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Uber riders can now earn free stays at some of the world's most luxurious hotels

Uber has launched a partnership with Starwoods Hotels & Resorts to reward its most loyal passengers. The ride-sharing app announced on Tuesday the "first-of-its-kind" deal, which lets Uber riders earn "Starpoints" as they travel. Starpoints...Show More Summary

Here's what's new on Netflix in March

Netflix has released its list of March releases and there are plenty of originals coming from the streaming site. Tina Fey's new comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and new drama "Bloodline" starring Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") make up five new series and specials coming to Netflix. Show More Summary

UK mobile carrier EE is launching its TV service with Kevin Bacon and stars from TV show Gogglebox

UK mobile carrier EE is launching its biggest TV ad campaign since it first stepped onto the mobile phone scene in 2012. The company revealed a new advert on Wednesday that will air during the Brit Awards 2015. It features actor Kevin...Show More Summary

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Angela Merkel (AAPL)

Tim Cook is currently touring Europe, and one of his most recent meetings was with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. BILD reports that Cook met with Merkel before he visited the newspaper's office in Berlin. Here's the only photo of Cook and Merkel's meeting that has been released so far: Cook told BILD about his conversation with Merkel. Show More Summary

Here's where advertising execs will be partying during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is no longer just about the handset launches. Each year, thousands of ad executives flock to the trade show to learn about what’s new in mobile, to catch up with clients, and to potentially do some deals. Show More Summary

These charts show how far Google and Facebook are ahead of Twitter (FB, GOOG, TWTR)

Facebook announced in Thursday it had reached the important milestone of bringing on board 2 million active advertisers. That's a 33% increase from the amount it reported in July 2014, and is up 100% on June 2013. That number doesn't...Show More Summary

10 things in tech you need to know today (HPQ, AAPL, GOOG, V)

Good morning! Unlike yesterday, it's a rainy day in London. Here's the tech news you need to know today. 1. Pebble's new smartwatch raised over $5 million in less than five hours. It used a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and reached its target in just 17 minutes. Show More Summary

Meg Whitman says revenue drop at HP's most troubled unit is like water 'draining out of the bathtub' (HPQ)

For years, we've been reporting on HP's troubled Enterprise Services business unit. That's the group that handles consulting, outsourcing, and other hands-on services for big HP customers. On Tuesday, HP executives said that the company's promised turnaround rests on this unit finally getting its act together. Show More Summary

HP CFO indicates more layoffs after it finishes cutting 55,000 people (HPQ)

HP's massive layoffs will continue beyond 55,000 people, thanks to its plans to separate into two huge companies, CFO Cathie Lesjak indicated on Tuesday. This shouldn't be a shock. As soon as HP started talking about its plans to split itself from one ginormous company into two enormous ones, people started asking about layoffs. Show More Summary

Lenovo just showed why Microsoft needs the Surface PC

Earlier this week, it came out that Lenovo had shipped a piece of software called Superfish on a bunch of new computers. Turns out, the software was a potential security nightmare. It hijacked security certificates from web sites that the user was visiting, which could have allowed hackers to steal user information using the same technique. Show More Summary

A former Kleiner Perkins partner claims she was harassed by the same person as Ellen Pao

Former Kleiner Perkins partner Trae Vassallo testified in court on Tuesday that she was harassed by the same partner that Ellen Pao named in her discrimination lawsuit against her former employer. Both women worked for Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a famous venture capital firm that's invested in tech giants like Amazon and Google. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton doesn't wear a Fitbit

Presumptive 2016 presidential candidate Hilary Clinton isn't buying into the wearables trend. Clinton was interviewed by Re/Code's Kara Swisher at the Lead On Conference in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday. Most of the conversation...Show More Summary

HP will spend about $2 billion for its 'unprecedented' separation into two Fortune 50 companies (HPQ)

HP is about three months into its plans to cleave itself into two huge tech companies and it's finally figured out how much this process will cost: about $2 billion. HP will spend $1.3 billion of pre-tax separation costs in its current...Show More Summary

A TV ad for 'the world's slimmest phone' has been banned for objectifying women

A TV ad for British mobile handset company Kazam (watch it in full below) has been banned in the UK on the grounds that it was likely to objectify women. The ad, created by Ogilvy & Mather, aimed to showcase "the world's slimmest phone," Kazam's Tornado 348. Show More Summary

One Snapchat feature gets more views than episodes of some popular TV shows

One Snapchat feature is getting "tens of millions" of views, Gigaom reported Tuesday. Snapchat's "Our Story" shows a crowdsourced, aggregated group of individual users' Snapchats based around an event, such as Oktoberfest, a collegiate football game, or the Westminster Dog Show. Show More Summary

Steve Jobs talked to Playboy 30 years ago — here are 15 awesome things he said (AAPL)

Thirty years ago, in February 1985, Steve Jobs gave an interview to Playboy. As with most long interviews with the late CEO, it's filled with fantastic nuggets about his life, Apple, and the future of computing. To commemorate what would have been his 60th birthday, we pulled out our 15 favorite quotes and anecdotes for you to check out. Show More Summary

Turn your iPad into a floating screen with the HoverBar

We've found the coolest iPad stand out there. With Twelve South's HoverBar 3, y ou can attach your iPad to the side of your desktop, or use it as a substitute laptop. The HoverBar comes with fit clips so that you can use it with an iPad Air, iPad Mini, or generation 2 through 4 iPads. Show More Summary

Some people loaded up on Pebble watches when they went on sale

With the Apple Watch set to arrive in just two months, Pebble, which introduced the first modern smartwatch on Kickstarter in 2012, returned to the crowdfunding platform on Tuesday to unveil its latest creation, the Pebble Time. TheShow More Summary

Take a tour of Betterment, the $500 million New York startup with insane perks for its employees

With a suite of mobile apps, educational materials, and automated tools, Betterment says it wants to make it easier for people to manage their personal investments. Last week, the company announced it had raised an additional $60 million in Series D funding led by Francisco Partners. Show More Summary

The wild and crazy life of Shane Smith, cofounder and CEO of Vice

Shane Smith, cofounder and CEO of $2.5 billion media company Vice, is a highly controversial figure. From $300,000 steak dinners to wild, celebrity-packed parties, Smith is always pushing the envelope. His personal net worth has been estimated to be as much as $400 million. Show More Summary

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