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Uber CEO: We could be profitable–we just don’t want to be

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he’s not worried that Uber lost $4.5 billion last year and claimed the company could “turn the knobs” to be profitable if it wanted to–it just doesn’t, reports <i>TechCrunch</i>. Khosrowshahi made the comments at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San …

Dara Khosrowshahi

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: Solid stylus, so many compromises

My backpack is a <i>disaster</i>. I've always been sort of a pack rat, and working at Engadget doesn't help. Every day I lug a laptop, a tablet, a few phones (for review purposes), an SLR, a huge power bank, chargers and cables for all of those things, and a book to the office. With MWC coming up, this …

Gear & Gadgets

Facebook teams up with Lyft and others for crisis response efforts

Facebook is amping up its Community Help efforts, now enabling companies like Lyft, Chase, International Medical Corps and Save the Children to easily provide information and services, like food, transportation and shelter, to people in crisis.<p>“Our priority is to build tools that help keep people …

Social Media

Twitter will broadcast local TV news to avoid misinformation

In an effort to curb the spread of misinformation, Twitter will begin broadcasting local TV news alongside the timeline when tragedy strikes. The microblogging service tested the feature yesterday, streaming news coverage of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Miami. As</i> …

Internet

Lydia raises $16.1 million to become the PayPal of mobile payments

French startup Lydia is raising a $16.1 million round (€13 million) led by CNP Assurances with existing investors XAnge, New Alpha AM, Oddo BHF and Groupe Duval also participating.<p>Lydia isn’t the first startup that wants to replace PayPal, and also probably not the last one. But it’s clear that the …

FinTech

Peter Thiel reportedly considered leaving Facebook's board

The investor who made a massive bet on Facebook thought about exiting over national politics, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>Peter Thiel, the venture capitalist renowned for his early investments and his conservative views, considered resigning from Facebook's board of directors because of …

Silicon Valley

White nationalist can't get a lawyer, wants Charlottesville suit tossed

<b>(CNN) —</b> Richard Spencer can't find a lawyer.<p>The white nationalist and progenitor of the "alt-right" movement submitted a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit against him and other leaders involved in August's deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.<p>The violence, which led to dozens …

Rights & Freedoms

US citizen allegedly got paid to marry African women for papers

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Massachusetts man married six African women over a decade -- but not for love, federal officials say.<p>Worcester resident Peter Hicks, 57, wed a series of women from sub-Saharan Africa between 2003 and 2013 to help them obtain legal status in the United States, federal prosecutors …

Corruption

First on CNN: Train crash investigation focusing on truck driver's actions

<b>(CNN) —</b> Investigators looking into Wednesday's deadly crash involving a train carrying GOP members of Congress are focusing on the actions of the driver of a truck the train struck, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN.<p>Eyewitnesses have told National Transportation Safety Board …

CNN

Keurig buys Dr. Pepper Snapple, creating a beverage giant

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Keurig is buying Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., creating a beverage giant with about $11 billion in annual sales.<p>The companies, both the result of previous mergers, will bring under one tent global brands like Dr Pepper, 7UP, Snapple, A&W, Mott's, Sunkist and Keurig's …

Marketing

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Team Up to Try to Disrupt Health Care

SEATTLE — Three corporate behemoths — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase — announced on Tuesday that they would form an independent health care company for their employees in the United States.<p>The alliance was a sign of just how frustrated American businesses are with the state of the …

Health Care

You can now use selfies to help you make a flawless Bitmoji

Snap made it a lot easier to perfect your Bitmoji.<p>Now, instead of painstakingly going back and forth between every eyebrow shape, hairstyle, and eye …

Apps

Redskins’ Super Bowl XXII heroes believe replacement players deserve a ring

As the 30th anniversary of the Washington Redskins’ 1988 Super Bowl victory arrives Wednesday, there is new support coming from that team’s top players, who believe the replacement players who secured three regular season wins during the player strike should receive Super Bowl rings for their …

NFL

Facebook marks Data Privacy Day by sharing its 7 privacy principles

With the European Union’s new data protection laws coming into effect this year, Facebook has begun preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by publishing its privacy principles for the first time.<p>The company also announced that it will push videos into users’ news feeds that …

Privacy

Exclusive: ICE is about to start tracking license plates across the US

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time …

Surveillance

How the Warriors become the wokest team in pro sports

It’s a combination of all that winning, Oakland’s place in the black power movement and these unusual times<p>There’s a moment during his conversation …

Black Lives Matter

Why breaking up Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook could save capitalism

If you want to get an idea of how quickly sentiment has shifted against U.S. tech giants, just listen to NYU professor Scott Galloway.<p>The marketing professor is a self-professed fan of companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, and Amazon. He’s made a bundle owning their stocks, some of them are …

U.S. Department of Justice

Y Combinator quietly launched Series A, a program that helps startups pitch the right VC, at the right time

Y Combinator (YC) recently launched a program to help its startups improve their series A fundraising, VentureBeat has learned. YC partner Aaron Harris, who is overseeing the program, confusingly named Series A, confirmed that it debuted in November.<p>The program has two main goals, says Harris: …

Venture Capital

Twitter is reportedly working on a camera-centered feature to simplify video sharing

Twitter is working on a new tool that will make it easier for users to post videos to the social networking site, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. Currently, to upload videos with tweets or broadcast live from the app, users have to tap on the compose tweet icon then select the camera or live button. The …

Social Media

The Latest: Pence: Door open for Palestinians in peace deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local):<p>6:05 p.m.<p>Vice President Mike Pence says the "door's open" for the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table with Israel on a peace agreement.<p>Pence spoke to The Associated Press in an interview …

Israel

T-Mobile is best mobile network in all categories but one, OpenSignal says

T-Mobile is on the way up. OpenSignal’s latest State of Mobile Networks report delves into struggles that the likes of Verizon have been having of …

Telecoms

Pepper the robot fired from grocery store for not being up to the job

Robots may already be taking our jobs in some industries, but humans offering customer service on the shop floor look as if they’re safe for a while …

Robots

Amazon Go, a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven, will finally open on Monday — with no checkout lines and no cashiers

Amazon Go allows customers to grab items and just walk out without stopping to pay.<p>Amazon’s store of the future has been five years in the making. But the unveiling is just about here.<p>Amazon Go, the company’s first brick-and-mortar convenience store, will open to the public on Monday on the ground …

eCommerce

Facebook hires TV network CEO to land worldwide sports deals

It's clearer than ever that Facebook wants to become a leader in live sports streaming. <i>Variety</i> and the <i>Guardian</i> have learned that Facebook has hired Peter Hutton, the CEO of Discovery-owned TV network Eurosport, to lead its negotiations for worldwide live sports streams. He'll work out of Facebook's …

Televisions

Netanyahu says US Embassy to move to Jerusalem this year

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's certain that the U.S. Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem in the coming year, much sooner than Trump administration officials have estimated.<p>Netanyahu told Israeli reporters traveling with him in India on Wednesday his "solid …

New law means drinking and droning don't mix in NJ

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you've had a few too many, don't even think about grabbing those car keys. And if you live in New Jersey, put down those drone controls, too.<p>A bill banning people from operating unmanned aircraft devices while under the influence of alcohol or drugs was signed by Gov. Chris Christie on …

Chris Christie

Justices lean toward death row inmate in dispute with lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared to be in broad agreement Wednesday that a lawyer for a criminal defendant cannot override his client's wish and concede his guilt at trial, even if the lawyer's aim is to avoid a death sentence.<p>"People can walk themselves into jail. They can walk …

Facebook's Adam Mosseri on Why You'll See Less Video, More From Friends

Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly …

Google bought a UK startup that turns screens into speakers

Over the past year, Google has demonstrated its desire to step up its hardware game. The company bought HTC's Pixel team for $1.1 billion, designed its own imaging chip for the Pixel 2 and also hired a key Apple chip designer. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that in its bid to gain an edge on the competition, …

Dropbox Files Confidentially for U.S. IPO

Dropbox Inc., the file-sharing private company valued at $10 billion, has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering, people familiar …

Venture Capital