The ‘Unicorn’ Club


SAN FRANCISCO — One hallmark of the current technology boom is a generation of start-ups valued at $1 billion or more by investors. Now meet the start-ups-in-waiting that may be next to reach that mark, if the white-hot market continues.

The $1 billion valuation metric was popularized two years ago by the venture investor Aileen Lee. She found that many of the start-ups that reaped the hugest riches for venture capital investors — Facebook and LinkedIn, for example — often reached a valuation of $1 billion or more while they were privately held. Because of their rarity, Ms. Lee called those companies “unicorns,” after the mythical creatures.

Since then, numerous start-ups have attained the $1 billion distinction — and topped it. With investors rushing to bet on the next big thing, the ride-hailing service Uber received a valuation of around $51 billion, while Airbnb, the online room-rental service, is pegged at about $24 billion. And every month, more companies are jumping into the unicorn echelon.

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Next version of Android: Marshmallow

Android M has now been confirmed by Google as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The third and final version of the Android M developer preview has also just been released, alongside the Android 6.0 SDK. Read on for everything you need to know about Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the Android M developer preview 3 below.

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Private browsing on Firefox

The new feature lets you unblock some trackers so you can still use these sites. It also enforces add-on verification to keep unsolicited extensions at bay.

The new experimental feature is now available in the Firefox Developer Edition for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as the Firefox Aurora channel on Android.

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