betabrand's...Show More Summary

Even Samsung Has Been Reading The Latest iPhone 6 Rumors

Samsung's newest commercial makes fun of Apple's next iPhone, which is said to have a bigger, 4.7-inch screen. The iPhone 5S has a 4-inch screen. Meanwhile, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 phone has a 5.1-inch screen. And, as the commercial below notes, Samsung has been making big-screen phones for years. Show More Summary

Ousted RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal Agrees Not To Sue The Company After The Board Quasi-Apologizes

In April, Gurbaksh Chahal was fired from the company he founded, RadiumOne, when he became the center of an assault-and-battery controversy. Chahal planned to sue his board for the way it handled the controversy and his dismissal as CEO. Show More Summary

How The 'Warby Parker Of Mattresses' Generated $1 Million In Its First 28 Days

A new startup called Casper has had quite the successful launch. The "Warby Parker of Mattresses" has generated more than $1 million a month since launching this past April — just from selling mattresses. Casper was founded to make it...Show More Summary

CHART OF THE DAY: The New NXT Cryptocurrency Has A Long Way To Go Before Catching Up To Bitcoin

A new virtual currency called “NXT,” which began trading Monday on the Danish virtual currency exchange CCEDK, is already the fourth-largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $51 million. But according to the latest data from cryptocurrency-monitoring...Show More Summary

Former Autonomy CFO Tries To Stop HP Shareholder Settlement, And HP Accuses Him Of Fraud (HPQ)

The former CFO of a software firm that was acquired by HP has filed a lawsuit challenging a settlement between HP and HP shareholders over that troubled acquisition. Late last month, HP settled three lawsuits from shareholders in which...Show More Summary

Yahoo Is Going To Buy Mobile Ad Company Flurry For Hundreds Of Millions (YHOO)

Yahoo is buying mobile ad company Flurry, according to a Re/code's Kara Swisher. The acquisition is reported to be in the "hundreds of millions," according to Swisher's sources, and the deal is expected to be announced later today. TechCrunch reports that Yahoo will pay about $300 million for Flurry. Show More Summary

The Best View Yet Of Apple's New 'Spaceship' Headquarters That's Beginning To Take Shape

Construction is well underway for Apple's circular new "Spaceship" campus, and a new aerial photo gives us our best view yet of its progress. The futuristic campus is designed by Norman Foster's firm, Foster + Partners, and will feature...Show More Summary

This Gadget Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast, And It's Actually A Pretty Serious Issue

Living room trolls, rejoice. Dan Petro, a security analyst for the Bishop Fox IT consulting firm, built a proof of concept device that’s able to hack into any Google Chromecasts nearby to project Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” or any other video a prankster might choose. Show More Summary

Airbnb Host: A Guest Is Squatting In My Condo And I Can't Get Him To Leave

Since it was founded in 2008, Airbnb has become a hugely popular way for people to temporarily rent their homes over the Internet. The company has helped 15 million people find accommodations when they travel and most of the time, everyone has a great experience. Show More Summary

The Giant Credit Card Industry Is Bracing For Massive Disruption — Here's Who's Most Vulnerable

Credit and debit card payments made in physical stores add up to a huge amount of economic value — $4 trillion in transaction volume in the U.S. alone in 2013, and that volume is growing as more and more people move away from cash. But...Show More Summary

Why This New York Tech Startup Makes Everyone's Salary Transparent

One of the unspoken traditions of corporate life is keeping salaries secret. If, for example, an employee somehow discovers that a coworker with the same job is paid $20,000 more, a fiasco may arise. "I've seen people cry and screamShow More Summary

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