Microsoft announced it's buying another tech giant, LinkedIn, for $26.2 billion. The companies, both leaders in the productivity marketplace, believe the move could boost their income potential by 50 percent in that market. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, talks on the massive deal began in March.
Cybersecurity researchers are linking a recent spate of attacks against Asian banks to North Korea. The digital security firm Symantec says the recent breaches in Asia have identical lines of malicious software deployed in the high profile attack against Sony Pictures in 2014. The FBI has tied North Korea to the Sony attack.
Apple is investing $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook says the move will help the company gain a better understanding of the Chinese market. In China, Didi already leads Uber, so this investment sets the stage for a big competitive battle between Apple and Uber.
Bitcoin gets a lot of attention because drug dealers sometimes use to buy and sell drugs on the digital underground. But that's not all it is. Turns out Bitcoin is also the great new hope on Wall Street — a tool that is so powerful, it might even be able to keep traders honest. Well, there's a Bitcoin evangelist making that case.
Apple got hit with a lot of bad news this week. First, the company posted its first quarterly revenue drop since 2003. And then billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn revealed that he has dumped all of his shares in Apple. NPR explores whether the company is really in trouble or if is this all just a bump in the road.
By settling class action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts, Uber will be able to continue to categorize drivers in those states as independent contractors. The company will pay as much as $100 million to about 385,000 drivers in those cases. Drivers in California react to the settlement and explain what it may mean for them — and for their customers.
NPR's Aarti Shahani reports that the European Union lodged new charges against Google, claiming the tech giant violated anti-trust laws by giving preferential treatment to its own Android operating system.
Microsoft is suing the Justice Department over gag orders that bar the company from informing customers when the government seeks information about them. Microsoft says the secrecy orders violate its free speech rights and customer legal protections against unreasonable searches.
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