Nutella consumes 25 percent of the world's hazelnut crop

Bad news, dudes. After unwelcome spring frost in decimated nearly a quarter of Turkey's hazelnut crop, there is real fear that we're now facing a Nutella shortage. That's because the production of Nutella consumes 25 percent of the world's hazelnut crop. And naturally, less crop means less Nutella. » 8/19/14 1:55pm 8/19/14 1:55pm

Yelp Now Lets You Message Your Grievances Directly to Businesses

In a move that will probably backfire instantly thanks to the always lovely denizens of the internet, Yelp is now allowing you to send messages directly to business owners. All of your questions, comments, and trolls can now directly filter into the inbox of the restaurant or plumber or day care you would like to… » 6/18/14 12:20pm 6/18/14 12:20pm

​The Multi-Billion-Dollar Deals Transforming Tech, Visualized

Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp was very, very, very, (very) large. But it's also just the latest in a string of mega-buyouts that's been reshaping the tech landscape over the last three years or so. We thought we'd try to put all these billion-dollar acquisitions into perspective. » 2/21/14 10:00am 2/21/14 10:00am

Military Scientists Use Yelp and Digg To Test Viral Marketing Skills

In the age of Reddit and BuzzFeed, it seems like everybody wants to know the secret to making things go viral. Even the military wants to know how to make things go viral, and one research team says they've figured it out—using an algorithm they tested on social networks like Digg and Foursquare. Wait, why does the… » 9/20/13 3:40pm 9/20/13 3:40pm

It's Official: Yahoo Is Buying Tumblr, Promises "Not to Screw It Up"

After rumors spread during the weekend, it's now official: Yahoo is buying Tumblr. Yahoo has announced the takeover, aptly enough, on Tumblr, explaining that it "promises not to screw it up." That's a reference, obviously, to the complete mess it's made of pretty much every other company it's ever bought. In that… » 5/20/13 8:25am 5/20/13 8:25am

Comcast Will Buy the Other 49-Percent of NBCUniversal for $16.7 Billion

Comcast will buy the 49-percent of NBCUniversal it doesn't already own from GE for 16.7 billion clams. That's right, Kabletown is bigger than ever now. Regulatory approval for Comcast's purchase of 51-percent of the company cleared last year—now the cable and media giant owns the whole shebang. » 2/12/13 4:39pm 2/12/13 4:39pm

AOL Still Earns Most of Its Money From Dialup Subscribers

AOL posted its fourth quarter financial results today, and we relearned, as we do each quarter, that AOL still earns most of its money from subscribers who for whatever reason actually pay to connect to the Internet using AOL. Worse, some people pay for AOL services while paying someone else for Internet. » 2/08/13 1:48pm 2/08/13 1:48pm