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Apple ebook punishment harms us more than them, claim publishers

Publishers who settled with the US government over ebook price-fixing allegations have challenged the punishments imposed on Apple.<p>The US Department of Justice last week recommended Apple be banned from entering into anti-competitive e-book distribution contracts for five years.<p>The penalty followed …

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …

Everybody Needs a Hobby: The DIY Piano-Bicycle

Gary Frank Skaggs plays music in the streets of San Francisco on a unique, homemade instrument.

Why Washington Saved the Economy, Then Permanently Destroyed the Labor Market

Comparing Washington's reaction to the banking crisis and the unemployment crisis shows how and why government focuses on the rich and ignores the rest<p>Reuters<p>On April 24, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar scheduled a hearing. Fun story, right? A hearing in Washington is like a fern in the rainforest. …

Let Firefox understand your mistyped URLs

With the Nbar extension, Firefox will understand what you mean when you make a typo when entering a URL in its Awesomebar.<p>Are typos slowing down you and your Web-surfing ways? If you are typo king or queen, give Nbar a whirl. It uses fuzzy string matching to guess the meaning behind incorrectly …

Software

The Rise of the App Director

<i>“I’m just a storyteller, and the cinema happens to be my medium.” – Federico Fellini</i><p>As Apple’s App Store nears its five year anniversary, a new kind of storyteller is rising in importance: The App Director. This isn’t an official title, but it’s definitely a state of mind and an important trend to …

Jason Richwine Hispanics and IQs: The Heritage Foundation scholar began researching race and intelligence at Harvard.

<i>Update, May 10, 2013: On Friday afternoon, after this story had already been published, Jason Richwine resigned from the Heritage Foundation.</i><p>David …

In China, Vulnerable Women, Unwritten Rules

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve watched China, on one level or another, convulse around cases that bear something unmistakable in common. First, there was the resurgence of interest in the attempted murder of a young woman named Zhu Ling, a cold case from 1994 that suddenly became a fixation …

From the Twitter Feed of David Grann: The Brightest Explosion Ever Seen and Fifteen-Thousand-Year-Old Words

<i>David Grann’s Twitter feed has been called “delightfully catholic” in its mix of stories from around the Web. Straight from his stream, here are some science and technology stories you might have missed this week.</i><p>Watch every meteorite since 861 AD fall.<p>Timelapse satellite footage shows how humans …

Spinning Benghazi

It’s a cliché, of course, but it really is true: in Washington, every scandal has a crime and a coverup. The ongoing debate about the attack on the United States facility in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, and the Obama Administration’s response to it, is no exception. For a long time, …

The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink

The Web browser you’re probably using to read this article is a small marvel of engineering. It can be broken down into many discrete parts—a URL bar, a set of bookmarks, perhaps a built-in video player. But the most important component is hidden: the “rendering engine” is the specific part of the …