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Target buys on-demand delivery startup Shipt

Target on Wednesday announced that it will acquire Shipt, an Alabama-based same-day delivery startup, for $550 million in cash.<p><b>Bottom line:</b> This is …

Startups

The top Google searches of 2017

Google released its annual "Year in Search" list for 2017, detailing the topics around that users around the world were most curious about.<p><b>One</b> …

Solar Eclipse

Google is opening an AI center in China

Google is setting up an artificial intelligence research facility in China, the company said on Wednesday.<p><b>​Why it matters:</b>​ China is looking to …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook's rough year

<b>Some of Facebook's early champions</b> are now its sharpest critics, says AP Tech Writer Barbara Ortutay.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> This rough year for the tech …

Business School

Disney's $60 billion deal for Fox comes with lots of questions

The Walt Disney Co. is expected to announce within the next few days that it will buy the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox for roughly $60 …

Randall Stephenson

Twitter is rolling out a "tweetstorm" button

Tweet threads — also known as "tweetstorms" — will now be easier to create thanks to a new button the company is rolling out.<p><b>Background</b>: Threads, …

Marc Andreessen

Apple doesn't like to say how much it pays for acquisitions

Apple yesterday confirmed its rumored acquisition of music identification app Shazam, but declined to say how much it paid (some reports suggest …

Technology

Comparison shopping is bogging down the Fed

Holiday shoppers are increasingly using their smartphones to get instant price comparisons to find the best deals, but the feature is making it more …

Economy

Microsoft vet Julie Larson-Green joins Qualtrics

Longtime Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green has agreed to join privately-held Qualtrics as its first chief experience officer.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> …

Microsoft

Why Cloudflare's CEO took down The Daily Stormer

Cloudflare’s network powers internet connections to millions of websites, but most of the 2.8 billion people who use itsnetwork every month have …

Internet

Congress under pressure to reauthorize surveillance law

Congress is under the gun to reauthorize a major surveillance law in a debate that has been overshadowed by other major policy fights, like net …

Surveillance

Exclusive: Digital vet Jim Roberts joins Cheddar as EIC

Jim Roberts, former Mashable executive editor and veteran New York Times and Reuters digital editor, is joining streaming TV startup Cheddar as …

New York Times

You can log out, but you can’t hide

A new study from Ghostery, an ad-tracking tool, shows that an overwhelming majority (79%) of websites globally are tracking visitors' data — with 10% …

Privacy

Axios PM

1 big thing: terror targets New York<p>Law enforcement officials work following an explosion near New York's Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. …

Ryan Lizza

SEC shuts down restaurant review app Munchee's ICO

Munchee, a San Francisco-based restaurant meal review app, has halted its intial coin offering and refunded investors after the U.S. Securities and …

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Qualcomm is being challenged on all sides

Broadcom on Monday took the next step in its hostile takeover attempt for rival chipmaker Qualcomm, filing preliminary proxy materials in relation to …

Broadcom

Axios Sourced: The FCC will end net neutrality

On the week the FCC is set to repeal net neutrality rules, Axios tech editor Kim Hart runs through the winners and losers of the vote and what it …

Internet

The "Uberization" of the Fortune 500

More companies are using software to assign tasks to full-time workers similar to the on-demand economy, Sam Schechner writes for the Wall Street …

C-suite Leadership

Schumer, Cornyn alums launch lobbying firm

A former top aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and former chief counsel for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) are launching a lobbying firm and their first big …

John Cornyn

Apple confirms it's buying Shazam

Just days after TechCrunch first reported that Apple was close to acquiring music-identification app Shazam, the companies have confirmed the deal (a …

Apple Music

Former Facebook exec: social media "destroying how society works"

Facebook’s former vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya reportedly spoke out against the company he helped created, staying he feels …

Business School

Bitcoin arrives on Wall Street

"Futures on the world's most popular cryptocurrency surged as much as 26% in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets Inc.'s exchange, triggering …

Cryptocurrency

Axios AM

<b>Good Monday morning.</b> On Wednesday, Axios will visit the University of Michigan for the Midwest launch of our Smarter Faster Revolution, helping …

Eric Greitens

How Ajit Pai tore up the rulebook for the information age

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has rewritten the rules of the information age so thoroughly that there's no mode of communication under his control where the …

Ajit Pai

The case that bitcoin is a bubble

The case against bitcoin, stated concisely by the Economist:<p>"It seems that every day, Bitcoin seems to hit a new high. But the reported price can …

Cryptocurrency

The stock market outlook for 2018

<b>The year's hot sectors,</b> from the Barron's cover story, "Outlook 2018: The Bull Market's Next Act":<p><b>"Financials,</b> once again, are Wall Street's favorite …

Stocks

The tech behind Tasty's deal to sell cooking items via Walmart

Behind Walmart and Jet.com's new deal with Tasty, the BuzzFeed-owned app for recipes and food videos, is an e-commerce tech startup named Button.<p><b>How</b> …

Startups

Report: Apple to acquire Shazam

Apple is getting close to acquiring song recognition app Shazam, sources tell TechCrunch.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> Shazam and Apple already have history …

iOS

Twitter head of corporate development to depart

Jessica Verrilli, Twitter's vice president of corporate development and strategy, is leaving the company after almost nine years, she tweeted on …

Tech Trends