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Australia investigates blockchain as a platform

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. The Australian government is considering using blockchain to power electronic voting by 2017, according...Show More Summary

Amazon is opening another bookstore and this one is in Chicago (AMZN)

Amazon's next bookstore will be in Chicago, showing the e-commerce giant's growing ambition in the physical retail space. According to the Chicago Tribune, Amazon has confirmed it's planning to open its next bookstore in the Lake View region of Chicago by next year. Show More Summary

UberEats is eyeing a slice of a billion dollar market in Hong Kong

The city’s food delivery market is set to heat up with fiercer competition as popular ride-hailing app Uber pushes ahead with plans to launch “UberEats”. The firm has started a recruitment drive for a range of managers to debut its food...Show More Summary

Here’s what we know about the secretive company building terrifying tools to hack your iPhone

An Israeli company named NSO Group is reportedly behind the tools that were used in a hacking attempt on a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, but details on the ultra-secretive company are hard to come by. That's because...Show More Summary

A report says it found rampant abuse of overtime rules at one of Apple’s suppliers in China (AAPL)

A new report from watchdog group China Labor Watch (CLW) says Apple's overtime policies are routinely violated at one of the third-party factories where iPhones are made. The CLW report says many workers at Pegatron, which is based in...Show More Summary

Black engineer says he wasn't invited to ex-NAACP leader's talk when he was at Twitter for a strange reason (TWTR)

Leslie Miley is an engineer who spent 3 years at Twitter before joining Slack as its director of engineering in March. At Twitter, Miley wasn't too happy with the way the company handled its diversity issues. He famously wrote a blog...Show More Summary

Apple just fixed a major security problem — and you should update your iPhone right now

In its latest update to iOS,  Apple fixes a major security flaw that could allow a third party to access nearly everything on your iPhone. Follow TI: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Starbucks is trying a new initiative to stop wasting so much food

Baristas at every Starbucks in the US collectively trash thousands of sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, and cookies at the end of each day. In March, the coffee chain announced that it would start donating that unsold food to those in need. Show More Summary

Songkick raises new $15M round from Access Industries, expands US operations

Songkick, which allows you to track the gigs of your favorite music artists and buy tickets to concerts, has raised a further $15 million in funding from Access Industries. Songkick says it now plans to use the money to “enhance theShow More Summary

Watch the world’s largest aircraft crash land on its 2nd flight

Hybrid Air Vehicles' Airlander is the largest aircraft in the world — it's designed to carry almost 50,000 pounds to remote locations all around the globe. The vehicle recently crash-landed on its second flight ever. Video courtesy of Associated Press. Follow TI: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Uber employees worry about self-driving cars and their stock options, an anonymous app shows

Uber employees are apparently worried about the future of the company after self-driving cars become a real thing, and about the kind of money employees can make in a presumed IPO. That's according to snippets of conversations sent to...Show More Summary

This is how good the new 'Madden' game looks

As video game consoles get more and more powerful, the line between what's real and what isn't in sports games gets increasingly blurry. We're at the point where each stadium is lovingly realized, each uniform's cloth moves in the wind, and each athlete's sweat drips realistically.  "Madden NFL 17" is no different. Show More Summary

Here’s how people exercise in different parts of the US, according to ClassPass

ClassPass just released data about the biggest fitness trends from around the US. ClassPass is a monthly membership program that allows its users to take certain fitness classes at gyms and studios. It claims to have had 21 million class...Show More Summary

This 'head hammock' could take airplane naps to a new level

If you've ever traveled for a long period, this has probably happened to you: You wake up from a nap, and you have a horrible kink in your neck. A new travel pillow, called the Nod Pod, aims to help you avoid that nap-induced neck pain. The Nod Pod is basically like a hammock for your head. Show More Summary

Get ready to say goodbye to a lot of electric cars (TSLA)

We nearing the beginning of what I'm calling the "second great electric-car extinction." The first extinction happened after the financial crisis, when numerous electric-vehicle startups went bankrupt of vanished. Since then, the EV market has been dominated by the single significant survivor, Tesla, and by the experiments of the major automakers. Show More Summary

Antitrust regulators approve Tesla deal to buy SolarCity

Deal was on a fast track because the two companies had little overlapping business.

Weather bombs could help us see deep inside Earth

Faint seismic waves sent underground by severe storms can help us visualise areas deep inside Earth that we can’t otherwise see

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