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How this Security Startup Joined the Unicorn Club — The recent cyberattacks on Target, Sony, Anthem, eBay, JPMorgan and Home Depot all share a common trait: They overpowered the very technology designed to stop them. Same situation with the 2014 Heartbleed bug, a major security vulnerability that left numerous websites open to data theft.

Shazam's Apple Watch strategy: Make it dead simple — Music fans use Shazam to get artist information, song names and lyrics on whatever it is they're listening to, whether in a car, restaurant or shopping mall, with the push of a button. The London-based company more recently added TV shows to the mix.

Google's 'mobilegeddon' is making money for some — With Google's latest big change in its search algorithm, "Mobilegeddon" is officially upon us. As of Tuesday, websites that don't work well on smartphones will start getting punished by Google's all-powerful search engine. Robert Bowick, a 37-year-old web developer in the Detroit suburbs, is cashing in on the mania.

Shaving Wars Pit Tech Startups Against Gillette — Razor blades can now be sent to your doorstep monthly or with less frequency from emerging brands such as Harry's, Bevel and ShaveMOB. So preferable has this new model become and so much money have the challengers raised (around $300 million combined) that Gillette has recently turned on its own subscription offering.

Mobile games make more money than you think — Make a mobile game that climbs near the top of the charts, and the dollars start flowing. In a big way. For proof, look no further than the booming business that's fueling casual game developer SGN.

After Google and Facebook, the fight to be No. 3 — Getty Images / David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images In the battle for digital ad dollars, it's Google, Facebook and then who? That's the question marketers are asking as they try to spend effectively on the Web, and even more so on mobile, where traffic is shifting.

Slack valuation more than doubles to $2.8 billion — David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Six months ago, a year-old messaging app called Slack lit up the tech blogs when it raised money at a $1.2 billion valuation. Well, try $2.8 billion That's how high investors including DST Global and Index Ventures are valuing the start-up, based on a $160 million financing round announced Thursday.

Consumers aren't buying it...yet — Tomohiro Ohsumi | Bloomberg | Getty Images While there may be a time when people are constantly glancing at their wrists in lieu of staring at smartphones, don't expect that day to come very soon.

Goldman Sachs invests $95 million in Docker — "In case of both Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust and others expressing interest that were banks, the interest originated in their I.T. organizations," said Ben Golub, Docker's chief executive officer. "It was what all their colleagues at other banks were talking about. They informed their investments wing."

Big funds pour money into online lending — Ron Bailey | Getty Images Nobody is a bigger champion of the emerging online lending industry than venture capitalist Charles Moldow. A general partner at Silicon Valley firm Foundation Capital, Moldow was an early backer of LendingClub and OnDeck Capital, which both held initial public offerings in December.
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