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Uber funnelled all its UK revenues through a Dutch subsidiary that had zero employees

Two Dutch companies that control Uber's UK operations had no employees over a year after the cab-hailing app launched in London, even though UK fare revenue is funnelled through one of them, according to documents obtained by Business...Show More Summary

The app that arranges 'paid dates' is coming to the US — just don't call it an 'escort service'

Ohlala, the German app that sets up men with women for "paid dates," is coming to the US, starting with New York City. Ohlala has been described as an "Uber for escorts," but the company denies this, claiming it " is not an escort service." So...Show More Summary

Microsoft is recalling 2 million laptop chargers because 56 caught fire (MSFT)

Microsoft is starting its recall of Surface chargers after the company received 56 complaints that the chargers had overheated or caught fire, the BBC reports. The company announced the recall in January, but it wasn't public at the time how many users complained. Show More Summary

Police are training eagles to take down drones

Dutch Police have started working with Guard From Above, a company that trains birds, to intercept hostile drones. Story and editing by Jeremy Dreyfuss Follow INSIDER on Facebook Follow INSIDER on YouTube Join the conversation about this story »

An anonymous app teens are obsessed with went viral and got banned from the App Store — now it’s raised $16.4 million

Anonymous gossip app "After School" — a social network created specifically for high schoolers — first launched and immediately took off in late 2014. When it launched, teens used After School to post everything from their secret crushes...Show More Summary

Toyota has killed off its Scion brand

Toyota announced on Wednesday that its Scion brand will cease to exist by the end of the year. Scion, which was launched in North America in 2003 to appeal to young car buyers, will be absorbed into the company's main Toyota brand starting...Show More Summary

Apple hired the hackers who created the first Mac firmware virus (aapl)

Apple has hired two security researchers who previously worked on viruses targeting Mac computers. LegbaCore founder Xeno Kovah revealed on Twitter in November that he and his partner, Corey Kellenberg, had been hired by Apple to doShow More Summary

Magnises, a private club for elite millennials, is now offering its members access to swanky nightclubs and hotel stays for $79 a night

Magnises, founded in 2014 by twenty-something Billy McFarland, wants to help you build the perfect network. With the use of a personalized black card, the private club gives young professionals access to special events and deals in some...Show More Summary

I took the 'Elon Musk Challenge' and spent only $2 a day on food for a month — and it was easier than I expected

When Elon Musk was 17, he lived off a dollar a day for a month to see if he had what it takes to be an entrepreneur. He explained the experiment to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in an episode of Tyson's StarTalk Radio podcast: In America it's pretty easy to keep yourself alive. Show More Summary

Amazon will open over 300 brick-and-mortar bookstores — we visited the first one

In November, Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar location, Amazon Books, in Seattle's upscale University Village mall. While originally dismissed as a gimmick, it must've done well: Amazon now plans on opening 300 to 400 retailShow More Summary

Hulu is making moves to compete with Netflix more directly — here's how

Hulu wants to follow its rivals Netflix and Amazon by buying films from this year's Sundance Film Festival, according to Bloomberg. This would mark the first time Hulu has distributed original films, and could perhaps indicate a shift...Show More Summary

Fitbit just unveiled another new fitness tracker — and it might be its best-looking one yet

Less than a month after Fitbit unveiled its "smart fitness watch" at CES 2016, the company is announcing a new wearable — the Alta. And while many — including Wall Street — were quick to dismiss Fitbit's smart watch as an unattractive...Show More Summary

OLIVER WYMAN: It will take 10 years for the tech behind bitcoin to break big in finance

Blockchain database technology, which underpins digital cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, has got finance industry executives very excited. But they may have to cool their jets according to consultant Oliver Wyman and post-trade service...Show More Summary

Here's why Microsoft spent $250 million on smartphone keyboard SwiftKey (MSFT)

Microsoft has confirmed in a blog post that the company is buying SwiftKey, the London-based iPhone and Android keyboard, and will absorb its 150 person team into the company. The deal, which was first reported by The Financial Times,...Show More Summary

Here's what Microsoft's 'last Lumia' handset could look like (MSFT)

The Lumia 650, a rumoured mid-level Microsoft smartphone, will reportedly be the "last Lumia" to come out of Microsoft as sales fell to all-time lows in the three months leading up to January.  An image of the 650 has been leaked byShow More Summary

THE 1,000,000,000 CLUB: The elite apps and platforms that have more than 1 billion users

For Mark Zuckerberg, a product isn't a real business until it has one billion users. "This may sound a little ridiculous to say, but for us, products don't really get that interesting to turn into businesses until they have about 1 billion...Show More Summary

Here are 20 incredible perks companies like Airbnb, Facebook, and Google offer their employees

Most of us spend a majority of our waking hours at work — so it's only natural that we want to enjoy our time in the office as much as we possibly can. And perks help... a lot. According to career site Glassdoor, more than half (57%)...Show More Summary

I attended Adblock Plus' 'Camp David' European peace talks with publishers and the ad industry — here's what it was like

Adblock Plus, the popular ad blocker that consumers have downloaded in their tens of millions and that advertising industry execs love to hate, held the European version of its "Camp David" peace talks in London on Tuesday. The "Camp...Show More Summary

How hackers are targeting investors

Anyone that has a financial advisor or invests through a financial institution could be the target of a hacker. Adam Levin, author of "Swiped," explains what you can do to protect yourself.  Produced by Eames Yates Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

It looks like the iPhone 7's design won't change very much (AAPL)

The iPhone 7 will reportedly look very similar to the iPhone 6s, according to a report from MacRumors. Earlier reports have focused on the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, but the design of the iPhone will reportedly stay the same. Apple...Show More Summary

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