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The 17 Most Memorable VMA Moments of All Time

From Madonna's scandalous "Like a Virgin" performance to "I'mma let you finish...," these are the highlights that stuck with us through 31 years of awards. We can only imagine what this year's ceremony and host Miley Cyrus have in store...<p><b>1) Madonna performs "Like a Virgin" as a less-than-virginal</b> …

Miley Cyrus

Apple Sued for False Advertising of iPhones

Apple is facing a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely advertising the storage capacity available in its iPhones, iPads and iPods.<p>The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the northern district of California, says that the massive data footprint of the iOS 8 operating system eats into the advertised …

Dark net's 'Google' makes finding drugs and guns online easy

The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?<p>To answer that question (because we had to know) we spent much of the …

The Dark Art of Bots: How to Make $2 Million Online Without a Human Audience

All it takes is a firm grasp of arbitrage economics and a flexible ethical code.<p>Here is the weirdest thing about the modern web: humans are only one constituency, and maybe not the most profitable one.<p>Consider the case of an anonymous publishing executive who spoke with the media trade magazine, …

The Internet Archive puts Atari games and obsolete software directly in your browser

The Internet Archive has officially released a tool that will let decades-old software run in your browser, along with a catalog of noteworthy, fun, or notorious games and applications. The Archive team has spent two years creating and troubleshooting a JavaScript port of the MESS computer software …

China creates 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year—and it plans to quintuple that

Back in 2150 BC, Emperor Yu sealed his place in China’s history of eminent rulers by controlling the Yellow River’s annual flood, saving waterlogged crops. Today China’s rulers face the opposite problem: It’s water scarcity that threatens farms. So instead of the Yellow River, the Chinese …

China

Revealed: the violent, thuggish world of the young JS Bach

John Eliot Gardiner's research has shattered 'sanitised' versions of the composer's life<p>Johann Sebastian Bach is arguably the greatest of all composers, with the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B Minor among the most sublime masterpieces in classical music. But biographers over the past half …

Google Knows The WiFi Passwords Of Every Android User: Report

Google might have access to WiFi passwords used by every single Android user, a new report suggests. That is a whole lot of WiFi passwords -- maybe most of them in the world.<p>“If an Android device (phone or tablet) has ever logged on to a particular Wi-Fi network, then Google probably knows the …

Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your …

China's Tencent Is Giving Away 10TB Of Free Cloud Storage

Yesterday we reported that Chinese tech giants Baidu and Qihoo 360 are currently courting users with 1TB of free space, putting the free space given by Dropbox, Box and Microsoft to shame.<p>Today another Chinese tech company Tencent has upped the game, offering a jaw-dropping 10TB worth of free …

The Stories Behind 22 Classic Album Covers

1. <i>Nevermind</i> (1991)<p><b>Nirvana<br>Design by Robert Fisher and Kirk Weddle</b><p>Spencer Elden's first time swimming was a memorable one.<p>At four months old, Elden was …

Andy Warhol

Why did Apple hire a Paris fashion executive?

Paul Deneve arrives in Cupertino after orchestrating a bold overhaul at Yves Saint Laurent<p>The worlds of high tech and high fashion collided on Tuesday, when Apple announced the hiring of Paul Deneve, former CEO and president of the iconic Yves Saint Laurent luxury brand. Deneve, 52, will serve as …

No more filthy smartphone screens with Corning's new Gorilla Glass

Corning’s new generation (Gorilla Glass 4?) of thin and durable glass is expected to pack new features that may make Dragontrail and even the superbly durable sapphire glass appear inferior. This time, it’s not just a solution similar to oleophobic coating, Nokia’s ClearBlack display polarizer …

Roofing

Google shouldn’t allow HTC to abandon software updates for last year’s One S

Advertisement<p>24 Comments<p>Struggling HTC isn’t doing itself any favors by abandoning software updates on a phone that’s just over 14 months old. It …

Motorola Launches Email Sign Up Page For Moto X Smartphone

Motorola continues to tease its mysterious and highly anticipated Moto X smartphone with a new sign-up page today, which will deliver new information to interested consumers via email as and when it’s available.<p>The Google subsidiary has given away almost nothing about the device, but this new …

Why Social Media Advertising Is Set To Explode

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are daily destinations for millions of consumers. Increasingly, their ad products offer targeting according to specific demographics, social connections, interests, and habits.<p>As brands look across a fractured media landscape, where few digital properties …

Digital Advertising

HP Slate 7 review: HP's budget Android tablet is less of a hit, more of a miss

It's no secret that HP has struggled when it comes to tablets. The company has faced (and crashed into) its share of mobile device hurdles in recent years -- most notably, with the ill-fated and expensive TouchPad. With its latest foray into the tablet world, HP is hoping to hit one out of the park …

Google sheds light on Glass in new FAQ

A newly posted question-and-answer site answers a host of questions about Google's high-tech specs.<p>Those of you still in the dark about Google Glass will find a host of details via a new online FAQ.<p>Posted Tuesday, the FAQ addresses a slew of questions apparently sent to Google by people curious …

Google Glass

How to get better at email: What science tells us

Email is all-pervasive, and arguably one of the most important tools of modern business. But the fact is most of us are not particularly good at it, wasting time on messages we should ignore and losing track of those that we should be focusing on. Then there’s the base human instinct to cc: …

Productivity
Michael Dell

A massive snail mail surveillance program lets the government know about your pen pals

Your phone calls aren't the only communications that the US government is collecting "metadata" on. For decades now, a snail mail surveillance system has allowed law enforcement agencies to log information that's displayed on the outside of your incoming and outgoing letters. This "mail covers" …

Streaming Entertainment Startup Boxee Acquired By Samsung For Around $30M

Israeli and NYC-based streaming media and entertainment startup Boxee has been acquired by South Korean electronics giant Samsung, we’ve been told by reliable sources. The Tel Aviv-based startup launched its latest hardware device late last, the Boxee Cloud DVR, which was rebranded from the Boxee …

How Facebook Single-Handedly Made Silicon Valley Richer Than Manhattan

iOS 7’s Lightning Chip Detection Has Already Been Cracked

With iOS 7, when you plug an unauthorized Lightning cable into your iOS device, you’ll get a notification that informs you you’re not using a “certified” Lightning accessory, and that it “may not work reliably” with your device.<p>But after just two weeks, one accessory maker has already cracked …

Microsoft and Nokia won't beget a Google-Motorola clone

<b>Last week, the Wall Street Journal outed Microsoft's</b> <b>unsuccessful attempt to acquire Nokia</b>:<p>Microsoft recently held advanced talks with Nokia about …