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Industry

The business side of tech. The industry’s latest developments, legal face-offs, acquisitions, and technology trends.

The workplace of the future

To no one’s surprise, how and where we work matters to people. Not just the company you work for, but the physical environment, the culture, the people, and the tools you use to get things done.

Futurology: Mobile (GAFA and AI) are eating the world

Benedict Evans is a long-time mobile tech analyst who joined the Andreessen Horowitz ranks a few years ago. Not unlike Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report, Evans' latest revision of the presentation "Mobile is eating the world" is chock full of insight…

Spotify walks away from SoundCloud acquisition

It looked as if Spotify was about to tighten its grip on the music streaming industry back in September, following reports that the Swedish company was in “advanced talks” to acquire SoundCloud. But according to TechCrunch, the deal is now…

UPS is piloting delivery by electric bike in Portland

Aerial drones have the potential to reshape how we send and receive payloads of all sorts. As it sits today, however, technology has outpaced regulators which means companies with large-scale commercial ambitions are left sitting idly while the government (well-known…

Bluetooth 5 specification now officially adopted

The world of Bluetooth is about to get a lot more interesting. This week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that the latest Bluetooth 5 standard has been adopted. The core specifications were detailed back in June, but this week marks the…

Smartwatch maker Pebble to stop all operations

We reported on Fitbit's interest in Pebble earlier this month, but today they have made it final. The popular wearables manufacturer said they are no longer able to operate as an independent entity going forward and as of today it will stop…

Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn cleared in Europe, mostly

Microsoft announced in June that it would be purchasing professional social network LinkedIn in a cash deal worth $26.2 billion. The purchase will further cement Microsoft into the world of social media after previous deals with Facebook and the acquisition of Yammer…

Google set to reach 100% renewable energy by 2017

Internet giant Google has set a lofty energy goal: 100% renewable energy for its entire global operations by 2017. In a blog post detailing the effort, Google stated they plan to buy enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every…

Opinion: This AI boom will also bust

Imagine an innovation in pipes. If this innovation were general, something that made all kinds of pipes cheaper to build and maintain, the total benefits could be large, perhaps even comparable to the total amount we spend on pipes today...

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