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Palantir will shell out $1.7 million to settle claims that it discriminated against Asian engineers

Palantir is settling allegations by the Department of Labor that its hiring practices for engineers discriminated against Asian people. It has agreed to pay $1,659,434 in back wages and stock options to impacted employees. It will also...Show More Summary

Uber's lawyers want to know: What did Larry Page know

Alphabet CEO Larry Page was thrust into the center of the high-profile legal battle that Google and Uber are waging over self-driving car technology on Tuesday. At issue is a conversation that Page may, or may not, have had with Anthony...Show More Summary

Texas hosts the largest Earth Day event in the world —here's what it was like

DALLAS — Businessman and philanthropist Trammell S. Crow founded Earth Day Texas in 2011, and it has gotten bigger every year since. This Earth Day weekend, an expected 150,000 people attended the event at the Texas State Fairgrounds. Show More Summary

An Uber employee committed suicide, and his widow is blaming Uber's work culture

An Uber engineer committed suicide, and his widow is blaming Uber's stressful work culture as the cause, according to a new report from Carolyn Said at The San Francisco Chronicle. Zecole Thomas told the Chronicle that her husband, Joseph Thomas, "wasn't himself" after he joined Uber. Show More Summary

The number of Amazon Prime members has reportedly doubled in the past two years (AMZN)

Prime is the gift that keeps on giving for Amazon. According to a new study from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Amazon’s premium subscription service has now reached 80 million members in the US. As this chart from Statista...Show More Summary

I tried Facebook in virtual reality and I’m not sure what the point was (FB)

In the not-too-distant future, Facebook thinks we'll want to strap on special goggles so that we can hang out with our friends in a virtual world in which we appear as disembodied, cartoon versions of ourselves. Based on my experience...Show More Summary

Court rejects Uber executive's request to take the fifth amendment in self-driving car case against Waymo

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google executive at the center of Waymo's lawsuit against Uber, will not be allowed to take the fifth amendment, according to an order from the US Court of Appeals issued Tuesday. That means Levandowski...Show More Summary

One of the biggest transportation changes underway has nothing to do with driverless cars

When I learned to drive, cars were pretty easy to understand: they ran on gas, which was fairly cheap, and they had radios. Other transportation options were limited to boats, buses, trains, planes, and motorcycles. If you lived in a...Show More Summary

It's time for a reality check on Microsoft's grand turnaround vision (MSFT)

When Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft in January 2014, he brought a brand-new playbook to the company. Instead of focusing exclusively on Windows, his Microsoft would take a "cloud-first, mobile-first" stance. Just over three years later, things are looking good. Show More Summary

Some Tesla employees claim the company is illegally suppressing unionization efforts (TSLA)

Some Tesla factory workers are accusing the company of illegally suppressing employees' attempts to unionize at its Fremont manufacturing plant. The United Auto Workers, a labor union, and three Tesla employees have each filed separate...Show More Summary

Check out the insane motorized windows on the Apple Store in Dubai (AAPL)

Apple's new retail store in the Dubai Mall will open on Thursday. The architectural highlight of this Apple Store is an automated, motorized system of windows that help keep the store cool while minimizing air conditioning usage. Check...Show More Summary

Here's the question a rejected job candidate emailed after her interview that eventually got her hired for another role

My response to job rejections has always been much the same. I replay the interview in my head until eventually I've figured out why the company rejected me: I wore an ugly outfit. I talked too much. I'm a generally terrible person and...Show More Summary

Apple exec says computers should help people remember every person they've ever met

In the TV show "Black Mirror," there is an episode imagining a world where humans record every single thing that happens to them — sometimes to detrimental effect. Apple's Tom Gruber has a vision for a similar future, albeit one where...Show More Summary

All of Uber's problems can be boiled down to a single, simple word

Uber is in crisis. After the stunning debut of its driverless car fleet in Pittsburgh last year, CEO Travis Kalanick and his company have shifted into serial screwup mode, culminating in Kalanick admitting, after chewing out a disgruntled...Show More Summary

A hardware investor took apart the $400 Juicero machine and discovered why it’s so expensive

Ben Einstein is a General Partner at Bolt, a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests at the intersection of hardware and software. He has no financial investment in the company, Juicero, mentioned in this article. His post first...Show More Summary

One cool feature of the Samsung Galaxy S8 makes me really excited for the iPhone 8

Even turned off, there's no denying it: The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the most beautiful phone on the market. And once you power it on, you're treated to the Galaxy's OLED screen, a technology Samsung has been using since its first Galaxy phone came out seven years ago. Show More Summary

I switched from the iPhone 7 to Google's new phone and couldn’t be happier — here's why

Here are two statements that sound like opposites, but in reality exist in parallel: The iPhone is a gorgeous, remarkable device. The software running on the iPhone is adequate at best. The iPhone 7 — Apple's latest iPhone model — is an especially impressive piece of hardware. Show More Summary

NASA is about to fly its $3.26 billion spacecraft into a danger zone — here’s what will happen

NASA is about to fly its $3.26 billion Cassini spacecraft where no spacecraft has flown before — in the deepest region of Saturn's rings between the planet and its inner-most ring. NASA has wanted to study this region of space for decades, but each time it had the chance it opted out. Not this time! Follow Tech Insider : On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

A banker-turned-Googler explains why tech companies could stand to hire more Wall Street bankers

When Sameer Syed worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan, he knew that every email had to be perfect. "You didn't want to make a mistake in an email and have someone senior read it," he says. "They might be like, 'This guy doesn't...Show More Summary

Tech unicorn Ve Interactive is reportedly going into administration

Ad tech unicorn Ve Interactive is in the process of going into administration after struggling to pay its employees on time and after CEO David Brown stepped down. According to The Financial Times, the company's executives discussed the terms of administration at a London court hearing today. Show More Summary

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