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Examples of my speed, style and sourcing abilities during my time as a technology beat reporter at CNBC.

Intel's stylish glasses look more like a publicity play than a product launch, industry sources say

The chipmaker recently announced a new pair of smart glasses, Vaunt, with a slim profile unlike anything else on the market. But while it may have generated some excitement in the press, Vaunt has vexed major players in the emerging augmented reality space. Sources told CNBC that the product appears to rely heavily on its aesthetics and a limited release -- it provided a prototype of the glasses to only one outlet, The Verge, which formed the basis for all subsequent news reports.

Here's how Masayoshi Son became one of tech’s most powerful people

SoftBank's Vision Fund — a $100 billion private equity fund that's outspending almost every other player in start-up investing — seemed to come out of nowhere this year. But for the company's firebrand leader, Masayoshi Son, an ambitious vision was ordained at birth. "You are a genius, No. 1 in Japan," Son said his father told him as a child, according to a 1987 interview obtained by Bloomberg. "You'll be a big shot." It proved to be prophetic: Son is now one of the world's richest men.

How Imran Khan became the secret weapon behind the year's biggest tech IPO

Even as a college student in 2000, multimillionaire Imran Khan was ahead of his time. Today, 39-year-old Khan is the chief strategy officer of Snapchat, the man behind the curtain whose youthful exuberance, illustrious network and Wall Street chops have shepherded the company to stardom. But in 2000, the dotcom bubble and Y2K loomed large. Alibaba was a year old, Amazon sold books, Facebook and YouTube didn't exist — and Khan was a kid from Bangladesh.

Meet the die-hards who refuse to give up their recalled Samsung Note 7 phones

Jack Estes, an IT consultant in Indianapolis, doesn't think people who know him are too surprised he kept his recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7. "A number of them know me as a little bit of a maverick." Estes said. "I regularly wear pants printed with dogs and whales ... I'm not the same type of buttoned-down businessman that you see in stock pictures. Some people have said I'm tilting at windmills, but no complaints from clients. I have a somewhat healthy disrespect of authority."

This mental health start-up got free ads from Facebook, but CEO thinks Facebook could do more

When disasters from hurricanes to wildfires swept the U.S. this fall, mental health start-up Talkspace turned to Facebook for free advertising to reach victims. But while Talkspace CEO Oren Frank says he's grateful for the donation, he was left with mixed feelings about accepting the ads. Facebook is a near-necessity for companies trying to rapidly reach disaster victims, including Talkspace, which offers online therapy, Frank said. But Frank believes Facebook could take a more active approach.

How to use all the cool features on Apple's new iMessage

Apple's newest operating system, iOS 10, pits Apple's mobile software prowess against your favorite messaging apps, from Facebook to Snapchat. For users, that means some cutting-edge texting options. The power of the new tools were featured in an advertisement push Apple launched Thursday. After all, it's an important move for a company that is hoping to expand its services business to the size of a Fortune 100 company by next year.

China's Tencent is quietly surrounding US tech giants with Trojan horse investments

Chinese billionaire Pony Ma does not flaunt his strategies like Alibaba's Jack Ma or Japanese mogul Masayoshi Son. Pony Ma's company, Tencent, has moved with the stealth of its founder this year, making a series of investments in Western companies that are significant, but not splashy: A 5 percent stake in Tesla, a 10 percent stake in Snap, an investment in Essential Products, and now, reportedly, a 10 percent stock swap with Spotify.

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There's a perfectly good reason why Apple wouldn't want to buy Netflix

Critics of Apple have accused the company of failing to innovate, relying on iPhone addiction to drive its business while letting consumers' living rooms get taken over by Netflix and Amazon's Alexa. I don't think Apple has overlooked these criticisms. Instead, I think the company has a long-term plan to stay out of the war for consumers' attention — and is actually moving away from plowing everything through our iPhones.


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