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Giants behaving badly: Google, Facebook and Amazon show us the downside of monopolies and black-box algorithms

Advertisement<p>37 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / Design Pics<p>The internet is a wondrous thing — a limitless universe of content and products and …

Password do's and don'ts: 6 ways to stay safe online - TODAY.com

Today<p>It seems like every day we're hearing about new breaches, leaks and hacks at major websites and services. The latest, on eBay, could be very serious. (If you haven't changed your eBay password yet, do so now!)<p>If we don't take charge of our own online security, who will? Here are a few basic …

Ex-Yahoo CTO on the future of Hadoop and the evolution of search

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Raymie Stata has been a champion of Hadoop since its early days, helping to bring the technology into Yahoo and then drive its …

3 Misconceptions About Crowdfunding

<i>Thijs Suijten and Menno Luiten are the co-founder and developer for Famatic.</i><p>Every startup needs money. How to get that initial investment is where there is a choice: find a suitable investor, bootstrap, or use the power of the crowd to get that ball rolling.<p>We loved the idea of the latter; not only …

How parents can use the iPad to keep their kids learning this summer

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>As the school year comes to an end, students look forward to summer break. Unfortunately for educators, this is the time of …

iPad App of the Week: Little Builders

iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to …

Re/wind: Facebook listens in, Uber's new digs and more

In case you missed the big headlines this week, here’s a roundup of the news that dominated.<p>In case you missed the big headlines this week, here’s a roundup of the news that dominated:<p>HP released their Q2 earnings report on Thursday, announcing that sales were just below expectations. CEO Meg …

Hands-on with the Muse brain sensing headband — the most important wearable of 2014 (exclusive)

I got my hands on an early version of Interaxon’s brainwave reading headband, the Muse, and I think this could be the most important wearable of the year.<p>And that’s saying a lot, considering I’ve seen 2014’s entire lineup for health tech at the Consumer Electronic Show as well as a few undisclosed …

Solar Phone Charger - Sunflower 2500 mAh Phone Charger - Works with Any Charger - iPhone, Android, Smartphones

• Solar Phone Charger - Solar charge anywhere you can get sunlight<br>• Works with any USB Chargable phone or MP3 Player<br>• Included USB Cable<br>• Simple, Elegant …

Selling Through Customer Service: Turn Customers into Evangelists

<i>John-Paul Narowski is the founder of</i> <i>karmaCRM</i><i>, a simple Web-based CRM software focused on small businesses.</i><p>The days of high-pressured sales pitches by suave looking salespeople are over. You can thank the Internet for that. Nowadays, sales competition is fierce across industries, and a popular way …

World's cheapest 3D printer moves forward

Over 1,400 backers committed over $400,000 to the crowdfunding campaign that had an original goal of just $9,000. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based …

A forgotten Belgian genius dreamed up the internet over 100 years ago

Though we're pretty sure that time travelers don't exist, people were working on hypertext -- used by web browsers to retrieve connected information -- long before computers. It even predates the ideas of a certain Vannevar Bush, the man generally acknowledged as having laid the groundwork for …

A Wind Turbine Inside A Floating Blimp Can Bring Power Anywhere

Designed to rise 1,000 feet in the air and deliver electricity to the ground, the Buoyant Airborne Turbine is a blimp on a mission.<p>Not all wind turbines are alike. While the great majority are large steel towers fixed to the ground, a few are shaped like gliders, kites, and blimps, and move around …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: hybrid Batmobile, self-cleaning fish tank and an anatomical Barbie

Clean tech fans were thrilled this week when Germany proved it's possible to power the world with greener energy by announcing that 74 percent of its energy was recently met with renewable sources. But if you still have doubts about the future of renewable energy, a new report from the …

'Tile,' The Gadget That Makes Sure You Never Lose Anything Ever Again, Is Now On Sale To The Public

Imagine tapping into a large group of strangers to help you track down a stolen bike.<p>After months of hype, a company called Tile has this week started shipping a device that can help you do just that. (You can buy Tiles here.)<p>Just attach the $25 device to an object, and your smartphone will find it …

Tech: D.C.'s biggest loser?

Silicon Valley just can’t win in Washington.<p>A surveillance reform bill easily survived a House vote this week, but it barely resembles the measure that Google, Facebook and others once touted as a way to restore Americans’ trust. Quick changes to patent law now seem impossible after the Senate …

Long-Delayed Connected Device Tile Finally Starts Shipping

The Bluetooth-powered lost item finder called Tile, which last summer raised $2.6 million via crowdfunding, has finally begun shipping, the company now claims. Early backers may be a bit skeptical, given the delays the company experienced since raising a significant round of funding many months …

How To Fix Our Broken Online Customer Review System

One evening in December 2012 a party of nine visited a restaurant in New York City and ordered a house salad. Seven of the nine became ill because, as a health inspection later found, there was cross-contamination in the refrigerator, “bare-hand” contact with ready-to-eat food, improperly sanitized …

Getting In Bed With Mattress Startup Casper

Earlier this year, I wrote about Casper, a Lerer Ventures-backed startup that says it’s trying to reinvent how mattresses are built and sold. Since then, the company actually launched its first product, so I decided to swing by Casper’s office in the Noho neighborhood of New York to try the …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Tencent<br />The Secretive, Chinese Tech Giant That Can Rival Facebook and Amazon

In China’s raging tech war, a winner seems ready to emerge. It’s Tencent–a controversial, $139 billion company with nearly a billion users.<p>China’s most powerful Internet company is headquartered in a bland, glassy tower in southern Shenzhen. Unlike Silicon Valley’s funky campuses, there is nothing …

Flipkart Raises $210M In New Funding From DST Global And Returning Investors

Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company, announced today that it has raised $210 million in a new funding round led by DST Global, with returning investors Tiger Global, Naspers, and Iconiq Capital also participating. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s news that Flipkart will …

Bots were responsible for bitcoin’s stratospheric ascent, anonymous report claims

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>An authoritative-looking report has appeared that suggests bitcoin‘s meteoric rise late last year — …

These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They've Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>"It was the Snowden leaks that got us started," …