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Tech Moves: Redfin names chief economist; Ex-Apple vet named CEO of X2Biosystems

—Redfin is following in the footsteps of Zillow and Trulia, appointing the Seattle online real estate company’s first-ever chief economist. Housing market expert Nela Richardson is joining Redfin after serving as a former senior economist with Bloomberg Government. Before that, she worked as a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was a… Read More

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Google releases diversity stats: 70% men, 61% white

In an unusual move for a tech giant, Google today released data related to employee gender and ethnicity. Unsurprisingly, there are more men (70%) than women working at Google. Caucasian employees (61%) also make up a majority of the company’s workforce in the U.S. These are numbers that Google isn’t proud of. “Put simply, Google is… Read More

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Chart: As same-day shipping ramps up, retailers focus on free shipping

If same-day delivery is the future of retail, then the present is all about free shipping. Free shipping continues to gain in importance, hitting an all-time (non-holiday) high in the first quarter at 58 percent, according to ComScore. Free shipping in the fourth quarter, which is the busiest period for e-commerce, hit an even more impressive high at 67 percent. But… Read More

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Google unveils new self-driving car, steering wheel and pedals not included

Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin unveiled one of the secret projects Google X has been working on at Re/code’s Code Conference tonight, and it’s … pretty adorable. The tech giant’s advanced research unit has been working on a prototype self-driving car that’s designed to get people from one place to another without requiring any physical user… Read More

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The next battleground for Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google: Artificial Intelligence

  Digital personal assistants today can help you send messages, place phone calls, schedule meetings or find answers from the Internet. But there’s evidence that all the major tech giants are investing heavily in artificial intelligence to try and make digital assistants do a whole lot more helpful. At least that is what Raj Singh, the founder and CEO… Read More

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Chart: Amazon.com joins Google, Microsoft and Apple in list of top global brands

Amazon.com joined the ranks of the world’s top10  brands, jumping four spots with a brand value of $64.2 billion, according to the Millward Brown BrandZ study. Amazon, which is holding its annual shareholders meeting today in Seattle, ranked higher than its brick-and-mortar retail rival Walmart (#22) and e-commerce competitor eBay (#61). Amazon is the first… Read More

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Microsoft’s Xbox loses Twitch to Google’s YouTube (and why that matters)

Google has reportedly beat out Microsoft and others to reach a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame streaming company. The acquisition, which is expected to cost $1 billion, according to Variety, will give YouTube a war chest of content that appeals to the hardcore gamer. Over the past three years, San Francisco-based Twitch has become the ESPN of… Read More

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Apple and Google reach settlement in patent disputes

Apple and Google have reached a settlement in a series of fierce patent battles — marking a major legal truce between the companies responsible for the leading smartphone platforms. The two companies told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today that they have agreed to drop all outstanding patent litigation — although they stopped short of licensing their patent… Read More

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Microsoft, Apple earn top marks on data privacy scorecard; Amazon falls short

The Electronic Frontier Foundation today released the latest edition of its “Who Has Your Back?” report that examines how major tech companies handle government requests for data, and a number of major tech giants scored remarkably well. It’s the first of these reports to be released after disclosures about the NSA’s surveillance activities, and it’s clear… Read More

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Google selling Glass to everyone

Google has quietly started selling its Glass headwear to anyone who wants it, assuming they’re willing to shell out $1,500 for the privilege. The company said today that it saw an “overwhelming” response when it allowed anyone to buy the device during a one-day sale, and had re-stocked supplies of Glass to allow anyone to… Read More

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Microsoft reportedly prepping music locker for Xbox Music

Xbox Music users who want to have their hard-to-find music available on the go may be in luck. LiveSino has found references in source code on Microsoft’s OneDrive website to a new OneDrive Music folder, which will allow users of Microsoft’s storage service to upload tracks to their OneDrive account, and then access their tunes from Xbox… Read More

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Amazon, Microsoft ask FCC to maintain Net Neutrality

Internet companies from around the U.S. — including Amazon and Microsoft — have banded together to try and pressure the Federal Communications Commission into adopting rules that would maintain net neutrality. The New America Foundation, a non-partisan think-tank, published an open letter from more than 100 tech companies asking the FCC to avoid adopting rules… Read More

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Watch out, Yelp: Google acquires restaurant website builder Appetas

Google has acquired Appetas, a Seattle-based startup that helps restaurants build websites. In a blog post, Appetas co-founders Keller Smith and Curtis Fonger note that they will be shutting down their company to join Google. “Google shares Appetas’ vision for bringing incredibly simple experiences to merchants that strengthen their business,” they wrote. “We’re very excited to use… Read More

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Microsoft tests demand for $199 laptop, biting back at Google Chromebooks

Google’s low-priced Chromebooks are adding a new wrinkle to a PC market already being undercut by tablets. Microsoft has promised to make it easier for computer makers to compete with lower-priced Windows machines. And just in case there were any doubts, a promotion launched by Microsoft today shows that price does matter. Microsoft’s online and physical retail stores are offering… Read More

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Nuance responds to privacy concerns over its Swype keyboard having too much location data

Nuance is responding to privacy concerns today after customers complained that its Swype keyboard application was accessing their whereabouts excessively. In one case, a customer said his or her information was accessed nearly 4,000 times a day. While the post on the company’s forum is old, it was thrust into the spotlight this morning after it was posted on Y… Read More

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Google takes aim at Office for iPad with new productivity apps

Well, that was quick. Google announced standalone iOS and Android apps for its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity web apps today, striking at Microsoft’s newly-launched Office for iPad suite. The Mountain View-based company already offered users the same capabilities through its Google Drive app, but the three standalone apps launched today have the benefit of providing users with… Read More

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Hiring spree: Amazon adds 7,000 more employees, topping 124,000 worldwide

Amazon continued its trend of explosive headcount growth this quarter, adding 7,300 new employees to its workforce, which now totals 124,600 full- and part-time workers. That’s a stark contrast to some of its tech industry counterparts, including Google and Microsoft, which both saw significantly smaller headcount gains in the quarter. Microsoft added 982 employees in… Read More