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The life and awesomeness of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is one of the most powerful figures in tech with a net worth of roughly $57 billion.

Today, his "Everything Store" sells over $100 billion worth of goods per year.

Unfamiliar with Bezos' story?

Jeff Bezos' mom, Jackie, was a teenager when she had him in January 1964. She had recently married Cuban immigrant Mike Bezos, who adopted Jeff. Jeff didn't learn that Mike wasn't his real father until he was 10 but says he was more fazed about learning he needed to get glasses than he was about the news.


When Bezos was four, his mother told his biological father, who was a circus perform...

These are the 10 'love songs' people listen to the most on Spotify

In preparation for Valentine's day, Spotify has released a list of the most-streamed love songs on its service.

Spotify also released a new feature called Love Notes, a way to send a kind of valentine to your loved one through Spotify. The tool sends someone a romantic playlist depending on your preferences. 

The songs that appear most on "love" playlists on Spotify feature a strange mix from heartbreak ballads to heartfelt crooning — and even "No Diggity" by Blackstreet? 

Here is the list of the top 10:

   “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber    “All of Me” – John Legend    “Photograph” – Ed Sheeran    “Sorry” – Justin Bieber    “Could You Be Loved” – Bob Marley and the Wailers    “...

These are the best songs to hook up to, according to Spotify

Just in time for Valentine's day, Spotify has released a list of the best songs to make love to. These are not the best "love songs," mind you, but the best ones for the bedroom in particular. 

To find the top tracks, Spotify's data scientists looked through the "sex" playlists on its service to see which songs popped up most frequently. The list was dominated by hip-hop.

Here are the top 10:

“Don’t” – Bryson Tiller “Marvins Room” – Drake “The Morning” – The Weeknd “Or Nah” (featuring the Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard) – Ty Dolla $ign “Lotus Flower Bomb” (featuring Miguel) – Wale “L$D” – A$AP Rocky “Crew Love”– Drake “Sorry” – Rick Ross “Swimming Pools” (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar “Love Yourz” – J. Cole

Here's the presentation Google gives employees on how to spot unconscious bias at work

Over the past couple years, more tech giants have recognized the dramatic lack of diversity in their workforces as a problem.

Google (largely white and male from top to bottom) is trying to establish itself as a leader in this space.

A key initiative is having its roughly 60,000 employees across the world undergo unconscious bias training. Unconscious bias refers to the stereotypes, both negative and positive, that exist in our subconscious and affect our behavior.

First implemented in 2013, the training lasts 60 to 90 minutes and is run by a coordinator who has undergone at least 12 hours of training. 

A new study on encryption confirms what experts have been telling politicians for years

You can't ban encryption. It just won't work.

That's the conclusion of a Harvard study into the proliferation of encryption products around the world.

Noted cryptographer Bruce Schneier, along with Kathleen Seidel and Saranya Vijayakumar set out to perform a "worldwide survey of encryption products," and software being developed in 36 different jurisdictions, including the US.

The implication: "Any mandatory backdoor will be ineffective simply because the marketplace is so international."

The study is significant because it comes at a time of significant pressure from law enforcement in the US and elsewhere to force tech companies to introduce backdoors into encryption software to allow access when required. (We first read the study

MySpace was just acquired by 94-year-old magazine company Time (TIME)

Time Inc. — the owner of Time, Fortune, and People magazines — has acquired Viant, the parent company of MySpace.

Joe Ripp, chairman and CEO of Time Inc., described the acquisition as "game changing" in a press release

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

For Time Inc., this acquisition is all about the data.  

Ad network Specific Media, another Viant-owned company, scooped up MySpace for $35 million in 2011.

In buying MySpace, Viant amassed a database of more than 1 billion registered users. While not all of those people may have kept the same email address from their MySpace days, it still has an enviable treasure trove of first-party data.

Here's how to pre-order a Tesla Model 3
Posted February 11, 2016 0:39 AM
Here's how to pre-order a Tesla Model 3

By now, you may have heard that Tesla's entry-level vehicle, the $35,000 Model 3, will have its worldwide debut next month.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk just passed off a bit more information about the upcoming launch; pre-orders will begin on March 31, the same day as the reveal, and you can reserve one for $1,000.

There won't be a "signature series" for this entry-level EV. That option was offered on the Model S and Model X when they went on pre-order years ago.

Signature models were among the first to roll off the assembly line, and they were loaded — in features and in price.

A signature Model X costs over $130,000 new.

I tried virtual reality — here's what it was like
Posted February 11, 2016 0:39 AM
I tried virtual reality — here's what it was like

I strapped a virtual reality headset and headphones on this morning for the first time ever in my life, and it's almost impossible to describe how amazing the experience is.

"You are completely and totally immersed in another location," said John Riccietello, the CEO of Unity Technologies, in a speech at the inaugural Vision Summit in Hollywood, California. He spoke of the feeling of fear, excitement, and even anxiety when immersed in the virtual world.

And he's right.

This morning, I went on a tour inside of a dangerous underground mine and truly felt like I was there. Then I played tennis, and actually moved and acted as if I was playing in the real world. Then I moved on to become a spy, trying to dodge dangerous robots who were trying to kill me.

A Parliamentary joint committee just delivered its verdict on the 'Snoopers' Charter'

A Parliamentary joint committee has published its report into the draft Investigatory Powers Bill — the UK government's controversial proposed spying law dubbed the "Snooper's Charter."

The report makes 86 recommendations on the bill — including calling for greater clarity on encryption, one of the most contentious aspects of the proposed law.

"The Government still needs to make explicit on the face of the Bill that CSPs offering end-to-end encrypted communication or other un-decryptable communication services will not be expected to provide decrypted copies of those communications if it is not practicable for them to do so," it says."

This story is developing. Refresh for updates.

We're going to get our first look at Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 on March 31 (TSLA)

Tesla Motors revealed on Wednesday that the long-awaited Model 3 will be unveiled on March 31.

That's the first time we'll get to see a prototype of the long-awaited electric vehicle. But the company isn't expected to enter production and begin customer deliveries until the end of 2017.

It will join the more expensive and content-laden Model S sedan and Model X crossover.

Tesla confirmed that the Model 3 will be offered with a price tag of $35,000.

But with a $7,500 federal tax credit and local state-tax benefits, that price could drop to as low as $25,000.

The Model 3 will be launched as a platform and is expected to serve as the basis for a sedan and a small crossover SUV. The vehicle is expected to have a smaller battery pack than its siblings, but will still have a projected range of 200 miles on a single charge.