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NY Times Technology

Bits Blog: The ‘Sharing Economy’ Goes White-Collar


In some ways, the new focus Uber and Airbnb are putting on business professionals is a risky maneuver as regulators have grown increasingly interested in how the services operate.






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DealBook: Indian E-Commerce Firm Flipkart Raises Eye-Popping $1 Billion


The online marketplace confirmed on Tuesday that it had raised $1 billion in its latest round of fundraising, making it second only to Uber’s $1.2 billion round.






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Rhapsody Reaches 2 Million Monthly Subscribers


The music service announced the milestone on Tuesday as it seeks to expand its footprint in Europe and Latin America.






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Workout Clothes With High-Tech Twist Sell Briskly


Though clothing sales have been strained in recent years, activewear has become a $33.4 billion business, as popular on the street as it is in the gym.






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MSN Science & Technology

Where Does Ebola Come From?

How eating bats, washing victims' bodies, and a lack of doctors are all contributing to the worst Ebola outbreak of all time. Launch >>
 

Escaping email: Inspired vision or hallucination?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email. Launch >>
 

Internet users often unclear about their data use: U.S. watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumers often incorrectly estimate how much data they consume online and pay Internet providers for more downloading and uploading than they actually do, a U.S. government watchdog said in findings released on Tuesday. Launch >>
 

Always misplacing keys, wallet? Lost and found apps may help

TORONTO (Reuters) - Finding misplaced keys, wallets and purses could get easier with new apps that take the guess work out of trying to remember where they might be. Launch >>
 

Apple updates MacBook Pro laptops, cuts price of older model

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it updated its MacBook Pro line of laptops with a high-resolution Retina display, faster processors and higher memory for a starting price of $1,299. Launch >>
 

Canada says China tried to hack into key computer system

OTTAWA (Reuters) - High-level Chinese hackers recently tried to break into a key Canadian computer system, forcing Ottawa to isolate it from the main government network, a senior official said on Tuesday. Launch >>
 

Rover breaks off-world driving record

NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars has now boldly gone farther than any vehicle has before on the surface of another world, space agency officials announced today (July 28). As of Sunday (July 27), the Opportunity rover has driven 25.01 miles (40.2 kilometers) on the Red Planet, NASA officials said. The distance record had been held by the Soviet Union's remote-controlled Lunokhod 2 rover, which covered 24.2 miles (39 km) on the moon back in 1973. Launch >>
 

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case

BEIJING (AP) — China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies. Launch >>