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One secret Facebook doesn't want you to know

Did you know that U.S. Facebook users spend an average of 40 minutes a day catching up on the lives of their friends and families, plus reading the latest news and watching fun videos? If you use Facebook on your smartphone or tablet, that means you're probably looking at it an average of 14 times …

What a $20 billion startup looks like when it's just starting out, and everyone thinks the idea is stupid: Here's Airbnb's first-ever pitch deck

But when Airbnb was first getting started in 2008, the founders struggled and would-be investors snubbed their idea.<p>The founders shared their first pitch deck with an MBA student, back when it wanted to be an air mattress rental company. Here's what it looked like:

The Drama In The Bond World Just Won't Stop

In this week's edition of Barron's, Joe Mansueto, CEO of investment firm Morningstar, published a letter to the editor firing back at the magazine following its story a week ago about the firm's supposed feud with bond king Jeff Gundlach.<p>Mansueto wrote:<p>Jonathan R. Laing's column about Morningstar …

Markets

BEACONS: What They Are, How They Work, And Why Apple's iBeacon Technology Is Ahead Of The Pack

To state the obvious: Modern, smartphone-toting humans spend most of their time indoors.<p>Beacons are a low-cost piece of hardware — small enough to attach to a wall or countertop — that use battery-friendly, low-energy Bluetooth connections to transmit messages or prompts directly to a smartphone or …

Internet of Things

Chipotle Set To Open A Second Pizzeria

Chipotle wants a bigger slice of the pizza market.<p>The burrito chain last December opened Pizzeria Locale, a gourmet pizzeria in Denver that specializes in individually crafted personal pies. On Sunday at 11 a.m., it plans to open a second location, also in the Mile-High City.<p>"I would say we're …

New Google Glass App Lets You Nod To Pay With Bitcoin, Will Add Dollars This Summer

While Google may be working on adding Google Wallet to Glass, and other big payment players are “eyeing up” (!) ways of integrating into Google’s computing headgear, a Dutch startup has beaten them to the punch.<p>Eaze is a new app, out in beta today, that uses voice and image recognition to activate …

Apple Gets More Explicit About Bitcoin Apps

Late last year, a series of app removals hit bitcoin wallets, causing folks in the industry to panic over Apple’s stance on the “virtual currency.” When that happened, I wrote a piece about exactly how Apple felt about bitcoin, as the company wasn’t talking publicly.<p>In the piece, I stated the …

A Former Tumblr Exec Admits The Site Is Struggling To Find Revenue

David Karp and Marissa Mayer Mike Nudelman/Business Insider Ads have been rolling in Tumblr for 10 months now, since Yahoo acquired David Karp's social blogging platform in May 2013. But Yahoo has not once reported any significant revenue attributed to the $1.1 billion deal.<p>Today, we got a partial …

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Sony blows away record with 185TB cassette tape

Cassette tapes may have faded into oblivion long ago, but magnetic tape storage still has a key role to play behind the scenes. Extremely high density tapes are used by corporations and government agencies for archival purposes because they're cheaper, more power efficient, and more reliable than …

Third Daily Burmese Newspaper Shuts Down, But More to Come

<i>Myanma Freedom Daily</i> published its last issue last week–at least for a few months. It became the third daily newspaper in Myanmar (aka Burma) to close this year. In fact, it was third daily paper to close within a month. Burmese-language dailies <i>Naing Ganthis (Golden Fresh Land)</i> and <i>Yangon Times</i> both …

Facebook launches friend-tracking feature

Your phone always knows where you are. And now, if you want, your Facebook friends will always know where you are, too.<p>Facebook is introducing a mobile feature called Nearby Friends that taps into that steady stream of location information so friends can track each other in real time.<p>The idea is to …

Tobacco giants muscle in on e-cigarette market

The big tobacco companies have launched an assault on the emerging so-called “e-cigarette” market as their sales figures for traditional leaf products go up in smoke, at least in mature western markets.<p>E-ciggies have been around for about a decade and use a liquid nicotine product. Users “vape”, …

How China Will Dominate the U.S. Electric-Bus Market

The country is emerging as an innovator in green tech.<p>Next Monday, a battery-powered, 40-foot bus is set to roll off the assembly line in a former recreational vehicle factory in Lancaster, California, a blue-collar desert community north of Los Angeles, and be delivered to the local transit …

real time world statistics

World Population<p>retrieving data...Current World Population<p><b>World Population:</b><p>has reached 7 billion on October 31, 2011.<br>• is projected to reach 8 billion …

Meet The 10 Billionaire Tycoons Who Rule Their Countries' Economies

From his perch in a 108,000 square-foot mansion carved into the bluffs overlooking Tbilisi, Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili lords over his homeland.<p>The only billionaire in Georgia, Ivanishvili is worth $5.2 billion, equivalent to 32% of his country’s GDP. He has bankrolled universities, medical …

Why We Hate Google Glass — And All New Tech

I have a theory. When it comes to new technology, there are early adopters who start using it and everyone else sees the very worst in the technology: These people ultimately belittle, dismiss and make fun of those who use it. But in spite of this initial negative reaction, the technology …

Sean Parker Leaves Founders Fund

On the heels of the news that Founders Fund has raised a massive $1 billion for its fifth fund, the venture capital firm is slimming down its top ranks, with now-former partner Sean Parker stepping down.<p>While the split is perhaps surprising given that Founders Fund is more than able to line up …

Visa, MasterCard don't view bitcoin as a threat

Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., which processed $7.4 trillion in purchases last year, are among leading payments networks that devote thousands of words in filings to every perceived threat to their business. "Bitcoin" isn't one of them.<p>"I'm a bit skeptical," said Discover Financial Services Chief …

Bitcoin

Korea is Asia’s key test market for global tech companies, including Facebook

There has been much talk about Facebook’s inability to crack the tough, localized Asian market, but in an interview with Facebook’s top brass in Korea, this situation seems to be improving.<p>Korea <i>is</i> a key test market for Facebook, and this should send a message to other global tech companies hoping …

Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler

If you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, what’s the first thing you’d do? If you said “kill Adolf Hitler”, then congratulations; you’re a science-fiction character. Actually, the whole “access to a time machine” thing suggested that already, but the desire to kill Hitler …

Japan Is The Most Potentially Lucrative Market For Gaming Apps, Says Distimo

Mobile analytics firm Distimo just released a new report showing how the most successful apps monetize around the world. According to it, the five most potentially lucrative markets for gaming apps are Japan, Australia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States, in that order. In …

What It Was Like To Be A Wall Street Recruit After The Bailouts

Back in 2012, reporter Kevin Roose went undercover at a very exclusive party.<p>It was a dinner for a secret society, held once a year, at the St. Regis hotel in New York City. The secret society is called Kappa Beta Phi, and it's made up of current and former Wall Street executives — people like …

Google Fiber Wants To Expand Into 34 New Cities

Google is in the early stages of another Google Fiber expansion that could potentially triple the number of cities with access to the ultra-high-speed Internet service.<p>In a blog post Wednesday, Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services, named the Atlanta, Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, …

CRYPTODISRUPT! We’re Now Accepting Bitcoins For Disrupt NY

So this is a fun little bit of news: we’re now officially accepting Bitcoin for TechCrunch Disrupt in New York, which will be held May 5-7, 2014 at the Manhattan Center. We are working with Coinbase to accept the coins and we’ll be accepting the real time exchange value so when you buy, your …

Facebook Is Buying WhatsApp For $16 Billion

$12 billion in stock and $4 billion in cash. WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook.<p>WhatsApp, the insanely popular instant messaging service used by 190 million monthly active users, is about to get a big splash of Facebook blue. The social media giant announced it is …

Birdback Raises $2.4M To Replace Wallet-Bulging Vouchers & Loyalty Cards With Card-Linked Fintech

If you’re a thrifty offline consumer, you likely have a wallet stuffed full of paper vouchers and loyalty cards — hardly ideal, and that’s presuming you remember to use them. Meanwhile, for bricks ‘n’ mortar stores, the old way of doing business means it’s not always easy to link online offers with …

Cash-Based Payments Network PayNearMe Raises $20M Series E, Expands Via Family Dollar Partnership

Cash-based payments platform PayNearMe, which allows consumers to pay their rent, utility bills and loans, buy tickets online and more, is today expanding its footprint significantly in the U.S., thanks to a partnership with Family Dollar. The deal will allow consumers to use the service in the …

What's the future for Facebook as it turns 10?

The social network has confounded its critics and delivered growth but must add users<p>It takes a fairly precocious 22-year-old to turn down an offer of $1bn for a loss-making company. But that was Mark Zuckerberg’s reaction when Facebook was just two years old.<p>Yahoo! wanted to buy the burgeoning …

8 Ways Facebook Changed the World

Happy birthday, Facebook!<p>It's only been 10 years, but the company that connected the world has had more experiences than most have in a lifetime. …