Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he’s taking the Uber CEO position

 The contract still needs some finishing touches, but Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has indicated to the Wall Street Journal today he plans to accept the Uber CEO position.
Though Uber’s board unanimously voted on Khosrowshahi over both GE’s Jeff Immelt and HP CEO Meg Whitman for the top position Sunday night, he hadn’t officially announced he’s taking the job at the… Read More


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Ember just raised $13 million for its popular, temperature-controlled mugs

 Two years ago, Ember launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to build a mug that keeps hot drinks and iced drinks cool. Contributors gave the company nearly $362,000. Fast forward and the five-year-old startup has now raised just north of $24 million altogether, including a $13 million Series C round that it quietly closed last week. The individual investors supporting the company… Read More


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3D-printed space habitats earn $400K in prizes at NASA competition

 One of the many considerations we will have should we decide at last to colonize another planet is where we’ll live. Should we bring inflatable habitats? Should we ship girders and metal sheets? Or should we 3D-print the structures right there on the planet in question? Two universities’ early efforts to do so earned them a combined $400,000 at a NASA competition held last week. Read More


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The (muted) impact Whole Foods may have on Amazon’s bottom line

 It’s part of normal discussion in Silicon Valley to claim that Amazon makes no money, or even loses money, in the pursuit of growth. But it’s a trope Amazon bucks on a regular basis for two reasons: It doesn’t have to lose money on large chunks of its business in the name of growth anymore. It has recently (in terms of the life of its business) added a new operating unit… Read More


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Phone fraud detection service Next Caller raises $5 million

 Fraud detection is a huge problem for retailers and the banking industry. But as companies fortify their defenses against fraudsters, the criminal element finds new weaknesses to exploit. The latest tactic has been phone spoofing, and fraud at the call center itself. Helping to ward off the  latest wave of fake accounts is Next Caller, a Y Combinator-backed startup based in New York. Read More


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New Uber CEO may get $200 million

 The Uber board offered Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi the new role on Sunday. And according to Bloomberg data, they would have had to pay him a lot of money to woo him.
Khosrowshahi, who has been at the helm of Expedia since 2005, had almost $185 million in unvested stock options when the offer was made Sunday. He probably wouldn’t forgo that kind of money unless Uber could offer him… Read More


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Another neo-Nazi site, Stormfront, is shut down

 Stormfront, the oldest neo-Nazi forum on the web, has been shut down by its name provider, Network Solutions, and the domain officially put on hold. The news followed the shutdown of DailyStormer, another supremacist site. Stormfront began in 1990s as a dial-up BBS and then morphed into a website and forum in about 1995. It has been registered at Network Solutions since 1995. The… Read More


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You can donate to Harvey storm relief through Apple’s App Store and iTunes

 Those searching for a way to help Texans impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey need look no further than iTunes or the iOS App Store. Apple has made donating to the American Red Cross a bit easier by adding a button directly to its commerce platforms. The company is collecting donations in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 increments, with all of the proceeds going to help the… Read More


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