Amazon Continues Crackdown On Biased Reviews: No More Free, Discounted Products For Reviewers

Amazon has now banned reviews on its platform that give reviewers free or discounted products. Named incentivized reviews, they will now only be allowed under the Amazon Vine program.

Business October 4, 2016

Facebook Marketplace To Challenge Craigslist, eBay: How Is It Different From Other Online Commerce Channels?

Facebook Marketplace is a new service that aims to make it easier for users to engage in peer-to-peer trades within their local community. How does it compare to other online commerce channels such as Craiglist and eBay?

Business October 4, 2016

Facebook Plans To Build Data Center In Denmark

Facebook is purportedly expanding its network of overseas data centers, and it's eying Odense, Denmark for the next deployment. The facility should be larger than the massive existing data center in Luleå, Sweden, according to construction documents.

Business October 4, 2016

Tesla Electric Car Deliveries At 24,500 In Q3: 70 Percent Increase From Previous Quarter

Tesla has recorded a 70 percent increase in electric vehicle deliveries, ballooning up to 24,500 in Q3 from last quarter's 18,345. This brings the company a step closer to its goal of delivering 50,000 vehicles at the second half of 2016.

Business October 3, 2016

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Maps Out The Future Of Mobile Advertising

Facebook recently hit the milestone of 4 million active advertisers, and the social network’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg explained why mobile is the medium for the ads of the future.

Business October 3, 2016

Qualcomm Planning To Buy NXP Semiconductors For $30 Billion: How The Acquisition Will Impact The Chip Sector

Qualcomm is planning to buy Netherlands-based chipmaker NXP Semiconductors, and may have to spend as much as $30 billion to close the deal. But it will open up new lines of business for the chip manufacturer.

Business September 30, 2016

FCC Delays Revolutionary Set-Top Box Vote: Moment Of Truth For Cable Providers And Subscribers Is Not Now

The FCC has delayed the vote that could disrupt the set-top box. The proposal aims to force cable providers to open their content catalogs for search purposes, allow subscribers to access cable content on any set-top box, and offer channels as free apps on all major platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows and Roku.

Business September 29, 2016

Twitter Takeover: Google Might Find The Perfect Nest For Twitter Right On The YouTube Platform

The possibility of Twitter takeover has once again surfaced because of the site's monetizing struggles. The said trend encouraged Disney, Salesforce and Google to bid for the acquisition of the social media platform to further boost their business interests.

Business October 1, 2016

Facebook 'Definitely' Has No Control Over Media, COO Sandberg Says, Despite Many News-Related Issues On The Social Network

According to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the social network is not trying to brainwash users by controlling their news feeds. Sandberg made these claims despite several news-related issues that have been recently connected to the company.

Business September 28, 2016

After Launching Self-Driving Car Nanodegree, Udacity Unveils VR Developer Program In Partnership With Google, HTC Vive And Upload

Udacity announced a VR Developer Nanodegree just a couple of weeks after unveiling a similar program on self-driving cars. Google VR, HTC Vive and Upload will help prepare the curriculum, covering both hardware and software in the virtual reality industry.

Business September 27, 2016

Disney Interested In Acquiring Twitter, Working With Bankers About Potential Takeover Bid

Walt Disney Co. is reportedly in talks to join Salesforce, Google and a list of companies interested in offering a bid to acquire Twitter. The platform has continuously struggled to sustain its momentum.

Business September 27, 2016

Lenovo Layoffs Cut Deeper Into Moto: 1,000 New Job Cuts

The Moto division is shrinking under Lenovo, with a new round of layoffs now confirmed. Following the 3,200 job cuts last year, Lenovo is axing another thousand jobs at Motorola Mobility.

Business September 27, 2016

Plex Cloud Taps Amazon Drive To Ditch Your Home Media Server: Unlimited Storage, Nothing To Install [Video]

Plex has tapped into Amazon Drive to offer unlimited storage and more convenience to users through its new Plex Cloud service. Here's the deal.

Business September 26, 2016

Amid Heavy Criticism Over His Pro-Trump Investments, Oculus Founder Gets Two Top Executives On His Side

Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey stirred great controversy by financially supporting an anti-Clinton group, and his actions affected Oculus as well. Two top company executives, CEO Brendan Iribe and head of content Jason Rubin, have weighed in on the matter, expressing their support for Luckey.

Business September 25, 2016

Oculus Boycott: Developers Drop Support For Oculus After Founder Palmer Luckey Backs Pro-Trump Political Group

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has been funding a pro-Trump, anti-Clinton meme generator, sparking controversy on the VR scene. A number of developers have announced an Oculus boycott, dropping Oculus support as long as Luckey is involved.

Business September 24, 2016

Salesforce, Microsoft, Google And Verizon: Top Companies Interested In Acquiring Twitter

Microsoft, Google, Verizon and Salesforce are currently rumored to be courting Twitter for a possible acquisition deal. Twitter stocks went up by some 20 percent after rumors of a buyout surfaced.

Business September 23, 2016

Uber Safety Features Require Drivers To Take Selfies For Real-Time ID Check Using Microsoft Cognitive Services

Uber has added a new safety feature requiring drivers to take selfies before logging on to the platform and accepting rides. Is this the company's way of avoiding background checks and admitting its drivers swap and share accounts?

Business September 24, 2016

Apple Acquired Machine Learning Company Tuplejump: AI Push For Siri, Cloud Services And More?

Apple's acquisition of Tuplejump Pvt Ltd. is expected to help the company improve its artificial intelligence initiatives. This can cover its virtual assistant technology Siri as well as the company's push to refine its iCloud Drive service and the emerging focus on data management.

Business September 23, 2016

Instagram Now With 500,000 Active Advertisers: How Big Is This Milestone?

Instagram just topped 500K active advertisers on its platform, and the milestone is more than twice what the social media banked in February. The company explained that a few reasons stand behind the surge of Instagram Ads.

Business September 23, 2016

Adidas Shows Off Futurecraft M.F.G., A Pair Of Shoes Made By Robots

Germany-based shoe manufacturer Adidas unveiled the first-ever pair of its sneakers that were made by robots. Dubbed the Futurecraft M.F.G., the sneakers were made at the company's Speedfactory in Ansbach, Germany.

Business September 22, 2016

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges $3 Billion To Cure Disease, But Don't Expect Wonders Overnight

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just announced plans to invest $3 billion to help cure, prevent and manage disease. The ambitious project is a long-term effort, so it's important to realize that it will take time to materialize.

Business September 21, 2016

Comcast Set To Launch Mobile Phone Network In 2017

Comcast says that it will launch its own wireless mobile phone network by mid-2017. The service will function like Google's Project Fi and will leverage Comcast's 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as Verizon's network.

Business September 21, 2016

Uber Rival Grab Raises $750 Million To Expand In Southeast Asia

Grab recently underwent a funding round where the company pulled $750 million in investor capital. The car-sharing enterprise aims to increase its footprint in Southeast Asia, competing against powerful rivals such as Uber.

Business September 21, 2016

Facebook Acquires Nascent Objects: What Are The Social Network's Plans For The Modular Gadgets Startup?

Facebook has purchased Nascent Objects, a small startup that specializes in modular gadgets. What is the social network's plans for the company and its modular electronics platform?

Business September 20, 2016

Ahoy! Autonomous Boats Are 'Self-Sailing' Through Amsterdam Canals Next Year

MIT has teamed up with Amsterdam's AMS Institute and two universities for Roboat, a $27-million, five-year autonomous boat program. Researchers will start testing self-sailing boats in Amsterdam next year, ferrying goods and commuters.

Business September 20, 2016

Lyft Vows Transportation Revolution: Self-Driving Cars To Rule Rides, Abolishing Car Ownership By 2025

Lyft cofounder and president John Zimmer has outlined bold ambitions for the company's future. In what it calls the 'third transportation revolution,' Lyft plans to eliminate the need to own a car in the U.S. by 2025, instead relying on its self-driving cars.

Business September 18, 2016

Microsoft To Close Down London Headquarters: 220 Employees To Be Laid Off

Microsoft is following through on its recent announcement of 2,850 job cuts. The tech company will reportedly shut down its Skype offices in London, which is projected to affect 220 employees.

Business September 18, 2016

Disney Hires Ex-Warner Bros. Exec To Reinforce TV Business

Disney will have a stronger leadership from now on after it recruited ex-Warner Bros. executive Bruce Rosenblum. He will be in charge of the business arm of the network, and there’s no better time than now for his arrival.

Business September 18, 2016

Tesla Tapped To Supply Power To Los Angeles: World's Largest Lithium-Ion Battery Project To Be Completed By Year End

Tesla Energy, the energy solutions arm of Tesla Motors, has been tapped to build the world's biggest lithium-ion battery storage project. The Powerpacks will help in supplying power to Los Angeles.

Business September 17, 2016

Honestly, Jessica Alba Might Become $1 Billion Richer

Unilever is reportedly in talks to buy Jessica Alba’s organic product empire, the Honest Company, for $1 billion.

Business September 16, 2016

Apple Taps Former Time Warner Cable Exec Peter Stern As Vice President Of Cloud Services

Apple hires former Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern as vice president of cloud service, which encompasses Apple Music, iTunes and iCloud. Rumors of an Apple TV streaming service also surround Stern's employment.

Business September 15, 2016

Airbnb To Launch New Anti-Discrimination Policies: Will They Be Enough To Protect Renters?

Airbnb is launching new anti-discrimination policies to answer the problem that is currently rampant in the home-sharing service. Diversity advocates applaud the initiatives as notable first steps, but will they be enough to protect renters?

Business September 9, 2016

Amazon Adds Free Food Delivery Service From London Restaurants For Prime Now

Amazon launches free delivery service via the Prime Now app for food from 148 different restaurants in London.

Business September 7, 2016

Education Department Shutting Down ITT Tech: Here's What You Need To Know

The Department of Education pulled the plug on ITT Tech, and the former students of the school have a few options at their disposal. None are ideal, but they are not completely bleak, either.

Business September 8, 2016

Amazon Prime Now Restaurant Deliveries Hit London, Ready To Take On UberEats And Deliveroo

The Amazon Restaurants delivery service for Amazon Prime customers has moved beyond the United States and reached the UK. The company is now offering restaurant deliveries via the Prime Now app in London.

Business September 7, 2016

T-Mobile Launches New Tech To Boost LTE Speeds To 400 Mbps, Blasts Verizon's LTE Advanced

T-Mobile announced two new pieces of technology to boost the LTE speeds of subscribers to as fast as 400 Mbps. In the same press release, the carrier criticized Verizon's LTE Advanced, which only promises speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

Business September 7, 2016

LEGO Overwhelmed By High US Toy Market Demand, But More Plants Should Help Drive Growth

Lego said that it is ready to sacrifice some short-term profits to keep its long-term growth expanding. The company reported almost stagnant figures in the United States, and is gearing up to change that in the upcoming months.

Business September 6, 2016

Bayer Offers $65 Billion To Acquire Monsanto

Bayer increases its offer to $65 billion to purchase Monsanto Company. Since May this year, Bayer had made two more offers that have been rejected by Monsanto because they were financially inadequate.

Business September 6, 2016

Intel Buys Movidius Computer Vision Startup To Boost RealSense And Forge The 'Next Wave Of Computing'

Intel showcased its RealSense platform at IDF 2016, but it was only the beginning. The company knows that the new wave of computing means giving vision and surrounding recognition capabilities to gadgets, and it purchased Movidius to do just that.

Business September 6, 2016

Liberty Media Set To Acquire Formula 1 For $8.5B: What Does The Future Hold For The Motorsport?

Liberty Media, owned by media tycoon John Malone, is set to purchase Formula 1 for $8.5 billion. What changes can be expected to come to the ailing motorsport?

Business September 5, 2016

Tax Of Amazon, Starbucks vs Small Sausage Stand: Reality Bites In Austria

Christian Kern, the Austrian chancellor, wants global corporations to pay higher taxes for advertising. He notes that a dangerous imbalance exists between taxes paid by local businesses and global enterprises such as Starbucks and Amazon.

Business September 3, 2016

China Antitrust Body Investigates Didi-Uber Deal

China's antitrust body has started an investigation into the merger between ride-hailing services Didi Chuxing and Uber China. The deal between the two companies is worth $35 billion.

Business September 3, 2016

Walmart Hottest Toys 2016: Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck, Disney Princess Carriage, Star Wars Electronic R2D2 And More

Walmart revealed the list of top 25 toys this season chosen by kids. Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck, Star Wars Electronic R2D2 and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Batcave are some of the games appearing in the list.

Business September 1, 2016

Tesla Motors Looking To Raise Additional Cash This Year: SolarCity Acquisition Among The Planned Uses For The Money

Tesla Motors is planning to raise additional money within the year through an equity offering or a debt offering. A severe financial crush is coming for the company, with added urgency due to the pending $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity.

Business September 1, 2016

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