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Facebook Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor
Snapchat

Facebook Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor

The new ephemeral messaging app is a familiar concept with an interesting and risky twist.
Laura Entis
Apple Settles Over eBook Lawsuit, Avoids a Jury Trial
Antitrust

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.
Laura Entis
FCC Chairman Derided as 'Dingo' Backs Idea That Bites Broadband Industry
Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Derided as 'Dingo' Backs Idea That Bites Broadband Industry

Chairman Tom Wheeler endorsed using the commission's regulatory authority to override state laws hobbling communities that want to build public broadband networks.
Peter Page
On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name Investors
Sharing Economy

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.
Laura Entis
Starbucks Will Fund Online College Degrees for Thousands of Employees
Education

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.
Geoff Weiss
Reports of Declining Entrepreneurship Are Not What They Seem
Entrepreneurship

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.
Robert Wallace
Priceline Snaps Up OpenTable for $2.6 Billion in Cash
Acquisitions

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.
Geoff Weiss
PF Chang's Confirms Credit-Card Breach
Security

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

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

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.
Catherine Clifford
FDA Backs Off After Causing Stink Over Cheese Regulations
Regulations

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.
Kate Taylor
Amazon May Launch a Local Services Marketplace
Service Business

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.
Geoff Weiss
Google Just Bought a Satellite Company for $500 Million
Google

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.
Laura Entis
The Broadband Cartel and America's Entrepreneurs
Net Neutrality

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.
Peter Page