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Hear from TV game-changers at Business Insider's IGNITION conference

The television ecosystem is rapidly evolving away from traditional cable services. Emerging options are creating an entirely different user experience and legacy cable giants are shifting their operations with the new trend. What does this cord-cutting revolution mean to companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable? How are services like Hulu and Roku able to rattle this massive industry?

IGNITION: The Future of Digital will take a look at this trend and welcome many industry leaders on stage December 8-9 at Time Warner Center in New York City.

Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast is the leader of the biggest cable company, who was able to snap up NBCUniversal from GE, and pursued the acquisition of Time Warner Cable.


Mark Zuckerberg defends his $100 million donation to Newark schools

In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to fix the failing school system in Newark, New Jersey. His goal was turn the schools around in five years.

A lot of people have called the investment a failure, with multiple sources tearing into Newark Public Schools for squandering his money and not delivering on any of the goals it set out to achieve.

Now, it seems, Zuckerberg is hitting back against those characterizations, with a post on Facebook touting the improvements that the city of Newark has seen as a result of his donation.


Google just bought a startup that takes the pain out of editing videos (GOOG)

Despite an overall slowdown in acquisitions, Google has acquired the team behind Fly Labs, a New York startup that makes video editing apps.

Fly Labs had produced a quartet of video editing apps to help people "edit on the fly." One of the apps, Crop, turned vertical cell phone videos into horizontal, YouTube-friendly ones. Its newest release, Clips, turned small video fragments into so-called masterpiece short films.

In the Fly Labs announcement, the startup said more than 20 million videos had been created through its product. 


Google is hiring pilots for two of its drone projects

If you're ready to fly the Google skies, the search giant is hiring test pilots for its two big drone initiatives, as revealed in a pair of new job postings, as noticed earlier by IDG News.

If you want to take the helm at Project Wing, Google's drone package delivery service, you have to be "an expert RC pilot who will act as chief test pilot that will help the team execute flight tests on custom UAS platforms."

Under Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, drones like Project Wing that fly under a certain altitude need a human pilot, even though Google could probably have it fly itself.


Goldman Sachs is starting to cash in on its tech investments

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has often referred to his firm as a "tech company."

Now, we're starting to see what he means by that.

On Thursday, the banking behemoth announced a new initiative designed to make the lives of junior investment bankers easier — by letting technology do more of the work for them.

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Investment banking has become a less attractive option for bright, young college graduates in recent years.


Why Facebook is rightly concerned about ad blockers (FB)

In its latest quarterly filing, Facebook updated its "Risk Factors" section to call out a specific new threat: ad blockers.

That makes perfect sense. As this chart from Statista shows, all of Facebook's revenue growth since the company went public in early 2012 has come from a single source, mobile advertising. Desktop revenue is flat or declining, and payments hasn't really started to kick in yet. So if ad blockers really take off, Facebook could find itself in a world of hurt.


Meg Whitman was having such a rough time getting employees to say the company's new name that she put out this video

Earlier this week, HP began life as two separate companies. One of those companies is calling itself HP Inc. The other is calling itself Hewlett Packard Enterprise, or HPE.

Given that for decades the world has used "HP" to refer to "Hewlett Packard," everyone wants to call that new company "HP Enterprise," even most of its 200,000-ish employees.

But that won't do, the execs at that company say. They insist that employees (and preferably the world) use the full "Hewlett Packard Enterprise." If the seven syllable name just won't roll off your tongue, you've been given their blessing to use the stock symbol, HPE. But for goodness sake, do not call them HP Enterprise. 

(Interestingly, internally for the last year, top execs have been referring to the two different companies as "I" for HP Inc. and "E" for HPE.)


Nobody on the internet can figure out what this mystery machine is — can you?

A machine has been found in a field in Arizona, and nobody seems to be able to tell what it actually does.

The 1000-pound machine was discovered by road workers in September, and brought back to the Mesa, Arizona transportation department, according to Atlas Obscura. The department tried for weeks to identify what it is, but they weren’t able to, and are now asking the public for help.

Here are some clues:

It is made of solid steel. It has metal tags that say, “Set bottom of scale to top punch entry,” “Upper punch penetration,” and "tablet thickness." It has wheels with numbers engraved in them. It appears to be custom made.

Executives are freaking out that a simple app could come in and destroy their businesses

Could a simple app enter your industry and destroy your business model? Executives in the C-suite are being forced to answer that question on a daily basis. 

In a new IBM report, "Redefining Boundaries: Insights from the Global C-suite Study," C-suite executives cited "Uberization" — when technology is used to cut out the middleman and turns a common task into an on-demand product or service — as a primary competitive threat.

Conducted by IBM's Institute for Business Value, the report reveals that C-level execs are worried about the risk of new technologies coming on the scene and disrupting their business models. To combat that issue, "they are placing greater priority on cognitive capabilities than market followers," the study says. 


LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says most people never ask themselves a question that's vital to career success

Since becoming the CEO of LinkedIn in 2009, Jeff Weiner has developed a reputation as one of the United States' top executives. It's not only for helping take LinkedIn to a market cap of $32 billion, but for his oracle-like management insight.

In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they discussed the media mogul's career and OWN cable network, Weiner made an aside to explain that he's found most people never ask themselves a vital question.