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A Google TV commercial starring fluffy animals has become the most shared ad of all time (GOOGL, GOOG)

A Google commercial dubbed "Friends Furever," which featured cute animals of different species being buddies, was the most shared ad of 2015 — and has become the most shared ad of all time — according to data from video ad tech company Unruly.

The Google ad has been shared 6.4 million times since February this year, according to Unruly's analytics system, which counts the number of shares across Facebook, Twitter, and on blogs.

The previous most-shared ad was Activia's 2014 World Cup ad, "La, La, La" starring Shakira, which was shared on social media just under 6.1 million times. 

Check out the top 10 most shared ads of 2015 below featuring spots from Disney, Budweiser, Microsoft, and more.

10. Kleenex: "Unlikely Best Friends" — 2 million shares

9. Microsoft: "Robert Downey Jr....

Microsoft has created an iPhone app that's like Tinder for business (MSFT)

Microsoft Garage, the company's "after hours ideas factory," has created a new iPhone app called Forum that aims to make company-wide Q&As easier. The app has a "swiping" feature to register upvotes on a question and a Yik Yak-style homepage with different questions ranked in order of their votes. 

The app, which was released on November 11, is available in the U.S App Store as a free download. 

One of the screenshots that Microsoft provides with the app describes the Tinder-like functionality. "Express yourself [by] swiping left or right," it reads. "Swipe right to vote up, left to vote down." 

The iPad Pro has big spaces for speakers that could have been used to fit a larger battery in (AAPL)

The iPad Pro has four big speakers which, according to the iFixit teardown, take up space that could have been used for battery. 

Every time Apple releases a new device, iFixit tears it down, taking a look inside and seeing what's what. The insides of the iPad Pro look similar to every other Apple tablet, except for the much larger speaker cavities that sit at the four corners. 

Apple describes the speakers as "innovative," arguing that the new, bigger design gives "the speakers 61 per cent more back volume compared to previous iPad audio designs." Considering that the iPad Pro is aimed at replacing a laptop, having good speakers is a trade-off.

Sir Richard Branson is using his billions to back all of these tech startups

Taking shares in fast-growing companies is a pastime for many of the world's richest people, including the founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson.

Wealthy individuals are constantly on the look out for the next big thing as they look to carry on building their already-impressive personal fortunes. 

Branson's net worth of $4.9 billion (£3.2 billion) makes him one of the richest men on the planet.

Here are the 18 technology companies that Branson is backing around the world, according to CrunchBase.

The investments are listed in chronological order.

SEE ALSO: Richard Branson explains his 10 rules for being a great leader

$83.75 million (£55 million) in virtual medical care provider Doctor on Demand.

A struggling Japanese TV maker has come up with a novel way to boost sales – get employees to buy its stuff

Sharp, the struggling Japanese electronics manufacturer, is getting employees to buy its products to boost flagging sales.

As first reported by Japanese paper Yomiuri Online (in Japanese), the company has told executives that they should spend at least 200,000 yen (£1,062; $1,622) on Sharp goods by the end of January.

Middle managers are being asked to buy around 100,000 yen (£531; $811) of products, and front line staff about 50,000 yen's (£265; $405) worth.

The reports, first picked up by the Financial Times, said that Sharp's head of electronics Yoshisuke Hasegawa had asked employees to buy the goods to help the company "weather this extreme difficulty."

10 things in tech you need to know today (CRM, AAPL)

Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Payments company Square set its IPO price at $9 (£5.89) per share, bringing its market cap to $2.9 billion (£1.89 billion). That's lower than the initial $11 (£7.20) to $13 (£8.51) price range proposed by the company in its IPO filing.

2. Tinder-owner Match Group has also priced its IPO, this time at $12 (£7.86) per share. It had previously said it hoped to price shares between $12 and $14 (£9.17).


The 10 most important things in the world right now
Posted November 18, 2015 11:23 PM
The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know on Thursday.

1. Two people were killed and seven arrested in a northern suburb of Paris in raids targeting suspects in Friday night's terrorist attacks, though it's not clear if the alleged mastermind behind the attacks is among the dead.

2. The Islamic State says it brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt with an improvised explosive device, expanding on its claim of responsibility for the October attack.


Tinder-owner Match Group prices IPO at $12 a share, at low end of range (MTCH, IACI)

Match Group, the IAC-owned and -controlled parent company of some of the world's biggest dating apps and websites, priced its IPO at $12 per share on Wednesday, at the low-end of its the range it was aiming for.

The IPO price means that Match will become a public company valued at roughly $2.9 billion.

Match Group's IPO pricing is the second high-profile IPO on Wednesday to meet with less than feverish investor demand.

Digital payments company Square reportedly priced its IPO at $9 per share, below the $11 to $13 range it was aiming for and giving the company a $2.9 billion valuation that is roughly half of the level it was valued at as a private company. 

Uber CEO says that a driver once made his wife ride in his trunk while he worked

Last weekend, two thousand tech billionaires, celebrities, and influencers hopped on a boat for the second-ever Summit at Sea.

Amid the yoga sessions and concerts, big names like Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and VC Chris Sacca gave keynotes. One of the particularly high-profile talks took place between Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. 

Schmidt kicked the session off by asking Kalanick for his craziest Uber-related incident, according to Gregory Ferenstein, who attended the summit and wrote about the talk for Forbes

Ford CEO: The U.S. car market will keep booming, and we're not worried about millennials (F)

Ford CEO Mark Fields thinks that the U.S. car market will keep booming for some time to come, and he's not worried that millennials and their changing attitudes toward car ownership will hurt the company.

At a press event in San Francisco this afternoon, Fields said that he thinks the current economic state of the country and "physical" state of the car business is "very supportive of an industry in the 17 to 18 million units for the next couple of years."

In 2014, 16.5 million new cars were sold in the U.S., according to Autodata, and were on pace to come close to 18 million this year based on May sales data.