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SoulCycle Files For IPO

The high-end indoor cycling chain did not reveal how many shares it plans to sell, though it plans on raising $100 million. SoulCycle, the fitness chain known for its highly produced indoor cycling classes, has filed for an initial public offering, Reuters reports. Show More Summary

Pinterest: We Want 30% Of Our Engineering Hires To Be Female

The social media company has outlined clear goals to boost hires of women and underrepresented minorities. On Thursday, Pinterest made public its ambitious plan to boost diversity, which seeks to hire a greater percentage of women and underrepresented minorities for engineering and leadership roles at the company. Read Full Story

Ex-Reddit Figure Victoria Taylor Joins WeWork

Victoria Taylor, the Reddit employee whose dismissal incensed the site's users, has taken her talents to coworking firm WeWork. Victoria Taylor, the beloved Reddit AMA liaison whose dismissal last month ignited a full-blown public relations crisis and incensed the service's vociferous user base, has moved on to a new job. Read Full Story

Today in Tabs: So Long To All That

This is the one where Buffy sends Angel into the hell-vortex, so it's kind of a bummer but you know next season is going to be the best. @rustyk5 What Are You Talking About. Read Full Story

Obama Issues Executive Order To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2025

Today's leading supercomputer is in China, and Obama wants the U.S. to build one that is 20 times as fast. A new arm of the U.S. government is working to create the world's fastest supercomputer within the next 10 years. President Obama...Show More Summary

Facebook Ready To Test Drones That Can Deliver Internet At 10 Gigabits A Second

The lightweight, carbon-fiber drones can provide coverage to a radius of 50 miles. Facebook has built the first full-scale version of its connectivity drone today, a V-shaped high-altitude device meant to connect people in underserved areas. Show More Summary

Jon Stewart's Post-"Daily Show" Career? Maybe Stand-Up!

The most trusted man in fake news showed up at the Comedy Cellar last night, taking the stage right after Louis CK. For those wondering what Jon Stewart might do after he hangs up his Daily Show suit next month, last night provided a possible glimpse at what direction the most trusted man in fake news could go. Read Full Story

NBCUniversal Closing In On a $250 Million BuzzFeed Deal

The media behemoth is also in talks with Vox Media to bring its valuation to $850 million. NBCUniversal is nearing a deal to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed, according to Re/code. The media conglomerate is also deep in negotiations with Vox Media, an investment that would bring the online publisher's valuation to $850 million. Read Full Story

Uber To Lease Cars Directly To UberX Drivers

The ride-sharing service makes it easier for prospective UberX drivers to lease cars for short stints. Uber has all but cornered the ride-hailing business, clocking 1 million rides a day in some markets. The demand is clear, and theShow More Summary

IBM And CVS Health Want Watson To Manage Your Diabetes

IBM and CVS Health think big data will help make you healthier. If IBM and the recently rebranded CVS Health have their way, you'll be using the Watson supercomputer to manage obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. The two companies are...Show More Summary

Mapping Smog, Block By Block, Using Google Street View Cars

Before you leave, find out all the pollutants that will choke you at your destination. While Google Street View cars cruise around city streets snapping photos, now they can also double as mobile air quality stations, tracking smog block by block. Read Full Story

Doing Your Errands, For Free, Is Now Someone's Job

GoButler's "Heroes" spend their days booking your doctor appointments, sending your mother flowers, and planning your dates, gratis. "Have a date tomorrow. Any ideas of what to do?" Read Full Story

This Guerrilla Mattress Turns Evil Anti-Homeless Spikes Into A Force For Good

The anti anti-homeless spikes project reclaims public spaces for anyone who wants to sit down where they goddamn please. Cities can be pretty hostile to the average person. Benches are scarce and public toilets are often unavailable or disgusting. Show More Summary

What Really Happens To Your Brain And Body During A Digital Detox

Neuroscientists observed 35 people who were totally cut off from their devices in the Moroccan desert. The results were life-changing. We feel guilty that we're constantly plugged in. Read Full Story

Hot On Hello Barbie's Plastic Heels, ToyTalk Now Lets Kids Chat With Thomas The Tank Engine

A new app, Thomas and Friends Talk to You, is for youngsters who are down with the very useful train and his pals. If you've ever spent even a few minutes with a toddler, you are likely familiar with the global juggernaut that is Thomas and Friends. Read Full Story

Meet The World's Youngest Rum Master

One part alchemist, one part business woman, Jassil Villanueva Quintana is leading the way for millennials to take over the spirits industry. Jassil Villanueva Quintana is a maestra ronera, Spanish for rum master. In the world of spirits, they play the alchemist responsible for coaxing the fermented liquid into a blended libation that is a pleasure to drink. Read Full Story

Facebook Rakes In $4 Billion, Thanks To Our Smartphone Addiction

The social network's 39% increase in revenue last quarter was largely driven by mobile. Facebook held its second-quarter earnings call Wednesday afternoon, and mobile continues to be a huge focus for the social networking giant. For the first time, Facebook broke $4 billion in quarterly revenue. Show More Summary

Yelp Chairman Resigns, Stock Plummets 28%

The review site's earnings call revealed growing user numbers—along with its struggle to attract advertisers. PayPal cofounder Max Levchin has resigned his post as chairman of Yelp's board after a disappointing second-quarter earnings call on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Amazon's Dash Buttons Are Here, And You Can Buy Them For $5

Order a Tide Dash Button, and you'll never run out of detergent again. It's official: Amazon's new Dash Buttons, which attach to household appliances so Prime members can buy refills with a single click, are now available for purchase. Read Full Story

Google Translate Can Now Decipher Signs In 27 Languages

If you're traveling this summer, Google Translate may come in handy when you inevitably get lost. Google Translate's real-time translation tool, first introduced in January, instantly transcribes a sign from a foreign language to your own when you point your phone camera at it—and now, the feature has expanded to cover 27 languages. Show More Summary

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