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Here's Why 'Buy Buttons' Are Invading the Internet

Social media is no longer just “social”—it’s fast turning commercial, too.<p>All the big players, from Facebook to Pinterest to YouTube, are racing to …

eCommerce

Google's stylish new Wi-Fi router is amazing — but not worth $199

And the market responded: The Google OnHub sold out of preorders almost as soon as it went up on Google's Play Store and on Amazon.<p>On Monday, the Google OnHub goes on sale to the general public.<p>After a few days testing an OnHub that Google loaned me, I can confirm that it is a technical marvel that …

Wi-Fi

A Chinese Startup Made This Gorgeous iPhone Clone That's Thinner Than Any Phone In The World

The Oppo R5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world.<p>It's more than two millimeters slimmer than the iPhone 6, and it's so skinny it can't even fit a standard headphone jack.<p>The phone, which was unveiled at the end of October, is only available in a few select countries at the moment. It will …

Gear & Gadgets

21 tools that will help your remote team work better together

Working as a remote team can be difficult, but doesn’t have to be. Here at The Next Web, much of our team is remote.<p>We have staff in the UK, India, The Netherlands, USA and New Zealand all working together across time zones successfully, even though the time differences can be confusing …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

Experts including Stephen Hawking look at the value of human and robotic spaceflight<p>• Astronauts lift our spirits. But can we afford to send humans into space? • Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking • New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto …

Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century? - MIT Technology Review

Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough …

Genetics

Microsoft Makes Its Audience Polling Service Bing Pulse Available To Anyone

Microsoft is expanding its audience polling tool Bing Pulse today — Josh Gottheimer, general manager of corporate strategy, told me that it’s moving from a model of one-off partnerships to self-service. So basically anyone can now use Bing Pulse at their events and meetings.<p>While there are a number …

Scientist's new rewriteable 'paper' is actually made of glass or plastic

If you ask us, the idea of rewritable paper seems pretty redundant no matter how high-tech it is. Apparently that didn't cross the mind of scientists at the University of California, Riverside. See, that's where Yadong Yin and his colleagues are using special color-switching dyes (called "redox") …