Vaibhav Narang

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One of Silicon Valley's most secretive startups raised $105 million and is now worth over $20 billion

(YouTube/Screenshot)<br>Palantir added an extra $105 million to its last huge round of financing, according to documents filed with the SEC on …

We spoke with the investor with the unbelievable 'magic ticket' that gives him 68% annual returns with no risk

George and his family own life-insurance contracts issued in the 1990s. These so-called cours connu, or known-price, arbitrage contracts are unbelievably generous. That's because George can switch his investments based on their closing prices during the <i>previous</i> week. So if one of his investments …

Ubuntu's answer to Android is finally here, but it still needs work

At long last, the first Ubuntu phones are here. It's been more than two years since Canonical first showed off its Linux-based mobile platform, and fans have been clamoring for consumer devices ever since. The Ubuntu Edge never made its ambitious $32 million crowdfunding target, and the first …

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients …

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You can steal data from a computer by touching it

Normally, breaking a PC's security involves either finding security exploits or launching brute force attacks, neither of which is necessarily quick or easy. However, a team at Tel Aviv University has come up with a potentially much simpler way to swipe data from a computer: touch it. If you make …

If You Want To Be Rich, Don't Get An MBA

The first thing I am going to say about wealth is that many authors who write about prosperity and wealth make it clear: <i>A job will not make you rich.</i><p>If you want to be wealthy, at some moment of your life, you will have to create a source of income other than your salary. This is an evident and …

Apple retires iPad 2, brings back iPad 4

<b>As well as adding a lower-capacity iPhone 5c to its range, Apple today has also replaced the aging iPad 2 with the iPad 4 as the base model in its</b> …

Movie streaming app Popcorn Time is coming back from the dead — thanks to a torrent site

For a brief moment, watching movies via BitTorrent was just as easy as watching something on your Netflix queue.<p>The app Popcorn Time came out of nowhere a week ago with a slick interface that boiled down the messy torrenting experience into something simple. All you had to do was download the free …

The Curious Double Standard of Google Glass

"That's tight."<p>"Yeah she looks good."<p>"I'd hit that."<p>I was watching as two gentlemen at the table next to me at the SXSW Interactive festival ogled an attractive young woman. They weren't admiring her low cut blouse or a well-filled-out pair of green skinny jeans. Instead they were looking at what …

A New Survey Reveals Which Social Media Brands People Are Most Attached To

See where Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and other destinations rank.<p>To which social media brands do consumers feel the most attachment? Facebook ranked number one in a Brand Dependence Social Media Survey conducted by UTA Brand Studio in partnership with uSamp, a technology and …

Secret app picks up $8.6m in funding from Google Ventures & other notable investors

Less than two months after launching and following rumors of an outside investment, anonymous social network app Secret today officially announced it has raised $8.6 million. That’s a little bit less than the $10 million that it was rumored to be getting, but it’s also picking up some notable …

T-Mobile Adds One Million Customers in Third Quarter

T-Mobile said on Tuesday that it added a million customers last quarter, including 672,000 for its primary T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands.<p>John …

Cracking up: a brief history of BlackBerry's fall from smartphone dominance

BlackBerry is in dire straits. The smartphone maker was riding high in market share and profits just a few years ago, but it's now having trouble securing rescue money. It's yet again pinning its hopes on a new CEO who's tasked with saving a struggling industry giant. How did BlackBerry decline so …

CoinLab’s Incubated Startup, Alydian, Files For Bankruptcy

Three months ago Coinlab, an up-and-coming Bitcoin incubator, announced its first spin-off company, Alydian. Yesterday the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.<p>The company, which aimed to offer outsourced Bitcoin mining by allowing users to buy mining rigs and host them at their facility, closed …

Grand Theft Auto V accounted for 50% of all games software sold last month—and that’s bad news

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Two sets of numbers out this week show just how quickly the ground is shifting in the videogame industry. Figures from the NPD Group, released monthly and watched closely, show a bumper September for videogame retail sales. Total US sales came in at $1.08 billion across …

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11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

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What Happens When Stores Let Customers Return Whatever They Want?

Sunny Pettinati walked into the L.L. Bean store in Yonkers, N.Y., clutching a plastic bag and looking a little embarrassed.<p>"I'm returning a sweater that I purchased, I think, about 10 years ago," she said.<p>The sweater had sat in a drawer, unworn, for years, and she was trying her luck with the …