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Bill Gates says that HBO's 'Silicon Valley' is the best way to understand the real Silicon Valley: 'They don’t make any more fun of us than we deserve'

Bill Gates has a message for those in the tech industry who think that HBO's "Silicon Valley" is too critical: lighten up. "I always tell them: 'You really should watch it, because they don’t make any more fun of us than we deserve,'" writes Gates, who has consulted on the show. Gates says he identifies most with Richard Hendricks, the CEO of fictional startup Pied Piper, "who is a great programmer but has to learn some hard lessons about managing people."  His one gripe with the show is that it makes the mega-corp Hooli look inept compared to its upstart rival  — but he admits that he may be biased in favor of large corporations.

There are those in the real-world Silicon Valley who think that HBO's "Silicon Valley," the network's long-running satire, is too critical of the tech industry. 

But in a

We drove an all-new $32,000 Subaru Forester SUV to see if it can compete with Honda, Toyota, and Nissan — here's the verdict

The Subaru Forester is all-new for 2019. The Forester is one of the best-selling compact crossover SUVs in the world and competes against the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and the Nissan Rogue.  The new fifth generation Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter, 182 horsepower, boxer-four-cylinder engine.  The base Forester starts at $24,295, while the top-of-the-line Touring starts at $34,295. Our mid-grade Sport trim test car starts at $28,795. With options and fees, our Forester came to an a...

25 creative and unexpected gifts for 'Star Wars' fans of all ages

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

The Star Wars franchise has captivated and continues to captivate audiences of all ages around the world. Nearly everyone can identify at least one person in their lives who loves the epic space story and has watched each of the movies a dozen times. 

Why you should keep your current smartphone for as long as you can (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)

The latest smartphones are very attractive and more powerful than ever before. They're also more expensive. It now makes sense to hold on to your latest smartphone for as long as you can; it's probably fine. Besides, most new phones have the dreaded notch design.

It's the holiday season, and lots of people are thinking about upgrading their phones.

3 video games that deserve a second chance
Posted December 3, 2018 0:3 AM
3 video games that deserve a second chance

Lots of people buy video games, try them briefly, and forget about them for one reason or another. There are plenty of games that deserve a second chance, or a revisit if you gave up on them the first time.

Not every video game makes an excellent impression the first time around. But many games, especially in recent years, tend to improve greatly after their initial public launch. Updates, expansions, and even remasters can give an old video game new life.

While there are dozens of video games worth revisiting, we highlighted the three that we think should be at the top of your "second chance" list. 

"Destiny 2" — Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted December 3, 2018 0:3 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

Uber has held talks to buy electric scooter startups Bird and Lime. The Information reported that a multi-billion dollar deal for one of the firms could alleviate Uber's scooter supply concerns.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai is preparing for what could be a defining week. Pichai will testify in front of Congress for the first time on Wednesday, a day before he and other tech bosses hold a meeting at the White House.

Uber is reportedly holding talks to buy electric scooter firms Bird and Lime

Uber has held talks about acquiring electric scooter companies Bird and Lime, The Information and the Financial Times report. The FT spoke with sources familiar with all three companies, who said the talks are at an early stage and could still fall apart. Uber launched its own scooters through Jump in October. 

Uber has reportedly held talks about a multi-billion dollar acquisition of electric scooter startups Bird and Lime.

The Information originally reported Uber's interest in the buzzy scooter firms, while sources familiar with all three companies told the Financial Times that the talks are still at an early stage.

Ohio will soon be the first state to accept Bitcoin for taxes

Ohio is becoming the first US state to accept the Bitcoin cryptocurrency for business tax payments. Ohio politicians have been open about their desire to be on the forefront of blockchain technology adoption. It's good news for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency among a stream of recent negative news.

The state of Ohio will accept Bitcoin for Ohio business tax payments beginning this week — a first for the US, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal

Bitcoin has

More than 500,000 people downloaded games on the Google Play Store that were infected with nasty malware — here are the 13 apps affected (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google has removed several games from its Play Store for containing malware.  The games, which were all driving simulators, required users to download an extra app that could then gain full network access to a user's device.  If you've downloaded one of the apps, your best bet is to factory reset your device after backing up your photos, text messages, and anything else you want to keep.

Several games in the Google Play Store have been removed by Google for containing malware — software that can potentially harm your device, access sensitive information, or show ads continuously while you're using a device. 

Security researcher Lukas Stefanko from digital security company ESET discovered that the games contained malware and

21 cars that never disappoint and are worth splurging on

Why go for a sensible choice when you can splurge on something expensive or impractical? After all, you only live once! We've gathered 21 of our favorite frivolous car choices.

With the holiday season upon us, now is the time to go car shopping. Deals will be abundant as the year comes to a close and dealers look to move old inventory to make room for the new model year.

(Actually, any time is a good time to go car shopping, but the pot is often sweetened after Thanksgiving in the US.)

Now is also the time to think about splurging on something special. Sure, you can do the responsible thing and live within your means, or opt for versatile basic transportation. But that's, well, kind of boring.

It's a big, bright world of cars out there, and every once in a while, spending the college fund might be justified. Kidding! Not justified!