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Apple confirmed a longtime conspiracy theory — and gave regular customers a big reason to distrust it

Apple has long inspired an almost religious devotion among customers and tech aficionados — but it just seriously undermined its fans' faith and loyalty.<p>The company on Wednesday acknowledged what some people have long suspected: that it has been secretly stifling the performance of older …

The 50 big ideas for 2018

<b>19. Is that item gut-friendly? Menus will tell you.</b><p>Restaurateurs eager to appeal to a finicky, health-obsessed population will spell out in greater …

Protected status no longer justified for Central Americans and Haitians in U.S., State Dept. says

By Nick Miroff and<p>Nick Miroff<p>Reporter covering immigration enforcement, drug trafficking and the Department of Homeland Security<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Karen DeYoung<p>Karen DeYoung<p>Associate editor and senior national security correspondent<p>Email Bio Follow<p>More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians …

Immigration

Inside the GOP Tax Bill: Winners and Losers

Congress<p>WASHINGTON — The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act hands the biggest cuts to large companies, but there are major changes in the tax code elsewhere as well and, depending on where you live, how much you earn and how you make your money, you might pay more or less than you do now if the bill passes.<p>Here …

Comcast: Loss of cable television subscribers accelerates

Cable television subscribers are leaving Comcast at a faster pace, the company reported Thursday, reflecting the impact of a consumer shift from traditional TV services to online channels and streaming services.<p>Philadelphia-based Comcast (CMCSA) reported a loss of 125,000 total video customers …

Comcast is ruining cheap cable bundles, because Comcast

You might want to sit down, because this could come as a surprise: Comcast is doing something bad. According to the American Cable Association, …

Basic Cable

This card is a computer!

Intel’s slick little card isn’t for swiping at the ATM. It isn’t even for using at the library. In the correct setting, it can pretty much power an …

Tesla starts shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico

Elon Musk said last week that Tesla would accelerate its effort to help bring power back to Puerto Rico after sending a few hundred Powerwall battery packs to the island where the electric grid was destroyed by hurricanes last month.<p>Now we learn that Tesla is indeed stepping it up with now a new …

Google’s Airpods competitor do real-time language translation

One of the surprises we got today from Google’s hardware event were a pair of bluetooth headphones called Pixel Buds. They’re wired behind the neck but they’re every bit a competitor to Apple’s AirPods.<p>They’re $159, they’re available in November and they’ll let you understand 40 different …

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

One hundred years ago, a retail giant that shipped millions of products by mail moved swiftly into the brick-and-mortar business, changing it forever. Is that happening again?<p>Amazon comes to conquer brick-and-mortar retail, not to bury it. In the last two years, the company has opened 11 physical …

Self-driving taxis like Uber’s will disrupt public transport networks, study says

Driverless taxis are set to totally transform the landscape of mass transit systems, according to a study.<p>Self-driving taxi services – such as those …

Comcast quietly introduces Xfinity Instant TV streaming beta

Available for Comcast Internet customers, it starts at $18 per month.<p>Cord cutters can already choose from a variety of internet TV companies for skinny bundles, including Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, Hulu, DirecTV Now and any we may have forgotten. Soon some of them will have an option …

Airbnb Adds Restaurant Reservations to Compete With Priceline

Airbnb Inc. is expanding into restaurant reservations, part of the startup’s plan to become a full-service travel-booking company like Priceline …

This Silicon Valley tech leader wants to fix California’s housing crisis by scrapping the $64 billion bullet train from L.A. to S.F.

For nearly five years, Sam Altman, a self-made multimillionaire and president of top Silicon Valley start-up incubator Y Combinator, had to live with …

Blockchain technology being considered by more than half of big corporations, according to study

Getty Images<p>More than half of the world's large corporations are looking into blockchain (distributed ledger technology), according to a study by …

Facebook Is Working on a Video Chat Device

Facebook Inc. is working on a video chat device for the home -- the first major hardware product from its experimental Building 8 lab.<p>Featuring a …

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

Plans follow French commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on people’s health<p>Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health.<p>The commitment, which …

Judiciary

$13 BILLION HEDGE FUND: Jeff Bezos' deal for Whole Foods is 'true genius'

Highfields Capital Management, a Boston-based hedge fund that flies under the radar, sent a letter to clients this week that lays out the reasoning. A copy of the letter, which is private, was reviewed by Business Insider.<p>Here's what the founder, Jonathon S. Jacobson, wrote (emphasis …

Jeff Bezos

The 20 Hottest Cities for Tech Jobs Now

A diaspora of tech talent, driven by Silicon Valley’s tumbling job market and sky-high rents<i>,</i> has pushed tech job seekers to some surprising …

Amazon Robots Poised to Revamp How Whole Foods Runs Warehouses

When Amazon.com Inc.'s $13.7 billion bid to buy Whole Foods was announced, John Mackey, the grocer's chief executive officer, addressed employees, …

This is why class valedictorians don't become millionaires

Everyone remembers their class valedictorian: perfect grades, perfect test scores and in some cases, perfect hair. They probably went on to …

How Uber Backers Orchestrated Kalanick’s Ouster as CEO

Partners at Benchmark began hatching a plan a few weeks ago to pressure CEO to resign<p>Travis Kalanick’s decision to step down as chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc. stunned his more than 12,000 employees and rippled through Silicon Valley, but it was the culmination of weeks of maneuvering by …

Employment

FAANG Tech Stocks Are No Bargain. Here's Why

In this year’s surging stock market, the big news is the spectacular performance of a clutch of tech titans, whose feats have won them a popular …

Health insurers rake in big profits ... but not from Obamacare

Health insurers made oodles of money in 2016, despite losing millions of dollars on Obamacare.<p>The industry's net income rose to $13.1 billion, up 46% from a year earlier, according to a report from rating company A.M. Best.<p>Companies saw improvements in most of their business lines, but much of the …

Trump's budget: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor

President Trump's first budget can be summed up like this: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor.<p>He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America's poor.<p>It's a "tanks and …

Why Ford fired its CEO

For automakers, competition today is as likely to come from Silicon Valley as it is from Detroit, Japan or Germany.<p>In a brave new world of self-driving cars and electric vehicles, Ford decided it doesn't want a career auto executive at the helm. So Mark Fields is out.<p>"This is a time of …

China makes 'flammable ice' breakthrough in South China Sea

China is talking up its achievement of mining flammable ice for the first time from underneath the South China Sea.<p>The fuel-hungry country has been pursuing the energy source, located at the bottom of oceans and in polar regions, for nearly two decades. China's minister of land and resources, Jiang …

Exclusive: Uber faces criminal probe over software used to evade authorities

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc’s use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said.<p>Uber has acknowledged the software, known as …