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How Google Makes Sure Google Now Is Useful, Personal, And Efficient—And Not Creepy

Google Now honcho Aparna Chennapragada on the art of turning information into bite-sized, actionable cards.

When Google director of product management Aparna Chennapragada was growing up in south India, she liked reading the newspapers that local stores used to wrap up goods. She enjoyed doing …

Google

The Verge and Recode are joining forces

I'm excited to announce that The Verge's parent company Vox Media is acquiring Recode, the terrific tech business news site and conference business founded by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg just over a year ago.

This is going to be fun.

If you've been following The Verge over the past year, you've …

Kara Swisher

Google, Yahoo Have Had Talks to Buy Flipboard

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Twitter’s talks with Flipboard included a deal price of about $1 billion. Photo: Scott Eells/Bloomberg News

Updated May 26, 2015 6:13 p.m. ET

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Google

Vox Media Acquiring ReCode

ReCode, the news website led by the veteran journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, is being acquired by Vox Media, a deal that reflects the turmoil among digital organizations focused on covering the tech industry.

The all-stock deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, would give …

Kara Swisher

AOL Was Approached by Three Other Bidders After Verizon

AOL was approached by three other companies for a possible acquisition after Verizon made its overture in June of last year, according to recent filings with the Security and Exchange Commission. Of course, Verizon eventually won AOL in a $4.4 billion deal, but even then it turns out the three …

Verizon

A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000 - The Washington Post

The Internet is the place where nothing goes to die.

Those embarrassing photos of your high school dance you marked “private” on Facebook? The drunk Instagram posts? The NSFW snapchats? If you use social media, you’ve probably heard a warning akin to “don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your …

Gigaom to Relaunch in August

Gigaom is getting another shot. Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based startup, has purchased the tech site that suddenly shuttered in March, and plans to …

GigaOM

How Google led an Android user back to the iPhone

by Derek Walter[Derek Walter is a freelance writer who contributes to several sites, primarily about the intersection of technology and …

Google

Microsoft announces Cortana for iOS and Android

Microsoft is officially confirming today that it’s bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The software giant is planning to release separate apps for each mobile operating system to enable its digital assistant to run outside of Windows. Microsoft is only providing an early look at those apps today, …

Microsoft OneNote

iOS 9 supports ‘iPhone 6S’ Force Touch, may enhance iMessage, Keyboard & Apple Pay

Some of iOS 9‘s more important planned enhancements include split-screen apps on iPads, a new Home app for controlling HomeKit accessories, a new system-wide UI font, a mass transit directions service for the Maps app, and major quality, performance, and security enhancements. However, multiple …

iPhone

Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer On The Present And Future Of Android And Chrome OS

The engineer in charge of Google's operating systems says they're both similar and different—and add up to an overarching vision.

In 2005, software engineer Hiroshi Lockheimer got a call from Andy Rubin, his former boss at Danger Research, the creator of the Sidekick (aka Hiptop), the first truly …

Google

I Am an Audiophile, and I Won’t Apologize for It

Thirty years ago, I visited a newly opened “high-end audio” store called Excalibur, on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., with the idea of writing a …

Audiophile

Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself

Mozilla helped an open Web flourish in the 2000s. Now it’s struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.In Silicon Valley, most pioneers …

Firefox

We Need a David Carr Portable Companion.

Here’s the first draft. Who’s in to publish the best of our greatest media writer?

It’s been just about three months since @carr2n — the legendary New

David Carr

Time Inc.’s Bad Case of Loser Denial

Why Time Inc. can’t save Sports Illustrated unless it sells the once-venerable sports publication.

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By Jim …

Peter King

Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard

Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, in an all-stock deal that would value the company at over $1 billion.

Those discussions, which have been pushed by Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, have been taking …

Personalized News

Jony Ive promoted to ‘Chief Design Officer,’ handing off managerial duties July 1st [Tim Cook Memo]

Apple’s Jony Ive has served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Design for several years now, but Apple has announced today that the executive is being named Chief Design Officer (a newly-created position). Additionally, Ive and will be handing the managerial reins of both the industrial and …

Tim Cook

When Stephen Fry met Jony Ive: the self-confessed tech geek talks to Apple's newly promoted chief design officer

In an exclusive interview - in which Ive's promotion is revealed for the first time - Stephen Fry meets Jony Ive, and his boss, Apple chief executive Tim Cook, to talk spaceships, design and Steve Jobs

Jony Ive promoted to new role of chief design officer• 
Ive will spend more time on design and

Steve Jobs

Charter Near Deal for Time Warner Cable at $195 a Share

Charter Communications Inc. is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for $195 a share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with …

Time Warner

Driving Uber Mad

WASHINGTON — ON a reporting expedition to Los Angeles recently, I realized I could stop renting cars.

I would never again have to brave the L.A. freeway behind the wheel. I would never have to obsess, like the characters in the “Saturday Night Live” skit, “The Californians,” about taking the 101 to …

Uber

The science behind Netflix’s first major redesign in four years

Back in March, a developer named Renan Cakirerk wrote a small piece of code that made a big impact on Netflix. Cheekily named "god mode," it addressed one of the most annoying aspects of trying to use Netflix in your browser: scrolling through the company's ever-growing list of movies. Once …

Netflix

What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right …

Facebook

An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app.

Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a …

Instagram

Save All Your Photos—Especially the 'Bad' Ones

The past 12 months sucked. Over that span I lost my grandmother, a childhood friend, and a colleague. Grief is a weak spring; if there’s not enough …

Joe Brown

The Lesson of "Don't forget all the parts move"

Today’s WSJ has a book excerpt about the demise of RIM/Blackberry. It is a fascinating story but also has a core lesson for product managers …

BlackBerry

An Exclusive Early Look At The New Google Photos App

We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos would …

Google

As Jeopardy! Robot Watson Grows Up, How Afraid of It Should We Be?

Boyhood

Watson was just 4 years old when it beat the best human contestants on Jeopardy! As it grows up and goes out into the world, the question …

Artificial Intelligence

Going Back to the Future for ‘Tomorrowland,’ From Disney

Nothing screams bright, shiny future quite like a jetpack. In the film “Tomorrowland,” when Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) enters the gleaming utopia of the film’s title, it’s one of the first things she sees. If you exit a time machine and spot a jetpack, you know you haven’t landed in some …

Film

BlackBerry to Lay Off Undisclosed Number of Employees in Device Business

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The move is part of BlackBerry’s goal of boosting sales of higher margin mobile-management and security software. Photo: Bloomberg News

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BlackBerry