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Innovating While female: Women Entrepreneurs Face Long Odds

Venture investing is supposed to be a meritocracy, where the best ideas will win funding and support from powerful venture capital firms. But the reality for women-founded companies is often disturbingly different. Women own about one-third of small businesses in the U.S., but receive just 10 percent of venture funding, according to a 2016 report from CrunchBase, which examined the... Read More

Netflix to Plow Billions More Into Original Content

Netflix said Monday that it would spend as much as $8 billion on content next year to continue growing its giant subscriber base and outpace its competitors. Last year, when Netflix predicted that it would spend $6 billion on content in 2017, only ESPN was spending more — $7.3 billion, according to a report from Boston Consulting Group and SNL... Read More

Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted U.S. Voters

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, said Thursday that the social network would reveal how Russia-linked groups targeted Americans with ads that were designed to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and tip it to Donald Trump. The action means that Facebook may be able to help explain to Congress which groups of people and geographic areas were the targets of... Read More

The Tech Community Steps Up to Help Puerto Rico

More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, technology companies are mobilizing to help reconnect and rebuild the island's decimated infrastructure. From Wi-Fi-enabled mega-balloons to connectivity teams on the ground and solar energy, some of the biggest players in the tech industry are moving swiftly to help the island territories rebuild. Governor to... Read More

Advertisers Getting Nervous About Their Marriage to Google, Facebook

Silicon Valley’s online tech giants are under pressure, and not just from Russia investigators. This time it is the people who pay the bills: the advertisers who are asking serious questions about whether their products were sold alongside covert Russian propaganda. Just as airlines pull their ads during coverage of air crashes, advertisers have long had strict rules about the... Read More

Amazon’s Whole Foods is Stealing Customers from Everybody

Consumers flocked to Whole Foods in droves after the organic grocery chain slashed prices by as much as 43 percent after its $13.7 billion sale to Amazon (AMZN), according to an analysis of mobile phone location data by research firm Thasos Group. Thasos found that foot traffic to Whole Foods, which had been mocked for years as "Whole Paycheck" because of... Read More

How to Handle Your Bills After a Natural Disaster

Americans from coast to coast have spent a summer dealing with an unusually intense round of devastating natural disasters -- with millions of people concentrating on rebuilding their lives after the loss of their homes and widespread destruction in their communities. And while keeping up with your bills might seem like a low priority after a flood, a hurricane or... Read More

Technology Companies Face Growing Questions in Russia Probe

The flood gates have opened in a Congressional probe into how suspected Russian entities used social media to spread misinformation designed to influence America's presidential election. On Thursday, Twitter, which has kept relatively quiet about suspected use of the platform for election meddling, will appear before Senate and House Intelligence Committee members. The move comes as Facebook begins to hand... Read More

Walgreens Wins U.S. Approval for Rite Aid Deal on Fourth Try

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. clinched regulatory approval for a deal to buy Rite Aid Corp. stores after a last-minute reduction of the number of stores and price, a hard-fought victory following two years of failed attempts. The drugstore chain gained clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on its fourth try, but still drew criticism from one of the two... Read More