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Tech Company Hyperloop Doesn’t Pay Its Employees

We’ve come to expect a steady stream of flashy new gadgets from the booming tech sector, but another area of innovation in Silicon Valley is how we work, mainly the structure of our offices and companies. Planet Money tells the story of a company that has no employees, doesn’t pay …

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Larry Page and Sergey Brin paid $1,700 a month to rent the garage where Google was born

How much would you have charged if two scrappy computer scientists came asking to rent out your garage to start a company back in 1998? “$1,700 a month,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said, recalling the rent she charged for the garage at her old home in Menlo Park, California, to …

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A Leader With Users in Mind Will Take the Helm at Google

The technology industry is partial to dramatic, sometimes blustery, often larger-than-life top executives. Sundar Pichai will have to work hard to be ranked among that colorful crew. He sent news of his ascension on Twitter on Monday to the top slot at Google – he is just the third person …

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Computer models failing to predict path of wildfire flames

“These fires are actually exceeding what our models will even predict,” said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. While rapidly spreading wildfires exacerbated by four years of drought may have made wildfires harder to forecast, others suggest modeling methods haven’t kept up to speed …

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Replace all cable clutter with the ultimate plug

If you have the same tangled mess of cables, chargers, plugs and mismatched adapters in your drawer or glove compartment, I have the ideal deal for you today. Today we replace all of that mess with an adapter that can charge almost any piece of portable tech: Apple, Android, Windows, …

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Apple wins patent ruling against Samsung

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. said the lower court abused its discretion when it denied Apple Inc. an injunction after a jury ordered Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to pay US$120 million in May, 2014 for infringing three of Apple’s patents. The case involved …

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