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How Periscope Can Fix Its Creepiest Feature

Location tagging is one of Periscope's best features, but many people are unknowingly revealing their home addresses. Here's one solution.

While using the new live-streaming app Periscope this weekend to broadcast video of my pet rabbit to 30 strangers around the world, I realized something rather …

Periscope

2 Federal Agents in Silk Road Case Face Charges of Stealing Money

Two former federal agents are expected to be arrested on Monday on charges of stealing money while working undercover on an investigation into Silk Road, the once-thriving black market website for drug dealing, a document shows.

The former agents are Carl Mark Force IV, who worked for the Drug …

Silk Road

Dropbox Versus The World

The new tech war is a battle to own your digital data. Dropbox’s 32-year-old CEO thinks he can thwart the world’s most formidable titans.

"What’s preventing Google from disrupting your success?"

Drew Houston’s company may be valued at $10 billion, but here in GSB Faculty West 104 on the Stanford …

Dropbox

Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider’s perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States.

“I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” he …

The Daily Show

PlayStation's New Version Of Spotify Looks Nicely Tailored To Its Purpose

Instead of trying to do streaming music on its own, Sony is bringing one of the category's biggest names to its console. Smart!

In January, Sony announced that it would shut down its Music Unlimited service and replace it with a new service called PlayStation Music created in partnership with …

PlayStation

Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous

Tim Cook is chief executive of Apple.

There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.

A wave of legislation, introduced in …

Tim Cook

Secrecy on the Set: Hollywood Embraces Digital Security

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Lulu Zezza has played one of the toughest roles in Hollywood.

Ms. Zezza, who has managed physical production on movies like “The Reader” and “Nine,” also oversees the digital security of everything that goes into the making of a film on set, including budgets, casting, …

Security

Samsung knows how many replacement batteries it sells. Which is why the S6 doesn't have one

A replaceable battery for the S6. Photo by japanexpertena.se on Flickr. I'm interested to see the result of this poll on Android Pit, which asks …

Batteries

It's OK to leak government secrets - as long as it benefits politicians

When it comes to classified information, some leaks are more equal than others. If you are a whistleblower like Edward Snowden, who tells the press about illegal, immoral or embarrassing government actions, you will face jail time. But it’s often another story for US government officials leaking …

Spying

Ode to the 12-inch PowerBook G4, Apple's first desktop-quality laptop

At its best, Apple has the ability to make stuff that reaches right around the rational, pragmatic part of your brain to grab your amygdala and …

PowerBook

Facebook won’t kill journalism. It might even save it

Everybody needs to calm down about Facebook.

The New York Times confirmed this week (paywall) that it, along with several other media outlets, has been in talks with Facebook to publish material directly onto the social network, rather than simply posting links for people to follow back to a …

Facebook

Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Only, No Walk-In Sales

As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device. According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch.

Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the …

Wearable Tech

Carly Fiorina: ‘Higher than 90 Percent’ Chance I Will Run for President

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that there is a “higher than 90 percent chance” that she will seek the …

Republicans

ifo Apple Store shuts down after 14 years

Back in 2001, Apple's retail store initiative was new, and one web site tracked every move the company made.Now that web site is winding down. A …

Apple Store

A Wi-Fi Barbie Doll With the Soul of Siri

Ever since Siri appeared as a regular feature on the iPhone, certain young children — and, let’s face it, some of their parents — have spent hours chatting up the virtual assistant, curious about the details of her humanoid back story.

Siri, where do you live? Siri, do you have a boyfriend? Siri, …

Barbie

This Bad-Boy Geneticist Wants to Clone a Mammoth

Hwang Woo-Suk is the bad boy of genetics. He’s most famous for falsely claiming to have cloned human stem cells. This is, you can imagine, very bad …

Genetics

Pebble Time Hits $20 Million on Kickstarter

Right now, Pebble co-founder Eric Migicovsky must be pretty happy that he decided to launch his company's new smartwatch on Kickstarter. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company's crowdfunding campaign hit $20 million with 25 hours to go before it draws to a close.

Pebble Time is, by far, the most funded …

Kickstarter

AT&T captures users' internet browsing habits to personalize ads

New revelations show that AT&T’s gigabit internet service is rerouting user web browsing history to an in-house scanning platform, all in order to deliver personalized ads of websites visited by the user to their email boxes – and even to their homes.

The revelations about the tracking and …

Internet

The Galaxy S6 Edge Is Totally Beautiful—And Pointless

On Wednesday morning, Samsung’s two new phones arrived at my desk. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two of the most anticipated, most important devices …

Samsung

How Steve Jobs reacted when one of his top lieutenants joined Palm

Sure, Steve Jobs might not have been quite the one-man-temper-tantrum he was portrayed as for much of Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography, but he still wasn’t someone you wanted to get on the wrong side of.

According to authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli in their new book Becoming Steve Jobs: The

Steve Jobs

First Click: the new HTC is such a letdown

Reading reviews of the One M9 can be agonizing to anyone who fondly remembers HTC’s glory days. Here's Dan Seifert’s take on the company’s newest flagship: “For the third year in a row, it has show-stopping flaws, which bring the great experience you’re having to a screeching halt.” It's a view …

HTC

Meet New York’s Oldest Third-Grader

This is Molasses, an Eastern box turtle. She is 55 years old and lives in Room 208 at Friends Seminary on East 16th Street. In 1975, when she was a …

New York

The Apps You Can’t Kill

Illustration by Robert Neubecker I have a folder on my iPhone called “Apple Crap.” The name is a little unfair. The apps that come pre-installed on …

iOS Apps

Why Would Companies Ever Think a Campaign Like #AskSeaWorld Is a Good Idea?

Once again, SeaWorld does a bellyflop.
Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images In an effort to improve its tanking image, SeaWorld launched a new …

SeaWorld

Goodbye Blekko: Search Engine Joins IBM’s Watson Team

Add Blekko to the list of startup search engines that has come and now gone.A message on the Blekko home page, shown above, says that “The blekko …

Search Engines

Amazon to remove non-compete clause from contracts for hourly workers

Amazon is to remove a “non-compete” clause from its employment contracts for US workers paid by the hour after criticism that it is unreasonable to prevent such employees from finding other work.

A company spokeswoman confirmed to the Guardian that the clause would be cut.

“That clause hasn’t been …

Amazon

Really, Rupert?

Last year Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp, accused Google of creating a "less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society." Given the …

Rupert

The Real Revolution Of The Ellen Pao Trial

Regardless of who prevails in the case, it may prove to be a milestone event: the moment at which Silicon Valley’s female press corps came together.

The Ellen Pao-Kleiner Perkins trial, which went to jury deliberations yesterday, is a milestone case and it may well be a milestone verdict. Not just …

Kleiner Perkins