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Now Instagram Is Dominating Twitter In Another Hugely Important Way (TWTR, FB)

Earlier this month Instagram revealed it had overtaken Twitter in terms of users: 300 million to Twitter’s 284 million. Now there’s more evidence underlining Instagram’s dominant status versus Twitter. Data provided to Business Insider...Show More Summary

Leaked Sony Emails Reveal What Happened When Snapchat Turned Down Billions Of Dollars From Facebook (FB)

Last year, Facebook famously offered to buy Snapchat for a few billion dollars. Snapchat declined. Some people thought Snapchat and its CEO Evan Spiegel, now 24, were insane. Others thought it was a brilliantly gutsy move to build a great company alone. Show More Summary

NASA Mars Rover Has Found Organic Molecules In Martian Soil For The First Time

Today, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity tweeted some exciting news: Certified organics! I detected organics for the 1st time on the surface of Mars #AGU14 — Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity)...Show More Summary

SpaceX Is About To Land A Rocket On A Platform In The Ocean — A Feat That Could Forever Change Spaceflight

The most monumental part of this Friday's SpaceX launch will not be what goes up, but what comes down. In a game-changing move, SpaceX is going to try and land a used rocket atop a floating platform in the ocean. If successful, the company...Show More Summary

Get The Most Out Of Google Chrome With These 17 Essential Add-Ons (GOOG)

Google's Chrome Web Store is full of cool add-ons for your browser. But as Chrome has become more popular, the Chrome Web Store has become like Apple's App Store: bloated and hard to navigate. We've rounded up the best ones that will help keep you focused and productive at work and in your personal life. Show More Summary

T-Mobile Still Has A Long Way To Go To Catch Up

T-Mobile on Tuesday introduced the eighth edition of its "Uncarrier" initiative: Customers will be able to keep the unused portion of their data allotment from each month and roll it into the next month. You can keep your "Data Stash"...Show More Summary

Quora CEO Says Stickers Will Soon Overtake America

Quora CEO and former chief technology officer at Facebook, Adam D’Angelo, gave a lengthy interview to Matt Lynley at BuzzFeed News yesterday. He spoke a lot about artificial intelligence and personalization on the internet. He said one really effective way to personalize a service is though stickers. Show More Summary

The Best Startup Offices We Saw This Year

Perks like free food and unlimited soda are great, but nothing compares to working in a great office. We toured tons of startup offices this year from New York to San Francisco to Seattle. Here are the the ones that stood out most in our minds. Show More Summary

Twitter And Foursquare Are Working On A Partnership To Launch Geo-Location Features In Tweets (TWTR)

Twitter wants to start surfacing information for users that's relevant and interesting, not just timely. And it believes adding a location layer to its platform could be part of the solution. Twitter and Foursquare are planning to partner together in 2015 to power location in tweets, a source familiar with the deal tells Business Insider. Show More Summary

A Controversial Uber Executive Got In A Nasty Legal Fight With His Landlord

Uber SVP Emil Michael made headlines last month when during a private dinner he proposed a million-dollar campaign to dig up personal details of journalists who were critical of his employer. It turns out that he takes an aggressive approach in interactions with his landlord as well. Show More Summary

I Bought Echo, Amazon's Voice-Controlled Speaker That Talks To You Like Siri And Plays Music, And I Like It

This is a guest post from Ivan the K, a great person to follow on Twitter. He got an Amazon Echo, and wrote a review for us. I was the first kid on my block to take delivery of Amazon’s latest new hardware offering, which it calls “Echo.”...Show More Summary

Apple's Former Director Of Design Reveals The Most Important Thing He Learned While Working At Apple

"When I die... my tombstone is going to say, 'The guy who hired Jonathan Ive,'" industrial designer Robert Brunner joked in 2007. Brunner is the founder of the design firm Ammunition, which has designed hardware and software for Beats, Adobe, Polaroid, and Square. Show More Summary

How This CEO Was Able To Take His Company Public When Everybody Else Was Panicking (ZEN)

In early 2014, a few months before taking his company public, Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane and his two cofounders, Morten Primdahl and Alexander Aghassipour, went for drinks in San Francisco. It was the first time in a while that the three cofounders had gotten together after work. Show More Summary

These Are The Best Fitness Trackers You Can Buy Today

Buying a fitness tracker can be difficult. On the surface, it seems like they all do the exact same thing: count your calories, measure how far you've run, and monitor your sleep. But there are a few areas where some fitness bands succeed over others. Show More Summary

The Best View Yet Of Apple's New 'Spaceship' Headquarters That's Beginning To Take Shape (AAPL)

Construction is well underway for Apple's circular new "Spaceship" campus, and a new aerial photo gives us our best view yet of its progress. The futuristic campus is designed by Norman Foster's firm, Foster + Partners, and will feature...Show More Summary

The Sony Hackers Still Have A Massive Amount Of Data That Hasn't Been Leaked Yet

The "Guardians of Peace" hacking group today released the ninth document cache from the hack of Sony's movie studio Sony Pictures Entertainment. Since December 9, Guardians of Peace have been causing mayhem by flashing up spooky messages...Show More Summary

Mysterious Startup Magic Leap Recruited A Legendary Writer With A Sword From Lord Of The Rings

Magic Leap, a mysterious augmented reality startup that raised $542 million in October from Google, Qualcomm, and others, just hired legendary science fiction author Neal Stephenson as its Chief Futurist. It wasn't your typical recruitment...Show More Summary

Apple Halts Online Sales In Russia Because The Ruble Is So Unstable (AAPL)

Apple has suspended online operations in Russia because of instability in the ruble, Russia's currency, Bloomberg is reporting. We've reached out to Apple for comment, and will update when we hear back. Russia's economy is under strain from plunging oil prices and sanctions, and the ruble has lost 20% of its value in the last week. Show More Summary

Sen. Al Franken Blasts Uber For Tiptoeing Around His Questions About The Company's Privacy Policy

Last month, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, voiced privacy concerns about Uber in an open letter to the company. In it, he asked that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick address the company's privacy policy. Show More Summary

Reddit Bans User Accounts After Receiving Takedown Requests From Sony Over Leaked Documents

Reddit has banned individual user accounts, deleted posts, and banned a subreddit after receiving "less than a handful" of takedown requests for data leaked as part of the massive Sony Pictures hack. Sony's internal documents and employee...Show More Summary

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