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People are stealing the iPad Pro's Pencil from Apple Stores (AAPL)

Some people are reportedly stealing the Apple Pencil accessory that launched alongside the iPad Pro, according to various reports across the web. 

The Pencil is a $99 (£79) stylus accessory that can be used to draw on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple has been heavily criticised for its lack of stock, with shipping times slipping to 4 or 5 weeks in both the UK and US. 

In order to successfully demo the Pencil, the unit has to be un-tethered. Anyone could pick it up and, as some people have done, steal it. 

Faisal Qureshi tweeted at influential Apple blogger Marco Arment detailing a theft he witnessed. 


Groupon's new CEO speaks out: 'We are still paying the price for our past mistakes'

Groupon's new CEO Rich Williams is attempting to clear up some "myths" about the company.

Williams replaced former CEO and cofounder Eric Lefkofsky earlier this month. Williams came to Groupon in 2011 after running worldwide marketing and advertising for Amazon.

In a post on Groupon's blog, Williams issues a missive that's part mea culpa, part defense of his company's business. He says that Groupon is misunderstood by analysts, by customers, and by the media.

Here's the full letter outlining everything hedge fund Starboard wants Yahoo to do (YHOO, BABA)

The hedge fund Starboard wants Yahoo to halt its long-public plan to spin off its stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.

Starboard instead wants Yahoo to do the opposite: spin off its core search and ad business while keeping its Alibaba stake in the existing public company.

In a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and chairman Maynard Webb, Starboard complains that basically, Yahoo isn't listening to it.

"We have grown increasingly frustrated with your unwillingness to accept our help and your dismissive approach to our serious concerns about the current situation at Yahoo! Inc.," Starboard writes.

News that Starboard had sent a letter to Yahoo was

The 14 most powerful world leaders
Posted November 19, 2015 0:54 AM
The 14 most powerful world leaders

Business Insider recently published its ranking of the 50 most powerful people in the world — a select group whose decisions affect millions, shake industries, and change nations. Global heads of state featured prominently, with 14 presidents, prime ministers, and even royalty cracking the list. 

To determine the ranking, we evaluated more than 100 of the most influential players in business, politics, entertainment, and tech, judging their influence by economic power, command, newsworthiness, and impact — a subjective measure that captures how important they are in their respective spheres (see our full methodology here).

Google's Eric Schmidt interviewed Uber's Travis Kalanick on a cruise – here are 5 highlights

In a rare and far-ranging interview, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt sat down with each other to discuss their vision for the future of transportation. At the Summit At Sea gathering in Miami last Friday, Schmidt interviewed Kalanick about the endgame for Uber, taxi regulations, transitioning workers after driverless cars, and Uber’s most bizarre tales.

I’ve summarized the highlights of the talk in 5 quotes (note: Google is an investor in Uber):

On taxi union and medallions

“Whoever bought that medallion basically is buying into a corrupt system that’s bad for society” — Travis Kalanick

In no uncertain terms, Kalanick called the 

Here comes Square ... (SQ)
Posted November 19, 2015 0:54 AM
Here comes Square ... (SQ)

Square goes public on Thursday morning.

The digital-payments company set the price for its initial public offering on Wednesday, at $9 per share, below the range of $11 to $13 it had initially proposed.

The price gave the company a valuation of about $2.9 billion, half of where it was priced at its most recent private financing round. At that time, it raised $150 million at $15.50 per share.

And so, it's already a bumpy start to the company's public debut. Still, it's one of the biggest public offerings of the year, and will be closely watched, as private tech startup valuations continue to soar. 

It's not common for tech companies to price their IPOs below their worth at the preceding private funding round.  

There's a lot riding on Square today
Posted November 19, 2015 0:54 AM
There's a lot riding on Square today

Square is set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, and there is a lot riding on it.

The digital-payments company set the price for its initial public offering at $9 per share, below the $11 to $13 range it had initially proposed.

The price is below the $15.46-per-share price at which it sold stock in its most recent private funding round.

Square is not the first tech startup to do go public at a lower valuation than its last round of private funding — New Relic, Hortonworks, Box, and a handful of others have recently done the same. But it is certainly the most high-profile company to do so.

There's a bizarre Easter Egg hidden on the front page of Google's app store (GOOG)

There's a neat Easter Egg hidden in Google's Play Store. Here's how to find it.

First, go to the Google Play Store homepage. You can find it on your (Android) smartphone, by going to, or just clicking here.

Don't search for anything, or enter anything in the search bar.

Instead, just select the search bar, then hit the search button (or enter).

Wait for it...


This "feature" has been hidden in Google Play for a while — at least since 2013 — but it has never had much attention. We spotted in over on Reddit.

Google is going to start telling you if apps have adverts in them (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google is about to start warning you if the app you're downloading contains adverts.

In an email sent to developers, Google says that from early January 2016, all apps in the Google Play Store that contain adverts will be labeled as such, and that developers need to notify Google if this is the case for their apps.

The feature already exists for games that sit in the "Designed for Families" category, but the search and mobile giant has decided to extend the feature across its entire library.

Here's how that currently looks:

Here's the full email that Google sent developers, which was first obtained by Droid Life:

Hello Google Play Developer,

Microsoft is moving closer to a desktop PC in your pocket (MSFT)

Microsoft could be about to bring desktop Windows apps (known as Win32 programmes) to Windows 10 Mobile phones running in Continuum mode, according to Kevin Gallo, vice president of the Windows developer platform. 

A tweet, from Ginny Caughey, a Microsoft associate on the Windows developer team, reports that Gallo said the company is looking into supporting Win32 apps on phones at Microsoft Connect 2015, a conference aimed at developers. 

In its current form, Continuum-enabled phones can only run apps from the Windows Store. Microsoft