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Jet.com Could Start The Mother Of All Price Wars

Marc Lore, who sold his company to Amazon for $500 million, is willing to make one big promise about his new site: You won't find a lower price anywhere.<p>Since July of last year, entrepreneur Marc Lore has been posting coy updates to his Tumblr about Jet.com, a mysterious "new shopping experience" …

Microsoft finally delivers the Windows we really wanted

Over the last few years, Microsoft seems to have been flailing. Windows 8, while a step in the right direction for the company, was an utter mess and saw slow adoption along with poor developer uptake.<p>Windows 8 went too far, too fast; it was a user experience disaster. As users bemoaned Windows 8’s …

Microsoft's surprise hit: an 84-inch pen display for the office

As Microsoft's big news day winds down, people will mostly be talking about two things: the next version of Windows, and that insane headset that lets you see holograms in your living room. If you ask me, though, one of the most impressive things the company announced was actually a giant pen …

Windows 10

90% Of Startups Fail: Here's What You Need To Know About The 10%

As an entrepreneur, I know about failure. I’ve made mistakes, pretty stupid ones. At the same time, though, I’ve been fortunate enough to succeed a few times, too.<p>Along the way, I’ve been able to understand some of the lesser-known reasons that some startups fail, and more importantly why a few …

Entrepreneurship

Elon Musk spills details on SpaceX's $10 billion space internet venture

Elon Musk doesn't only plan to bring the whole world online using a fleet of low-cost communication satellites, he also wants to use the same infrastructure to provide internet on Mars. Months after confirming the new SpaceX project, Musk has finally told <i>Bloomberg</i>, that he plans to send hundreds of …

Space Travel

Delsey's luggage weighs itself, charges phones, knows the weather

CES was flooded with a bunch of "internet of things" for the home, but frequent travelers will likely appreciate this connected luggage better. Leading luggage maker Delsey has been working on a connected suitcase called Pluggage for the past two years and has recently tested a working prototype, …

Luggage

After Raising $150 Million In Stealth Mode, What The Heck Is Gogoro?

In 2011, Gogoro raised $50 million. Three years later, another $100 million. And yet, no one seems to have any idea what the heck Gogoro does.<p>Until now.<p>Having somehow managed to keep their plans almost entirely under wraps for the last three years, the company is unveiling their first product as …

The Business of Being Bill Gates: How Microsoft’s co-founder is mapping his own road ahead

More than six years have passed since Bill Gates left his day-to-day role at Microsoft to shift to full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates …

How Made-For-Business Apps Are Poised To Transform Industries

Stop for a minute and consider the level of transformation the smartphone in your hand has created in just the handful of years since the re-architecting of our most basic connections to people, services and knowledge began with the debut of the original iPhone.<p>Now, these devices and the apps they …

Longtime Internet Explorer leader Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft

Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft. And yes, of course, there is an IE shirt associated with this milestone, too.<p>The longtime Internet Explorer …

Satya Nadella read these 5 books during his first year as Microsoft CEO

The original Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, has practically created a third career for himself by reading and recommending books, so why shouldn’t the …

Amazon Travel Hotel Booking Service Plans Uncovered

Travel sites could be about to have a very unhappy new year. Amazon is set to enter the travel business, according to a report by travel news specialists Skift. It says Amazon has been working with independent hotels and resorts in and around major cities to prepare its new Amazon Travel …

Robinhood launches on App Store, brings zero-commission stock trading to the masses

For several years, my grandmother has encouraged me to get involved with the stock market. While she was successful at persuading my older brother into investing in penny stocks, I have never taken the initiative to learn how the stock market truly works. For that reason, I was excited when I heard …

Big changes ahead for Windows: ‘We’ve got to monetize it differently,’ says Microsoft exec

Microsoft Windows has made headway in the market for low-end laptops and tablets this year by reducing the price it charges device manufacturers, …

Apple could ditch Google for Bing or Yahoo next year

Google risks losing its spot as the default search provider in Apple's Safari browser next year, according to a report from <i>The Information</i>. The latest extension of a deal that's put Google Search in the hands of iPhone owners since 2007 is set to expire in 2015, and Mountain View rivals Microsoft …

Two Rallies

Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive rally. Apple, a company that was once small enough to be dismissed whole-cloth is …

Rocket Internet - First Mover In Asia?

At the end of Rocket Internet’s disappointing first day of trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange last week, co-founder and CEO Oliver Samwer looked weary but, as usual, kept on-message, telling CNBC that “most [Rocket sites] are market leaders in their sectors.”<p>When he announced the IPO last …

How Technology Is Transforming Microfinance

<i>Vikas Lalwani is a member of the marketing team at FusionCharts, a startup providing JavaScript charts to 23,000+ customers. He also volunteers as community manager at Zidisha,</i><p>Microfinance, in simplest words, can be defined as providing small loans to people in need. It is already a $70 billion …

Ideas we’d like to fund

Our experience funding companies at the intersection of healthcare and technology for over three years has been humbling—we are continuously …

New devices help iOS steal back enterprise share from Android; breakdown is 85% iPhone 6, 15% iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has managed to reverse a recent trend of declining quarterly enterprise share for device activations, thanks to its new smartphones. The breakdown for businesses buying new iPhones is in line with what we’ve seen before: 85 percent of activations were for the iPhone 6 while iPhone 6 Plus …

Microsoft Office Apps Skyrocket To The Top Of The App Store Following Pricing Changes

Nothing sells like “free.” Microsoft Word is now the number one free iPhone and iPad application on iTunes, closely followed by other Microsoft Office apps including Excel and PowerPoint. The apps have shot up to the top of Apple’s App Store after last week’s pricing changes. Before, Microsoft had …

BMW's new street lights will charge your electric car

Street lights are already brimming with electricity, so it stands to reason that they'd make great charging points for electric cars, doesn't it? BMW certainly thinks so. It has developed Light and Charge LED street lights that could keep your EV topped up (Beemer or otherwise) using existing urban …

The Race To Zero Is Awesome

It’s Sunday, so let’s stretch our legs a little bit. Earlier today Julie Bort of Business Insider wrote an interesting piece detailing the rapidly approaching end game of the storage wars: The prices consumers and businesses pay for cloud storage are racing to zero, and that’s forcing new jockeying …

Want Another Tool To Help Your Startup Get Off The Ground? Here's One, And It's Free

It’s a common little dance done between entrepreneurs and the investors they’re trying to win over: “This is a $20 billion market—I’m confident we can grab at least one percent of it.” Investors smile and nod, knowing full well that the entrepreneur is making an educated guess and ponder – even if …

NTSB takes lead in Virgin Galactic investigation

The<p>National Transportation Safety Board's top official said late Saturday that he believes a Virgin Galactic space craft that crashed Friday, killing a test pilot, broke apart in midair.<p>Christopher Hart, acting NTSB chairman, said the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo was spread over five miles in the …

Virgin Galactic crash: Sir Richard Branson shows how to communicate in a crisis

<b>In times of crisis, brands require strong leaders who can communicate confidently, and compassionately, in the intimidating glare of the media</b> …

Richard Branson Speaks After Virgin Galactic Tragedy

But anyone who wants a refund for their space travel can have one.<p>The dream of Virgin Galactic — a radical commercial space-travel effort that experienced a tragic setback yesterday — will live on, said founder Richard Branson, speaking from the Mojave Desert this morning.<p>Branson looked somber but …

IE11 finally passes IE8 to become the world's most popular browser, Chrome flat, Firefox continues to fall

Ever since its release in October 2013, IE11 has been unable to pass IE8 in market share. It made steady gains, but then plateaued before it could become the world’s most popular browser. Now, Microsoft’s latest and greatest has finally done it.<p>Between September and October, here is how the browser …

Virgin SpaceShipTwo destroyed in test

<b>A pilot was killed and another injured as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in the California desert.</b><p>The craft was flying a manned test when it experienced what the company described as "a serious anomaly".<p>It was undergoing its first powered test flight since January over …

Castlight, Doctor on Demand team up to combine price transparency and telemedicine

Castlight Health has teamed up with San Francisco-based startup Doctor on Demand, in a partnership that blends two of healthcare’s biggest trends – …