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Think Things Couldn't Get Worse for Jay Z's Struggling Streaming Service? They Just Did.
Streaming

Think Things Couldn't Get Worse for Jay Z's Struggling Streaming Service? They Just Did.

Under Jay Z's helm, the company just lost its second CEO in three months.
Geoff Weiss
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Google Patent Appeal Over Street View
Legal Issues

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Google Patent Appeal Over Street View

The tech giant will indeed need to defend claims that its Street View mapping software violates patents held by someone else.
Why Taylor Swift Is Now the Most Powerful Person in Tech
Celebrities

Why Taylor Swift Is Now the Most Powerful Person in Tech

The musician has achieved something few have been able to do: get Apple to change its ways.
Geoff Weiss
California Ruling Seen Unlikely to Dent Value of Uber, Other Startups
Legal Issues

California Ruling Seen Unlikely to Dent Value of Uber, Other Startups

However, the ruling to classify a San Francisco-based driver as an employee instead of an independent contractor could potentially change how sharing-economy companies operate.
Comcast Founder Ralph Roberts Dies at 95
Comcast

Comcast Founder Ralph Roberts Dies at 95

Roberts founded Comcast in 1963.
Chris Matthews
Etsy Infuriates 'Wiccapreneurs' by Banning the Sale of Metaphysical Spells
Spirituality

Etsy Infuriates 'Wiccapreneurs' by Banning the Sale of Metaphysical Spells

The change in policy has caused 'great distress in the metaphysical community,' one beleaguered seller said.
Geoff Weiss
Office Depot Shareholders Agree to Staples $6.3 Billion Buyout Offer
Acquisitions

Office Depot Shareholders Agree to Staples $6.3 Billion Buyout Offer

This takes us one step closer to an office supply megastore.
Are Changes Ahead at Uber? Your Weekly News Roundup
Weekly News Roundup

Are Changes Ahead at Uber? Your Weekly News Roundup

This week's headlines include Amazon's guidance for drone laws and new gaming technology at the E3 conference.
Tanya Benedicto Klich
Gasoline Lifts U.S. Consumer Prices; Economy Picks Up Speed
Economic Conditions

Gasoline Lifts U.S. Consumer Prices; Economy Picks Up Speed

Price stability and a strengthening economy, highlighted by a tightening labor market, likely will push the Federal Reserve a step closer to raising interest rates later this year.
LinkedIn May Have Two New Standalone Apps Up Its Sleeve
Social Media

LinkedIn May Have Two New Standalone Apps Up Its Sleeve

It's also overhauling its mobile messaging system.
Laura Entis
AT&T Braces for $100 Million Fine Over 'Unlimited' Data Plans
FCC

AT&T Braces for $100 Million Fine Over 'Unlimited' Data Plans

The FCC is charging AT&T with not properly informing customers that it would slow data speeds on unlimited plans if data caps were exceeded.
Laura Entis
Uber Driver Is Employee, Not Contractor, California Labor Commission Says
Labor laws

Uber Driver Is Employee, Not Contractor, California Labor Commission Says

The ruling is the latest in a host of legal and regulatory challenges facing the smartphone-based ride-hailing service.
Gap to Close a Quarter of All U.S. Stores, Slash 250 Jobs
Retail Businesses

Gap to Close a Quarter of All U.S. Stores, Slash 250 Jobs

The moves are expected to cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in the short term but lead to annualized savings of $25 million beginning next year.
Geoff Weiss
To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats
Apps

To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats

The overhaul is basically Yo with frills.
Laura Entis