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Facebook Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor

The new ephemeral messaging app is a familiar concept with an interesting and risky twist.

Apple Settles Over eBook Lawsuit, Avoids a Jury Trial

The terms, which are undisclosed, are contingent on the outcome of Apple's appeal of an antitrust ruling that it conspired with five major publishers to make eBooks more expensive.

On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name Investors

A cross between Peapod and Uber, Instacart allows customers to select items online from their favorite grocery stores and have them picked up and delivered by locals.

Starbucks Will Fund Online College Degrees for Thousands of Employees

College juniors and seniors who work more than 20 hours per week will be eligible to enroll in a tuition-free online program with Arizona State University.

Reports of Declining Entrepreneurship Are Not What They Seem

Entrepreneurship is alive and thriving but ill-conceived startups that attracted investors in headier times, not so much.

Priceline Snaps Up OpenTable for $2.6 Billion in Cash

The acquisition, expected to close later this year, represents the online travel company;s initial foray into the dining industry.

PF Chang's Confirms Credit-Card Breach

The restaurant chain has moved to a manual credit-card imprinting system in the wake of a security breach.

With National Rollout, Will Starbucks Make Wireless Phone Charging the New Wi-Fi?

Starbucks and Powermat are rolling out wireless chargers nationwide – and maybe revolutionizing how we charge our tech forever.

Alibaba Breaks Into U.S. Ecommerce Market With 11 Main

The Chinese ecommerce giant today unveiled its first major push into the U.S. market with the launch of a website that curates small boutiques.

FDA Backs Off After Causing Stink Over Cheese Regulations

Recent communication from regulators sparked concerns that the government would ban cheese from being made on wooden shelves.

Amazon May Launch a Local Services Marketplace

Amazon is reportedly looking beyond media, apparel, furniture and food -- and putting the call out to babysitters, handymen, birthday clowns and plumbers.

Google Just Bought a Satellite Company for $500 Million

The acquisition will be used to improve Google Maps, and over time, could lead to global Internet access.

The Broadband Cartel and America's Entrepreneurs

Broadband is essential for an entrepreneurial future but broadband providers are more like the electric company or Ma Bell from days past. The FCC needs to regulate them that way.

PayPal President David Marcus Jumps Ship to Run Messaging at Facebook

Marcus will run the messaging business for Facebook after leaving the eBay unit after three years.

Obama's Student Loan Measure: What You Should Know.

President Obama has signed an executive order to expand eligibility for income-based repayment plans.

Illinois Outlaws Beauty Products Containing Non-Biodegradable Microbeads

The tiny, synthetic beads -- found in facial cleansers, hand washes and toothpastes -- have been found to pollute our waters and introduce toxic chemicals into the food chain.

Amazon Will Now Manage Subscription Payments for Startups and Businesses

Forging into PayPal's territory, Amazon expands its reach with online payments.

Lego to Release a 'Female Scientist' Mini-Figure Set

That's right: female Lego figurines will soon do more than shop and go to the beach.

Uber Breaks a Record With Its Latest Funding Round

With $1.2 billion from Fidelity and others, Uber sets the bar for other private companies in VC funding.

Stephen Colbert Throws Punches at Amazon

The late-night Comedy Central host has challenged his audience to boycott the ecommerce giant for its manipulative treatment of book sales.

Company Vet David Abney Is New UPS CEO

The current CEO Scott Davis will retire to become a non-executive chairman.

As Buried Cartridges Are Unearthed, Atari Plots a Comeback

With a new CEO leading the way, Atari is focusing on the future. At the same time, a documentary in the works seeks to uncover why, years ago, Atari dumped thousands of cartridges in a landfill.

Who Are the 25 Most Innovative Consumer Companies?

Investor crowdfunding site CircleUp seeks nominations for its list by July.

Fab's CEO Refutes 'Hateful Rumors' That His Company Is Shutting Down

After a report surfaced that the struggling ecommerce site is starting to close down, CEO and co-founder Jason Goldberg took to Twitter to deny the claims.

FAA is Considering Lifting Drone Ban for Hollywood

The FAA is considering approving drone use for seven companies in the TV and film industry, which could open the door for exemptions in other industries.
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