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The New York Senate wants to ban most Airbnb listings, and tech leaders are upset

A bill that would prohibit online advertising of short-term apartment rentals passed the New York State Senate on Friday and is now on its way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk — but leaders from around the tech world are not happy about it.

Venture capitalists Fred Wilson, Reid Hoffman, Paul Graham, and Ashton Kutcher all spoke up on Twitter, voicing their opposition to the bill.

Graham and Kutcher are investors in Airbnb, and Hoffman is a board observer of the company.

On Twitter, Graham implied that the Senate was trying to rush the bill through on the last day that the Legislature is working this year.

You can't have it both ways,


Canada's Prime Minister looks super-intense wearing the Microsoft HoloLens holographic goggles (MSFT)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the latest luminary to try the Microsoft HoloLens holographic goggles, at the opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver.

And he looks like he's super-into them:

HoloLens is a wearable Windows 10 computer that sits on your head and projects three-dimensional "holograms" into your field of vision. It's pretty neat.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wasn't on-hand to do a personal demo with Trudeau, as he was with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.


Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer increased spending after secretly agreeing with investors to cut costs (YHOO)

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made a secret cost-cutting deal with the activist investor who wanted her fired, but failed to keep her promise, increasing the overall expenses instead.

According to the WSJ, Mayer cut the secret deal in April 2015 with Starboard's CEO Jeffrey Smith. She agreed to put the company's rising costs under control, while Smith withdrew his new board nominations in return. 

But Mayer didn't keep her word, the report says. Yahoo's spending continued to rise, including paying $20 million to the NFL for streaming rights and $160 million for a startup called Polyvore. On average, Yahoo's costs went up 21% in the first two quarters after the deal, compared to the previous year's 6% increase.

On top of that, as


Snapchat's CEO wore the company's secret-camera sunglasses in public — and nobody noticed

Snapchat has been secretly hard at work on what has been described as a competitor to Google Glass. A source has tipped Business Insider off, however, that Snapchat's supposedly top-secret project may have been hiding in plain sight.

In August, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel was pictured wearing a very different pair of sunglasses from his usual ones while on vacation in Corsica with his girlfriend, the model Miranda Kerr.

The paparazzi photos taken of Spiegel show him looking straight at a camera with a very circular pair of frames and what appears to be cameras on either side of them.

Compared with Spiegel's normal aviator style, the sunglasses photographed in August appear to have thicker frames and the attached cameras. They're similar to but aren't exactly clones of the glasses made by Vergence Labs, a company Snapchat acquired in 2014.


We just got better at detecting this phenomenon in quantum physics that Einstein thought was too ‘spooky’ to be real

Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance.”

That’s because entanglement, a voodoo-like phenomenon in quantum physics linking particles that once interacted, seems to surpass the speed of light, violating the cosmic speed limit.

Because of this, it doesn’t fit in with Einstein's theory of relativity, so he concluded that it was too ludicrous to be real.

But it is real,


This chart shows the massive size and scope of America's drone fleet

As the varieties and utilities of drones quickly multiply, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has quickly mounted throughout the US Armed Forces. 

From reconnaissance roles within the US Army to attack roles within the US Air Force, and with squadrons within both the Navy and the Marines, the proliferation of drones has touched every element of the US Armed Forces. 

The following graphic, from CI Geography, shows just how widespread the use of drones is within the US. You can see a larger version of the poster here: 

Currently, the US Air Force has the highest number of drone squadrons. The Air Force uses drones in reconnaissance, special operations, attack, and electronic squadrons. 


Facebook's genre-breaking 'Canvas' ads show why the social network is a force to be reckoned with (FB)

You may have seen Facebook's Canvas ads — the social network's interactive ad format that combines videos, pictures, text, buttons, and all kinds of other stuff to make an advertisement that's hard to ignore.

Today, Facebook says that people have watched over a hundred years' worth of video in Facebook Canvas ads in the four months since it launched alone. Brands like Netflix, Target, and Macy's have since signed on with Canvas. 

It's a great example of how Facebook's formidable tech expertise can translate into the kind of advertising revenue that keeps its market cap at a healthy $323 billion.


How the company Salesforce bought for $2.8 billion used a brutal bidding war to gain a 36% premium (CRM)

When Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced the $2.8 billion acquisition of Demandware earlier this month, he described it as a "very competitive deal," adding it's the "most intense" M&A environment he's ever seen.

And according to a regulatory filing by Demandware last week, Salesforce indeed faced serious competition from one other bidder, causing it to close the deal within just 3 weeks of commencing discussions.

The filing, which has the full back-and-forth details of the deal, shows how Demandware was able to engineer a bidding war between Salesforce and another company identified as "Party X," that resulted in the largest acquisition in Salesforce's history.


Join us at the Cannes Lions advertising festival on Facebook Live!

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity kicks off this weekend.

It's the advertising, media, and tech world's annual week-long jaunt to the French Riviera — but if you haven't got tickets to attend, you can join Business Insider and Adobe Marketing Cloud right in the heart of the action on Facebook Live.

We'll be bringing you all the highlights from the week on Facebook and Business Insider. Expect to see interviews with top celebrities and executives, technology demos, gossip from the glitzy parties, and tours of the fancy yachts.

We'll be broadcasting throughout the week, so make sure you are


Amazon just released new TV show pilots — here's the one you need to watch

Once again, Amazon wants to know what you think of its new pilots.

The company this week kicked off its newest pilot season with two one-hour drama pilots and six children's show pilots. Instead of a bunch of suits debating what to greenlight, viewers can watch the pilot episodes and review them in order to help Amazon choose which ones it will order to series.

One interesting note: Stories dealing with shifting time were a major trend in this year's new fall broadcast shows, and the same goes for Amazon's drama pilot offerings.

We watched Amazon's two new drama pilots. Here's our take:

'The Interestings'