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The Ups And Downs Of A Google Broadband Satellite Play

The WSJ has published an article about how Google is planning to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion on low earth orbiting satellites, building on news also reported in The Information and SpaceNews around new hires and Google’s strategy to build out its broadband access business. We’ve …

How Asian dating sites cracked your biggest complaint—everyone lies online

Online dating site OKCupid has found an inexplicable number of men happen to be exactly six feet tall and there are four times as many people who claim to earn $100,000 per year as there should be. False advertising, or misrepresentation, is standard in any marketplace; the dating market is no …

Online Dating

5 Changes President Obama Wants To Make to NSA's Surveillance Programs

In a major address this morning, President Obama tried to soothe Americans' fears about NSA spying by promising these changes.<p><b>Earlier this morning, President Obama</b> spoke about a number of reforms he wants to make to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, which have been widely …

Wi-Fi-driven mobile carrier Scratch Wireless launches its ‘free’ service in beta

After months of conducting trials behind the scenes, virtual operator Scratch Wireless is opening up its cellular-as-a-last-resort service to the …

Can Intel break our addiction to conflict minerals?

The war on conflict minerals began heating up this week, following a controversial court case and an unexpected announcement at CES. On Monday, Intel announced that all of its microprocessors released in 2014 will be free of so-called conflict minerals: a class of four materials used to fund armed …

This is not the year of wearables but the year the hype dies, says Evernote CEO

This has been a big week for smartwatches, especially here on Quartz. So far we’ve already published four pieces on the putative next big thing. Much of that was linked to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the industry’s annual jamboree for new products, during which smartwatch pioneers Pebble …

Wearable Tech

By dissing smart watches, luxury watchmakers are acting really really dumb

Almost exactly a year ago, my Kickstarter edition Pebble smart watch arrived. I had ponied up the cash the first week that the founders posted the product on the crowd-funding website.<p>Already the Pebble has become my primary time-keeping device. This comes as a surprise. I like to think of myself …

Smartwatches

Why don’t economists like Bitcoin?

Paul Krugman and others can't get behind the virtual currency<p>Nobel prize-winning economist and <i>New York Times</i> columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post this weekend with a tantalizing title, "Bitcoin Is Evil," that has provoked the expected backlash from proponents of the virtual currency.<p>The …

A Look Back At How The Content Industry Almost Killed Blockbuster And Netflix (And The VCR)

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Derek Khanna is a technology policy consultant and columnist. He previously worked for the House Republican Study Committee where he authored their report on copyright reform. He</i> <i>spearheaded the national campaign on cellphone unlocking that resulted in proposed legislation to legalize</i> …

Nearly A Thousand Classic Video Games Are Free And Legal To Play Online

As the intellectual property protections on old games expired, the Internet Archive swooped in to make them freely playable online in your browser. The site is currently host to a trove of games from such classic consoles as the Atari, the ColecoVision, and even an oddball system we'd never heard …

Intellectual Property

Author of 'Steve Jobs' using online crowdsourcing to edit his new book

As a follow-up to his biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson is writing about the origins and emergence of our modern digital era — and he's using online collaborators to make it the best book it can be. As pointed out by <i>Capital</i> and <i>TechCrunch</i>, Isaacson has posted excerpts from his new …

2013 was the year of freemium games, but 2014 may not be

It’s amazing how mobile app stores can change in a single year, especially when a major trend like freemium finally makes its big move. Freemium, or …

The future of broadband looks very much like cable TV. Here is why

There is a coming clash between the telecommunications firms and the internet giants, but it’s not just about the internet giants buying broadband …

Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews

<b></b>By Walt Mossberg[Watch video at http://allthingsd.com]This is my last column for The Wall Street Journal, after 22 years of reviewing consumer …

MacBook Air

Inside India’s Aadhar, The World’s Biggest Biometrics Database

India’s Unique Identification project, also known as Aadhar, earlier this week finished capturing demographic and biometric data of over half a billion residents–the largest biometric project of its kind currently in the world.<p>It’s been a multi-year effort not without its critics among privacy and …

David Lowery: Silicon Valley must be stopped, or creativity will be destroyed

<b>The Beastie Boys (AP/Michael Wong)</b><p>Silicon Valley’s making money off the work of others. David Lowery is on a crusade for copyright, fairness and art<p>Scott Timberg<p>December 4, 2013 12:00am (UTC)<p>David Lowery, the frontman for the bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, has become perhaps the most …

Twitter implements new encryption using Perfect Forward Secrecy

Twitter announced today that the service will be changing its encryption standards, adopting a more secure protocol known as Perfect Forward Secrecy that's recommended by many experts in the field. The new protocol will be installed on top of standard HTTPS encryption, generating a new key for each …