In what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says is “the first step to building the right organization for our ambitions”, the company will lay off roughly 18,000 workers in the next year. The move will see the bulk of that come from Nokia, where Microsoft will end competing efforts on the Android platform.
Airbnb is branding the service anew, but not changing. The rental app wanted to convey a new sense of “belonging”, so they’ve created a new logo as well as a wholly new typeface. Though a refresh is here, the service itself will remain the same.
Do you have a Netflix subscription? If so, the odds are high that you no longer subscribe to a plan that will allow you to order discs, instead opting for the more popular instant streaming feature. Even if you do subscribe to a plan that includes disc shipping, there has been a sneaky change you mightn't noticed: no more Saturday shipping.
Apple's lauded Touch ID has been rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), according to a letter acquired by Patently Apple. The rejection of Apple's trademark effort revolves around a different, earlier trademark, which the USPTO says is likely to be confused with the one Apple is seeking.
BitTorrent is expanding upon its Bundle efforts with "paygates", a newly announced paywall that will give creators the option to charge for their digital wares. To fuel this, Rapid Eye Studios will launch an original series on Bundle called Children of the Machine, which it hopes to fund solely through Bundle.
Small book stores in France have won the backing of parliament, in the sense that big online retailers of books like Amazon could no longer give customers free shipping. Amazon has adjusted its shipping rates to follow the law, but not in the way intended.
Rap Genius, the company that has seen a decent amount of controversy in its short time, has decided to rebrand itself, dropping the "rap" part of its name. Known now as simply Genius, the company is continuing on with its mission to annotate everything.
Not just Star Wars 7, and not just the rest of the Star Wars movies, but every Disney-owned property should be feeling fairly confident after words shared by Disney CEO Bob Iger in the 125th anniversary edition of the Wall Street Journal this week. In it, Iger speaks of the future of entertainment, centering on Storytelling - and virtual reality.