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How Google and Facebook May Help with the NSA and PRISM

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>An update and slight correction, 7:59 p.m.</i>: A spokesperson forwarded us this message from Google's …

Advice to Little Girls: Young Mark Twain’s Little-Known, Lovely 1865 Children’s Book

In the summer of 2011, I chanced upon a lovely Italian edition of a little-known, playful short story young Mark Twain had written in 1865 at age of 30, with Victorian-scrapbook-inspired artwork by celebrated Russian-born children’s book illustrator Vladimir Radunsky, mischievously encouraging …

Facebook Home Means You'll Never Check Facebook Again (It'll Check You)

At a press conference Thursday, Facebook unveiled Home, a new smartphone software design it cryptically said “isn't a phone or operating system,” but is “more than just an app” and will deliver a "completely new experience."<p>That "new experience" doesn’t stop at the phone’s screen. What Home seeks …

Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion

We recently took a trip back to the day before NASA’s Mariner 9 mission reached Mars in 1971, when Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury — whom we lost just a few short months ago — joined <i>New York Times</i> science editor Walter Sullivan in a remarkably prescient conversation about Mars and …

The first call from a cell phone was made 40 years ago today

In the past four decades, the world has gone from monster handsets to pocket-sized portable computers.<p>Martin Cooper changed the world when he made the first cell phone call 40 years ago.<p>The former Motorola vice president and division manager made the call on the company's DynaTAC phone while …

Mobile

Owen Thomas Joins ReadWrite As Editor-in-Chief, Says He Will Take The Site ‘Back To Our Roots’

Say Media just announced that Owen Thomas, previously the West Coast Editor at Business Insider, has joined ReadWrite (a tech blog that Say acquired in 2011) as editor-in-chief.<p>I reported on Friday that Thomas (who’s an old boss of mine — he was executive editor at VentureBeat back when I was the …

Scintillating specs: New 5.2-inch OLED display for smartphones

Japanese manufacturers unveil a white-hot display destined for future smartphones.<p>Get ready to see more smartphones sporting a spectacular OLED screen.<p>Japan Display -- a joint venture consisting of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi's manufacturing muscle -- revealed the development of a 5.2-inch OLED …

Phones

Startup’s Deep Roots: Stanford

In one of the largest exoduses from Stanford University’s computer-science programs, more than a dozen students have left to launch a startup called …

Facebook and mobile browsing: Pretty much the same thing

Consumers, according to researcher Flurry, spend about 30 minutes per day inside Facebook's mobile application, which is more time than they spend with any one mobile browser.<p>New research from mobile analytics firm Flurry suggests that Facebook is so powerful a force on mobile that the social …

Digital Advertising

Samsung Buddies Up With Mozilla on New Android Browser Tech

Here’s an odd pairing: Samsung and Mozilla are collaborating on a software project.<p>The two companies said today that together they are developing a …

Skype users talk about 2 billion minutes a day

Skype has just announced that its users have broken another milestone today. As of today, Skype says that all of its users use a total of 2 billion …

Facebook Home screenshots reveal squeaky clean interface

The Facebook Home launcher/app is expected to debut on the HTC First, previously known as the Myst, at Facebook’s Android event tomorrow.<p>Now, a set of screenshots have been posted by <i>9to5Google</i> that could reveal what the interface of the HTC First will look like. If real, the screenshots, which …

Mobile Technology

Twitter’s Mobile App Now Includes Support For Twitter’s New “App Cards”

Following its announcement yesterday, Twitter has today updated its mobile applications with support for the new Twitter App Cards feature. According to the Twitter app’s page in Apple’s iTunes App Store, version 5.5 of the app brings a number of improvements, including the ability to “help you …

One Year Later, Nearly Half Of Instagram’s 100 Million Users Are On Android

Instagram has been around for what feels like forever, but it seems like just yesterday that the app migrated over to Android after being a long-time iOS exclusive. Today marks one year of Instagram’s presence on Android, and to celebrate the company shared on its blog that in just that short time …

Gmail Search’s Autocomplete Gets Smarter Predictions, Using Past Searches To Help You Find Things

The Gmail team announced some improvements for search within its product today, calling out better predictions for autocomplete based on who you contact the most and what you’ve searched for.<p>Given that Google is the king of search, this is a welcome and obvious improvement. Additionally, Gmail …

Zynga shares still cheap despite boost

CHART OF THE DAY: Turns Out People Aren't Actually Getting Bored With Facebook

There is, and probably always will be, a story floating the ether that Facebook is getting smoked by up and coming rivals like SnapChat, Whatsapp, or Twitter.<p>While those services are certainly popular, they're not hurting Facebook, according to comScore data analyzed by J.P. Morgan analyst Doug …

J.P. Morgan

Time-Lapse Video Shrinks Birth of a Supercomputer to 3 Minutes

Author: Cade Metz. Cade Metz Business<p>Date of Publication: 04.03.13.<p>Time of Publication: 5:28 pm. 5:28 pm<p>What is a supercomputer? Nowadays, it’s many …

Baidu Eye isn’t an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not competing with Google Glass yet either

With the late Monday leak that Baidu, China’s biggest search engine, was developing what looked like an early prototype of Google Glass (link in Chinese), the wearable device craze and the ongoing drama of the Baidu-Google rivalry converged, whipping the tech media into a frenzy.<p>For one, a new …

Google Glass

Google forks WebKit with new Blink rendering engine for Chrome and Opera

Big news for the web today: Google has announced that it's going to stop using WebKit as the rendering engine that's behind displaying web pages in Chrome. Instead, it's forking WebKit to create its own rendering engine, called "Blink." The move, Google says, is to speed up development on Chrome …

How to Enjoy Poetry

<i>“True poetic practice implies a mind so miraculously attuned and illuminated that it can form words, by a chain of more-than coincidences, into a living entity,”</i> <b>Edward Hirsch</b> advised in his directive on how to read a poem. But how, exactly, does one cultivate such “true poetic practice”? In an …

Bob Dylan’s 1974 Classic “Forever Young,” Illustrated

On January 18, 1974, the world welcomed Bob Dylan’s <i>Planet Waves</i> album. On it was “Forever Young” — one of Dylan’s most beloved songs, inspired by his four-year-old son Jakob.<p>In 2008, Dylan asked award-winning illustrator Paul Rogers, whose stunning covers for Hemingway classics you may have …

The Edge: Hunter S. Thompson on Life and Death, Animated

In 2012, <i>Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson</i> became one of the year’s best graphic novels and works of graphic nonfiction. Now, visual artist Piotr Kabat has employed a similar black-and-white graphic style in this wonderful short animated homage to Thompson, based on an excerpt from …