Technology

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Facebook's new Menlo Park Campus building 20, in Menlo Park, California.

With Facebook recently topping 10,000 employees, growing its ranks 48 percent in the past year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg needed a new building. In March, Facebook opened the doors on the new space, which Zuckerberg partnered on with Frank Gehry—and it just opened its doors to CNBC’s cameras for the first time. Gehry created the world’s …

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Shoppers and salespeople at an Apple store in New York.

It’s shaping up to be a great quarter and year for Apple, with iPhone and watch demand both set to impress, Morgan Stanley predicts in an analyst note. Analyst Katy Huberty has raised her estimate for iPhone sales in the June quarter to 50 million from 46 million, and is also increasing fiscal 2015 and …

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United Airlines is offering up to a million air miles to hackers who can find security bugs in its network. The move comes amid increasing cybersecurity threats to businesses, with the cost of data breaches likely to hit $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, four times the 2015 figure, according to Juniper Research. (Tweet this) On …

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The drone industry is expected to climb to a whopping $8.4 billion by 2019, according to ABI Research. But most of that growth won’t come from selling hardware. Instead, it’s all the applications and services on top of of the hardware (sometimes literally), that hold the big opportunity, said industry experts. All about commercial drone …

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Mark Zuckerberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2009.

The CEO of the world’s largest social network turned 31 on Thursday. As a college student, Mark Zuckerberg created TheFacebook.com in hopes of gaining a few hundred users—11 years later, his site has more than 1.4 billion active users each month. Here are 11 little-known facts about the social media mogul. (Tweet This) 1. While …

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Mutual fund giants aren’t just interested in putting money to work in publicly traded companies. Increasingly, they also want to own a piece of red-hot start-ups. Tech news site Re/code reported that Fidelity Investments is now in talks to buy a stake in meal-delivery start-up Blue Apron at a valuation of about $2 billion. But …

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Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square.

Jack Dorsey disrupted communications when he co-founded Twitter. He disrupted payments when he launched Square’s credit card-reading dongle. That business was itself disrupted, with a slew of rivals in the market, including behemoth PayPal. But now, by expanding from payments to all sorts of services for businesses—from providing capital, to food delivery to customer service …

Retailers bet on new technology

Many traditional retailers are making a big bet on new technology to attract customers.

An AOL timeline

AOL was the original disruptor that brought America online.

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Walmart holiday shopping specials are displayed on a computer screen in New York.

In its ongoing struggle to lure Web shoppers from Amazon.com, Wal-Mart has picked up a new ally: messaging start-up Tango. As of Tuesday, consumers in the U.S. can shop for 2 million products—everything from apparel and jewelry to electronics—via Tango. A shopping tab will appear on the service allowing users to purchase products from Wal-Mart …

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More than 200 employees at Zappos have opted to buy out of the company rather than ride out the transition to pure Holacracy, reports Fastcompany.com. (Tweet this) Holacracy is a management style that relies on a lot of self-management and self-organization. The concept challenges the traditional top-down approach, and leans to towards a model in which …

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Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com.

Salesforce.com is for sale, some reports say. No wait—there aren’t any buyers, say others. If Silicon Valley had a say in this, most parties—especially start-ups—would prefer the latter outcome, chiefly because the disappearance of one of the largest business software companies would significantly shrink the pool of potential start-up buyers. Salesforce is a local darling. …

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Note to job seekers (especially younger ones, perhaps): If you’re weighing competing job offers from fast-growing start-ups, you might not want to post your thought process in a public forum, especially in language a company CEO might find insulting. An anonymous job seeker took to the question-and-answer site Quora and asked for advice on whether …

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Stripe co-founders Patrick and John Collison

Online payments start-up Stripe has soared to a $3.5 billion valuation by signing on big U.S. customers like Wal-Mart, OpenTable and Lyft. Now Stripe is looking to expand further outside the U.S., and is prepping for its entrance in Latin America and Southeast Asia, said John Collison, who co-founded the San Francisco-based company with his brother …

Microsoft eyeing Salesforce?

Microsoft is reportedly thinking about buying Salesforce, but why would it want to?