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Amazon CEO and world's richest man Jeff Bezos is hardly ever on his phone

<b>• As the CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos is a busy person.</b><p><b>• However, in an interview with his younger brother Mark, the CEO said he doesn't check his phone constantly.</b><p><b>• That's because Bezos doesn't multitask.</b><p>Jeff Bezos may be CEO of one of the biggest companies in tech, but …

Jeff Bezos

Buyers circle suddenly attractive U.S. media companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All of a sudden, it seems, everybody wants to own a U.S. media company.<p>In the last few weeks, several of the world's biggest telecommunications and media companies have started circling Twenty First Century Fox Inc with an eye to buying a significant piece of Rupert Murdoch's …

Randall Stephenson

34 Business Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

<i>This article originally ran in Term Sheet, Fortune’s newsletter about deals and dealmakers.</i> <i>Sign up here.</i><p>Alright, here it is: the book list to end all …

Success

Bitcoin breaks $8,000 barrier amid speculation over spin-off

One unit of the cryptocurrency now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold, after tenfold increase since start of 2017<p>The price of the virtual currency bitcoin has broken the $8,000 barrier for the first time, prompting speculation that it could soar past $10,000 by the end of the year.<p>The …

Bitcoin

1 Brilliant Yet Often Ignored Communication Trick Will Help You Lead Your Team

Being a leader has nothing to do with charisma and everything to do with this one ability.<p>The team was present, but definitely not listening. I was floundering in my effort to help them understand why we needed to change our entire sales process. I thought I could handle it. I thought my leadership …

Charisma

The life and career of Steve Jobs' mysterious widow Laurene Powell Jobs, who has become a powerful investor with a net worth of $20.7 billion

<b>• Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.</b><p><b>• She has become a powerful investor and has a net worth of $20.7 billion, according to Forbes.</b><p><b>• Some of her projects range from environmental committees to acquiring a majority stake in an influential US magazine.</b><p>Laurene Powell Jobs …

Silicon Valley

How Washington Gave Insiders an Edge on IPOs

Stanford GSB research shows two groups have benefited from the JOBS Act: well-paid company managers and well-connected institutional investors.| …

Stanford University

Roomi raises $11 million to find you a roommate

Looking for a roommate on Craigslist can be cumbersome. And it can be difficult to determine what the person will be like in real life.<p>A startup called Roomi thinks it has a better solution for finding people to live with. Its app and website help you search for apartment listings with …

Startups

AT&T and Verizon are going to build cell towers together

AT&T and Verizon have partnered with a third company to build hundreds of cell towers, Verizon announced today. The third company, Tillman Infrastructure, is a private company that makes and owns towers, and it will construct the towers to suit AT&T and Verizon.<p>The new towers are going to be added …

Verizon

Tech stocks once again look completely unstoppable

• <b>Tech stocks have been an invaluable part of broader stock market strength in 2017, returning more than double the benchmark S&P 500.</b>• <b><br>Skeptics said for months that the air would have to come out of tech stocks, which they said had gotten overextended.</b>• <b><br>Tech companies have responded by reporting some of</b> …

Markets

With $70M from Alphabet, United Masters replaces record labels

The records labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promote concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no will “buy” it. So today that …

Mary J. Blige

Exclusive: Kickstarter launches its first new product in 9 years

Amid stagnant growth and a leadership exodus, Kickstarter’s co-founder returns to the helm<p>When Kickstarter launched in 2009, there was nothing quite like it: a platform where creators could launch a project with a funding goal and a time limit, and assign rewards to backers based on how much they …

Startups

Google backs music startup to help make more Chance the Rappers

Imagine you're in the market for a new pair of shoes, and you hear your favorite artist playing in the background of an online ad.<p>Coincidence? Maybe …

Andreessen Horowitz

Bose is crowdfunding noise-cancelling earbuds that can help you sleep

The newest Bose headphones hope to “put an end to sleepless nights” by cancelling out barks, snores and other irritating noises while you sleep — and it’s the smallest product they’ve ever made.<p>The noise-masking Sleepbuds, as they are called, are small wireless earbuds that you place into your ears …

Headphones

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news<p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net …

Internet

AT&T acknowledges nationwide outage preventing users from making calls

After a multitude of reports on Twitter and other social media platforms, AT&T has acknolwedged that some cusotmers are facing issues placing wireless calls. Reports of the outage first began earlier this evening and DownDetecor shows over 6,000 complaints from users.<p>Complaints from AT&T cusotmers …

iOS

Protect net neutrality and Internet freedom: World Wide Web inventor

Treating all content equally online is key to individual empowerment, democracy and economic growth. But the FCC is threatening to take that away.<p>How do you use the World Wide Web? People use it for all kinds of different things: to read email, post an update on social media, check in to a work …

Net Neutrality

The FCC's Plan to End Net Neutrality Is Coming Next Week

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net neutrality order …

Net Neutrality

FCC approves loosening media ownership rules in split vote

The Federal Communications Commission also made other moves Thursday to strip away regulations, actions that Democrats say will harm consumers.<p>The Republican-led FCC is making good on its promise to deregulate the communications industry, including a revamp of media ownership rules that will make …

Net Neutrality

Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake is the only woman to lead a tech IPO this year

Fewer than 8 percent of all U.S. IPOs this year were led by women.<p>In 2017, a woman-led IPO is still rare. In tech, it’s nearly nonexistent.<p>That makes Katrina Lake — the founder and CEO taking Stitch Fix public today — especially notable. Stitch Fix is an online retailer that provides personalized …

Venture Capital

Two years after going public, Square is now worth more than Twitter

Jack Dorsey’s payments company has edged past Jack Dorsey’s tweeting company.<p>Jack Dorsey’s “other” company, Square, is now worth more than Twitter. As of this afternoon, the mobile payments firm had a market value of $16.5 billion — more than a billion dollars above Twitter’s market cap, according …

Social Media

9 wild stories that reveal the brutally competitive side of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

<b>• Amazon is known throughout the business world for being a ruthless competitor — and is on track to become the first trillion-dollar company.</b><p><b>• Reports from Brad Stone's "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon" to the New York Times' 2015 feature story indicate CEO and founder Jeff</b> …

Amazon

6 Ways to Raise Money for Your App Startup

A recent study reveals that 82% of businesses fail due to cash flow problems.Saying that having an app startup idea is the knock at the door to …

Startups

Apple adds new banks to its list of Apple Pay partners

Apple has reportedly added more than 20 banks and credit unions in the US to its official list of Apple Pay partners.<p>Apple today updated its list of official Apple Pay partners, with 22 new US banks added to the hundreds that already support the payment system, according to 9to5Mac. The site lists …

Banking

Twitch’s game store is now open for business

Twitch is now a place where you can both watch and buy games. Earlier this year the streaming service announced plans to launch a digital PC games store, and today it’s open for business. Users will be able to purchase select games directly from Twitch channels and game pages, both on the site and …

Netflix

These are the leading credit card processing companies

Credit card processors are mostly responsible for data transmission and security when you use your card at a store or online to make a purchase.<p>There are two types of processors in the payment-card system. Front-end processors route transactions from merchants to the cardholder's bank to gain …

Banking

Yelp acquires Wi-Fi marketing company Turnstyle Analytics for $20 million

Yelp this morning announced it has paid $20 million in cash to acquire the Wi-Fi marketing company, Turnstyle Analytics, which offers a service that allows businesses to connect with their customers over a freely provided Wi-fi network. The move, Yelp explains, is aimed at expanding the types of …

Real-time video streaming service PhenixP2P raises $3.5M

PhenixP2P, one of the five finalists in our 2016 Disrupt London Battlefield competition, today announced that it has raised a $3.5 million Series A round led by KB Partners. With this, the company has now raised $5.5 million for its real-time video streaming solution that promises to offer far …

Startups