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WhatsApp Becomes First Messaging App With 1 Billion Users
WhatsApp

WhatsApp Becomes First Messaging App With 1 Billion Users

Its user base has more than doubled since Facebook bought it back in 2014.
Alphabet Spent $3.6 Billion on Moonshot Projects
Alphabet

Alphabet Spent $3.6 Billion on Moonshot Projects

Monday marked the first time that Alphabet reported quarterly revenue from Google's core advertising businesses as separate from its more experimental ventures.
Leena Rao
Crooked Silk Road Investigator Arrested Again
Legal

Crooked Silk Road Investigator Arrested Again

The former Secret Service agent who was caught stealing bitcoins during the Silk Road case appeared to be fleeing the country ahead of a nearly 6-year sentence.
Sesame Street Launches VC Arm to Influence Tech for Kids
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Sesame Street Launches VC Arm to Influence Tech for Kids

Lalalala. Lalalala. Elmo loves his goldfish, his startups, too.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Union Plumbers Donate Time, Supplies to Flint Residents
Inspiration

Union Plumbers Donate Time, Supplies to Flint Residents

Residents were most likely flush with relief after 300 volunteers helped install fixtures.
Lindsay Friedman
MIT Students Win Hyperloop Competition, Where Musk Makes Surprise Appearance
Business Accelerated

MIT Students Win Hyperloop Competition, Where Musk Makes Surprise Appearance

SpaceX organized the Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend at Texas A&M in College Station to help accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop.
David Z. Morris
Bill Gates Would Take These 8 Songs to a Desert Island
Bill Gates

Bill Gates Would Take These 8 Songs to a Desert Island

The Microsoft co-founder considered that question on Sunday in a rare interview with Kirsty Young, host of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.
Claire Zillman
Apple Has Reportedly Built a Secret Team to Work on Virtual Reality
Apple

Apple Has Reportedly Built a Secret Team to Work on Virtual Reality

The company built prototypes of headsets that could one day rival Facebook's Oculus Rift or Microsoft's Hololens, the Financial Times reports.
Millions of Diet Coke Bottles Are Getting Some Love From HP
Coca-Cola

Millions of Diet Coke Bottles Are Getting Some Love From HP

The personal computer and printer specialist inked a deal with The Coca-Cola Company to print custom designs on Diet Coke bottles.
Xerox to Split Into Two Companies
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Xerox to Split Into Two Companies

Activist investor Carl Icahn will get three board seats.
Jury Orders Wal-Mart to Pay Pharmacist $31.22 Million in Bias Case
Wal-Mart

Jury Orders Wal-Mart to Pay Pharmacist $31.22 Million in Bias Case

The plaintiff claimed that Wal-Mart used her loss of a pharmacy key as a pretext for firing her in November 2012, when she was 47, after more than 13 years at the retailer.
Amazon to Delivery Companies: Yes, We're Building Our Own Service, But Don't Worry
Amazon

Amazon to Delivery Companies: Yes, We're Building Our Own Service, But Don't Worry

'What we found in order to properly serve our customers at peak, we've needed to add more of our own logistics to supplement our existing partners,' says Amazon's CFO.
Walgreens Pumps the Brakes on Theranos Partnership Amid Problematic Lab Audit
Theranos

Walgreens Pumps the Brakes on Theranos Partnership Amid Problematic Lab Audit

After one of Theranos' labs was found to pose immediate jeopardy to patient safety, Walgreens has ordered that no blood tests be analyzed there.
Geoff Weiss