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The 25 Most Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands
Innovation

The 25 Most Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands

Investment marketplace CircleUp picks companies that are pioneering new categories and re-imagining new industries.
Ryan Caldbeck
OkCupid Founder: 'If You Use the Internet, You're the Subject of Hundreds of Experiments'
Privacy concerns

OkCupid Founder: 'If You Use the Internet, You're the Subject of Hundreds of Experiments'

The widespread outrage directed at Facebook for manipulating its users' emotions has the dating site, which has been routinely running experiments on its own users, perplexed.
Laura Entis
Spain Can Now Tax Google For Linking to News
Google

Spain Can Now Tax Google For Linking to News

Spain passed a law last week that taxes any site linking to articles published by members of the country's newspaper association that contain descriptions of their work.
Jillian D'Onfro
Zillow to Acquire Chief Competitor Trulia in $3.5 Billion Deal
Mergers and Acquisitions

Zillow to Acquire Chief Competitor Trulia in $3.5 Billion Deal

Following a six-week courtship, two mega real-estate listings websites are joining forces to create a colossal database of digital listings.
Geoff Weiss
Virgin America Files for IPO
Virgin America

Virgin America Files for IPO

The airline, which was founded in 2007 and is partly owned by serial entrepreneur Richard Branson, filed with the Securities Exchange Commission on Monday after announcing its first annual profit.
Laura Entis
Google Wants to Build a Model of Perfect Human Health
Health

Google Wants to Build a Model of Perfect Human Health

Big data, meet genetic data. Baseline Study, a Google X project, will collect genetic information from volunteers in order to refine the detection and prevention of diseases.
Laura Entis
Amazon Warns Losses Could Get Even Worse
Amazon

Amazon Warns Losses Could Get Even Worse

The online retail giant said it expects an operating loss of as much as $810 million for the current quarter, sharply below analysts' estimates.
Sales Teams Are Making a Big Comeback at Tech Firms
Sales

Sales Teams Are Making a Big Comeback at Tech Firms

It turns out, products don't sell themselves, and customers enjoy interacting with people.
Tawheed Kader
Apple Posts Mixed Results as CEO Cook Hints at New Products
Apple

Apple Posts Mixed Results as CEO Cook Hints at New Products

The consumer tech giant beat on profit and missed on revenue in the third quarter.
In an Effort to Up Its Mobile Ad Game, Yahoo Acquires Flurry
Acquisitions

In an Effort to Up Its Mobile Ad Game, Yahoo Acquires Flurry

The mobile ad and analytics company is one of Yahoo's most expensive acquisition to date under CEO Marissa Mayer.
Laura Entis
Universal Music Looking for Next Big YouTube Star With New Record Label
Music

Universal Music Looking for Next Big YouTube Star With New Record Label

The venture signals that YouTube stars with palpable buzz and inbuilt fan bases have become increasingly enticing to the world's biggest music corporations.
Geoff Weiss
FedEx Faces Federal Indictment on Decade-Long Drug Trafficking Charges
Legal

FedEx Faces Federal Indictment on Decade-Long Drug Trafficking Charges

One of the world's largest couriers has been accused of conspiring to deliver prescription drugs on behalf of illegal Internet pharmacies.
Geoff Weiss
French Court Sides With Business Owner Over Negative Online Review
Censorship

French Court Sides With Business Owner Over Negative Online Review

The decision creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked' on a search engine, the blogger says.
Geoff Weiss
Love It or Hate It? Airbnb's New Logo Receives Mixed Reactions.
Rebranding

Love It or Hate It? Airbnb's New Logo Receives Mixed Reactions.

Amid some iffy publicity and legal issues, accommodation-rental start up startup Airbnb rolls out a rebrand and receives a less than stellar response.
Nina Zipkin