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Google cofounder Sergey Brin made a rare appearance at a tech conference in Berlin that his girlfriend was talking at (GOOG)

Google cofounder Sergey Brin secretly attended a technology conference in Berlin last week.

The search engine billionaire visited the Tech Open Air conference — held at FunkHaus Berlin, once the broadcast headquarters for the German Democratic Republic (GDR) state radio — last Thursday and listened to a talk given by ClearAccessIP founder and CEO Nicole Shanahan, who is believed to be his girlfriend.


Facebook is edging higher after announcing a paid news feature (FB)

Facebook stock is moving slightly higher after the company announced it will be rolling out a paid news model on its platform.

After news media companies requested anti-trust exemptions from Congress to collectively negotiate with large platforms like Facebook and Google, Facebook announced an olive branch of sorts.

According to Leon Lazaroff of TheStreet, Facebook plans on testing a subscription and metered paywall service on its platform as early as October.

The announcement came from remarks by Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, at an industry conference on Tuesday.


Facebook is going to let publishers start charging readers to view stories (FB)

Facebook is getting ready to let media outlets charge readers for access to their stories.

The social network has started briefing publishers on the forthcoming subscription service and hopes to start testing it by October, according to a person familiar with the matter.

While details are still be ironed out, Facebook is currently telling publishers they'll be able to show at least 10 free articles per month before the paywall kicks in. Payment and financial details haven't been determined, but publishers will have full access and control of their subscriber data.

Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, confirmed the subscription service is coming at an industry conference in New York on Tuesday.


The 'elevator of the future' uses the same technology as Japan's bullet train

Elevators haven't changed much in the past 160 years: one cabin in one shaft that travels up and down.

Now, German elevator manufacturer ThyssenKrupp has developed the world's first elevator that travels up, down, and sideways — all without cables. It's like a real-life Willy Wonka elevator.

As more people move to cities, we'll need better elevators, Thyssenkrupp CEO Andreas Schierenbeck told Business Insider.

"It's an obvious waste of building space, to use such high shafts for only one cabin," he said. "It's like operating one train between two cities on one track, instead of multiple trains on flexible tracks."

In June, the company unveiled the first functioning model of the elevator, called Multi, at its test facility in Germany. As CityLab


Here's how the CEO of a $50 billion drugmaker sees tech companies 'disrupting' healthcare (SHGP)

Big technology companies are getting more interested in healthcare. Whether those companies will be able to "disrupt" the industry remains to be seen. Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov said he sees tech companies that play off their existing strengths coming out ahead. 

Major tech companies have been eyeing the healthcare world.

From Apple to Facebook to Google, there are a number of strategies companies are taking to crack into healthcare, including the drug industry.  But how exactly they'll mesh with established industry players — like big pharma companies — remains to be seen. 

Flemming Ornskov, CEO of the 


There's a quick and easy way to find your lost iPhone in your home — without using Find My iPhone (AAPL)

I just moved into a new apartment a couple of weeks ago and I can't tell you how many times I "lost" my iPhone within my own place, among all the boxes, clothes, and furniture.

But even if you haven't moved recently, you know how this goes: Maybe your iPhone slips into your couch all the time and you can't find it — even if it's only "missing" for a few minutes, you feel total panic the whole time. Suddenly, nothing else matters aside from "Where is my phone?"

Of course, Apple has a solution for people that lose their iPhones: It's appropriately named "Find My iPhone," and you can use it by visiting icloud.com, signing in with your Apple ID, clicking the Find My iPhone app, and clicking "Play Sound." Your iPhone will play a loud tone to help you find it.

But, if you're like me, that's one too many steps to find something that's probably under your nose. So recently, I've tried a different trick: Siri.


Walmart is developing a robot that identifies unhappy shoppers (WMT)

Walmart is developing facial recognition technology to detect frustrated or unhappy shoppers.

The technology uses video cameras at store checkout lines that monitor customers' facial expressions and movements to try and identify varying levels of dissatisfaction, according to a patent filing. 

If the system detects an unhappy customer, it will ping employees in other parts of the store and order them to report to a checkout register, in the hopes of alleviating shoppers' distress.

Walmart is hoping that the technology will enable stores to respond more efficiently to customer service issues before shoppers have a chance to complain. 


Siri will become a music expert in a huge update coming this fall — here's what it can do

When iOS 11 arrives this fall, Siri will be more than just a voice assistant — it'll be a DJ, too. 

With the new mobile operating system, Apple is adding several new tricks to Siri's arsenal. It will now be able to translate, will have a brand-new voice, and the overall Siri interface will be improved.

But Siri will also be more helpful when it comes to music:

Siri in iOS 11 will be able to learn what your favorite music is and can play you a mix if you say "Hey Siri, play something I like" You'll also be able to ask Siri to play a mix based on mood, activity, or genre. So if you say, "Hey Siri, play chill music," she'll be able to serve you something relaxing   Siri will also be able helpful if you have questions about an artist. She'll be able to read album notes, tell you more about what you'r...

Snap reclaims $15 after announcing a news show and new features (SNAP)

Snap is bouncing back, trading up 2.24% at $15.04 a share.

After dropping below $15 for the first time on Tuesday, shares are climbing higher on Wednesday following the announcement of a news program and new app features.

Snap is partnering with NBC News to produce a twice-a-day newscast for the platform, Business Insider's Alex Heath reports. The program, called "Stay Tunred" begins airing on Wednesday and is Snap's latest move to bring original content to its platform. The program is aimed at covering the top news stories each day in an un-traditional way for Snap's younger audience.


Snap reclaims $15 after announcing a news show and new features (SNAP)

Snap is bouncing back, trading up 2.24% at $15.04 a share.

After dropping below $15 for the first time on Tuesday, shares are climbing higher on Wednesday following the announcement of a news program and new app features.

Snap is partnering with NBC News to produce a twice-a-day newscast for the platform, Business Insider's Alex Heath reports. The program, called "Stay Tunred" begins airing on Wednesday and is Snap's latest move to bring original content to its platform. The program is aimed at covering the top news stories each day in an un-traditional way for Snap's younger audience.