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A small change Slack made 48 hours before launch shows why users love its $2.8 billion app

Two days before officially launching its app in February 2014, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield brought his team together to go over its billing process one last time. They used WalmartLabs, its biggest single customer at the time, as a case study, and walked through each step required to sign up for its communication app. Show More Summary

Nokia just unveiled the ultimate camera

Confirming previous rumors regarding what Nokia was planning to unveil at its VIP press event this week, the company has announced that it is developing a virtual reality camera for the movie industry that can capture 360-degree panoramas. Show More Summary

Silicon Valley startups are paying headhunters more than $30,000 a head for hot engineers

For startups trying to hire engineers in Silicon Valley, it's not just about affording high salaries. Recruiter fees are also a big deal, according to a discussion on Twitter among founders on Thursday. One Silicon Valley founder spent...Show More Summary

Uber may be about to make a $1 billion investment in India

(Reuters) - Online ride hailing service Uber Technologies Inc is set to invest $1 billion in India, which will bring its investment on par with that in China, the Financial Times reported. Uber said that this move would help its service reach 1 million daily rides by March 2016, the first time the company has set such target for India, FT said. Show More Summary

Everything you need to know about Facebook's audacious solar-powered internet planes

In 2013, Facebook launched the non-profit organization with goal of eventually bringing internet access to the 60% of the world — about 4 billion people — without a connection.  On Thursday, the company announced two major milestones on that mission. Show More Summary

How an Apple scholarship helped this 16-year old launch his own app

Aakash Thumaty is no ordinary 16-year old. This rising senior at Saratoga High School near San Jose is a self-taught developer who has coding skills that — he claims — rival most college engineering majors. “With the skills I’ve been...Show More Summary

Salesforce has backed more $1 billion startups than Google

Who knew Salesforce was such a good unicorn hunter? The venture arm of the customer-relationship management provider now has nine companies valued at $1 billion or more in its investment portfolio, more than any other corporate VC. Google Ventures is not far behind with seven, research firm CB Insights reports. Show More Summary

San Francisco housing prices are so insane a Wharton grad is converting shipping containers for people to live in illegally

It’s no secret that San Francisco housing prices have shot through the roof. A home with a mummified corpse in it sold for over a million dollars. And real-estate marketplace Zumper rates San Francisco as officially the most expensive rental market in the country. Show More Summary

San Francisco landlords don't want to rent to startups

There is a funny dynamic going on in the San Francisco office market. Landlords are thrilled. The strength of the startup economy and the migration of startups from the Peninsula to San Francisco have led to the lowest vacancy rates ever and tremendous increases in price per square foot. Show More Summary

An embarrassed HP releases a video showing it has no dress code (HPQ)

Last week, an Internet firestorm erupted when a report came out that some programmers in HP's Enterprise Services division had been banned from wearing t-shirts and other casual clothing to work.  In Silicon Valley, where casual work attire is de-rigueur among computer coders, the dress code was quickly condemned and mocked. Show More Summary

Microsoft is sponsoring a huge party for everyone who built Windows 95

This September 12th, hundreds of Microsoft employees past and present will converge on Seattle's Benaroya Hall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Windows 95.   The Windows 95 Team Reunion is sponsored by Microsoft, along...Show More Summary

The CFO of FireEye, once a Wall Street darling, is leaving and the stock is tumbling (FEYE)

Computer security company FireEye had some good news and bad news for investors. The bad news: its CFO Michael Sheridan is leaving. He joined in 2011 and is leaving to take a position with a private company, the company said. The good? FireEye turned in better-than-expected second quarter results and upped its guidance for next quarter. Show More Summary

Court to Google: No, you can't charge Microsoft a lot of money for patents

In a setback for Google Inc, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday that the low licensing rate Microsoft Corp pays to use some of Google's Motorola Mobility patents had been properly set. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San...Show More Summary

These insect robots can jump on water

The spider robots that invade the bath of Captain John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, were one of the highlights of iconic 2002 film Minority Report. Now a team of international researchers has created a similar insect android that can launch itself easily from the water. Show More Summary

The 20 hottest startup hubs in the world

While Silicon Valley may stand undefeated as the most prominent name for tech entrepreneurs and startup visionaries, other regions all over the world are worthy competitors. Compass, a San Francisco-based benchmarking software company, has published a 2015 Startup Ecosystem Ranking Report that identifies the top 20 startup "ecosystems" in the world. Show More Summary

Poland’s Prime Minister loves this spectacular video game so much he gave it to Obama as a gift

The popular role-playing game series "The Witcher" is beloved in Poland — so much so that back in 2011, the country's prime minister at the time Donald Tusk presented Obama with the collector's edition of "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings" to commemorate his visit. Show More Summary

The new Apple TV is reportedly arriving in September (AAPL)

The long-awaited refresh on the Apple TV set-top streaming box is coming in September, according to a new report from BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski. Earlier reports claimed that Apple was initially aiming to announce the new Apple TV at...Show More Summary

Motorola has proof that you no longer need to spend a fortune to get a really great smartphone

Motorola released three new smartphones on Tuesday. Two of them will be available in the US, and I've been using one of them, the Moto G, this week. The new Moto G comes in two variants. The $180 base model has 8GB of storage and only...Show More Summary

Report: NBC is investing $250 million in BuzzFeed (NBC)

NBCUniversal is reportedly investing $250 million in BuzzFeed at a $1.5 billion valuation, according to Re/code's Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka. BuzzFeed declined to comment on the report. Most recently, BuzzFeed raised a $50 million Series E round last summer, led by Andreessen Horowitz's Chris Dixon. Show More Summary

A hacker figured out a way to almost completely control GM cars with OnStar

Another day, another security flaw found in a connected car.  On Thursday, a hacker named Samy Kamkar revealed a gadget that he claims enables the takeover of any GM vehicle with the OnStar system. The gadget, which Kamkar cleverly called the OwnStar system, allows a hacker to basically do exactly what the OnStar system does. Show More Summary

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