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Zillow Acquires Trulia Through a Stock-for-Stock Deal at $3.5 Billion

Zillow announced it has bought Trulia in a stock-for-stock transaction. In a press release, an announcement was made that Zillow acquired Trulia in a definitive agreement for $3.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. The two companies will remain separate entities, though real estate agents will be able to advertise on both sites and gain access to combined tech efforts, the company’s CEOs... 

Stubhub Hacked: Cyber Thieves Compromised Over 1000 Customer Accounts

Stubhub is the latest retailer to be targeted for a cyber breach by hackers. Cyber thieves got into more than 1,600 StubHub customers’ accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday. StubHub, which is based in San Francisco, said that the thieves didn’t break through its security — rather, they got account-holders’ login... 

Tropical Depression Forms in Atlantic Ocean, Expected to Weaken by Thursday

The National Hurricane Center reported as of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, a tropical depression continues to spin in the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was moving to the west at 17 mph and was located about 910 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Senior Hurricane Specialist Michael Brennan said in a message, “Satellite data indicate that... 

2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan Equipped with Driver Easy Speak for Parents to Shout at Kids

Toyota will be releasing their new 2015 Sienna minivan with a feature that will give parents the ability to shout at their kids in the back seat, via microphone. The feature is called “Driver Easy Speak.” It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent’s voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak “so parents don’t have to shout to passengers in the back.”... 

Google Develops Smart Contact Lens to Help Manage Diabetes

Google is partnering with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop a smart contact lens to help manage diabetes. In a deal announced Tuesday, the Alcon eye care unit of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis will license the smart lens technology from the Google[x] research division. Under the agreement, Novartis and Google will team up to develop an actual smart lens to address certain medical problems. “We... 

US Homes Ditch Landlines for Cell Phones

The number of U.S. homes with a landline is decreasing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. The percentage of U.S. homes without landline phones in the second half of last year was up 2.8 percentage points from the second half of 2012. This marks a slowdown in the annual increases from the second half of 2010 to the second half of 2012, which were just over 4 percentage... 

Burger King Offers Proud Whopper in San Francisco to Celebrate Gay Pride

A Burger King in San Francisco offered a special “Proud Whopper” wrapped in the rainbow colors of the gay-rights movement during the 44th Annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29. Inside, customers found a regular Whopper burger with the message “We are all the same inside” inscribed on the wrapper’s interior. The $4.29 burger will be available through Thursday, July 3... 

Town For Sale: Lance Benson Selling Swett, South Dakota for $400,000

Lance Benson is selling his small, southwestern town in South Dakota for $400,000. Lance Benson is the sole owner of Swett, South Dakota, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City. Benson, who bought the town in 1998, gave it to his ex-wife in their divorce and reclaimed it in 2012, put the town on the market last week, according he told the Rapid City Journal. The... 

Harley-Davidson 2014 Motorcycle Goes Electric

Harley-Davidson Motor Company announced it will be selling a new all-electric motorcycle on a 30-city cross-country tour this summer. Code-named Project LiveWire will officially be revealed in New York on June 23. It’s styled to look more like a sleek, low-slung racer than the big highway motorcycles typically associated with the brand. The electric motorcyle is not available for sale to the... 

Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers 2014: New York Best and South Dakota Worst

Researchers analyzed data to determine vehicle crash death rates in the 50 most populous areas of the United States and compared them to national rates. Wallet Hub then looked at other safety and financial data to create an in-depth analysis of the best and worst states for teen drivers overall. “Using 16 key metrics, WalletHub has identified the Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers. We... 
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