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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. ...

The 'Internet of Things' May Not Always Need an Internet Connection

July 1, 2014 The “internet of things” is one of those odd phrases that can mean many things and nothing at the same time. On one hand, it describes a future that is rapidly becoming the present, with all sorts of objects—from televisions and watches to cups and streetlights—able to connect to the ...

Inside the Hidden World of Offline Auctions for Online Property

June 30, 2014 The man with paddle number 68 wasn’t shy about it. He wanted an adult website, and he wasn’t going to let a few hundred dollars stand in his way. The bids inched ever higher: $3,000, three-one, three-two. The underbidder, an anonymous online account, stopped at three-four. The hammer went down ...

Google’s Latest Empire-Building Tactic: Cheap Phones

June 27, 2014 Here’s the thing about those cheap sub-$100 smartphones that nobody tells you: They’re awful. Many of them use aging hardware to run old versions of Android. People tend to use them like regular phones—except to surf Facebook when they’ve got a Wi-Fi connection. Google knows this. That’s why the first ...

London’s Pervasive Surveillance Can Now Help You Find a Bus Seat

June 23, 2014 There are some great things about London’s iconic double-decker buses, including the view, the sense of space, and the ability (if you nab the front row) to pretend you’re the one driving a giant hulk of metal through the streets. Less great is climbing up the stairs on a busy ...

An Innocent Bot May Have Unwittingly Spread a Virus Around Twitter

June 11, 2014 Less than an hour after it was posted, this tweet had been retweeted by over 36,000 people. The tweet contains a malicious piece of code that affects users of Tweetdeck, a service available in an app or browser that provides an interface with Twitter that juxtaposes multiple streams at the ...