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What Uber's Sydney Surge Pricing Debacle Says About Its Public Image — On Sunday, as a terrified public tried to escape the ongoing hostage crisis in Sydney's Central Business District, some noticed that Uber had imposed surge pricing in the city, charging passengers a minimum of $100 for a ride, four times the normal fare.

Chinese Tech Giant Baidu to Invest $600 Million in Uber, Says Report — Mo' problems? Mo'money! That seems to be Uber's motto. The car-hailing service has been beset by bad press, lawsuits, and city-wide bans in recent weeks, and yet investors keep throwing money at it-a cool $1.2 billion in June, another $1.2 billion this month.

Jesse Jackson Calls For Better Wages for Contract Workers on Apple's Campus — Reverend Jesse Jackson and a group of 100 protesters battled the rain in Silicon Valley Thursday, as they led a protest on Apple's Cupertino campus, calling for better working conditions for Apple's service workers.

Dating App Hinge Raises $12 Million to Be the Anti-Tinder — On Thursday, Hinge announced it has raised an additional $12 million, which will fund Hinge's already rapid expansion into new cities, including the launch of its first international outpost in London this February. This year alone, Hinge has expanded to 24 new cities, and it has experienced 500 percent growth in its user base since January.

Facebook Challenges Twitter With Savvy Update to Trending Topics — Twitter has become one of the easiest, fastest ways to get and disseminate the news. Facebook wants to change that. Earlier this year, Facebook launched Trending Topics to help its more than 1 billion users find the news stories that everyone was talking about.

Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora — Shazam has been helping people identify the music they're listening to since long before iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify ever even existed. But despite its early lead, and the fact that it's app has amassed 500 million downloads, the company still owns a comparatively small piece of the digital music industry pie.

Eric Schmidt: Don't Fear the Artificially Intelligent Future — Eric Schmidt wants you to know that robots are your friend. That makes sense, considering that as chairman and former CEO of Google, Schmidt has been heavily involved in the development of some of the the world's most sophisticated artificially intelligent systems, from the self-driving car to Google's predictive search engine.

In Wake of New Delhi Ban and Rape Allegations, Uber to Make Changes Abroad — The city of New Delhi has banned the car-hailing service Uber in the wake of allegations that an Uber driver raped a female passenger over the weekend.

This Insurance Company Pays People to Stay Fit — Oscar Insurance bills itself as a "new kind of health insurance company," one that uses a combination of technology and transparency to bring the stodgy insurance industry out of the Dark Ages. And now, it's giving the industry a particularly firm kick towards the future.

How Brazil Plans to Teach a Million People English Before the Rio Olympics — Enio Ohmaye was 14 years old when his family went broke. Throughout Ohmaye's childhood, his father had run a thriving imports business, selling fine crystals and luxury watches to wealthy government employees in Brazil's capital city, Brasilia. Ohmaye says he felt like "a spoiled little prince" during the good years.
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Dec 16, 2014

RT @jessiwrites: The next big thing you missed: @issielapowsky on how @rise puts a nutritionist in your pocket.… (I'm a POWER user)

Dec 16, 2014

RT @business: American Apparel fires founder Dov Charney, names veteran Paula Schneider as next CEO

Dec 11, 2014

A thorough explanation of how Facebook is tracking your purchases offline… @WIRED @CadeMetz

Dec 10, 2014

RT @Techmeme: Inside Facebook's one-year-old Artificial Intelligence Research lab, led by Yann LeCun…

Dec 06, 2014

@joanneleon yep it's their in store sales data that they compare to data on who saw a given ad online. Make sense?

Dec 05, 2014

@TheJoeDShow you? a Scrooge? never! and i really mean that. hope you're doing well!

Dec 05, 2014

RT @andizeisler: That this even has to be said is ridiculous, but: "Discrepancies in reporting" does not equal "This didn't happen, ever."

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