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Google just threw a wrench into one of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's favorite projects (GOOG, MSFT)

In March, Google announced Data Studio 360, a product to help its business customers make charts, graphs, and other visualizations of their data.

This week, Google announced a free version of Data Studio 360 for "individuals and small teams." It's a little shift that could shake up the market in a big way.

"One of the fundamental ideas behind Data Studio is that data should be easily accessible to anyone in an organization. We believe that as more people have access to data, better decisions will be made," writes Google in a blog entry.

That's a similar central philosophy to 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise employees were 'shocked' but 'glad to be rid of that boat anchor' (HPE, CSC)

For years, rumors percolated that HP was trying to sell its troubled consulting unit, Enterprise Services.

At the same time, HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman kept insisting the unit was essential to her company's future and that she was committed to it. 

On Tuesday, Whitman shocked everyone with an elegant new plan that lets her do both.

She is dumping the unit in the lap of its arch competitor, CSC (which has faced a lot of its own troubles in recent years) and HP's Enterprise Services business and CSC will merge to form a new company.

There's a new Toyota Prius on the market, and no one should be surprised by its best feature

Over the past 20 years, the Toyota Prius has been the world's most successful "alternative"-fuel vehicle, largely because it doesn't depend on that fuel: electricity. Rather, it runs a gas-and-electric motor at the same time, most of the time, to maximize mpg's and minimize emissions.

Over 3 million Priuses have been sold globally — 3 million!

The Prius said "Hello, world!" in 1997 in Japan. Back then, the car was effectively a Toyota Echo sedan with the "Hybrid Synergy" drivetrain dropped in. That was enough to get the ball rolling, and in 2001 the Prius came to America, and America never looked back. "Hybrid" became a household word, and as gas prices rose in the 2000s and SUVs slipped in popularity, the Prius had the first-mover advantage to end them all.

Insiders tell us that Domo, the $2 billion startup that came out of nowhere, is full of hype

Insiders tell us that big-data startup Domo, which burst into the public eye about a year ago with a $2 billion valuation, isn't all that it appears to be.

Domo has been called an "insta-unicorn," meaning that by the time the tech world was paying attention, investors had already poured so much money into it that it was worth more than $1 billion.

Domo was founded in 2010 and, as of March, the company says that it has 1,000 paying customers and $100 million "in billings," meaning revenue that has already been billed to customers. Those customers are served by 800 employees, it says.

That's fast growth by any standard.

Eric Schmidt: Alphabet breaking up is 'as unlikely as anything I could imagine' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company, says that he can't imagine any reason why Alphabet would ever choose to spin out any of the subsidiaries it created when it blew up its corporate structure last fall.

Alphabet businesses include Google proper, its internet access business (such as Fiber), longevity research division Calico, smart home product maker Nest, and its urban innovation division Sidewalk Labs.

The secret weapon $16 billion startup WeWork plans to use to change how you work

Dave Fano's mantra is that buildings equal data. In every office building, there's data just floating in the air about how, why, and when people use space. The problem is we simply haven't done a good job of capturing it in the past.

No one in the building industry has adequate information about space, Fano says. People have a gut instinct, then they build, then they live with it for at least 10 years. Experience and talent help, but there are still a lot of expensive mistakes. There is waste.

Fano, who trained as an architect and is now WeWork's chief development officer, has been obsessed with eliminating that waste for a long time. Before joining the coworking-space startup, Fano cofounded a consulting firm, Case, which gained a reputation for its ability to fuse architecture and technology. Case worked with WeWork for three years before the $16 billion startup decided to buy it in 2015.

Samsung is building a smart cities network in South Korea

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PETER THIEL ON GAWKER: 'If I didn't do something, nobody would'

Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel said he secretly financed Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media, in an effort to put the news website out of business, The New York Times reported.

In an interview published Wednesday, Thiel said “it was worth fighting back” against the outlet which, in 2007, published an article entitled “Peter Thiel is totally gay, people.”

Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and sits on Facebook’s board of directors, provided millions of dollars for Hogan’s lawsuit and is apparently funding other cases.

The Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin noted that Thiel declined to reveal what other cases he supported.

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