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Everyone at this successful tech startup knows what their coworkers earn

At five-year-old social media company Buffer, everyone from the person writing Buffer's tweets to its CEO knows what the other is making — and so does anyone else who cares, because all of those salaries are posted on Buffer's public blog.

The company, which was founded in 2010 and has no central office, embraces near total transparency among its 65 global employees, including the typically secretive topic of money.

Buffer's radical decision to make its salaries public is unique.

While the idea of salary transparency


This tiny drone fits in the palm of your hand and follows you around taking pictures

This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas featured drones of all shapes, sizes, and feature sets.

But the cutest one we saw was a “nano” drone called Onagofly, which can fit in the palm of your hand, and has raised $1.3 million on Indiegogo. The drone's main purpose it to follow you around and snap photos.

The emerging market of “nano drones,” in general, presents a bit of a mystery. What do people actually want out of a nano drone?

Many of the more eye-popping and attractive uses of bigger drones just don’t apply. A nano probably isn’t going to follow you down the mountain while you're on a snowboard, or take beautiful footage soaring over cliffs


The Obama administration wants social-media companies to help foster anti-ISIS content by users

White House officials want to work with internet companies to figure out ways to promote more user generated content on social media that counters the messages posted by supporters of ISIS and other militant groups.

Top officials from the Obama administration will meet with representatives from many of the top internet companies on Friday, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Sources said all three of the internet giants were confirmed to attend.

A person familiar with the matter told Business Insider that one item on the agenda is how social-media firms could help others create, publish, and amplify alternative content that would undercut ISIS, also known as the Islamic State and ISIL.

FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough are set to be among the many government officials attending the meeting, which


Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison has sold most of his Hawaiian airline

Larry Ellison has sold a controlling interest of his Hawaiian airline two years after buying it, the company announced this week.

Island Air is a budget carrier that helps people fly between Oahu (where the the large city of Honolulu is located) and Maui? (a popular resort destination) and?Lanai (the Hawaiian resort island that Ellison owns).

News that he was looking for a buyer broke last week, by Rick Daysog at Hawaii News Now.

Ellison,


THE CONNECTED CAR REPORT: Forecasts, competing technologies, and leading manufacturers

The connected car is already on the market and generating significant revenue for car makers and tech companies. 

By 2020, BI Intelligence estimates that 75% of cars shipped globally will be built with the necessary hardware to allow people to stream music, look up movie times, be alerted of traffic and weather conditions, and even power driving-assistance services such as self-parking.

In research from BI Intelligence, we take a deep dive into the connected-car market. We size the market for connected cars, determine the average selling price and how it will decline over time, and assess different manufacturers' approaches.

 

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

The connected-car market is growing at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 45% — 10 times as fast as the overall car market. We expect that 75% of the estimated 92 million cars shipped globally in 2020 will be buil...

We just got a big hint about how cool Disneyland's 'Star Wars' rides will be

Jon Snoddy, Disney EVP of Imagineering — the House of Mouse's artist-scientist genius division — dropped some big hints about just how cool the rides at Disneyland's forthcoming "Star Wars" area will be on stage at a CES 2016 panel.

Thanks to the involvement of Industrial Lights and Magic, the legendary special effects firm that Disney acquired in its big 2013 purchase of "Star Wars" studio Lucasfilm, Snoddy says that one of the rides will be "unprecedented, in a way."


Max Levchin on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: 'Hardest working CEO in Silicon Valley bar none' (YHOO)

There's a lot of hard-working CEOs in Silicon Valley, but former Yahoo director Max Levchin believes no one tops Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer.

Despite recently giving up his seat on Yahoo's board, Levchin reiterated his support for Mayer during an interview with Bloomberg West's Emily Chang on Wednesday, noting that his confidence in the embattled CEO remains "certainly high."

"She is the hardest working CEO in Silicon Valley, bar none," Levchin said. "I think she deserves a tremendous amount of credit for that."

Levchin's defense of Mayer comes against a growing chorus of detractors, who fault Mayer for failing to revitalize Yahoo's business in her more than three years at the helm. Just yesterday, activist shareholder Starboard


Lily, the drone that automatically follows you around taking video, has raked in $34 million in pre-orders

If you're like me, drone photography and videos are fun to look at online but seemingly daunting hobbies to get into if you're a first-timer. Where do you start? How do you build or buy a drone that's ready to take video? And, more importantly, how hard it is to fly one of those things?

These are all problems that UC Berkley students Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow set out to eliminate back in 2013 when they began creating what would become Lily, a drone that automatically follows you around after you toss it into the air.


Silicon Valley is going to be visiting Wall Street more often

We all know tech initial public offerings, or IPOs, were a bust in 2015.

But Deutsche Bank's tech equity capital markets team — that is, the team that runs tech IPOs — has an argument for why that could change this year.

The team, led by Kristin DeClark, explained in a note to clients that both sides of the supply and demand equation would suggest an uptick in 2016. 

Now obviously investment bankers who make a living from initial public offerings have an interest in talking up the prospect of more deal activity.

But they make a strong argument for why 2016 might be a better year for tech IPOs. Their argument from a supply-side point of view:

A number of companies in sectors where public investors haven't had a chance to invest, like real-time data and virtual reality, will be ready to go public this year. "Tig...

Wall Street thinks a Yahoo acquisition is inevitable — but no one agrees on the buyer (YHOO)

Wall Street is clamoring for Yahoo to sell its core business, following Wednesday's letter by activist shareholder Starboard — but the appetite for a deal becomes more complicated once the list of potential buyers is drawn up. 

It's all speculation at this point, as Yahoo hasn't publicly put itself up for sale, but the differing opinions by analysts show how turning around, or selling, a once-dominant internet business is a challenging endeavor.

While many analysts and industry insiders believe that selling Yahoo in one piece is better than breaking it up, such a deal will limit the pool of buyers.


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