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How Facebook code infiltrated the Fortune 50 (FB)
Posted November 5, 2015 0:43 AM
How Facebook code infiltrated the Fortune 50 (FB)

When you're running at Facebook's scale, you're going to run into problems that no other tech company has ever encountered before. 

Which means that it falls on Facebook itself to build the tools it needs to handle the massive amounts of data it has to crunch every day.

Enter Facebook Presto, a data-crunching tool built in-house at the social network.

When Presto was first revealed in 2013, Facebook's analysts and engineers were using it to ask questions of its then-300 petabyte large data warehouse and get answers fast.


Microsoft just bought a startup that can automatically track how far you drive (MSFT)

Microsoft has bought Mobile Data Labs, a startup best known for its mileage tracking app MileIQ.

MileIQ automatically tracks and logs the miles you drive, and helps you claim your deductions or reimbursements. It's a simple idea, but MileIQ is actually a handy tool to millions of workers who otherwise has to track and report this stuff manually.

MileIQ has 1 million users and has been the top grossing finance app in the iTunes store for 20 straight months, Microsoft said. It helps users save $547 a month on average, or more than $6,500 a year, according to MileIQ.

The app will likely remain in full service, as MileIQ


Facebook is officially a mobile-first company (FB)

Facebook has done a better job of capitalizing on the move to mobile than any other major internet company.

When it went public in May 2012, it had just launched a mobile advertising business. Now, mobile advertising makes up the vast majority of its revenue — 78% in the quarter ended September 30.

As this chart from


NASA just announced key findings that explain how extreme climate change transformed Mars into a lifeless desert

Billions of years ago, Mars looked a lot like Earth, scientists suspect.

But something happened 3.7 billion years ago that severely changed the Red Planet's climate and, over time, left the surface dry, desolate, and frozen — a lifeless shell of its former self.

For years, planetary scientists have wondered where all of the surface water and atmospheric carbon dioxide (for possible plant growth) went.

Now, these questions are one significant step closer to being answered thanks to NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission that recently completed one year in orbit around Mars.


This startup wants to start using controversial CRISPR gene-editing technology in people by 2017

A genome editing company hopes to start experimental treatments for a genetic eye disorder in humans by 2017 using a hot new gene-editing technique.

In a talk at MIT Technology Reviews' EmTech conference Wednesday night, Editas Medicine's CEO Katrine Bosley explained how her company would begin to bring the gene editing technology CRISPR into human testing.

CRISPR-Cas9 is a tool that has allowed scientists — at least in tests in animals and non-viable human embryos — to swap a particular, potentially faulty gene with another, potentially healthy one.


Hackers have found something better than threatening to delete your files: threatening to post them on the internet

Ransomware hackers have added a new weapon to their terrifying arsenal: threatening to publish your personal files on the internet if you don’t pay up.

Since it began to take root as far back as 1989, “ransomware” has followed a predictable pattern. Someone infects your computer with malware that encrypts all your files, and then you pay to get them decrypted.

If you are hit with a ransomware attack, there’s often not much you can do about it. Even the FBI has advised companies to consider just giving the criminals what they want.

“The ransomware is that good,”


The CEO of Red Hat shares the 4 books that most influenced his career

Most executives will say you are what you read, and that's no different for Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.

The former chief operating officer of Delta and the author of "The Open Organization" oversees more than 8,000 employees in 80 countries at the open-source software company. His unique views on corporate culture — including the importance of killing terminally nice cultures and his belief that employees who cry are good hires — have been shaped by several thought leaders along the way.


FanDuel is a huge Scottish unicorn that next to no one in the UK has heard of

Situated on the floor above the office of travel booking platform Skyscanner in Edinburgh is a billion dollar tech startup that few people in the UK have ever heard of. That company is FanDuel. 

FanDuel has been flying under the radar of most British citizens for several years while focusing almost entirely on the US fantasy sports market. However, that might not be the case for much longer.

The FanDuel platform, backed by investors at Google Capital, allows sports fans to create their own fantasy teams for that day or week’s fixtures and bet on how well they think they'll do against their friend’s teams or the wider FanDuel community.

Since being founded in 2009,


This new iPhone app lets you kill all your annoying email subscriptions with just a few swipes

If you are someone who consistently gets to “inbox 0,” that mythical place where you have all your emails either read or deleted, it might be easy for you to manage your email subscriptions.

But those of us who are less organized usually let those unwanted subscriptions pile up in our inboxes. It seems easier, in the moment, to just let them flow by without reading. That is until we are drowning in mass emails, and important messages start to get lost.

That’s why a new iPhone app called Unroll.Me, which helps you kills your annoying email subscriptions, is so useful. If you prefer to manage your inbox on your laptop, Unroll.Me also has a web app with some of the same functionality, but having it on your phone is an added convenience.


Thank you!
Posted November 5, 2015 0:49 AM
Thank you!

It's not every day that you have the privilege of seeing an idea grow into a global enterprise.

But that's the happy situation that I have found myself in over the past few years.

Business Insider recently began an exciting new chapter in its history: We have closed our sale to Europe's leading digital publisher, Axel Springer, and we're working on big plans. Before I focus all my attention to those, though, I want to take a moment to thank some of the many people who have helped us reach this point.

Progress like this is never the product of one person or even a handful of people. Rather, it is the collective creation of everyone who has ever contributed time, money, or effort to an enterprise.

In our case, that's a lot of people. And I am grateful to all of them.