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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Google's Appeal in Oracle Case
Legal Issues

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Google's Appeal in Oracle Case

The move means Oracle is allowed to seek licensing fees for the use of its Java programming language.
Two Uber Execs Reportedly Arrested in Paris
Uber

Two Uber Execs Reportedly Arrested in Paris

The arrests come just days after heated protests by taxi drivers in the French capital.
Why China Is Building Airports Like Crazy
China

Why China Is Building Airports Like Crazy

More than 60 of its inland airports are under expansion and another 30 new regional airports are in the process of being built.
Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal Nationwide, Supreme Court Rules
Legal Issues

Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal Nationwide, Supreme Court Rules

In a landmark decision, the court said same-sex couples across the U.S. have the right to marry.
Employee, Not Contractor: What the Uber Ruling Means for the Sharing Economy
Sharing Economy

Employee, Not Contractor: What the Uber Ruling Means for the Sharing Economy

When a peer-to-peer startup is forced to classify workers as employees, not contractors, what are the implications? Attorney Jaia Thomas explains.
Laura Entis
Hoverboards, Uber Protests and Taylor Swift: Your Weekly News Roundup
Weekly News Roundup

Hoverboards, Uber Protests and Taylor Swift: Your Weekly News Roundup

Taxi drivers reject an Uber service they say is unfair. Also this week, Taylor Swift takes on Apple.
Tanya Benedicto Klich
Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies
Health Care

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

The court ruled that the federal subsidies that help people pay for their health plans are legal under the Affordable Care Act.
Circa is Dead: An Experiment in Mobile News That Never Became a Business
Going out of business

Circa is Dead: An Experiment in Mobile News That Never Became a Business

The startup pioneered a number of interesting features, including the ability to follow a breaking news story, but it never figured out how to make money.
For Carl Icahn, It's Splitsville With Netflix
Netflix

For Carl Icahn, It's Splitsville With Netflix

A day after the entertainment company announced a 7-for-1 stock split, the activist investor said he sold his remaining Netflix shares.
Ford Joins Competitors in Growing Car-Sharing Initiative
Sharing Economy

Ford Joins Competitors in Growing Car-Sharing Initiative

The car company is one of several that are exploring alternatives to traditional car ownership, including more flexible on-demand models.
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.