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A hidden work painted by Degas has been revealed in full colour thanks to X-ray imaging and synchrotron technology.<p>It's long been suspected that "Portrait of a Woman," painted in oils between 1876 and 1880 by Edgar Degas, was painted over another painting. Now, researchers from the Australian …

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Wall Street had mixed reactions to Microsoft's surprise announcement on Monday that it would buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. One firm, Jefferies, titled its instant analysis about the deal, "Large Acquisition, Large Valuation, Large Risk," and compared it with past Microsoft acquisitions Skype, …

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Microsoft announced plans to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion on Monday. The deal will help Microsoft improve its CRM product to take on Salesforce, and create new products that cater to HR professionals and marketers.<p>But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emphasized to Business Insider that the deal was …

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Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are some of the largest social media platforms in the world. But when it comes to online shoppers, they're no match to Pinterest.<p>According to data from Kleiner Perkins' 2016 Internet Trends report, charted for us by Statista, Pinterest was the most popular social …

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When some of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts got hacked late Sunday, a lot of people were surprised by the weak "dadada" password he turned out to be using.<p>But Zuckerberg's not alone when it comes to using vulnerable passwords. According to data from LeakedSource, charted for …

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The high cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes Silicon Valley, has been the subject of a lot of conversation. Everybody agrees that we need more housing, but nobody can seem to figure out the best way to get that housing built.<p>This chart from Statista, based on a Zillow …

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If you thought making apps was easy money, you're probably a few years too late.<p>As this chart from Statista shows, the average number of apps used by the typical US smartphone owner has been stuck around 27 for four years straight now, according to data from Nielsen. People are spending more and …

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Apple was reportedly considering buying media giant Time-Warner late last year, which would've given it a huge content business including media brands like CNN and HBO. It also would've cost at least $60 billion, which is Time-Warner's current market capitalization.<p>But Apple could easily have …

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Snapchat raised an additional $1.81 billion in funding, according to a regulatory filing on Thursday.<p>That means the messaging app has raised over $2.6 billion since its founding in 2011. That's a lot of money, given Snapchat only generated $59 million in revenue last year, according to …

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Would-be buyers are apparently placing lowball bids for Yahoo's core business, offering $2 billion to $3 billion instead of the $4 billion to $8 billion anticipated in April, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. These acquisitions would include only Yahoo's actual day-to-day business, …

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Early Wednesday morning, Microsoft announced further reductions to its smartphone hardware business, including the elimination of up to 2,000 jobs, mostly in Finland, where Nokia was based. This is on top of more than 25,000 layoffs related to its smartphone business since it bought Nokia in …

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Amazon passed Exxon this morning to become the fourth-most valuable company (and tech company) in the U.S., behind Apple, Alphabet (Google), and Microsoft. As of this writing, Amazon is worth about $362 billion, versus $357 billion for Exxon, according to Yahoo Finance.<p>Amazon has been a riddle for …

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Remember a couple years ago when everybody was worried because Facebook was losing teens? Or maybe you've had a few friends declare loudly that they were quitting Facebook forever and you wondered if it was sign of some broader trend.<p>Nope. As this chart from Statista shows, people are using …

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You might not think of Verizon as a web powerhouse, but with the purchase of Yahoo, it has the potential to own the biggest audience of online users in the United States.<p>This chart from Statista shows ComScore's June 2016 measurements of visitors to the most popular networks of web properties in …

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The Pokémon Go phenomenon has given new momentum to the idea of augmented reality — that is, products that project computer-generated images (like animated cartoon characters) on top of real-world images. AR is the cousin of virtual reality, which completely immerses users in a computer-generated …

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On Wednesday, Facebook announced that Messenger had passed 1 billion monthly active users.<p>This chart from Statista shows how utterly Facebook dominates online communications. It now has the three top communications platforms — the core Facebook app, WhatsApp, and Messenger — all of which have more …

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Microsoft announced yesterday that its commercial cloud revenue "run rate" had hit $12.1 billion as of the end of its June quarter. (That's the fourth quarter of Microsoft's 2016 fiscal year.)<p>This "run rate" measures the amount of money Microsoft collected from cloud services like Office 365, …

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Yahoo delivered middling earnings on Monday, and on the call Marissa Mayer gave what sounded a lot like a goodbye speech. This indeed may be her last earnings report at the company: the final bids for Yahoo's core business were reportedly due on Monday, and there's no guarantee that the buyer will …

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Netflix started as a DVD-rental-by-mail service. It drove physical rental chains like Blockbuster out of business. Then it began to focus more heavily on streaming online video, and in 2012 began commissioning original shows.<p>These original shows are the key to Netflix's future, CEO Reed Hastings …

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Japanese mobile messaging company Line had a nice pop at its IPO on Thursday morning, with shares up about 30% from their offer price.<p>But as this chart from Statista shows, Line may already be past its peak. The app's number of monthly average users has slowed dramatically in most of the world, and …

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Once upon a time, the only way to get online and run apps was with a personal computer — a box with a keyboard and mouse or trackpad. Most of those computers ran Microsoft Windows. That old definition of a "computer" is outdated. Most computing these days is done on phones, or on computers with …

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Tuesday marks the second annual Amazon Prime Day, when all Amazon Prime members can get exclusive discounts on more than 100,000 products through the company.<p>This year, more than 63 million people will be able to take advantage of those deals, according to data from Consumer Intelligence Research …

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We haven't seen a tech phenomenon like "Pokémon GO" in a long time. Released last Wednesday, the smartphone game from Niantic and Nintendo almost immediately topped the app charts, sent Nintendo's stock skyrocketing, and sent armies of gamers into the streets, parks, and graveyards to hunt mythical …

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In the wake of Brexit, somebody drove a mobile billboard around London with a message on it imploring startups to "Keep calm and move to Berlin."<p>But as this chart from Statista shows, Berlin doesn't really need the help. It's already the top of the heap in Europe when it comes to size of venture …

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Software piracy is a lot more rampant in China than the U.S., but the value of unlicensed software in the U.S. is still the highest in the world.<p>This chart from Statista, based on data from the Business Software Alliance, an industry body that promotes the properly licensed use of business …

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On Monday, the Wall Street Journal sounded the alarm that Snapchat is over because parents have finally figured it out. What teen wants to be chatting on the same service as mom and dad?<p>It's true that older people are discovering Snapchat, but that's not the whole story. As this chart from Statista …

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Microsoft erased another part of its massive Nokia mistake this morning, selling its feature phone business for $350 million to Chinese manufacturer Foxconn. Microsoft had already written off the entire value of the original acquisition, and has scaled back its phone business dramatically in the …

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On Tuesday, Google bought a high-speed internet provider called Webpass, and is rolling it into its Google Fiber unit.<p>Google Fiber is one of the most ambitious projects in Alphabet (the holding company that contains Google and several other businesses). It is aiming to provide much faster internet …