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  1. Alphabet? Google? Either way, it's ready to rumble
    Google has always been light-years ahead of its time, thanks to its unconventional co-founders. They're shaking things up, again.
  2. Your impulse buys are costing Amazon a fortune
    Online retailer misses Wall Street projections during its all-important holiday quarter. Shipping and fulfillment costs don’t help the situation.
  3. Apple's Tim Cook speaks: 6 juicy revelations
    What's a CEO to do when facing "extreme conditions" in markets around the world? And how about that virtual reality, anyway?
  4. How sex tech could threaten the world's oldest profession
    The adult industry's embrace of virtual reality and Internet-connected toys mean porn is getting more and more lifelike. Will there be room for the real thing?
  5. Attack of the insurance agent robots
    Smarter machines mean more jobs are at risk of automation. Yours may be next.