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UNDER THE HOOD: An extraordinary look at what's going on in the US economy right now

Economic growth over the last few years has been just so-so, though GDP is still growing about 2% annually.<p>Meanwhile, the labor market is on fire, with the economy adding more jobs in 2014 than any year since 1999.<p>But under the hood of the economy, we can see that consumer spending isn't as poor as …

Economics

FDA Approves Controversial 'Little Pink Pill' But With Restrictions

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pill that aims to increase a woman’s desire for sex — a controversial decision made only after an extended lobbying campaign by the drug’s makers.<p>But the agency’s imposed an unusual number of restrictions on who can prescribe the drug and how they can …

Sexual Health

The top 8 wearables you can buy right now

Fall is right around the corner and whether you're looking for a fashionable accessory, fitness tracker or productivity wearable to see the season through, you've got plenty of great options. Apple's Watch has finally hit its stride, with a rich app selection and recent software updates, making it …

Bitcoin startups lure quant whizzes from Wall Street | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Armed with a doctorate in financial engineering, 34-year-old Timo Schlaefer was on his way to a promising career at Goldman Sachs in London. Previously with the bank’s mergers and acquisitions team, he became an executive director of credit quantitative modeling at Goldman, …

Cryptocurrency

How W3C is trying to standardize payments on the internet

Payments on the Internet have developed without much regulation or standardization over the past 15 to 20 years. This has resulted in a wide variety of what’s called “payment behavior.”<p>“Each and every company that worked with payments invented its own way of interaction with the customer,” said …

Rakuten Buys Virtual Fitting Room Startup Fits.Me In A Fashion Commerce Play

Rakuten — Japan’s answer to Amazon with e-commerce operations and investments that stretch from digital media and e-commerce marketplaces through to social media and transport apps — is making another acquisition to expand its holdings, this time in the area of fashion.<p>The company has acquired …

eCommerce

Google nearly bought Tesla for $6B in 2013

In a shocking revelation from an upcoming book, Tesla's Elon Musk and Google's Larry Page came to a verbal agreement two years ago. For better or worse, the deal fell through.<p>If you visited Tesla Motors' Fremont, Calif., factory in 2013, you'd have seen a pretty dismal place.<p>Much of the massive …

Tesla
Venture Capital

Indonesian Live-streaming Startup Zeemi.tv Grabs $1M From DeNA And 500 Startups

Indonesia has been dubbed the “social media capital of the world” thanks to the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram there. Now armed with $1 million in seed funding from DeNA and 500 Startups, Zeemi.tv is betting that its live-streaming video platform will prove just as popular in the …

Livestreaming

Apple, Google and Microsoft grilled over Australian tax avoidance

Apple, Google and Microsoft have faced an Australian Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance on Wednesday.<p>The tech giants have given evidence to …

Google 'looking at buying Twitter'

Twitter shares jump on reports Google has approached the social network about a possible takeover<p>More than $1.5bn (£1bn) was added to the value of <b>Twitter</b> on Tuesday following reports <b>Google</b> could launch a bid for the social network.<p>Shares in Twitter jumped 4.8pc on reports the US company had hired …

One statistic that shows how much America already relies on Uber

Sorry, taxis: Uber is taking over business travel.<p>Bloomberg found a new study from Certify, one of the largest expense management software companies in North America, suggests that Uber is nudging out traditional ground transportation.<p>Last month, Uber accounted for 47% of ground transportation …

Transportation

Apple's App Store is being powered by a secret acquisition made in 2013

The App Store is notoriously difficult to navigate. It contains millions of apps, and so users can struggle with copycats and figuring out the right keywords to find the apps they're looking for. Ottocat launched in 2013, and developed a solution to navigating the App Store: a "nested" navigation …

Apps

Augmented And Virtual Reality To Hit $150 Billion, Disrupting Mobile By 2020

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tim Merel is the managing director of</i> <i>Digi-Capital.</i><p>Virtual reality and augmented reality are exciting – Google Glass coming and going, Facebook’s $2 billion for Oculus, Google’s $542 million into Magic Leap, not to mention Microsoft’s HoloLens. There are amazing early-stage platforms …

Augmented Reality

The Flir FX Security Camera and Apps Will Keep You Covered

You may primarily know Flir from its Flir One thermal camera — the one that attaches to the back of your iPhone or Android phone. Alongside its companion app, the Flir One translates thermal energy into real time color images that let you identify obstacles and danger spots in the dark — and even …

GREAT Presentation: Startup Metrics for Pirates

This is a very good presentation that will help startups focus on the important metrics and have the right expectations. I find it interesting that …

Which billion-dollar 'unicorn' startups are at most risk of dying? Here's what some data suggests ...

A unicorn is a term used to describe a startup worth $1 billion or more. Like the fictional animal, unicorn companies are supposed to be rare and magical.<p>Lately, tech's unicorns have become rather common. Last month, the Wall Street Journal compiled its own "billion-dollar club" — a list of 78 …

Venture Capital

Wal-Mart CEO reveals the company's 8 biggest problems

With sales in the US lagging, Foran has traveled to Wal-Mart stores across the country in search of ways to improve customers' experiences with the retailer.<p>Foran shared what he learned during his travels in a meeting with investors on Wednesday. Here's what he said:<p><b>1. Many Wal-Mart stores lack</b> …

Profit

This one chart perfectly sums up why companies pour billions of dollars into messaging apps

Facebook dropped $19 billion on WhatsApp, Snapchat is valued at $15 billion, and even the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak, despite being a little over a year old, is already valued between $300 million and $400 million. Messaging apps are big business, and here's why.<p>Based on new data from mobile …

Apps

8 Things To Consider When Valuing Your Startup

Setting a valuation for an early-stage startup looking to raise money is tough. There’s no one right answer or formula to rely on, yet plenty of advice — some of which can lead you in the wrong direction.<p>For starters, do you know where you stand in relation to other companies? In regards to your …

5 reasons to become an angel investor in Indonesia today

Indonesia’s high-net worth individuals are becoming increasingly persuaded by Jakarta’s venture capital scene that it’s a good idea to put their …

Venture Capital

Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Maris is president and managing partner at Google Ventures .</i><p>I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data to see if we can …

Venture Capital

Marc Andreessen: Venture capital is not for everybody, but when it works…

Marc Andreessen thinks venture capital is great for entrepreneurs.<p>That’s no surprise, coming from the entrepreneur who cofounded Netscape, Ning, Opsware — all venture-backed companies — and then went on to cofound Andreessen Horowitz, one of the biggest VC firms in Silicon Valley right now.<p>More to …

Sequoia's Moritz joins warning chorus over Silicon Valley valuations

One of the most successful investors in Silicon Valley has added his voice to a swelling chorus concerned about a bubble in tech stocks, prophesying …

Venture Capital

Bubble talk

I’m tired of reading about investors and journalists claiming there’s a bubble in tech. I understand that it’s fun to do and easy press, but it’s …

Market Capitalization

Google Will Reportedly Let You Pay Bills in Gmail Soon

Pretty much everyone gets their bills by email nowadays, but what if you could pay right from your inbox too?<p>Google is apparently working on that, according to a report by<p>The documents Recode viewed showed a setup asking the user for personal information – including name, address and Social …

5 Genius Startup Tips From Peter Thiel | Inc.com

PayPal co-founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel is easily one of the most successful venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. By investing early in dozens of startups, including Airbnb, Facebook, LinkedIn, Palantir, and SpaceX, Thiel built himself a venture capital empire worth $2.2 billion. …

Startups

Hedge Funds Are Boosting Tech Valuations to Dangerous Heights

A flood of money from unconventional sources has sent valuations of late-stage technology startups, including Uber Technologies Inc. and Snapchat …

Venture Capital

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