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Here's what one of Ellen Pao's current bosses thinks of her discrimination case

Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator and an investor in many companies including reddit, where he is also on the board of directors, finally commented on the ongoing trial concerning reddit's interim CEO Ellen Pao and her gender discrimination lawsuit against VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Show More Summary

This San Francisco home 'in a deteriorative state' just sold for $1.2 million

A home needing some serious work just sold for $411,000 over its asking price, Curbed SF reports. The four-bedroom home, located in San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood, was listed for $799,000 in February and sold for $1.21 million just two weeks after coming onto the market. Show More Summary

Facebook's new virtual reality game will make you feel like you're in 'Star Wars'

Facebook showed off a space-based virtual reality game at its developer conference Wednesday, and yes – it does look like you're in Star Wars. Produced by Matthew Stuart Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

One of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley has ties to two top 2016 candidates

Billionaire Laurene Powell-Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs, has a long history as a Democratic donor including contributions to the party's likely frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton. However, Powell-Jobs also has close ties to one of the GOP's top White House hopefuls, former Florida Gov. Show More Summary

The new Facebook Messenger sounds like it's going to make online shopping so much easier

A big part of Mark Zuckerberg's keynote address at Wednesday's F8 conference is that you'll soon be able to interact with businesses via Facebook Messenger, placing orders and getting updates on them all in the same place. In a session later that day, Facebook explained how — and why — you might actually want to. Show More Summary

Researcher shows a ridiculously easy way to hack into smart bracelets like Fitbits

A Russian security researcher was able to hack into his own smart bracelet in a relatively easy way (well, easy for a programmer). Roman Unuchek, a mobile threats expert at Kaspersy Lab, built an application that connected with dozens of devices in the wild and surreptitiously hacked into his own bracelet. Show More Summary

Apple could stop the new Facebook Messenger before it's even begun

The new Facebook Messenger, which lets users install other apps to use with the popular chat platform, seems to conflict directly with Apple's App Store guidelines — meaning that Apple may have cause to pull Messenger from iPhones and iPads. Show More Summary

Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Christie are Facebook friends

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is using his social media site to connect with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).  Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, shared a video of a recent town hall meeting on his public Facebook page Wednesday and Zuckerberg "liked" the post. Show More Summary

Streaming music companies have had uneven success shifting ad-supported listeners to paid accounts

Streaming music companies have had uneven success shifting ad-supported listeners to more valuable paid monthly subscriptions, and this has created a drag on the entire digital music industry. Paid-music streaming services account for a smaller share of revenue — and audience pool — than ad-supported versions. Show More Summary

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff makes good on a threat to Indiana over controversial 'anti-gay' legislation

On Thursday, the Indiana governor signed into law one of the most controversial bills in the nation, a law that could shield business owners from facing legal consequences if they refuse to serve members of the LGBT community. Supporters...Show More Summary

Facebook just showed a bunch of mind-bending optical illusions to prove virtual reality is reality

In a presentation on day two of Facebook's F8 conference in San Francisco, Oculus Chief Scientist Mike Abrash talked about how virtual reality can hack our brains and completely shake up our basic humanity. "Your visual system is reverse-engineering reality," Abrash said. Show More Summary

Slack, the app that lets you chat with co-workers, is raising a new round that would value it at $2.76 billion

Slack, the popular workplace chatting app, is set to raise up to $160 million in a new funding round that would value the company at $2.76 billion, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. This round will reportedly include new investors such as Institutional Venture Partners, Horizons Ventures, Index Ventures, and DST Global. Show More Summary

Facebook showed how stunning video games will look on the Oculus Rift this year (FB)

During its annual F8 developer's conference, Facebook showcased how immersive and realistic gaming could look on the Oculus virtual reality headset this year. The company's CTO Mike Schroepfer said virtual reality gaming would be coming this year on a device shipped by Oculus when speaking on stage. Show More Summary

In December, Marissa Mayer poached a star exec from Amazon. He's already quit and gone back.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer likes to brag about what she calls "boomerang" hires — people who used to work at Yahoo, quit, and then came back after she took over. This is a story about a boomerang hire that went in the wrong direction. In December 2014, Mayer scored a big win. Show More Summary

Facebook is making three big bets on the future

"We're here to talk about the future." That's how Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer introduced his second-day keynote presentation at this week's F8 conference, where he revealed cutting-edge products like high-flying drones and artificial intelligence that can learn, and gave a real explanation for where the Oculus Rift fits into the social network. Show More Summary

Why Amazon might want to buy a giant British luxury fashion retailer (AMZN)

Amazon is in talks to buy the London luxury fashion site Net-A-Porter, Women's Wear Daily reported Thursday morning. Although both Amazon and Net-A-Porter declined to comment, the move would align with Amazon's recent taste for the couture. Show More Summary

Twitter's new video streaming app is better than Meerkat (TWTR)

If you follow enough journalists and tech people on Twitter, you've probably seen your stream flooded with links to live videos over the last few weeks. It all started with Meerkat, an app that lets you stream live video from your smartphone to other users of the app or a web browser. Show More Summary

Facebook is building a fleet of giant solar-powered drones (FB)

Facebook is building a fleet of V-shaped unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, to help the company with its Internet.org project that aims to beam Internet access to the 5 billion people that don't have it yet. According...Show More Summary

Beats knew Miley Cyrus' twerk was going to happen weeks before the VMAs aired

Beats and its advertising agency R/GA knew Miley Cyrus was going to have her famous "twerk" moment, grinding up to Robin Thicke during his rendition of "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 VMAs, two weeks before the awards ceremony actually aired. Show More Summary

22 successful entrepreneurs share their best productivity hacks

Besides money, time is the greatest commodity an entrepreneur can have. It makes sense, then, that the most successful ones have figured out some handy productivity hacks to make the most of their days. We've collected some of the best we've found from entrepreneurs of a wide range of industries and experience levels. Show More Summary

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