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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The NSA has closed down its mass surveillance program.</b> After Edward Snowden's revelations about US government spying, laws were passed to curtail the spy agency's powers.<p><b>2. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and more are launching a new organization to invest in renewable technologies,</b> …

Windows Phone

Here's why RBS is using Facebook to replace company emails

If you've never heard of Facebook at Work, don't worry. Facebook is trialing the software, which competes against Slack (a buzzy messaging client for teams), email, Microsoft's Yammer (a Skype-like messaging client) and others, on a small number of companies before making it available to …

All of Google’s—er, Alphabet’s—companies and products from A to Z

Google has announced that it will be folding itself into a larger company, called Alphabet. The new “slimmed down” Google, as current CEO Larry Page put it, will now be run by Sundar Pichai, hitherto the company’s product chief. Pichai will manage Google’s core businesses—like search and …

Android News

Apple’s electric car project has been upgraded from experiment to happening

<i>This article has been corrected.</i><p>Apple has set a ship date for its secretive electric car project: 2019.<p>To meet its ambitious deadline, the company plans to triple the size of its electric car team to 1,800 people, according to the Wall Street Journal. But it’s unlikely consumers will be driving …

Wall Street

Quirky, the startup behind the coolest gadgets we never knew we needed, is bankrupt

Quirky, a startup that helps makers develop their ideas, announced Tuesday that it has filed for bankruptcy and is selling its Wink smart-home system.<p>The platform, where inventors submit ideas and collaborate on projects, made notable gadgets including the Aros smart air conditioner, and the …

Home Automation

How Google plans to take over your home (without you even realizing it)

Nest was once known for making a stylish, smart thermostat that knew just the right moment to change the temperature, helping to keep people comfortable at home while also lowering their monthly utility bills. But over time, Nest grew to encompass more: It was also a smart smoke and carbon monoxide …

Home Automation

Google can’t stop talking about mobile until it comes to real numbers

Google—soon to be Alphabet—announced a strong third quarter yesterday (Oct. 22). Chief financial officer Ruth Porat credited a combination of ads on YouTube and “substantial growth” in mobile search for driving quarterly revenue to $18.7 billion—13% more than a year ago. New Google CEO Sundar …

Wall Street

Sleep paralysis: what we know about a terrifying state of consciousness

“I awake in bed… In the corner of the room there are two men. I cannot see them but I know that they are there, and what they look like. I can hear them talking. They are talking about murder. I cannot move. One of the men comes and stands directly above me… He spits, and his spit lands in the …

Sleep

Why some people can get away with so little sleep

In a crazy sleep experiment a few years ago, I reduced my sleep from eight hours to a little more than four. I managed to do it by following a polyphasic sleep schedule, where I got a few hours of sleep at night and took short naps during the day. I was quite proud of myself—but then I discovered …

Sleep

Facebook for dreams: Scientists are mapping your brain’s social networks

You’ve probably played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon—a game based on the premise that any actor in Hollywood can be connected back to the prolific <i>Footloose</i> actor within six movies or less. New research suggests that this is true not just of movie stars, but of the people in our dreams.<p>Using an …

The Brain

Apple and Microsoft's advocacy group is against encryption backdoors

Following Tim Cook's lead, the advocacy group behind Apple, Google, Microsoft and plenty of other big tech firms has come out against calls to weaken encryption, which authorities argue would make it easier to track criminals. "Weakening encryption or creating backdoors to encrypted devices and …

Alphabet wants its startups to behave like companies

A report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> suggests that Alphabet wants its startup-like subsidiaries to behave more like financially accountable independent companies. Alphabet is the recently formed parent of Google, Google X, Fiber, Nest, and other companies previously under the "Google" banner. Under …

See the Original Coke Bottle Patent Granted 100 Years Ago

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Why You Bought That Ugly Sweater

The scientific tricks stores use to part you and your money<p>There is a science to every sale. Among other findings of interest to retailers, researchers have shown that customers are drawn to items sitting on the middle of a shelf, as opposed to the ends <b>[1],</b> and that we perceive prices to be lower …

Customers

The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

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15 Drone Photos That Leave Us Speechless

Our friends at SkyPixel are running a drone- and aerial-themed photography competition and some of the submissions have been (very literally) over the top. This technology has already changed the way we capture our travels—providing new angles on everyday subjects. Here are 15 of our favorite …

Photography

10 Ways to Win the Thanksgiving Argument | Inc.com

I absolutely love Thanksgiving. Still, I understand that if there's anything worse a big argument at Thanksgiving dinner, it's <i>losing</i> a big argument at Thanksgiving dinner.<p>With that in mind, I'm here to help. Before I became an author, I was a trial and appellate lawyer. (My dad is, too.) I was …

Bernie Sanders

Apple and Google Expected to Lead Electric Car Race

In a note to clients Monday, Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty reports that electronic parts suppliers in Asia have seen the future and it’s not 3D …