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Outfit Ideas With Jeans From Madewell

As a wardrobe constant, jeans can sometimes start to feel just the littlest bit boring; you reach for the same tops and style them the same way. I'm not objecting to a go-to, but now's the perfect time to start thinking of (and trying on) different ways to wear so that when the middle of September …

How do you bring the internet of things to the consumer? Two perspectives.

This week we focused (inadvertently) on how to get consumers to adopt the internet of things is large numbers. First up is Om Malik and I chatting …

Read Satya Nadella's first letter to employees as Microsoft's CEO

CEO calls for focus as he warns that "our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation."<p>It's official, Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, and on his first day on the job he's sent a letter to the whole staff. In the letter, Nadella speaks of what he thinks makes Microsoft a …

Microsoft’s Bill Gates “Steps Up” To New Role As Technology Advisor: Was He Pushed Or Did He Jump?

Along with the news today that Satya Nadella will be the next CEO of Microsoft, another big change in the executive ranks: Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role as chairman of the board and is taking a new role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. Microsoft terms the change as a …

How Fab Fired Everybody, Started Selling Steaks, And Then Turned Itself Around

With the firing of over half their workforce, the last year was a tough one for Jason Goldberg and company. Here’s his vision for a slimmer, more nimble Fab.<p>Last July Fab raised $150 million at a billion-dollar valuation, but by the fall the flash sale company cut itself from 700 to 300 employees. …

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in …

Billionaire Jewelry King Launches TaskWorld, A Management Tool All About Performance

Billionaire jewelry king Fred Mouawad has a different take on the world of task management. Most providers have some play on keeping a list or offer a schedule of reminders. But Mouawad, after hanging out at Stanford University to get in geek mode, has built something different. It’s called …

AT&T CEO: Net neutrality ruling changes nothing

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reassured the public on Tuesday that AT&T is committed to keeping the Internet open.<p>Stephenson, who was answering a question posed by an equities analyst during the company's fourth-quarter conference call, said that AT&T has no plans to alter its service to capitalize …

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Should Microsoft Acquire Yahoo For $53 Billion?

In February 2008, Microsoft offered to buy Yahoo for $31 a share — then a 61% control premium. Yahoo said no thanks but six years later, Microsoft should only offer a 30% premium of $52 a share – or $53 billion. How else can Microsoft hire a CEO who will boost its stock price even as it loses …

Google Removed Over 350 Million Bad Ads, 270,000 Advertisers in 2013

Google today revealed the progress it has made in its fight against bad actors that abuse online advertising tools for harmful or deceptive purposes. In short, the company removed more than 350 million bad ads and more than 270,000 advertisers from its systems in 2013.<p>To put the first figure in …

Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter

Credit: Mean Girls, NPR<p>Shortening words, swapping them out, giving them different meanings — that's not new. Remember in <i>Mean Girls</i> when the queen bee character, Regina George, berated one of her underlings for trying to make the word "fetch" catch on?<p>Women lead the adoption of clipped words. In …

More than 750,000 spam emails sent from fridges and TVs

More than 750,000 spam emails were sent from smart household appliances such as fridges and TVs over a two week period, according to a security firm<p>US-based Security firm Proofpoint claims to have uncovered the first proven Internet of Things cyberattack involving household "smart" appliances.<p>More …

After ABC’s cord-cutting block, pirate downloads shoots up 300%

ABC may have pulled the plug on cord-cutters by imposing an eight-day delay on non-cable or Hulu subscribers, but the audience may be having the last …

Fewer than 0.01 percent of mobile apps will be financially successful by 2018, predicts Gartner

If developers are finding it difficult to make money from apps today, things are only going to get tougher, according to a forecast by Gartner (via <i>TechCrunch</i>). Looking at the period through to 2018, Gartner predicts that fewer than one in 10,000 apps will be considered financially successful by …

Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship

<b>Listen · 11:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The American Customer Satisfaction Index surveys large swaths of consumers about various industries. And in last year's survey, Americans rated Internet service providers at the very bottom for satisfaction. That puts them below the postal service, …

Confide: an app for execs who want sensitive messages to vanish Snapchat-style

Many people associate “disappear” apps like Snapchat with young people who want to send each other bong or boob shots. But kids are hardly the only …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …