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Airbnb Hires Eric Holder to Develop Anti-Discrimination Plan — Airbnb Inc. hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to develop a strategy to address potential racism and other discrimination against people using the online home-rental service following complaints by some customers.

Facebook trying to 'friend' journalists — New York (CNN) -- Facebook is taking major steps to ensure that its News Feeds contain more actual news. The social media giant is hiring someone to build relationships with reporters and news organizations. The new hire also will help organize journalism-focused events, the first of which will take place this month at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

VC Bill Gurley Tells Startups to Beware of ‘Dirty’ Fundraising Terms — Bill Gurley, an influential venture capitalist who made an early bet on Uber Technologies Inc., sounded the alarm over what he described as a "fundamental sea-change in the investment community."

Speaker Maker Sonos Cuts Jobs as Amazon Steps Up Competition — Sonos Inc., the wireless speaker maker, is cutting staff as it refocuses on voice-controlled features and improving the way it works with music streaming services. Pete Pedersen, a spokesman for Sonos, declined to say how many employees would be affected.

Phil Bosua's Supersmart Light Bulb — Photographs by Brian Stevens for Bloomberg Businessweek About two decades ago, Phil Bosua dropped out of college in Australia, where he was studying to be an electrician, to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star. He spent a few years playing with a band called Propeller, and did concert lighting for other bands, honing his knowledge of circuitry.

Security-Enhanced Android: NSA Edition — Illustration by 731 Tech giants listed as part of the National Security Agency's Prism spying program have gone to some lengths to convince the world they aren't in bed with the U.S. government. has filed a request with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court asking permission to disclose more information about the government's data requests.

Kickstarter’s Funded Projects See Some Stumbles — Kickstarter Inc. began in 2009 as a way for entrepreneurs to raise money to get projects off the ground. Though the company's fundraising platform has been a success, many projects have not. More than a million backers have given $274 million to more than 28,000 home-grown ideas through the New York-based website, which entreats visitors to "fund and follow creativity."

Uber’s Michael Said to Retain Support After Remarks — (Corrects 15th paragraph of story that ran on Nov. 21 to remove erroneous reference to Michael's consulting work for Foursquare and Tumblr.) Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Emil Michael, the Uber Technologies Inc. executive whose criticisms of journalists led to calls for his firing this week, is so far withstanding that pressure.

These Nerds Are Creating the Ultimate Super Mario Level — At Facebook's headquarters earlier this week, some employees mocked up designs on whiteboards, while others, fueled by Red Bull, hunched over in front of screens, tapping furiously. The company was holding one of its signature hackathon events, which in the past have produced its chat feature, Timeline profile design, and the iconic "Like" button.

Apple’s IPhone 6 Ends China’s Cheap Streak — After years of declining smartphone prices worldwide, it looked like the hottest technology had quickly become a commodity. A slump that took decades in computers seemed to have happened to phones in just a few years. Perhaps most troubling was China, the biggest market and traditionally one of the fastest growing.
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Jul 24, 2016

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