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05.24.16 | 8:27 pm

On the urban legend that Marissa Mayer is a cupcake freak

In Part I of our ongoing coverage of Variety's big story on Marissa Mayer and Yahoo, Ainsley O'Connell said that the famously fashion-conscious Mayer would never wear the suit she's depicted in on the magazine's cover.  In Part II, our colleague Cale Weissman reported on Yahoo's cryptic (but clearly unhappy) comment on the cover art.

And now I'm here to tell you that another piece of art accompanying the story—a Last Supper-esque scene showing Mayer with a single cupcake in front of her—is apparently based on the common misperception that she's a cupcake fanatic.

When I interviewed Mayer last year for our own Yahoo cover story, she set the record straight

I said I valued that I'm really good at spotting trends. And [the reporter] said, 'Well what's the next trend?' I was like, 'Cupcakes!' And then cupcakes did explode as a business, so I was right. But then it got watered down into just, 'She must like them a lot.'

(For the record, Mayer, when I chatted with her, did have a snack on hand: a tiny tub of blueberries.) 

09.29.16 | 30 minutes ago

NYC’s famous Union Square Cafe will use Apple Watches to improve customer service

When New York's Union Square Cafe reopens next month, floor managers and sommeliers will be wearing Apple Watches as part of a new customer service initiative. When a VIP walks into the restaurant, owned by Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, or "someone orders a bottle of wine, a new table is seated, a guest waits too long to order her or his drink, or a menu item runs out, every manager will get an alert via the tiny computer attached to their wrist," reports Eater. It's all part of a partnership with Resy, the reservation systems startup.

09.29.16 | 41 minutes ago

This diet app now lets you take photos of your meal and tells you what you should be eating

The popular diet app Lose It's new "Snap It" feature (in beta) automatically identifies what's in your lunch and tells you what you should be eating. After taking a picture with your smartphone, the app then analyzes a photo of the meal, and compares it against models from external databases as well as Lose It's internal database, providing "food suggestions based on what it sees," reports Fast Company's Neal Ungerleider

09.29.16 | an hour ago

Polls taken three days after the first presidential debate are pretty good at predicting the election

It's been three days since Monday's face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and she's up about 3 points in the polls, according to Real Clear Politics. In the three previous elections, the candidate who ended up winning the election was also leading in the polls three days after that first debate. Even Obama was ahead of Romney after his disastrous first debate back in 2012.

09.29.16 | an hour ago

Mercedes just unveiled its all-electric SUV concept car, the Generation EQ

Mercedes-Benz introduced its all-electric SUV concept car, the Generation EQ, at the Paris Motor Show this morning. With a range of up to 310 miles and similarly priced to the GLC Crossover, it looks amazing but it won't hit showrooms for another three years, and the company expects to have four electric cars in production by 2020, says Mercedes car division head Dieter Zetsche, reports Business Insider

[Photo: Mercedes-Benz]

09.29.16 | 2 hours ago

Samsung: More than a million people around the world are using Galaxy Note 7s with safe batteries

In a statement on its Chinese website, Samsung said that more than a million people around the world are using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries "that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire," reports Reuters. Earlier this month, the company announced a recall of 2.5 million smartphones in 10 markets amid reports of batteries catching fire. The fiasco is not expected to have that much of an impact on Samsung's bottom line, with analysts expecting a one-off recall cost of about 1 trillion Korean won ($913 million) and reduced margins in the third quarter.

09.28.16 | 7:28 pm

FBI says hackers “poking around” voter registration sites 

FBI director James Comey said so during a Congressional hearing today on Capitol Hill. CNN sources later in the day said hackers targeted registration sites in more than a dozen states. Comey advised states to be diligent about security around the sites, and to be aware that hackers are "poking around."

"There have been a variety of scanning activities, which is a preamble for potential intrusion activities as well as some attempted intrusions at voter database registrations beyond those we knew about in July and August. We are urging the states just to make sure that their deadbolts are thrown and their locks are on and to get the best information they can from DHS just to make sure their systems are secure," Comey said.

The news marks a broadening of the FBI's investigation into suspected hacks around the U.S. presidential election. Hackers earlier this summer broke into Democratic National Committee servers, then broke into the servers of the Clinton campaign, and reports surfaced Tuesday of hack attempts against cell phones used by DNC officials. The FBI reportedly believes Russian government-backed hackers are behind all of it.

09.28.16 | 7:25 pm

Facebook’s F8 developers conference set for April 18-19

It's still seven months away, but it's already time to register for F8.

Facebook said today that you can now sign up for its annual developers conference, which will be held in San Jose, California on April 18 and 19, 2017.

09.28.16 | 6:01 pm

Medtronic’s “artificial pancreas” for patients with diabetes gets a green light 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved medical device maker Medtronic's "artificial pancreas," which automatically delivers insulin to patients with type 1 diabetes when they need it. The system measures patients' glucose levels every five minutes.

Previously, many patients had to manually monitor their diabetes by making educated guesses about the right dose of insulin. 

Some have pointed out that the approval came more quickly than expected, and point to the role of patient communities on Twitter and Facebook such as #WeAreNotWaiting. 

09.28.16 | 5:27 pm

Facebook using Arctic air to cool it latest data center

As you probably know, data centers generate heat. A whole lot of heat.

Cooling them down takes tremendous amounts of power, which is one reason why many tech companies locate data centers near big rivers.

Facebook had another idea, which Mark Zuckerberg wrote about today: Building one in the Arctic, where cool air is plentiful, and free.

Check out Fast Company's photo essay on the new project here

09.28.16 | 5:14 pm

Report: Spotify in advanced talks to buy SoundCloud

In a deal that could meaningfully change the competitive landscape for Apple Music, Spotify is reportedly angling to buy SoundCloud, Financial Times reports (behind paywall). An acquisition could dramatically increase the reach of Spotify and its advertiser and music publisher partners. SoundCloud said in 2014 its monthly active users number about 175 million, a huge base of prospects to up-sell to a paid service. 

Spotify has a sizable lead over Apple Music in number of paid subscribers, with 40 million. Apple Music has 17 million, but is gaining. 

SoundCloud just a few months ago launched its own streaming music service, called SoundCloud Go, but that service is said to have only a few hundred thousand paid subscribers. 

09.28.16 | 4:29 pm

Hello Kitty is running for president

Move over, Donald and Hillary. Hello Kitty is on the campaign trail. 

Sanrio, which creates Hello Kitty merchandise, has launched a marketing campaign that involves the cuddly anthropomorphic cat running for president. Much like the other candidates, she's selling heaps of merchandise, including buttons and trucker hats.