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Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Yahoo details Tumblr's valuation and David Karp's $81 million retention package   —  Tumblr owes three-quarters of its value to how cool it is.  —  The blogging startup sold to Yahoo in May for nearly a billion dollars, a staggering price even by the standards of the overheated American tech market.
Aug 8, 2013, 8:55 PMIn context
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Google is testing a local news product for Google Now   —  Google has hatched a plan to boost the visibility of its existing local news product, and in the process is testing a whole new way to get people to pay attention to the news that is geographically most relevant to them.
Jul 31, 2013, 2:55 PMIn context
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Dating app Tinder briefly exposed the physical location of its users   —  Tinder, the popular mobile dating app that matches people based on how they rate each other's photographs, briefly exposed the physical location of its users to other people on the service.  —  The location information wasn't visible in the app.
Jul 23, 2013, 3:00 PMIn context
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Almost every major consumer electronics manufacturer is now working on a smart watch   —  Something about the ailing PC industry, competition among makers of smartphones and the endless quest for the next big thing has nearly every major consumer electronics manufacturer working on a smart watch or at least contemplating it.
Jul 6, 2013, 8:35 AMIn context
Gina Chon / Quartz:
DirecTV has the edge right now among bids to buy Hulu   —  Satellite television provider DirecTV appears to have the leading bid for video streaming service Hulu, according to sources familiar with the sale process.  —  Other contenders include Guggenheim Digital Media and a joint bid from the Chernin Group and AT&T, the sources said.
Jun 28, 2013, 3:45 PMIn context
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
It's no accident Facebook made Instagram's new videos exactly as long as a television commercial   —  Facebook is going to get us all watching television ads again.  —  Instagram, the photo-sharing app that Facebook acquired last year, just added the ability to share videos, as well.
Jun 20, 2013, 6:00 PMIn context
Adam Pasick / Quartz:
Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring   —  You can stop counting how many golfballs will fit in a schoolbus now.  —  Google has admitted that the headscratching questions it once used to quiz job applicants (How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
Jun 20, 2013, 10:55 AMIn context
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Twitter boosts its privacy cred with its absence from the NSA's surveillance program   —  From a US National Security Agency presentation, according to reports.  —  The list of technology companies allegedly participating in a vast US government surveillance program known as PRISM …
Jun 6, 2013, 7:40 PMIn context
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Why patent trolls will laugh in the face of the US government's weak attempts to fight them   —  The White House today introduced an executive order intended to combat “patent trolling,” in which companies buy up patents and use them to sue “infringing” companies that actually make things.
Jun 5, 2013, 6:05 AMIn context
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
The Steve Jobs emails that show how to win a hard-nosed negotiation   —  The US government's price-fixing lawsuit against Apple goes to trial next month in New York.  Ahead of its court date, the US released emails that purport to show Apple was the “ringleader” in a scheme …
May 22, 2013, 2:05 PMIn context

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