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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Today is "mobilegeddon!"</b> Google is updating its search algorithm today to favor sites that have mobile-friendly options, and demoting sites that don't. The move is intended to address the increasing shift to mobile web browsing.<p><b>2. Elon Musk had an $11 billion deal in place to sell Tesla to</b> …

Startups

Beyoncé has an Apple Watch Edition with extra gold

How can you improve the bling factor of a $10,000+ gold Apple Watch Edition? Beyoncé has a pretty good idea.<p>In a photo recently posted on her …

OnePlus One goes on sale in-store and on-contract for first time ever … but only in Malaysia

Less than a day after OnePlus announced it was making its flagship One smartphone available for anyone to buy without an invite, the China-based manufacturer has revealed its first ever tie-up with a mobile carrier.<p>Indeed, today’s news sees OnePlus launch its phone in Malaysia for the first time, …

Mobile

Color Genomics raises $15 million to make medical testing cheaper

With a $1,500 to $4,000 price tag, genetic testing is not accessible to many Americans unless covered by insurance. For example, half of the women …

Twitter allows direct messages from anyone without need for following

<b>Twitter says it's allowing anyone to send or receive direct messages.</b><p>Previously, direct messaging could only happen between two Twitter users who followed each other.<p>Users can now change the settings and opt to allow direct messages from any profile, including people or companies who don't follow …

Messaging

Gigaom suddenly shuts down; the tech site says it can't pay creditors

Technology website Gigaom announced Monday that it has suddenly ceased operations, citing financial troubles.<p>Founded in 2006, the company offered news and research about emerging technologies, and it held conferences about cloud computing and mobile and Internet-connected devices and a wide range …

Los Angeles

Greece agrees to talks with creditors after EU pushback

Greece has agreed to start urgent technical talks on extending its crucial bailout after its eurozone partners accused the debt-stricken country of wasting time in previous negotiations.<p>The announcement came after a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday at which the Greek …

Europe

Dollar rallies on Fed rate views; stocks, oil slide | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar rallied across the board on Tuesday as the prospect of the first rise in U.S. interest rates in almost a decade stoked global volatility, hitting stocks and oil prices.<p>A resetting of the likely timing of the first Federal Reserve Funds Rate hike since June 2006 …

Economics

Android 5.1 arrives with HD calling and safeguards for stolen phones

After weeks of teasing, it's here: Google has officially unveiled Android 5.1 Lollipop. The new release focuses on support for features that usually depend on extra software to work, such as multiple SIM cards (handy for prepaid service in countries like China and India) and higher-quality HD voice …

Apple Backs Down on $7.99 Price Point for New Music Service After Meeting Resistance From Record Labels

Amid all of the excitement over the 12-inch MacBook and new pricing details on the Apple Watch, <i>Billboard</i> has shared some new information on Apple's rumored music service.<p>Initial rumors suggested Apple was hoping to undercut competing services like Spotify on price, offering its upcoming music …

Apple

Trying On the Apple Watch: Natural Feel, Fewer Distractions

It could be the device that lets you leave your phone in your pocket, and still not miss anything important<p>Why would you want to buy an Apple Watch?<p>I’m still trying to figure that out.<p>On Monday, Apple presented not one but dozens of uses for its first new kind of gadget since the iPad.<p>In...

Apple Watch

Could Bitcoin ease the pain of Africa's migrant workforce?

<b>Over 30 million Africans live in the diaspora. They sent almost $40bn (£26.5bn) home in 2014, a figure that is likely to grow significantly in the coming years.</b><p>While north African countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Egypt receive the most, east African countries are particularly dependent on …

Bitcoin