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Another hot Silicon Valley startup is reclassifying its workers as employees

Shyp, the startup that sends a courier to your house to pick up your packages and ship them for you, is reclassifying its laborers as employees. As you may recall, the California Labor Commission ruled last month that an Uber driver, who filed a suit against the company for misclassifying her as an independent contractor, was actually an employee. Show More Summary

The top 10 most viewed YouTube coming-out videos of all time will bring you to tears

Coming out as gay can feel like an isolating experience — but YouTube users are proving it doesn't have to be. The YouTube coming-out video has become its own mini-genre in the past few years. Actress Ellen Page,  Olympian Tom Daley,...Show More Summary

This useless website only lets one person visit it for 60 seconds at a time and thousands are waiting in line for the chance

It’s hard — perhaps impossible — to be actually alone online. But now there's a website that offers people some alone-time online, and it's so popular its servers are crashing. The online destination aims to be the only place you can go online and truly be the only person on the server. Show More Summary

Uber is getting dwarfed by its Chinese rival, which gives 3 million rides a day

Uber passengers in China are taking a million trips every day. Four of Uber's 10 biggest cities are in China, CEO Travis Kalanick told investors in an email obtained by the Financial Times last month. Uber operates in 11 Chinese cities, with plans to launch in 50 more cities with a population of 5 million people or more this year. Show More Summary

These 16 insanely successful college dropouts prove you don't need a degree

As a new crop of high-school grads prepare for adulthood, they are faced with a life-changing decision: when, where, and whether to go to college. Despite increasing tuition rates and growing student loan debt, college grads still make 60% more than high-schools grads on average. Show More Summary

Someone is breaking into underground vaults in California to sever major internet cables

On Tuesday, an unknown person broke into an underground vault and sliced three high-capacity internet cables, disrupting service for various businesses and residents around Sacramento, California, USA Today reports. This attack is part...Show More Summary

This immersive art installation simulates a thunderstorm — and it's pretty realistic

In this art installation Leigh Sachwitz  invites you to experience rain drumming on a roof and dark clouds stacking up in the night sky. Video courtesy of flora&faunavisions Follow flora&faunavisions: On Vimeo Follow BI Video:   On Facebook   Join the conversation about this story »

The iPhone 6S will be twice as fast as the iPhone 6 when using LTE, and it'll probably have better battery life too (AAPL)

You'll be able to download apps, music, and movies much faster on the upcoming iPhone 6S compared to the iPhone 6, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman. His latest report suggests that a new chip inside Apple's next iPhone will significantly boost LTE performance — even doubling that of the iPhone 6. Show More Summary

Here's why that leaked video of Nintendo's next video game system is totally fake

People really, really like to create fake video game leaks. It's bizarre, but it's the truth – there are apparently lots of folks out there with lots of extra time to try and fool the millions of rabid game fans worldwide. Imagine our surprise when the video above popped up overnight, purporting to be a "leak" of Nintendo's next game console. Show More Summary

There may be a way to 'turn off' chronic diseases with electricity — and it could be the future of medicine

Imagine a world where we treated deadly diseases with electricity instead of pills or chemo. We might not be as far from this reality as you think. Normally, our nervous systems send signals to our tissues and organs to suppress inflammation, a phenomenon known as the inflammatory reflex. Show More Summary

The 23 toughest interview questions you'll have to answer if you want to work at Netflix (NFLX)

If you want to work at Netflix, you might have to answer some hard interview questions first. Using Glassdoor's information about Netflix, we've compiled some of the most difficult questions that people say they've been asked while interviewing for the streaming company. Show More Summary

There’s a dark side to startups, and it haunts 30% of the world’s most brilliant people

The smile on Austen Heinz's face was unguarded and brief. It was the involuntary, small upturn of the corners the mouth that escapes when something genuinely makes you happy. For Heinz, it was seeing the surfers at Del Mar. He raised his phone to snap a photo for a friend. Show More Summary

Facebook just made a tiny change to its logo — see if you can even spot it (FB)

Facebook just made a subtle alteration to its logo, which was originally designed in 2005, according to Brand New — a blog that covers redesigns of brands and products. Here's what the new logo looks like, as Facebook product designer...Show More Summary

This is how little kids react these days when you show them a Walkman

July 1 is the anniversary of the Walkman, the handheld cassette tape player that first went on sale in 1979 and then dominated the music industry for decades. Today, it's been largely replaced, first by the iPod and now by smartphones. Show More Summary

Apple Watch demand is looking worse than expected (AAPL)

Apple Watch demand is worse than expected, says Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves. Here's Hargreaves in a new report: Store visits, Google search volume, third-party data and recent supply checks all suggest demand for Apple Watch has fallen sharply from initial levels. Show More Summary

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why astronomers are obsessed with Ceres

We all know Neil deGrasse Tyson's stance on Pluto and its status as a planet. But what does the world renowned astrophysicist consider to be the most underrated planet?  Produced by Kamelia Angelova,  Will Wei, and Alana Kakoyiannis StarTalk...Show More Summary

The fabulous life of Facebook millionaire Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya isn't exactly a household name outside of Silicon Valley.  But within the high-tech community, he's known as a sharp investor and executive who made it big when Facebook went public.  His venture capital firm, the...Show More Summary

New leaked sketches of the OnePlus 2 reveal almost every single detail about the successor to the hottest Android phone of 2014

Chinese startup OnePlus made one of the most talked-about phones of 2014, the OnePlus One. Now, it's getting ready to launch its successor and we're starting to get an idea of what the phone will look like. New sketches obtained by Business Insider provide further evidence that the phone will be made of glass and metal. Show More Summary

A former Google exec says it's 'misleading' for the TV industry to say people still watch 4 hours of TV a day (GOOG)

People in the United States watch just under 5 hours of TV every day, while people in the UK watch just under 4 hours of TV daily, according to the generally accepted research on traditional, linear TV viewing from Nielsen in the US and BARB in the UK. Show More Summary

China's most formidable startup is expanding outside of Asia for the first time

Xiaomi is now beginning its international expansion in earnest. The Chinese smartphone startup has grown at a meteoric rate, starting from nothing to become the most valuable tech startup in the world — worth at least $46 billion — in just 5 years. Show More Summary

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