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6 Healthy Recipes For When You Barely Have Time to Cook

These dinners are done in 30 minutes or less.<p>Alex Lau<p>One-Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard<p>I enjoy eating steak every so often as long as there is twice as much veg on my plate as meat. This recipe gets that ratio right, a modest amount of <i>super</i> flavorful steak with a skillet full of …

Foodies
Art

Marissa Mayer will have $186 million in Yahoo stock when Verizon buys the company

When Verizon's $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo closes this June, Marissa Mayer will be stepping down as CEO.<p>But don't worry too much about her — Mayer has about $186 million worth of stock, stock options and restricted stock units that will all be fully vested before the deal closes, according …

Yahoo

Asia tracks French election rally; weak yen lifts Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — The worldwide surge in share prices sparked by the outcome of France's vote Sunday carried into Asian markets early Tuesday. Japanese shares gained as the dollar remained near the 110 yen level, helping exporters.<p>KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.8 percent to 19,034.74 …

Finance

Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete

Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital.<p>The company, which is de-cloaking this week with a pilot in East London, has built a software platform that bridges the gap between …

FinTech

Square reportedly acquihires controversial chat app Yik Yak team

Square has reportedly hired most of the staff behind the anonymous chat app Yik Yak, according to <i>Bloomberg</i> sources. The move is said to be a less than $3 million deal for engineers and leaves out the anonymous chat app’s CEO Tyler Droll.<p>Sony A6500<p>Square Inc. acquired the engineering team of Yik …

Messaging

Hullabalu releases Lightwell, a platform for creating interactive storytelling apps

Interactive storytelling startup Hullabalu has spent the last several years producing a series of apps for kids based around a group of characters it has developed. But after making multiple apps of its own, the company has decided to open up its creative tools to other interactive …

Storytelling

Wikipedia co-founder launches project to fight fake news

Jimmy Wales' "Wikitribune" will bring journalists and others together to produce fact-checked news stories online.<p>Jimmy Wales is hoping the formula that made Wikipedia popular will have the same effect for battling fake news stories online.<p>The Wikipedia co-founder is launching "Wikitribune," an …

Journalism

Spotify to move into hardware space?

Some new jobs listing combined with some anonymous sources suggest Spotify may look to join another app developer, Snapchat, and move into the …

Motorola

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launching Wikitribune service to combat fake news

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is launching a crowd-funded news service to help combat fake news.<p>The internet entrepreneur has created Wikitribune, a news initiative which says it will see professional journalists and community contributors produce "fact-checked, global news stories".<p>The …

Journalism

LinkedIn just hit the 500 million user mark

LinkedIn

Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%

Apple just sent an email to members of the App Store affiliate program saying that App Store commissions will be reduced from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1st — that’s a 64 percent cut. While this change will have no effect on App Store users, it has some implications on the App Store …

Mobile Apps

Square Said to Acquire Team From Struggling Social App Yik Yak

Square Inc. acquired the engineering team of Yik Yak, according to a person familiar with the matter, marking the decline of the once-popular …

FinTech

Google, which gets most of its money from ads, might build an ad blocker

It may not be the kind of ad blocker people are used to.<p>Google is reportedly working on an ad blocker.<p>Sources tell the Wall Street Journal the company is working on a feature for its Chrome browser on desktop and mobile that would either filter certain types of ads, or filter ads entirely from …

Digital Advertising

Bose accused of spying on headphone & speaker users, selling listening data

A new lawsuit against Bose alleges that the company spies on users of its wireless headphones, tracking the music, podcasts, and other audio that they listen to and using the data for monetary gain. The accusation was made in a complaint filed yesterday in a federal court in Chicago and seeks …

Headphones

Google reportedly planning built-in ad-blocking feature for Chrome

On both its mobile and desktop browsers<p>Google plans to introduce an ad-blocking setting in both the mobile and desktop versions of its Chrome browser, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The option would be opt-in, and it would remove any and all “unacceptable” ads as defined by Coalition for …

Google

Eight visions of Facebook's future from its F8 conference

Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is betting big on augmented reality, hasn’t given up on VR – but doesn’t have much to say about the ‘Facebook killer’<p>As Apple has WWDC and Google has I/O, so Facebook has F8: the social network’s big annual conference has steadily grown, from a way to speak to …

Facebook

11 Cooking Tips Pro Chefs Swear By (and You Should Too)

Add seasoning as you cook. Don’t overcrowd the pan. Resist the urge to slice into cooked meat before it rests. If you're as obsessed with the Food Network as we are (*praise hands emoji* to Ina Garten), chances are you’ve heard these cooking tips before. They're some of the simplest ways to make …

Restaurants

Facebook Introduces Developer Circles - Facebook for Developers

Announcing Developer Circles, a new program for developers all over the world to connect, learn, and collaborate with other local developers.

Yahoo's first-quarter revenue jumps 22 percent

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) reported a 22.1 percent increase in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, ahead of the sale of its core internet business to Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N).<p>Yahoo said revenue from Mavens - the mobile, video, native and social advertising units that it has touted as key …

February 24

Asian stocks slip on UK surprise election, weak earnings

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks fell Wednesday after British Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise decision to hold early elections. Weak corporate earnings weighed on Wall Street investor sentiment.<p>KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was flat at 18,417.54 and South Korea's Kospi shed 0.5 …

Finance

How WhatsApp brings my family closer together

I grew up in India and moved to New York City four years ago, but I’ve always had family all around the world. In spite of having high-speed internet, access to Skype, Yahoo Messenger and numerous other communication tools, almost every interaction was one-on-one.<p>This wasn't a big issue, but this …

Facebook

Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything

Snapchat is adding a new way to use its app that brings its popular filters beyond faces. The new ‘World Lenses’ add augmented reality elements to any scene you can capture with your camera, placing 3D objects you can actually walk around with your smartphone’s camera, which is actually a lot …

Augmented Reality

Facebook Launches Camera Effects Platform

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>Facebook launches augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform<br>• Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform<br>• Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything<br>• Steve Ballmer’s new project sheds light on U.S. Government spending<br>• Pandora …

Steve Ballmer

Erdogan’s victory means uncertain times for Turkey’s startups

7 hours ago<p>In 2008 I had the privilege to travel to Istanbul to check out the tech scene. I’d arranged a tech startups meet-up with Arda Kutsal, a …

Turkey

Google Maps brings Timeline support to the iPhone and iPad

Google today announced an update to Google Maps that would bring the popular Timeline feature to iOS devices. The feature acts as a sort of mobile memory that allows users the ability to recall in great detail all the places they’ve been.<p>What was the name of that antique store I popped into the …

Google Maps

Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users

Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free.<p>iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.<p>Previously, all of these apps were provided for …

iOS

Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform

More than three years after its acquisition of Oculus, Facebook is a product even more deeply intertwined with people’s online identities. Today, Facebook is reaching an important milestone as it launches the first significant integration of social virtual reality into its core product.<p>Facebook …

Virtual Reality

These Economies Are Getting More Miserable This Year - Bloomberg

If 2016 was the year of political shocks, this year could be when we find how they'll impact the global economy. Bloomberg's Misery Index, which …

Economics

Stronger Privacy Laws Could Save Advertising From Itself

Online advertising is terrible. Ads clutter your screen, slow down your computer, and drain your batteries. Publishers saddle pages with tracking …

Digital Advertising