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Eight Twitterbots worth following

According to Twitter’s own figures, there are significantly more robots on the social media service than there are people in Australia: as many as 8.5% of the firm’s active users are either algorithms or people using apps to aggregate tweets automatically without any human intervention.<p>Many bots …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

What is Google’s religion?

<b>Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears a Google Glass device. (AP/Jeff Chiu)</b><p>Rather than pick one, the Internet giant seems to promote a “benevolent interfaith big tent”<p>Lucia Hulsether<p>November 29, 2013 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>The scene opens in a bustling …

Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google

Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for Big G.<p>We've edited some of the standout comments into this excerpt.<p><b>Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.</b><p>"The …

Employment

The Apple team behind the original iPhone recalls its stressful, terrifying development

One day before the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> has published a captivating recollection of the terrifyingly stressful two-year development of the first iPhone. The piece is an excerpt from journalist Fred Vogelstein's upcoming book, <i>Dogfight: How Apple and Google</i> …

iPhone 5s: meet the geeks and geniuses behind the new Apple devices

Apple has launched its new iPhone 5s and the cheaper iPhone 5c. But who are the engineers and visionaries behind the new technology in these devices?<p>Apple is notoriously protective of its employees and the inner workings of its research and development teams are highly secretive.<p>However, examining …

Four Lessons From Rockstar Games, The Innovators Behind 'Grand Theft Auto V'

Would you believe me if I told you that Grand Theft Auto V cost <i>$250 million</i> to create? In fact, it cost more to create this video game than The Avengers (2012 movie), Avatar (2009 movie) and Toy Story 3 (2010 movie). That’s right … A video game that costs more than an actual movie.<p>I know what …

An Oral History Of Apple Design: 2010

As skeuomorphism and Apple Maps laid bare the company’s weaknesses, one of the company’s former bright lights stepped down.<p>Most efforts to explain design at Apple end up reducing a complex 37-year history to bromides about simplicity, quality, and perfection–as if those were ambitions unique to …

Happy 10th birthday Skype. You changed everything; too bad you didn’t change Microsoft

Very quietly today, Skype turned ten years old. Ironically, I didn’t even remember its 10th birthday. I forgot, mostly because ever since it was …

Can Facebook And Its Business Partners Get 5 Billion More People Online? Only If They'll Make Money At It

With the requisite New York Times exclusive, a Mark Zuckerberg blog post, and a bonus Zuck white paper, Facebook Tuesday evening announced a plan to connect 5 billion more people in the developing world to the Internet.<p>The drive, called Internet.org, is a partnership with six other …

Apple's Craziest, Most Futuristic Patents Show How Insanely Ambitious Its Thinking Is

Luckily it's often possible to get a hint of what Apple has in the works, just by looking at its many patent applications.<p>It's important to note that Apple files for many more patents than it will actually use, employing a protective strategy that quickly annoys those tired of legal patent battles …

Patents

Mark Zuckerberg Has A 27-Year Plan For Adding Another 5 Billion Users On Facebook

It should not have.<p>CEO Mark Zuckerberg has, refreshingly, spoken in plain English about exactly how Facebook's revenue will grow, and where its new users will come from, for months now. The company has been very clear that its user base is switching from desktop to mobile, and that is where growth …

Social Media

How Microsoft spent a decade asleep on the job

Once upon a time, a young man named Bill had a vision. He saw "a PC on every desk, and every machine running Microsoft software". And lo, it came to …

Google Kills Reader, Helps RSS

On Monday, Google will turn off Google Reader, a product that allowed users to read RSS feeds, a way to get information quickly from multiple sites, because the company claims that it wasn’t good enough. When the announcement came out, a number of companies large and small announced replacement for …

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

When he rolls into a gas station to fill his tank, Barkhad Dahir doesn't get out of his car. He punches a few buttons on his cellphone and within seconds he has paid for the fuel.<p>With the same quick keystrokes on his phone, he pays for virtually everything he needs: groceries at the supermarket, a …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

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Google's Plan To Take Over The World

Not because it lasted a grueling three hours and fifty minutes, but because of what was announced. With every new product update, every new feature, every new virtual service, it became more and more clear that Google isn't just a search company that makes loads of cash by showing you ads. It's …

Google Glass

The Magic Of Google’s APIs and Algorithms, The Bread And Butter Of The Google I/O Keynote

It’s clear that Google had other things it could have talked about on the first day of the I/O conference. Like Google Glass.<p>Instead, the attendees heard more about how Google has developed new ways to turn data into services. The highlights were not some fancy hardware but the magic of Google’s …

Pick your poison: messaging will be fragmented, expensive, or locked-in

Moves from Google this week don't bode well for chat apps<p>The hottest space in mobile tech right now is messaging, with all the apps that let you skip past high-priced SMS and send texts for free (or very cheap). Just this week, we've heard that BlackBerry Messenger will soon work on iPhone and …

How the internet is making us poor

Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with …

Economics

Meet The 3 CEOs Of Samsung, The Most Important Tech Bosses You've Never Heard Of

The company also promoted two of its presidents to CEO.<p>J.K. Shin, the company's mobile boss, and Boo-Keun Yoon, the appliances boss joined current overall CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon.<p>That's right. Samsung now has three CEOs.<p>However, the move appears to be more of a title bump for Shin and Yoon than a move to …

CEOs