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Silicon Valley takes benefits 'arms race' to health care

High salaries and free food aren't enough any more in Silicon Valley, where maturing companies are competing for talent with creative health care and "wellness" programs that use gadgets to promote good behavior.

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Tesla, Twitter among premarket's biggest movers

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) was one of the biggest movers of Thursday's premarket session, after the company's chief executive hinted at a new product that would be unveiled next week.

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Activist investor buys stake in Yahoo, urges AOL merger

Activist investor Starboard Value LP said on Friday it has acquired a "significant" stake in Yahoo Inc YHOO.O and urged the Internet company to explore a merger with AOL Inc AOL.N.

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New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his Apple Inc iPhone.

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Microsoft lays off 2,100, axes Silicon Valley research

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce.

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London designers target fashion-hungry shoppers with 'tech firsts'

Fueled by the boom in online sales for the latest trends, London's designers are finding new ways to deliver instant gratification to fashion hungry shoppers, amid high hopes of boosting growth in the sector.

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Silicon Valley builds up in Microsoft's backyard

In the last week of August, Twitter entertained dozens of potential young recruits at a chic studio, while Facebook served drinks and snacks to job-seekers at its own office. More than 175 showed up to a similar event at Google in June.

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Celebrity hacking clouds Apple's upcoming product launch

Apple Inc has often displayed uncanny timing, with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. But the leak of racy celebrity photos in the past few days put the company in the unusual position of having to mend its image just days before a highly anticipated Sept. 9 product launch.

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Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation: report

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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Amazon, Twitter, Instagram Bank on Their Logos for Success: What Makes them Standout

There is power in a great logo. Whether they are plain and simple or colorful and exuberant, the logo’s capability to bring a company extensive brand recognition and distinction is undeniable. They aim to get the trust, respect and energy in the forefront of consumers’ thoughts.

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Twitter acquires mobile advertising startup Namo Media

Twitter Inc said Wednesday it will acquire Namo Media, a technology firm specializing in "native advertising" for mobile devices.

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Omnicom, Twitter sign $230 mln mobile ad deal

Omnicom Group Inc's (OMC.N) media services division signed a deal worth $230 million with Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) that will integrate Omnicom's automated ad buying unit Accuen with Twitter's mobile ad exchange MoPub.

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Nearly 400 million Twitter users estimated by 2018: study

Twitter Inc's messaging service will have close to 400 million global users by 2018, mostly in Asia, Latin American and the Middle East, consulting firm eMarketer estimated on Tuesday, far short of the 1 billion once expected.

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French-based video presentation creator infused with $1.4 mln in seed round to scale growth

France-based, Bunkr, a free video presentation creator, raised $1.4 (€1 million) today from sole investor Idinvest Partners.

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Peel launches redesign of Android app: features algorithm hashtag detection of favorite Twitter TV show conversations

Peel launches new redesign of app today, which specializes in conversations around your favorite TV show on social media like Twitter.

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