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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Get Paid: Swap Your MacBook Air For A Surface Pro 3

Make the trade and you’ll receive up to $650 off your purchase of a Surface Pro 3

Microsoft is slashing up to $650 off its brand new Surface Pro 3 tablet, as…

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Dismal 2%: Tech Diversity Reports Abysmal For Blacks

At companies like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo!, black professionals scarce

Facebook and Yahoo! have released reports detailing the diversity in their respective companies. Only 2%…

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Google Making Phones Affordable For Developing Countries

Android One will adhere to Google's standards and broaden access

Android One phones will adhere to Google’s standards, and get people around the world on…

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Google I/O Nigeria

Google’s Biggest Announcement at I/O? More Women

More than 1000 female programmers present at smartphone giant's developer conference

Google’s SVP of Android, Sundar Pichai, announced that 20% of conference attendees were women at…

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Google awards grants to boost innovation

Protests Arise Pegged To ‘Occupy Google’ And Net Neutrality

Google versus Net Neutrality took an interesting turn.

Google versus Net Neutrality took an interesting turn when protesters stormed the SEO juggernaut’s office…

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Tech Disruptors for Good: Goodie Hack Aims to Transform Communities Worldwide

Entrepreneurs, designers, developers and marketers, gather to help local organizations

Atlanta-based social good hackathon provides support to local organizations and breeds a new wave of…

By Candace Mitchell

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ESPN Will Have Bitcoin-Sponsored Football

Post-season NCAA game will be sponsored by a U.S. bitcoin payment startup

ESPN’s NCAA football game in St. Petersburg will be sponsored by startup Bitpay, making it…

By Patrick Austin

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GOOGLE

Small Biz Spotlight: Google Gets Into Domain Name Game

Search engine giant taking on GoDaddy and other Web-hosting companies

Google, which has launched Google Domains, says 55% of small businesses still don’t have their…

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The battle of virtual reality headsets is heating up as Oculus VR releases the second developer kit for its virtual reality headset, the Rift.

Oculus Buys Xbox 360 Controller’s Design Group

Facebook recently acquired the virtual reality firm for $2 billion

Oculus VR, the company behind the virtual reality Rift headset, has acquired Carbon Design, the…

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Office isn't just for Windows devices. Starting at $6.99 per month, you can get it on almost any device.

Microsoft Doubles Cloud Storage, Slashes Prices To Match Google

A terabyte of storage for seven bucks is just what Microsoft needs to become the go-to cloud service

Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service will soon offer 15GB of free cloud storage, and increase Office…

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Dropcam

Google Pays $555 Million For Home-Monitoring Startup Dropcam

Dropcam and Nest say they won't sell ads or share user data, but many are skeptical

Google’s Nest is shelling out over $500 million for security camera company Dropcam in order…

By Patrick Austin

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washboard startup

The Newest Business Model? Pay $26.99 For $20

Washboard offers mail-order quarters for laundry

Washboard is a laundry-based startup with an interesting, confusing twist. It will send you $20…

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iWatch concept

Is Apple Preparing Multiple iWatch Models?

With sensors everywhere, it's hard to say what the wearable device won't track

Apple’s iWatch could debut with multiple sizes or styles and hit the market as soon…

By Patrick Austin

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Yo app

Yo, This ‘Yo’ App Just Got $1 Million In Funding

You've got SnapChat for video, WhatsApp for texting, and now Yo for ... saying, "Yo."

Yo does one thing and one thing only. Say “Yo.” But it’s tearing up the…

By Patrick Austin

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Beats World Cup

Beats Headphones Banned At World Cup

Did Beats use marketing tactics to undermine World Cup sponsor Sony?

Beats headphones are banned at the World Cup by FIFA, citing the conflicting agreement that…

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T-Mobile’s Free Music Streaming Service Is Bad News For Net Neutrality

CEO John Legere's aggressive move could set the Web down a dangerous path

T-Mobile’s John Legere announced Rhapsody unRadio, a free music streaming app for T-Mobile customers.

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amazon fire phone

Amazon Announces Fire Phone

With unlimited photo storage, a face-tracking camera, and a service to buy anything you see, this could be the ultimate shopping phone

Amazon's Fire Phone can track your head and buy almost anything, but only works well…

By Patrick Austin

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King’s College Takes Bitcoin To School

A college degree, satellite TV, even pizza---all can be purchased with virtual currency

King’s College is the first accredited institution to accept bitcoin for tuition payment.

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Obama Hosts Inaugural White House Maker Faire

Inventors and scientists from around the country showed off 3D printed homes, low-cost incubators, and even mechanical animals.

A passenger-ready robotic giraffe was one of the many incredible inventions shown by students around…

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iOS emoji

New Emoji List Still Lacks Blacks

The Unicode Consortium says it's striving to create a more diverse landscape, but this update proves otherwise

The emoji list includes various hand signs, cat faces, and rocket ships, but no people…

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bitcoin believer

If Dollars Were Like Bitcoins You Should Panic

GHash is claiming responsibility, but the bitcoin mining pool has promised not to cause any harm to the virtual currency market

Bitcoin miners often use high-powered machines or many low-power ones to generate bitcoins. (Image credit:…

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USA Robot To Compete In World Cup Soccer Challenge

Marquette University's cybernetic creations will take the field in Brazil.

With the hype of the World Cup Tournament in full swing, Americans are focused on…

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AT&T building

AT&T Customers’ Social Security Numbers Stolen In Hack

The company wouldn't disclose how many users were affected by the hack.
If you’ve received mail…

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The Moto 360 is the first in a series of devices running Google's Android Wear software.

Google Could Start Tracking Your Employees’ Health

The search giant could start gathering data on your fitness through its Android-compatible wearable devices

The Moto 360 is the first in a series of devices running Google’s Android Wear…

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The electric car manufacturer has Supercharger stations throughout the country, enabling coast-to-coast travel.

Tesla Wants To Give Its Battery Tech To Everyone For Free

Elon Musk's grand vision includes a world with a standard for electric cars, as opposed to today's proprietary charging methods

The electric car manufacturer has Supercharger stations throughout the country, enabling coast-to-coast travel.
The indie darling…

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Beyoncé Donates $125,000 To TEDWomen Project

The gesture of motherhood will help 1,900 infants avoid hypothermia while spurring the development of a disruptive, low-cost incubator

Beyoncé is trying to help mothers around the world, and she’s using a startup to…

By Patrick Austin

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Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Launches Prime Music

It doesn't have as many songs as Spotify, but the company is betting on popularity rather than quantity

Amazon's Prime Music service will be ad-free and bundled with your Amazon Prime subscription. (Image…

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Google Wants In On Virgin Galactic’s Space Business

Talks of a deal have begun between Branson and the SEO giant.

Google is “slanging” its bucks around majorly after its $500 million acquisition of satellite imaging…

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George W. Bush’s Painting Hacker Gets Serious Time

Hacker "Guccifer" was able to hack into various political email addresses simply by guessing security questions with knowledge from Wikipedia

George W. Bush's initial works of art were revealed and spread online, which sparked a…

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Five Labs quiz

Could This Startup Predict Your Next Business Partner?

Berkeley-based Five is using your existing online persona to craft your personality, and comparing it to people like President Obama and Bill Nye

Five Labs' personality quiz reveals not only much about you, but much about what you…

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Yahoo Finance Bitcoin

Bitcoin Goes More Mainstream In Yahoo! Finance

The finance site is treating the virtual currency like any other site, all while boosting its credibility among investors

Bitcoin's volatile value has been on the upswing over the last few weeks. (Image credit:…

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RadioShack Stock Plummets; Loss Widens To $98.3 Million

The company's battery life looks to be running on empty.

RadioShack is not out of the woods as the consumer electronics retailer is experiencing major…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Skybox Imaging Google acquisition

Google Buys Satellite Maker Skybox For $500M

$500 million in cash was enough for Google to buy the satellite maker and expand its plans for truly global Internet access

Skybox Imaging is the second company acquired by Google for spreading Internet access, the first…

By Patrick Austin

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Four New Tech Items Revolutionizing Senior Living

It is our duty to take care of our elders.

Baby Boomers are now reaching their golden years, and as their offspring, we’re entrusted with…

By Kevin L. Clark

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The 5 Best Black Girls Code Apps You Should Know

Imagine if the next generation of tech mavens looked like our daughters and sisters?!

For those who are unaware of the powerfully influential Black Girls CODE organization, please take…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Google Announces Driverless Cars In Less Than 10 Years

The SEO giant plans to revolutionize how the world drives its car.

Search engine juggernaut Google is hoping to alleviate the issue drivers feel when they’re brought…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Apple Needed Beats To Fix iTunes Radio

Employees reportedly claimed upper management didn't understand how Spotify worked, and in some cases refused to learn

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, founders of Beats Electronics (Image: BeatsByDre.com)
Apple’s $3 billion purchase of…

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Did Amazon Just Tease A New Smartphone Device?

Believed to be a holographic 3D smartphone, Amazon is building anticipation for its next event.

In a cagey bit of Internet promotion, Amazon let loose a snippet clip to hype…

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If Amazon releases its own TV box, competitors like Apple and Roku may have to play catch-up.

Top 4 Things To Expect From Amazon’s Smartphone

On June 18, Amazon could announce a phone with 3D as its defining feature

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Amazon’s teaser trailer for its June 18 product announcement is more than likely its rumored…

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Target Hacking Aftermath Finds Success In ‘Cartwheel’ App

Browsing Target via mobile devices has jumped 251% in March alone.

Regarded as the largest theft of confidential information in years, Target has been targeted for…

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If Amazon releases its own TV box, competitors like Apple and Roku may have to play catch-up.

Amazon CEO’s Net Worth Rises $1.4B Thanks To Smartphone Rumors

Amazon's June 18 announcement could put the company in direct competition with almost every smartphone manufacturer, including Apple

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Sometimes rumors are good things. In the case of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, sometimes they’re…

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Apple’s Master Plan With Beats: Headphone Lockdown

Apple's proprietary connector could provide more features for headphones, but also damage consumer options thanks to its exclusivity

With Apple buying Beats for $3 billion, the company no doubt wants a return on…

By Patrick Austin

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Designers Say Hoodie Is Badge of Honor for Techies, Symbols Criminal Intent For Minorities

Clothing representing Silicon Valley wealth doesn’t translate across races

Crewneck tees, Adidas sandals, and hoodies have become the startup uniform in Silicon Valley as…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Sprint Mifi

Sprint Prepared to Purchase T-Mobile For $32 Billion

Two of the largest telecom companies in the United States could become a threat to competition in the wireless industry

Sprint's Masayoshi Son is CEO of Softbank, and is reportedly shelling out $40 per share…

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RECAP: Beats By Dre Premieres ‘The Game Before The Game’

Pegged to the upcoming World Cup, company doubles down on billionaire status

Check out highlights from the world premiere showing of Beats by Dre’s ‘The Game Before…

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Google Overtakes Apple As No. 1 Most Valuable Brand

More consumers appreciate Google than Apple. Do you agree?

In 2013, Google knocked Apple out of the top spot as the most valued brand…

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Amazon phone teaser

Amazon’s Smartphone Could Arrive June 18

Amazon's media ecosystem and App store lends itself as the perfect companion to a new smartphone

Amazon has the e-reader market basically in a headlock, and is trying to do the…

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Motorola Moto X

Get a Moto X For $100 Off

The company's been sold to Lenovo and stripped of many patents, but Motorola's flagship phone is still a fan favorite

Motorola's Moto Maker program in Texas has popularized the Moto X as a customizable smartphone.…

By Patrick Austin

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DVF Google Glass

Diane von Furstenberg Partners With Google For Designer Glass

Will Google's designer cache give Glass the boost it needs?

Diane von Furstenberg is a fan of Google Glass, employing it in her fashion shows…

By Patrick Austin

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Tim Cook WWDC

Was Apple’s WWDC Announcement Compelling Enough To Switch?

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are feature-packed, but how does Android or Windows stack up?

Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the company's Worldwide Developers Conference by announced upcoming software…

By Patrick Austin

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Apple Will Let You Use Third-Party Keyboards in iOS 8

The company’s upcoming update will let you choose your own keyboard for your iOS device

Previously, getting a third-party keyboard onto your iPhone involved jailbreaking your device and dealing with…

By Patrick Austin

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Apple Announces iOS 8 At WWDC

The upgrade brings Health, Apple's health management software, among many other new products

Apple's iOS 8 does a lot to address long-held complaints while providing new features for…

By Patrick Austin

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Apple Announces OS X Yosemite At WWDC

A new look, a new notification center, and a new cloud storage system all give OS X Yosemite a forward-looking future

Apple’s WWDC revealed OS X Yosemite, which packs features like iCloud Drive, a new look,…

By Patrick Austin

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Motorola Moto X

Motorola’s Texas Factory Shutting Down

The factory employs 700 workers, and will be shut down at the end of 2014

Motorola's Moto Maker program in Texas has popularized the Moto X as a customizable smartphone.…

By Patrick Austin

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor

Lookout Uses Selfies To Catch Your Smartphone Thief

Lookout will send you an email when it detects suspicious activity, much like a bank account with unusual purchases

Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 have built-in security measures, like fingerprint sensors, to keep…

By Patrick Austin

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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO, Wife, Donate $120M To San Francisco Schools

The donation will help provide Internet connectivity and computers as well as training for new staff

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were married in 2012 after dating since 2003.
Facebook CEO…

By Patrick Austin

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DISH Network Will Accept Bitcoin

Dish is the largest company to accept the virtual currency, ahead of Overstock.com and Virgin America

The decision to accept Bitcoin as payment is great for customer convenience, and a differentiator…

By Patrick Austin

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Erik Moore

Why this Silicon Valley VC Avoids Gaming, Sports, Music

Bay Area investor fancies disruptive technologies in growth markets

An early investor in Zappos, an online shoe and clothing shop, he reaped the rewards…

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Google's David C. Drummond

2% of Google Employees Are Black

The newly released information highlights the racial and gender disparity in the tech community

David C. Drummond is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, as well as the…

By Patrick Austin

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Google's self-driving car

Google’s Self-Driving Car Prototype Is Here

No gas pedal, no steering wheel, no problem

Google's newest self-driving car isn't just an SUV with cameras tacked on; all the sensors…

By Patrick Austin

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Dr. Dre headshot

CONFIRMED: Apple Buys Beats Electronics for $3 Billion

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will join Apple and the Beats Music team, while the Beats Electronics team is being

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will both remain at Apple, with Beats Music and Beats…

By Patrick Austin

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Homeless Coder Leo Grand Still Homeless

Leo Grand's ride-sharing app brought him celebrity and a bit of money, but he still hasn't spent it, and is still homeless

Homeless New Yorker Leo Grand and programmer Patrick McConlogue teamed up to create a ride-sharing…

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Apple's reportedly prepping two iPhones for launch this year, and one will have a much larger screen.

Apple Preparing For The Connected Home?

Patents and Apple-sold connected devices could be signs the company is ready to control your home through its iDevices.

Apple's reportedly prepping two iPhones for launch this year, and one will have a much…

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Maya Angelou York College

Twitter Users Honor Maya Angelou With #MayaTaughtMe

Twitter users influenced by the work of author, poet, and director Maya Angelou went online to give their thanks to the woman who helped them discover themselves

Twitter users created the #MayaTaughtMe hashtag to share what they learned from the world-renowned poet.…

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Rap Genius Co-founder Resigns Over Insensitive Santa Barbara Shooter Comments

Mahbod Moghadam left inappropriate annotations on the manifesto of shooter Elliot Rodgers

Mahbod Moghadam was a wild card at Rap Genius, and has been known to share…

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Make It Rain App is Making $50,000 Per Day For Developers

The app may involve mindless swiping, but it does offer some delightful money tips if you look hard enough

Make It Rain: The Love of Money provides some helpful tips on investing while you're…

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The Moto 360 is the first in a series of devices running Google's Android Wear software.

Google Has Plans to Advertise In Your Home

No thermostat is safe from Google’s advertising might

The Moto 360 is the first in a series of devices running Google's Android Wear…

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HP Cutting Up To 16,000 More Jobs In Latest Earnings Report

This is the latest addition to HP's restructuring plans, which will now feature over 45,000 layoffs

HP's layoffs are part of a restructuring plan enacted in 2012. (Image credit: Don LeBold)
HP’s…

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Google’s Accelerator Program Gets Black Businesses Online

The 12-week program sponsored by Google encourages black entrepreneurs to market their businesses online, and you can apply right now

The Accelerate With Google program has various partners, including the US Black Chamber, and is…

By Patrick Austin

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Google’s Search Engine Is Killing An Internet Veteran

MetaFilter, an Internet legend, is losing funds thanks to Google's algorithm tweaks, and is laying off valuable staff

Google's pretty hush about its search algorithm, which it constantly adjusts to keep spammers from…

By Patrick Austin

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Tech Companies Dominate In Best Pay And Benefits

Google has on-site physicians, pool tables, free lunch, and laundry services.

Google has on-site physicians, pool tables, free lunch, and laundry services.
Silicon Valley’s tech companies tend…

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Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone Switchers Are Losing Texts Thanks To Apple

Your new Android phone could be missing some important texts thanks to a known bug from Apple, but you can fix it

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If you’ve recently switched from an Apple iPhone to an Android phone, you may want…

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Nest Recalling 440,000 Smoke Detectors

The Google-owned company says its Nest Wave feature is glitchy, and is issuing a fix through a software update

Nest's Protect smoke alarm can detect carbon monoxide as well as smoke, and can be…

By Patrick Austin

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris says the guidelines will help sites "build their brands and to develop goodwill and trust through transparency." (Image credit: Anna M. Silva)

California Attorney General Releases Guidelines for Online Privacy

Kamala D. Harris' proposed guidelines show how sites can comply with California's newest privacy laws that require companies to disclose privacy practices

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris says the guidelines will help sites
California is making it…

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eBay’s Been Hacked, Change Your Password

The auction site says a cyberattack compromised its databases of passwords, home addresses, and phone numbers, but no financial data was touched

eBay's compromised databases luckily didn't divulge any bank information about its customers. (Image credit: Cheon…

By Patrick Austin

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Google Invests In The Enterprise With Divide Purchase

Google's getting closer and closer to becoming a full-fledged enterprise company

The BYOD (bring your own device) company will still support its current users, at least…

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Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro 3, Available for Pre-Order

Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 3 starts at $799, and is designed to replace both your laptop and your tablet

With a thinner and lighter design, the more powerful Surface Pro 3 looks like a…

By Patrick Austin

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Watching People Play Games is Worth $1 Billion to YouTube

After raising $35 million and tripling its bandwidth usage, Twitch is becoming a serious competitor in the streaming space

Twitch broadcasts games like audience controlled versions of Pokémon, real-time strategy game Starcraft 2, and…

By Patrick Austin

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Twitter Now Lets You Mute Users

New function essentially a more polite form of unfollowing

You can officially mute Twitter followers thanks to an update rolling out in a few…

By Patrick Austin

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T. Boone Pickens Welcomes Dr. Dre to The 1 Percent With a Tweet

After telling Drake that $1 billion is harder to make than $1 million, business magnate T. Boone Pickens is welcoming potential billionaire Dr. Dre to the ultimate club.

Business magnate T. Boone Pickens has donated over half a billion dollars to charities and…

By Patrick Austin

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The Chronic Apple Buying Spree Continues With Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics

Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine could net more than $3 Billion in reported deal with Apple

Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine could net more than $3 Billion in reported deal with Apple

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The announcement did not greatly affect the price of Bitcoin, as it has so far remained relatively neutral.

Chinese Banks Are Banning Bitcoins

Support for Bitcoin in China is shrinking thanks to the country's ban on using bitcoins in a Chinese bank account

The announcement did not greatly affect the price of Bitcoin, as it has so far…

By Patrick Austin

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Angela Ahrendts

Highest-Paid Female Exec Now Works For Apple

Angela Ahrendts could be the highest paid female executive at a public company, topping Yahoo's Marrisa Mayer

Before joining Apple, Ahrendts was the CEO of Burberry for 8 years, and was successful…

By Patrick Austin

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A 21-Year-Old Just Scored $3 Million For His Events App

Pep Gomez was bored in San Francisco, so he made an app that would help anyone find something cool to do

Fever is only works in New York and Madrid, but Gomez plans to expand to…

By Patrick Austin

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Samsung 4G Chromebook

Chromebooks Are Gaining On Microsoft’s Laptops

With Intel and Google teaming up to release a slew of Chromebooks, Microsoft could be in trouble

Samsung, HP, and Acer are all making Chromebooks, with newer versions powered by Intel processors.…

By Patrick Austin

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LinkedIn Switches to Evernote For Business Card Scanning

The social network for professionals is doing fewer things better, and outsourcing some of its workload to the Evernote team

Evernote will let current Cardmunch users use its business card scanning service for two years…

By Patrick Austin

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Rakesh Agrawal

PayPal Executive Fired Over Twitter Rant

Rakesh Agrawal went on an insulting spree over the weekend, calling out everyone from venture capitalists to fellow coworkers

Agrawal joined PayPal in March after serving as a consultant and became Director of Global…

By Patrick Austin

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Could Apple’s Latest Acquisition Herald the iWatch?

Apple's acquisition of micro-LED company LuxVue could mean more energy efficient iPhones, and even the long-rumored iWatch

Various designers have come up with concepts for Apple's iWatch, ranging from high-tech to high-fashion.
Another…

By Patrick Austin

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New ‘Shaq-Fu’ Project Surpasses $450,000 Crowdfunding Goal

Top backers paid up to $35,000 for special perks

Shaquille O’Neal’s crowdfunding campaign for his new version of ‘Shaq-Fu’ game beat its $450,000 goal.…

By Patrick Austin

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Want Your Resume to Stand Out? Use GIFs

Ecuadorian designer Ivan Basurto wanted his resume to stand out, and his GIF-centric Tumblr page delivers

Ivan Basurto used the Internet's love of GIFs to showcase his resume visually, as opposed…

By Patrick Austin

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Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5

Apple Wins Samsung Patent Lawsuit, $119 Million

While Apple won the lion's share of damages, it still owes Samsung $158 thousand dollars for violating one patent

Apple's win in this lawsuit makes it the second occurrence wherein Samsung has been forced…

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White House Correspondents Association Honors Shunned Pioneer Reporter

Tribute finally paid to ace black reporter barred by White House Press Corps

The White House Correspondents Association honored Harry McAlpin, the first black reporter to attend a…

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Twitter

Twitter Earnings Show Increase in Users, Revenue

Twitter is still growing, but not as fast as analysts expected

Twitter isn’t flying as high as it could be thanks to its earnings report.
Twitter’s first…

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The announcement did not greatly affect the price of Bitcoin, as it has so far remained relatively neutral.

Bloomberg Terminal Now Tracks Bitcoin

The plucky virtual currency is gaining a lot of credibility as Bloomberg offers to track the controversial Bitcoin market

Bitcoin has been both praised and slandered by everyone with an opinion on the virtual…

By Patrick Austin

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How A Sociologist Hid Her Pregnancy From The Web

Janet Vertesi spoke at Theorizing the Web about the lengths she went to keep her pregnancy a secret from advertisers

Janet Vertesi spoke about buying hundreds of dollars in Amazon gift cards to hide from…

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Apple's MacBook Air retains the same slim design, but has slightly updated internals, as well as a lower price.

Apple’s New Macbook Air is Faster and Cheaper

$100 off doesn't seem like much, but now you can buy Apple's thinnest laptop starting at $899

Apple’s MacBook Air retains the same slim design, but has slightly updated internals, as well…

By Patrick Austin

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Square Introduces New Services After a Losing Year

Square posted a loss last year, but that hasn't stopped the company from releasing a trio of tools useful for small businesses

Square is making it easier for businesses to keep track of their inventory, facilitate transactions…

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De’Von Christopher Johnson: Embracing Technology to Publish Print Magazines

'We as a people need and deserve to see ourselves in print'

In the age of the internet, most people feel that the best way to obtain…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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2014 New York International Auto Show Recap & Storify

The 2014 New York International Auto Show is over, and featured the most stylish and imaginative cars around

The 2014 New York International Auto Show has officially ended, with dozens of automakers and…

By Patrick Austin

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Racist LA Clippers Owner Faces Twitter Firestorm

Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks were caught on tape and leaked online, and Twitter users are up in arms about the situation

On Friday, TMZ Sports uncovered a leaked audio recording of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling…

By Patrick Austin

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Have Lunch With Apple’s CEO (If You Can Afford It)

If you've got $67,500 to spend, you could have lunch with Tim Cook and support human rights

You can’t buy love, and you can’t buy friends.
But you can buy lunch with Apple…

By Patrick Austin

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Nas Provides Scholarships for Tech Students

Prolific rapper partners with the likes of Google and Microsoft to sponsor minorities who have an interest in technology

Prolific rapper Nas partners with the likes of Google and Microsoft to sponsor minorities who…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Apple’s Quarterly Earnings Reach $10.2 Billion In Profits

iPhone sales are continuing to increase, but a slump in iPad sales has investors worried

Apple’s second quarter earnings report is in, and the iPhone maker has once again achieved…

By Patrick Austin

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Funkmaster Flex Partners with Emmis Communications in Online Properties

Media company has a 40% stake in Flexco

This includes blog sites, Flex’ InFlexWeTrust, DJ Enuff’s ThatsEnuff.com and Angie Martinez’ AngieReview.com, all Hot…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Shows like The Wire and The Sopranos will be available, as well as certain seasons of newer shows.

HBO Content Is Now On Amazon Prime

Shows like The Sopranos and The Wire will be available on Amazon Prime, but if you're waiting for Game of Thrones, don't hold your breath

Shows like The Wire and The Sopranos will be available, as well as certain seasons…

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Twitter's new profile views offer larger profile photos, wider cover photos, and tweets you can pin to your page.

How-To: Take Advantage of Twitter’s New Profile Layout

From using larger images to showing off your best tweets, Twitter's new profile layout is designed with you and your business in mind

Twitter’s new profile views offer larger profile photos, wider cover photos, and tweets you can…

By Patrick Austin

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New Postal Service Changes May Reduce Netflix Mail Costs

Netflix is Raising Prices

The service's cost is expected to increase by $1 to $2 per month in order to pay for new content

Netflix is increasing the price for new users.
In the media-streaming company’s Q1 earnings report, Netflix…

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Apple's Maiden, North Carolina, solar array is the nation’s largest privately owned onsite solar array.

Apple’s Environmental Ads Target Copycat Samsung

The company's new environmentalism ads take shots at rival smartphone manufacturer Samsung in the middle of their patent lawsuit

Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina, solar array is the nation’s largest privately owned onsite solar array.
On…

By Patrick Austin

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Google’s Hiring Manager Reveals How To Land The Job

Google's Laszlo Bock on how to frame yourself as a valuable potential employee, at Google or anywhere

There are loads of interview tips online, from how to respond correctly to questions to…

By Patrick Austin

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Payment Startup Square Posts Losses Despite Multi-Billion Valuation

Despite being one of the most popular mobile payment systems, the company posted a hefty loss

Mobile payment startup Square has posted a $100 million loss for 2013, according to the…

By Patrick Austin

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Nike's Fuelband has kept the company's name relevant in the age of wearable fitness devices.

Nike Lays Off Fuelband Hardware Team

With Nike dropping out of the hardware business, could Nike+ be in Apple's rumored smartwatch?

Nike’s Fuelband has kept the company’s name relevant in the age of wearable fitness devices.
Nike’s…

By Patrick Austin

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App Helps Consumers Spot Suspicious Charges

The BillGuard app remains current by sourcing information from other users about merchants that have consistently been problematic

BillGuard can also make you aware of fees that you didn’t even realize you were…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Airbnb Now Valued at $10 Billion

The house-renting service received $500 million in recent investment round

Renting out your spare bedroom has become big business for Airbnb.
The service, founded in…

By Patrick Austin

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LinkedIn Now Has Over 300 Million Users

LinkedIn's emphasis on new mobile apps helped to spur its growth

Every day I’m asked to make a new connection on LinkedIn, making me wonder if…

By Patrick Austin

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Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, 19 years old, was charged with unauthorized use of a computer which resulted in the dissemination of Social Insurance Numbers of 900 citizens.

19-Year-Old Arrested for Heartbleed Hacking

Western University student Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes is charged with stealing the personal information of around 900 Canadian citizens

Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, 19 years old, was charged with unauthorized use of a computer which…

By Patrick Austin

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Christopher Carbone used writer Mikki Kendall's photo as an avatar for #RaceSwapExp, and was deluged with hateful responses.

Man Uses Black Female Picture on Twitter For #RaceSwapExp, Receives Hate Speech

During Suey Park's protest against Colbert, Carbone participated in #RaceSwapExp, where he used a black avatar instead of his normal one

Are you surprised?

By Patrick Austin

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Manufacturers like HTC, Apple, and Samsung have agreed to voluntarily implement the anti-theft technology.

Your Next Smartphone Could Have a Kill Switch

Security measures used by smartphone makers and carriers could render a stolen iPhone worthless

Companies like Apple, and Samsung, and carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, have agreed to a…

By Patrick Austin

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Samsung's latest smartphone has a water-resistant build, heart rate sensor, and a fingerprint scanner.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Already Hacked With Fake Fingerprints

The same fingerprint hack was used to trick the iPhone 5s' Touch ID sensor last year

Are you worried it could happen to you?

By Patrick Austin

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Office isn't just for Windows devices. Starting at $6.99 per month, you can get it on almost any device.

Office 365 Gets Cheaper with $6.99 Personal Edition

You can now use your iPad to edit documents, presentations, and spreadsheets for $6.99 per month

Office isn’t just for Windows devices. Starting at $6.99 per month, you can get it…

By Patrick Austin

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Buying Google Glass used to be an invite-only affair, but for one day only anyone can get in on the wearable technology action.

Google Glass On Sale For One Day Only

The $1,500 wearable computer is available for one day only, and in unknown quantities.

Buying Google Glass used to be an invite-only affair, but for one day only anyone…

By Patrick Austin

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Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere is asking the world to stop phone companies from overcharging consumers, with a petition.

T-Mobile Abolishes Overage Charges

CEO John Legere also urged people to sign a petition that encourages carriers like AT&T to get rid of overage charges

Will other companies follow?

By Patrick Austin

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The graphic tweet was deleted after an hour of uptime, and is currently being investigated by the airline.

US Airways Just Tweeted a Graphic, NSFW Photo

The saucy tweet at a US Airways passenger was deleted, but not before Twitter users took screenshots and spread them around the Web

What a social media fail

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Why This Company Will Pay You to Quit Your Job

Employees can receive up to $5,000 as an incentive to quit if they’re unhappy

Do you think more employers should do this?

By Patrick Austin

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TeenNick chairman Nick Cannon won for "Celebrity Entrepreneur of the Year."

Shorty Awards: Who’s Who of Social Media Honored in New York City

Jerry Seinfield, Nick Cannon among Shorty Award honorees

The Shorty Awards, held in New York City at the Times Center, honored the best…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Many sites are still vulnerable to the Heartbleed flaw, so changing your password is highly recommended.

4 Tips to Protect Yourself From the Heartbleed Security Hole

The 'Heartbleed' security flaw is affecting sites like Google, Instagram, and USAA. Here's how you can protect yourself.

Many sites are still vulnerable to the Heartbleed flaw, so changing your password is highly…

By Patrick Austin

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The #DarkSkinRedLips founder committed suicide at age 22.

22-Year-Old “ForBrownGirls.com” Founder Karyn Washington Commits Suicide

Karyn Washington started the #DarkSkinRedLip project to combat remarks that encouraged colorism in the black community

Another young life lost

By Patrick Austin

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Drop-Dropbox.com used this picture of Dr. Rice in its manifesto against her appointment to the company's Board of Directors.

Condoleezza Appointed to Dropbox Board, Twitter Flips

Protesters are using #DropDropbox to show their disapproval at the appointment of Condoleezza Rice to Dropbox's Board of Directors

The site’s grievances with the choice lay in Rice’s past actions under the Bush Administration

By Patrick Austin

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50 Cent to Pay $16 Million For Stealing Headphone Trade Secrets

The rapper and entrepreneur Curtis Jackson has his own line of cans, although they're not as ubiquitous as Dr. Dre's line of Beats headphones

That’s a lot of money to pay up

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The First Instagram Selfie From Space is Pretty Awesome

With Earth in the background photobombing, American astronaut Steven Swanson became the first person to take a selfie on Instagram in space

The photo was taken in the observatory module of the space station, the Cupola

By Patrick Austin

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Sharpton’s FBI Informant Involvement Spurs #SharptonMobName Hashtag

Sharpton held a press conference at his National Action Network headquarters to clarify the story about his involvement with the FBI

He was responsible for gathering key pieces of information while wearing a wire in order…

By Patrick Austin

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Is Tweeting Ruining Your Relationship?

Using Twitter doesn't mean you're more likely to break up, but it does mean you'll probably fight about it with your partner

How much you tweet shows how much you cheat?

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The battery pack is still bulky, but Storedot's 30-second charge claim is definitely real.

This Device Can Charge Your Phone in 30 Seconds or Less

The product is still a prototype, but the battery pack technology could pave the way for quick-charging devices

Myersdorf wants to eventually open a manufacturing facility for StoreDot’s battery technology

By Patrick Austin

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White House Not Happy Over David Ortiz, Samsung ‘Selfie’ Stunt with President

Thanks to the Red Sox MVP, selfies at the White House could be banned

Why all the drama over selfies?

By Patrick Austin

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Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a Wu-Tang Clan double album that will be available to only one buyer.

Why The Wu-Tang Clan is Only Releasing 1 Copy of Their New Album

The Wu will hold listening parties before selling the only copy

Will you support the album?

By Patrick Austin

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Tech Entrepreneur Talks Success, Lack of Blacks in Tech Field

CEO talks business, IT and why there are so few blacks in the industry

The 19-year-old Southfield, Michigan-based company provides a host of IT consulting and staffing services to…

By Alan Hughes

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The messaging company was purchased by Facebook for $19 billion last month.

WhatsApp Posts Record Numbers, Then Crashes

Facebook acquired the messaging service for $19 billion, hopefully for its uptime.

The messaging company was purchased by Facebook for $19 billion last month.
Only a day after…

By Patrick Austin

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The Canadian smartphone maker has been hemorrhaging both money and people in the past few years thanks to Apple and Google.

T-Mobile Won’t Carry BlackBerry Devices Anymore

Current BlackBerry users on T-Mobile will not be affected, but don't expect to grab one from the carrier for much longer.

The Canadian smartphone maker has been hemorrhaging both money and people in the past few…

By Patrick Austin

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How Amazon’s Fire TV Beats Roku, Apple and Google

Amazon's media takeover plan has gone from the tablet to the television with the Fire TV.

Which one of the three do you prefer?

By Patrick Austin

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As the job market focuses more on technology, we need to focus on creating more opportunities for Black technologists.

Why We Need Black Computer Programmers

Black programmers are few and far between, but an influx of coders of color could reshape the tech industry

There will be over 2.1 million jobs available by 2020 in the STEM field, and…

By Patrick Austin

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Kate Spade, Macy’s, and Other Brands Support NYC Fashion Start-Up Accelerator

New accelerator and mentoring program targets small fashion start-ups

The NYFT Lab is the result of a collaboration between the Partnership Fund for New…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Chris Grant led the team behind Viza, the winning app in Black Enterprise's Driving Innovation Hackathon.

Black Enterprise Driving Innovation Hackathon Champions

The winning team created Viza, an app that encourages good environmental choices and rewards positive behavior with coupons.

Chris Grant led the team behind Viza, the winning app in Black Enterprise’s Driving Innovation…

By Patrick Austin

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Black Enterprise Driving Innovation Hackathon Day 2 Morning Recap

We're up all night to get code-y at the Black Enterprise Driving Innovation Hackathon presented by Toyota

Congratulations to the winners!

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Black Enterprise Driving Innovation Hackathon Day 1 Morning Recap

The morning of the Driving Innovation Hackathon was filled with hackers arriving to form teams and present their big ideas.

This Saturday, over 25 hackers and coders showed up at Black Enterprise headquarters to show…

By Patrick Austin

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Check out the Hackathon from home with our livestream of the event.

Watch BlackEnterprise’s Driving Innovation Hackathon on LiveStream Today

Join Black Enterprise and Toyota Saturday and Sunday for the Driving Innovation Hackathon livestream

Black Enterprise’s Driving Innovation Hackathon presented by Toyota will be livestreaming the event this Saturday…

By Patrick Austin

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BE Hackathon 2014: Q&A With Hackathon Judges and Hosts

Black Enteprise's Driving Innovation Hackathon judges answer a few questions about coding and opportunities.

Here are the judges

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How Crowdfunding Is Saving This Homeless Mother

Community crowdfunding has raised almost $30,000 for Shanesha Taylor, a mother jailed for leaving her children unattended during a job interview.

When you say crowdfunding, you usually think of something like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, where creators…

By Patrick Austin

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Owners are recognizing the need to control their social media presence

More Owners are Recognizing the Need to Control their Social Media Presence

Owners are recognizing the need to control their social media presence

Franchisors are getting involved, often funding and controlling digital marketing activities at the local level

By C. Daniel Baker

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Join Black Enterprise’s #DrivingInnovation Hackathon Twitter Chat Tomorrow on STEM

Join the #DrivingInnovation Twitter chat to discuss the importance of coding and STEM for today's generation

Make sure to tune in and converse

By Patrick Austin

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Carolyn Malachi is an independent, Grammy-nominated artist and the great-granddaughter of Jazz pianist John Malachi.

Grammy Nominated Singer Provides Her Tech Tips for Recording Artists

From Youtube videos to Bitcoin, Carolyn Malachi has a few tech tips that'll make your music career a little easier

Carolyn Malachi blends Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word and lots of imagination

By Carolyn Malachi

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Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin, is said to have an estimated $400 million worth of the virtual currency.

Another Digital Currency Heist Steals $70,000 From Exchange

Hackers got away with 1.5 million coins

Hackers tampered with a glitch at currency exchange company Crypto Rush

By Patrick Austin

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Legacy Award Recipient, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Helped Desegregate Schools

When it comes to pioneering women of the Civil Rights Movement, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault still…

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BE Launches New Women of Power Website

We can hardly wait for the Women of Power Summit in March, and judging by all…

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