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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Uber says it has had "fewer than 170 complaints" of sexual assaults involving rides in three years.</b> The ride-sharing app is responding to an investigation from BuzzFeed.<p><b>2. Microsoft is trying to bring back the '80s with its Windows 10 strategy.</b> It is developing an entirely new platform, the …

Windows 10

Windows 10 launch: Microsoft releases new operating system

Windows has started rolling out Windows 10 to customers around the world, but not everyone who has pre-registered will get the upgrade today<p>Microsoft starts rolling out its new operating system, Windows 10, to customers around the world today, with members of its 'Insider' programme being the first …

Is The Surface A Microsoft Success Story?

Microsoft’s quarterly results advanced many stories out of Redmond, from the continuing success of its commercial cloud services, to a $7.5 billion dollar write-down after the purchase of Nokia’s devices and services section. Forbes’ Aaron Tilley looks at the quarterly numbers, but I want to zero …

The payment app of the future will not be a payment app

The use of mobile payments is rising rapidly. The Federal Reserve found that 22 percent of cell phone owners in the US reported having made a mobile payment in 2014, up from 17 percent in 2013 and 15 percent in 2012.<p>That is almost a 50 percent increase in two years. But still, no payment app has …

Apps

Chat apps blamed for rising divorce rate in China

SHANGHAI — When one of China’s biggest celebrities — Chinese Olympic hurdling star Liu Xiang — recently announced on Weibo that he was divorcing …

Microsoft Send is like WhatsApp for work emails

The Microsoft Garage has churned out a new iOS productivity app aimed at streamlining the email experience so users can get in, get in contact, and get on with their work lives as quickly as possible.<p>The new iOS-only app, Send, aims to make email threads more like short IM messages by stripping out …

Apps

Apple Watch sales figures: what we know, and what Apple won't tell us

Apple has once again refused to say how well he Apple Watch has sold -- while still hinting that it's been a relative success.<p>CEO Tim Cook said …

The CEO of $1 billion Evernote is stepping down because he wasn't 'passionate about it'

The move comes a month after Libin revealed in an interview with The Information of his intention to step down.<p>Libin told Recode that his decision to resign is largely due to his lack of passion leading a company that's about to go public. He's said in previous interviews that he's more interested …

Google self-driving car involved in first injury accident

Google says one of its self-driving cars has been involved in an injury accident for the first time.<p>The tech giant disclosed Thursday that one of its SUVs was rear-ended in its home city of Mountain View, and the three people on board complained of minor whiplash. All were released from the …

Autonomous Cars

Uber acquires mapping tech and talent from Microsoft

Around 100 Bing engineers are headed to Uber<p>As it seeks to sharpen its focus, Microsoft confirmed to <i>Recode</i> today that it will no longer be collecting its own mapping data. As part of that transition, it is selling a number of assets to Uber, including a data center, cameras, intellectual property, …

Intellectual Property

Report: Amazon Is Building An App To Let Normal People Deliver Packages For Pay

Amazon is apparently enlisting everyday humans in its network of endless online shopping delivery. The WSJ reports that the ecommerce giant is working on an app internally that would allow the average consumer to make a little cash by picking up Amazon packages at various retail locations and …

eCommerce

Our massive new monopolies: Amazon, Google and Facebook have the power to move entire economies

<b>(Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Beck Diefenbach/AP/Matt Sayles/AshDesign via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Tech companies have amassed frightening economic power — and we handed over our data to make it possible<p>Anna Bernasek • D.T. Mongan<p>June 7, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our …

Photo Sharing

The Internet Of (Some) Things

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Briggs is the CTO of Deloitte Consulting.</i><p>In 2015, a modern-day gold rush has taken the technology sector by storm. A recent study discovered that 75 percent of executives surveyed said that Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives are currently underway within their organizations. …

Internet of Things

Guy hoverboards across a Canadian lake and into history

No, this isn't some guerilla marketing campaign for <i>Back to the Future's</i> upcoming pseudo-anniversary. It's a world record-setting flight by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru aboard a homebrew hoverboard. He recently piloted this prototype nearly 1000 feet across a Quebec lake to set the …

Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says

Microsoft almost made one of the most colossal tech acquisitions in history earlier this spring.<p>Talks between the world's largest software maker and Salesforce.com, the San Francisco-based cloud-computing company, reached a serious level when Microsoft offered as much as $55 billion, according to …

James Martin

Sheryl Sandberg's moving tribute to the husband who died: 'Dave was my rock'

Facebook executive posts a heartfelt eulogy to her husband, David Goldberg, saying she was grateful for every minute they had together<p>Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, has used the social networking site to pay a moving tribute to her husband David Goldberg who died in an …

Silicon Valley

SurveyMonkey chief David Goldberg died of head injury due to treadmill fall

SurveyMonkey chief executive David Goldberg died from a head injury sustained after falling off a treadmill at a private resort in Mexico on Friday, according to a spokesman for the local prosecutor’s office.<p>The 47-year-old, who became head of the online survey company in 2009, was found on the …

Dave Goldberg had an incredible life — but it wasn't easy

<i>Business Insider had the chance to interview Dave Goldberg last month about his life and the challenges he had faced.</i><p><i>Our original story is below, unedited.</i><p>Dave Goldberg is half of one of Silicon Valley's most powerful couples.<p>He's the CEO of uber successful Valley company SurveyMonkey, with an epic …

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook aims to host full news stories, will let publishers keep ad revenue, says report

Facebook wants to publish news articles and other content from sites like The New York Times and National Geographic directly on the social network. And in return, it's offering to let those third-party publishers keep all the revenue from some of the ads associated with their content.<p>That's the …

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Dave Goldberg, CEO Of SurveyMonkey And Husband Of Sheryl Sandberg, Has Died

"Even in these last few days of completely unexpected hell – the darkest and saddest moments of my life – I know how lucky I have been," the Facebook COO wrote Tuesday. Her husband, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, reportedly suffered severe head trauma Friday while using a resort's gym in …

Tesla's Big Announcement Is PowerWall: A Battery For Your Home

It's electrifying<p>Could a battery big enough to power your whole home be coming to market soon? Yes, says Elon Musk. More than that, he says it will change the world.<p>Rumors have swirled for weeks about a new announcement from Tesla, with onlookers around the world latching onto any crumb of …

HoloLens Hands-On: How We Built An App For Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Headset

Microsoft’s HoloLens is no joke. We’ve now tried the company’s latest revision of its unreleased augmented reality headset and even built an app for it. The new hardware, which Microsoft also showcased during its Build developer conference keynote yesterday, feels very solid and the user experience …

Augmented Reality

Apple And IBM Team With Japan Post To Address The Needs Of An Aging Population

Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro was on-stage with Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty this morning to announce a new joint initiative and highlight some of the fruits of the IBM/Apple enterprise partnership.<p>Through that partnership (which was announced last summer), IBM is developing …

Microsoft reveals new web browser Edge

Microsoft has confirmed its new web browser, codenamed Project Spartan, will in fact be called Microsoft Edge, eventually replacing Internet Explorer<p>Microsoft's newest web browser will be called Microsoft Edge, providing a definitive name for the codenamed Project Spartan, the company has confirmed.<p>…

Software

Samsung regains smartphone sales crown from Apple

Samsung Electronics has recaptured its title as the world's top smartphone maker, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>The South Korean electronics giant shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide during the first quarter of 2015, capturing 24 percent of the smartphone market, according to …

Google Now becomes way more useful with support for 70 more apps

Google Now just got a lot more powerful. Google is expanding its Android-based predictive search service's capabilities to include 70 more …

iPad outage affects a “a few dozen” American Airlines flights

<b>Update</b>: American Airlines has confirmed that the problem was with a bad update to the Jepson app that added Ronald Reagan Airport map. The app provides maps of runways and more information to pilots. Until the app can be fixed, the airline has informed pilots of a workaround to prevent future …

Apple: "We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it."

Company releases 2015 environmental impact report<p>Apple is continuing to take a strong stance against climate change, writing in its newly released 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, "We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it." This is framed as a major piece in Apple's …

Tim Cook

Norway announces nationwide FM radio shut-off

By 2017, Norway plans to be the first country in the world to voluntarily end its FM radio broadcasting program.<p>The Norwegian Minister of Culture made the announcement on Thursday as a part of the country’s transition to digital audio broadcasting (DAB).<p>It won’t actually signal the end of …

Radio Industry