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A net neutrality supporter allegedly threatened to kill a congressman and his family if he didn't back the internet rules

A supporter of net neutrality allegedly threatened to kill a New York congressman and his family if he didn't back the rules. The death threat comes as the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to overturn its broadly popular net neutrality rules.  The death threat and the FCC's upcoming vote come amid charges that the agency's comment process on its proposal was seriously flawed. 

The Federal Communications Commission's effort to overturn net neutrality rules is stirring up intense passions, allegedly even criminal ones. 


Vine's former CEO says he's working on a 'follow-up' to the shuttered app (TWTR)

A "follow-up" to Vine is being developed by the app's ex-CEO, Dom Hofmann. Hofmann said he's personally funding the project. Twitter acquired Vine in 2012 and killed the video app roughly one year ago.

Former Vine cofounder and CEO Dom Hofmann is working on a successor to the six-second video app, which Twitter bought in 2012 for roughly $30 million and shut down last year.

Hofmann revealed that he's working on a "follow-up" to Vine in a series of tweets Thursday. He said he would personally fund the app's development as a side project and that his "first priority" is still running a mysterious startup he recently created called Interspace.

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Diane Bryant is leaving Intel to become Google Cloud's new COO (GOOG)

Diane Bryant is joining Google Cloud as its new Chief Operating Officer. Bryant will be leaving Intel, where she worked for over 30 years. In May, Intel announced that Bryant would be taking a leave of absence from the company for six to eight months to tend to a personal matter.

Diane Bryant is permanently leaving her position at Intel after spending her entire 32-year career there to become Google Cloud's new Chief Operating Officer. 

She had been on a hiatus at Intel since May, when Intel


Billionaire Carl Icahn says bitcoin is a lot like an obscure bubble involving swampland in Mississippi

Carl Icahn is the latest investment legend to weigh in on bitcoin.  He told CNBC it is similar to a bubble involving swamp land hugging the Mississippi River.  The Mississippi Bubble was brought on by John Law, a Scottish adventurer, in the early 17th century.

 

Carl Icahn is the latest Wall Street legend to weigh in on bitcoin

The cryptocurrency has gripped the attention of Main Street and Wall Street as it has zipped to incredible heights, soaring over $11,000 a coin on Wednesday. 

Icahn falls among the many Wall Streeters who think the cryptocurrency is in a bubble. The billionaire, who admits to not know much about the technology of bitcoin, told CNBC it reminded him of an obscure bubble involving swampland in Mississippi. 


The rogue Twitter employee who briefly banned Trump's account explains how and why it happened (TWTR)

A man named Bahtiyar Duysak believes he was the Twitter employee who deactivated Trump's account for 11 minutes earlier this month. He's not a US citizen and no longer lives in the US.  He describes the situation as "a mistake."

For 11 minutes earlier this month, President Trump's Twitter account was deactivated. And the world has been searching ever since for the so-called rogue employee who did the deed as a parting gesture on his last day of work.

His name is apparently Bahtiyar Duysak, and because journalists have been turning his life upside down since that fateful day, he has come forward with this interview with TechCrunch's  Khaled Hamze. 

He describes the situation as basically "a mistake."


Uber's very bad year has gotten worse — its loss widened in its most recent quarter

Uber has had a rough year. It faces numerous legal challenges, including a bitter and damaging lawsuit with Waymo, a Google spinoff; its board has been racked by infighting; and an internal investigation revealed a toxic workplace and led to the departure of numerous executives and employees.

Amid all the bad news, the company has had one positive thing it could point to — its financial results. Although it was still posting big losses,


Tech VCs: Why it looks like Silicon Valley has become boring, and why that's wrong

Business Insider polled tech investors about whether Silicon Valley, the birthplace of the iPhone and Google, has lost the innovation crown. Most said the exciting startups are less consumer-focused than they once were. Others said that consumer startups have left Silicon Valley for cities like New York and Los Angeles.

Pop quiz: What's the hottest consumer tech startup to come out of Silicon Valley this year?

If you struggled to come up with an immediate answer for the next Facebook or Uber, you've identified the current climate in America's longtime capital of innovation.

There's no shortage of money and ambitious entrepreneurs shuffling around San Francisco and its surrounding areas. But in a region constantly looking for the next big thing, the lack of a new breakout gadget or app can be deeply unsettling. Some even wonder if Silicon Valley has become ... boring.


Billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman says his political activism is guided by 'Spider-Man ethics'

LinkedIn cofounder and billionaire investor Reid Hoffman is one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley. He has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Democratic candidates and organizations, including the controversial "Win the Future" initiative. He considers his activist role to be his obligation.

Like his close friend Peter Thiel, LinkedIn cofounder and Greylock Partners investor Reid Hoffman was invigorated by the election of President Donald Trump — but for the opposite reason.

He has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Democratic candidates and organizations since Trump has taken office, and he told Business Insider he sees it as his obligation.


Megyn Kelly said Roger Ailes 'tried to grab me 3 times and make out with me,' and shared her advice to women facing sexual harassment

NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly shared her experience with sexual harassment during Business Insider's IGNITION conference. Kelly said her former employer Roger Ailes sexually harassed her at the start of her career at Fox News, but that she initially did not recognize that she was being harassed. Kelly urged women to try and report any sexual misconduct when it occurs.

NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly detailed the sexual harassment she faced when working under deceased Fox News boss Roger Ailes, during an interview at Business Insider's IGNITION conference in New York City. 

Kelly said that at first she didn't recognize she was being harassed.

"He was always bawdy and had an inappropriate sense of humor," Kelly said of Ailes. As someone who didn't easily take offense to those kinds of remarks, Kelly said she brushed it off. 

"The harassment that I went through wasn't obviously harassment in the beginning," Kelly said.


Uber's CEO acknowledged his workers' use of secretive messaging apps — and says he banned them

On Tuesday, a former Uber employee testified in a trial that the company had a unit dedicated to spying on competitors. This team hid their activities in part by using chat apps that encrypt and automatically delete messages, the employee said. On Wednesday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged in a tweet that he was aware employees were using apps including Wickr and Telegram, but he banned them soon after he started at the company.

The revelation Tuesday that Uber employees were using encrypted chat apps to conduct company business may have been a surprise to the general public, but it wasn't a shock to company CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Khosrowshahi acknowledged he had known since about the time he took over as CEO in August that employees were using apps such as Wickr and Telegram. He banned the use of such apps for discussing company business within a month of becoming Uber's head, he said.