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A truck called "Ras Gamal" by its creators will be heading to the Burning Man festival.

It’s a sweltering mid-August morning in Reno, Nevada, and mechanics at Black Rock Bicycles on the outskirts of town are cranking away. Burning Man, the annual festival in the desert for 68,000 globetrotting free spirits, aging hippies and multimillionaire tech executives, is rapidly approaching. Trucks, buses and trailers will soon start rolling up to the store to …

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Google headquarters.

Tech companies love to talk about their company culture. From laid-back work spaces to “alternative” management styles, Silicon Valley giants seem to almost be in competition with each other when it comes to who has the best work environment. Read More These tech companies have the best pay and perks But which tech company actually has …

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EBay signage at the company's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.

Ebay is considering spinning off its payment service PayPal, according to a new report. The Information reported that Ebay has been telling new recruits for PayPal’s CEO that the company may spin the payments service off as soon as 2015. This move would represent a change of strategy, as Ebay CEO John Donahoe has previously publicly dismissed …

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Snapchat co-founders Evan Spiegel (left) and Bobby Murphy

Social network Snapchat is expected to introduce news, video clips and advertisements to its news feeds, a move that its users may not entirely hate if they’re presented in the right way, according to one tech expert. “Generally speaking, users hate advertisements and distraction in the social media feeds. Users hate the concept, but if …

Feld & Volk

Leaks of Apple’s iPhone 6 just keep coming. Read More New photos surface claimed to be of iPhone 6 shell The Russian vendor Feld & Volk has again posted pictures of what appears to be the new device, according to a report from MacRumors. This time the images show the 4.7-inch model with the front panel and rear shell attached. Read …

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Have you ever been tempted to make a call on your tablet? If the trend in Asia is anything to go by, many of us could be doing so soon. In Asia, “phablets are so yesterday”, according to a report by market research firm IDC. It found a surge in sales of tablets with 7-inch-or-larger …

Google’s massive footprint

On the ten year anniversary of Google going public, Josh Lipton looks at how ubiquitous the search giant has become in our lives. And with its shares up more than 1,300 percent, is the stock still worth buying?

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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in a letter on Tuesday that he has stepped down from the company’s board. “I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time,” Ballmer said a letter to current CEO Satya Nadella. “I have confidence in our approach of mobile-first, cloud-first, and in …

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Google's YouTube logo displayed at the company's YouTube Space studio in Tokyo.

Google’s much-anticipated music streaming service will be called YouTube Music Key and will cost $9.99 a month to use, according to an unofficial report. The new streaming service will offer ad-free music, audio-only playback and a 20-million strong song catalogue that users can listen to offline, said web blog Android Police, in a report which …

Justin Solomon | CNBC
Google headquarters.

Google‘s C-suite has a lot of money, and it enjoys spending it. Since its IPO 10 years ago, Google has spent at least $23 billion buying 145 companies, according to FactSet. Of all those deals, financial analysts say three stand out as clear winners. The first is YouTube, which Google bought in 2006 for $1.65 …

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Google’s New York headquarters.

It may be time for Google to rethink its famous company motto “Don’t be evil.” During the 10 years the tech giant has been a public company it has been criticized repeatedly for everything from privacy violations to sparking class warfare. But has Google really lost its moral compass? Perhaps it never had one to begin with, …

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Uber's new delivery service app, Cornerstore.

Uber is moving beyond on-demand rides and getting into the on-demand delivery business. The company launched an on-demand product delivery service dubbed the “Corner Store” in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The new service enables users in the area to have convenience store products delivered to their doorstep. Uber said the new service is an experiment …

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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc.

By any measure, Google is a remarkably successful company. In just over 15 years, it’s created one of the world’s most valuable franchises from what is often described as the greatest single product on the Internet: search. The fortunes generated by the eponymous search engine have financed a market-leading mobile operating system called Android, opened up the cloud …

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Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen sits in a self-driving car.

It’s beginning to seem like a foregone conclusion: 25 years from now the roads will be filled with millions of self-driving cars, as automakers and legislators aim to cut back on congestion and accidents. Gary Silberg, who forecasts future trends in the auto industry for consulting firm KPMG, estimates close to half of all new …

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Is this an Apple or an Android car? That may be the question you find yourself asking in the not so distant future. Just like Apple and Google continue to battle for market share in the smartphone and tablet space, they are also going to be increasingly fighting for dominance in the auto space, experts say. Read More The new …