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Android users got excited when Google said it would add a 'Dark Mode' — but now it says it's not coming after all (GOOG)

Android users have been asking Google for months to add a "Dark Mode" to Android that would make it easier to use at night. A Google employee said the mode would be added, which caused celebration amongst Android users. But another employee...Show More Summary

This software startup had its best year ever and the CEO says the end of net neutrality is a big reason why

HotSpot Shield, one of the most popular VPNs in the country, saw more downloads in 2017 than ever before The company's CEO says this is due to high-profile hacks and the FCC's crackdown on net neutrality. The U.S. is now HotSpot Shield's largest market. The FCC's repeal of net neutrality has infuriated internet users across the country. Show More Summary

Elon Musk has no problem selling Tesla cars — but strong demand could become a problem (TSLA)

Tesla is dealing with a spike in demand for its Model S and X vehicles. This again proves that Tesla doesn't have demand problems. But it also shows that the company has two car businesses: one in luxury vehicles that has matured, and...Show More Summary

There's one way to hold tech companies hostage and fix the spread of hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and misinformation (FB, TWTR, GOOG, GOOGL)

Hoaxes and fake news continue to be promoted on big tech platforms run by Facebook and Google. The companies have proven in the past that they can make big changes when properly incentivized. Advertisers could pull their ads from Facebook...Show More Summary

easyJet's billionaire founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou gets into fintech with new online investment platform

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is launching an investment platform called easyMoney. The first product will be an "Innovative ISA" allowing people to invest in peer-to-peer loans, backed by property, that easyMoney will write. easyMoney plans...Show More Summary

Peter Thiel's campaign to destroy Gawker was reportedly inspired by a mysterious 'Mr. A'

A mysterious "Mr. A" allegedly inspired Peter Thiel to try and destroy news site Gawker. The Silicon Valley investor subsequently secretly bankrolled legal cases against the company, culminating in it shutting down in 2016. BuzzFeed News reports that "Mr. Show More Summary

Dropbox’s IPO is just the latest case of startup CEOs consolidating their power — and investors should be outraged (FB, SNAP, ROKU)

A growing number of tech companies are setting up stock arrangements that give outsized voting power to executives and founders — at the expense of regular shareholders. Dropbox, which on Friday released the paperwork it filed to goShow More Summary

Dropbox shows its freemium model works — 11 million users and 300,000 business teams are paying for its service (BOX)

Dropbox on Friday released the paperwork it filed to go public, offering new details on its business. The company reported it has 11 million paying users. Although Dropbox was late to pursue the enterprise market, it now has 300,000Show More Summary

Facebook removes VR shooting demo at top conservative conference out of 'respect for the victims' of Florida shooting (FB)

Facebook has been criticised for being "tone deaf" after showing off a virtual reality shoot-em-up demo at a conservative conference following the Florida school shooting. The social network has since removed the shooting aspects from...Show More Summary

Apple and Samsung have very different philosophies when it comes to courting smartphone customers

Samsung and Apple have long led the premium markets when it comes to smartphones — but the two companies have very different approaches when it comes to courting consumers. As this chart by Statista shows, Samsung plasters the market with new models. Show More Summary

Box's Aaron Levie has some hilarious advice for Dropbox's Drew Houston on how to be CEO of a public company (BOX)

The CEO of Box was gracious and funny in welcoming Dropbox, his highest-profile competitor, to the ranks of the publicly-traded tech companies. But Box CEO Aaron Levie, who's been known to smack-talk Dropbox, did have a funny bit ofShow More Summary

Condoleezza Rice, Meg Whitman, Drew Houston, and everybody else who's poised to get richer from the Dropbox IPO

Dropbox filed its S-1 on Friday, revealing ample information about who owns stakes in the $10 billion file sharing company. Among its biggest shareholders are CEO Drew Houston and his co-founder Arash Ferdoswi. Perhaps more surprising...Show More Summary

DROPBOX IPO FILING WARNS : We may never be profitable

Dropbox on Friday filed to go public. The company has never made a profit and warned it may never, according to a filing. Dropbox officially filed on Friday to go public on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker 'DBX.' It’s the first time the company has had to disclose its financial situation — and the details aren’t exactly pretty. Show More Summary

Microsoft is rising after announcing that it's partnering with Xiaomi to make AI and cloud computing devices (MSFT)

Shares of Microsoft jumped 2.39% after announcing that the Washington-based company has joined forces with Chinese tech giant Xiaomi in a close collaboration on cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and hardware. The two companies...Show More Summary

A prominent NYC venture capitalist says a floating pontoon bridge could be the answer to the looming L train nightmare

In April 2019, New York City plans to shut down the L line between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 15 months to focus on repairs. Many commuters who use the L line, particularly those who live in low-income neighborhoods, don't have manyShow More Summary

Vaping instead of smoking still exposes you to toxic metals like lead — here's how worried you should be

A new study found that people who vape may be inhaling potentially dangerous levels of toxic metals like lead. However, the study did not directly compare the levels to those of conventional cigarettes — which some research suggestsShow More Summary

Dropbox has filed for an IPO

Dropbox just filed for its IPO. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Elon Musk explains the one thing that went wrong with SpaceX's Falcon Heavy flight

Scientists figured out which human ancestor made the first cave paintings — and it challenges one way we thought humans were unique

Long before early modern humans arrived in Europe, Neanderthals were painting in caves, leaving behind animal shapes and hand-prints. They may also have been decorating shells before Homo sapiens did. This indicates that the stereotype...Show More Summary

Rapper Lupe Fiasco says cryptocurrencies are like 'baseball cards,' but that blockchain can 'revolutionize' the music industry

In an interview with Business Insider, rapper Lupe Fiasco compared cryptocurrencies to speculative commodities like "baseball cards," while expounding on the ways blockchain technologies could "revolutionize" the music industry. Fiasco...Show More Summary

One of bitcoin's biggest problems is showing signs of getting better

Deutsche Bank examined whether bitcoin's scaling problem is improving in a note out to clients this week. Fees to transfer the coin have fallen even as the cryptocurrency price climbs back from lows set earlier this month. "Is bitcoin...Show More Summary

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