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Survey: Americans Do Care About Online Privacy After All

November 12, 2014 In the past year, it has become increasingly clear just how public our private communications are. Edward Snowden exposed the extent of government snooping in western democracies, large retail firms have been repeatedly subject to security breaches—with millions of individuals’ personal details leaked each time—and journalists have been energetically revealing ...

China Poised to Dominate E-Commerce by 2018

November 11, 2014 Chinese shoppers are celebrating the online shopping extravaganza Singles Day, and by 1:30pm local time, they had spent nearly $6 billion on Alibaba, the country’s biggest e-commerce site. Last year it took them the full day to cough up that much cash. It is a sign of just how quickly ...

CEOs, Beware -- Someone is Snooping on You Using Hotel Wi-Fi

November 10, 2014 “CEOs, senior vice presidents, sales and marketing directors and top R&D staff.” These are the people who have been targeted by Darkhotel, a sophisticated security threat, as they check into hotels around the world, according to a new report (pdf) by Kaspersky Labs, an online security firm. The vast majority ...

Americans' Share of Online Global Population is on the Decline

November 7, 2014 The problem with online advertising isn’t just that it’s ugly, intrusive, and unwelcome (paywall). It’s also that nobody has ever really known whether it works. (It probably doesn’t.) A new study by GlobalWebIndex, a market research firm, indicates that this problem is getting worse: As more people from around the ...

The Future of Wearable Technology Sounds Kind of Awful

October 28, 2014 Many in the tech world have predicted that this will not be the year of wearable technology, but the year the hype dies down. In the summer, Gartner, a research firm, published an updated version of its “hype cycle” chart, placing wearables at the precipice of the “trough of disillusionment,” ...

Will This Google App Really Reinvent Email?

October 23, 2014 Google has been trying to reinvent email for years. Five years ago, Google launched Wave, which at the time spurred breathless articles about redefining email. A year in, Wave was shut down. Today, Google’s giving it another more refined attempt with Inbox, a new app. If you believe the reviewers ...

Facebook Increasingly the Gatekeeper of Your Online Identity

September 26, 2014 When Facebook executives meet potential advertisers, their biggest selling point is that the company knows whom it’s advertising to. In contrast to the wilds of the web, the proposition goes, Facebook users sign in to the service and make themselves known. Match their data with third parties—data brokers who provide ...

Five Reasons Why the Internet of Things May Already be Broken

September 23, 2014 There are some 10 billion internet-connected devices in the world today. These include phones, computers, cars, and the assorted grab-bag of devices that fall under the rubric of the “internet of things” (IoT). By 2050, there will be over 100 billion internet-connected devices. The vast majority of those will be ...

The Internet Is Getting Too Big for Just One Kind of Wi-Fi

September 11, 2014 Wi-Fi, that thing we only notice when it doesn’t work, is having a bit of a moment. Earlier this week, Apple announced that its new iPhone will be able to use Wi-Fi to connect calls, something that ought to help if you’re in an area with lousy cell coverage. The ...

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How LinkedIn Taught Itself to Hire the Best People

July 14, 2014 Back in 2009, few engineers wanted to work for LinkedIn. It was a relative minnow as big Silicon Valley firms go, and not a particularly sexy one either. Compared to the glamorous lifestyle on offer at Google (free food! 20% time!) or Facebook (moving fast! breaking things!), LinkedIn seemed staid. ...