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Uber's absent leadership: The $69 billion startup needs a lot more top executives than just a new CEO

In the aftermath of Travis Kalanick's resignation, Uber is lacking a lot more than just a chief executive. The world's most valuable private tech startup is missing most of the top executives that would be picking up Kalanick's slack at a normal company. Show More Summary

Snapchat reportedly paid over $250 million for an app that lets you track your friends (SNAP)

Snap recently snapped up mapping app maker Zenly in what was likely one of its largest acquisitions ever, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. And it looks like Snapchat's parent company is already using Zenly's technology. Snap Inc., bought Zenly for somewhere between $250 million to $350 million, according to TechCrunch. Show More Summary

Nearly 25% of city-dwelling Americans aren’t connected to broadband internet

The digital divide is, unfortunately, alive and well in the US. It’s already understood that rural Americans have a harder time accessing the internet — and have to deal with slower speeds where it is available — than those living in cities. Show More Summary

America's most scenic drive has been devastated— so a luxury resort is helicoptering guests in

In May, one of the biggest landslides on record in California buried a small section of Highway 1 — a famous coastal highway — under 40 feet of rubble. The blockage has devastated the ever-popular Big Sur region, where local businesses,...Show More Summary

Ultra-powerful 'Legendary' Pokémon are finally coming to 'Pokémon Go'

Since the release of Pokémon Go last July, players have been clamoring to catch so-called Legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo. Legendaries are extremely rare and powerful Pokémon from the original game series. And until now, they've been completely...Show More Summary

A startup that wants to change the way people think about saving money has named a new CEO

A New York startup that wants to change the way millennials think about saving money has named a former LinkedIn engineer as its CEO. Derek Brown joined Exeq in January as chief technology officer, according to his LinkedIn profile.Show More Summary

A manager at Google breaks down what makes a great fit — and most of it is difficult to learn

As managing director for Google’s global customer acquisitions group, Darren Pleasance has teams in 20 countries around the world. So you could say he knows what to look for in a prospective hire. On the Wall Street Oasis podcast, Pleasance...Show More Summary

Here's what you get when Netflix fires you

Netflix isn’t afraid to fire people. In fact, the company is very open about giving underperforming employees the ax when they are not part of Netflix’s vision for the “dream team.” That pain is, however, eased by a "minimum" 4-month,...Show More Summary

Here's everything we know from the second trailer for 'Game of Thrones' season 7

There are only a few weeks left before the new season of "Game of Throne", and from what we've seen so far, it looks incredible. In the newest trailer for Season 7, we got a few more hints about what's in store for the characters who are still around. Show More Summary

Uber adds a new board member to replace the one who resigned after making a sexist comment at a company meeting

Uber may have just lost its CEO, but it now has a new board member. The ride-hailing company, reeling after CEO Travis Kalanick's resignation Tuesday late night PT, is adding TPG investor David Trujillo to its board, according to people familiar with the matter. Show More Summary

Why IPA beers have 'India' in the name — and why it tastes so unique

Patrick McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. In this video, he shares his knowledge on how India Pale Ales were first created and how it got its name. Following is a transcript of the video. I’m Patrick McGovern. Show More Summary

Virgin Mobile, Sprint's prepaid brand, will only sell iPhones from now on

Just a week after it started giving away a year’s worth of “unlimited” data for next to nothing, Sprint has launched more hyper-aggressive moves — this time for its prepaid brand Virgin Mobile. Virgin Mobile on Wednesday said that it would offer customers a year of its new “unlimited” data plan for a base price of $1. Show More Summary

Twitter stock is jumping after launching 'Super Hearts' feature for tipping Periscope broadcasters (TWTR)

Twitter is trying to take on Google and Amazon with its newest offering, and investors seem to love it. Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app, announced a "Super Hearts" feature today. The feature allows users to tip broadcasters, a move that is credited with helping grow YouTube and Twitch. The Super Hearts program is pretty confusing, though. Show More Summary

Brooklinen's new line of bedding completely solved one of my biggest sleep issues

Brooklinen wants to alleviate one of the worst summertime feelings: being hot and sticky while you sleep. The online bedding retailer is launching its first new fabric since its 2014 launch: Linen. The breathable fabric arrives in time...Show More Summary

After 14 years, one of the best games of all time is finally getting a sequel — here's what we know

You've probably never heard of "Beyond Good & Evil," and that's unfortunate — it's one of the best games of the past 20 years. Nearly 15 years after the first game launched, it's getting a sequel.  It's called "Beyond Good & Evil 2." If...Show More Summary

Pinterest just updated its coolest new feature, which uses your smartphone's camera to search the world around you — here's what's new

Pinterest is revamping its Lens feature just a few months after launching it to the public.  The feature, which Pinterest introduced in February, lets you use your smartphone's camera to identify decor, clothing, and food you see in the real world. Show More Summary

Travis Kalanick is no longer CEO, but he'll have a hand in picking his successor

Travis Kalanick may have just resigned as Uber's CEO, but he'll help select his replacement. Kalanick will be a part of the search for Uber's new CEO since he's retaining his board seat and all of his voting rights, according to a person...Show More Summary

The iPhone originally happened because Steve Jobs hated a guy worked at Microsoft (AAPL, MSFT)

MOUNTAIN VIEW — You might think a product as revolutionary as Apple's iPhone might have been born out of some unique insight or high-minded feeling. You would be wrong. According to Scott Forstall, the iPhone's co-inventor, the roots...Show More Summary

This tech company gives employees $5,000 for yearly vacation and 4-day weeks during the summer

Ask most CEOs why they don't offer more perks to their employees, and they'll probably say it's a matter of cost or resources. Jason Fried, CEO of the web development company Basecamp, has another excuse: He's already implemented them. "I'd...Show More Summary

Here's the kind of people Netflix is looking to hire, and why (NFLX)

Netflix is famous in the tech industry for its well-defined work culture, which seeks to chop out "brilliant jerks" and underperforming employees. This culture was outlined in a famous 2009 deck by CEO Reed Hastings, which summarized...Show More Summary

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