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AOL Shut Down His Website. Then Laid Him Off After Nearly 10 Years. So What’s Victor Agreda Jr. Going to Do Next?

Stacked against the walls of Victor Agreda Jr.’s modest ranch house in North Knoxville is a brazen assemblage of physical media—exactly the sort of …

AOL

New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage, fewer chips + design tweaks

Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data …

iPhone

Finding Marty Rimm

20 years ago, Rimm’s study of online porn made the cover of Time Magazine and put the Net on a collision course with Congress. Then he disappeared.

“Hell hath no fury like the Internet scorned. Just ask Marty Rimm.”The New York Times, July 17, 1995.

In my 35 years banging at a keyboard for Time Inc. …

Journalism

Reddit Moderators Shut Down Parts of Site Over Employee’s Dismissal

Hundreds of sections of Reddit, the popular online message board, were still down early Friday in what appeared to be a protest by many of the site’s moderators after the abrupt dismissal of a high-ranking company employee.

The move affected nearly 300 individual discussion areas — so-called …

Dismissal

Why Lego Is Spending Millions To Ditch Oil-Based Plastic

The toy company wants to find an alternative material for the 60 billion bricks it makes a year. But it's not going to be easy.

Lego's 57-year-old toy empire was built on plastic. But now the giant Danish toy company is investing millions into getting rid of it. By 2030, Lego bricks will no longer …

Lego

Someone Created a Fake Restaurant to Prove That TripAdvisor’s Reviews Are Bogus

Much like Yelp, TripAdvisor has plenty of people who don't think the reviews are all that reliable. This group of doubters apparently includes Italia

Restaurant

Reddit’s AMA forum falls apart after AMA organizer Victoria Taylor was ‘unexpectedly let go’

Update: Several other popular subreddits have set themselves to private in protest against Victoria Taylor’s removal from the company and due to an …

Moderator

As Hollywood Lobbied State Department, It Built Free Home Theaters for U.S. Embassies

This story was co-published with The Daily Beast.Hollywood’s efforts to win political clout have always stretched across the country, from glitzy …

Warner Bros

Apple Music's a Crushing Disappointment, But Not Because It’s Bad

What happened?Read more...

Apple Music

Dick Costolo: why tech firms are set to face complex ethical issues

The idea of access is something we think a lot about at Twitter and have since the company began. The founders thought about access in terms of a group of friends being able to instantly know what the others were up to. Whether that was moving into a new apartment in San Francisco or drinking a …

Dick Costolo

iPods not quite dead yet, think they'll go for a walk

by Dan MorenMacRumors has dug up some images from inside the iTunes 12.2 update that point to new iPods coming at some point:The images depict six …

iPod Nano

This Online Anonymity Box Puts You a Mile Away From Your IP Address

It's designed to use a radio connection to add a physical layer of obfuscation to an internet user’s location.The post This Online Anonymity Box Puts …

Anonymity

King of All Media: Larry King’s Internet Afterlife

Larry King has looked like a retiree for at least three decades — like the snappiest dresser at a Boca Raton assisted-living facility — but he only stopped working in 2012, and not by choice. First, in 2010, King was eased out of his post at “Larry King Live,” the nightly talk show he had hosted on …

Larry King

Hewlett-Packard Formally Files Plan to Split Up

It’s official. Hewlett-Packard laid out its most detailed plan yet on how the $110 billion company will split into two companies, each with about $55 billion in annual revenue, and reiterated that it remains on track to complete the separation on Nov. 1.

HP’s Whitman Looks Ahead to Post-Split Future

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Hewlett-Packard

Why On-Demand Shipping Service Shyp Is Turning Its Couriers Into Employees

Staffers are more pricey than freelancers. But if they make for a better customer experience, it could be worth it.

When you use the Shyp delivery service, you use your smartphone to snap a photo of the object you need shipped, and a courier shows up and takes the item away. Like Uber and Lyft …

Courier

Carreyed Away

Jim Carrey at an anti-vax rally in Washington, D.C., in 2008.Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images On Tuesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed …

Jim Carrey

Facebook's New Logo: Can You Spot the Difference?

Blink and you’ll miss the tweak Facebook is making to its logo Tuesday.

The letters are thinner. There’s more white space. The “a” is rounded off.

Still, the update subtly hints at a much larger shift within the company.

“This is actually a huge change and it’s much more than the ‘a,’ ” said Howard …

Facebook

Hands On With Apple Music: Solid, But I'm Sticking With Spotify

Apple's subscription service is officially here. What it lacks in originality, it makes up for with curation and a few other perks.

As of this week, Apple is officially one of the countless companies with an on-demand music subscription service. Twelve years after Steve Jobs unveiled the iTunes …

Apple Music

FBI investigating 11 attacks on San Francisco-area Internet lines

The FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California's San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year, including one early Tuesday morning.

Agents confirm the latest attack disrupted Internet service for businesses and residential customers in and around …

FBI

Mark Zuckerberg has thoughts on the future of news on Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a cue from Reddit’s Ask Me Anything on Thursday afternoon and opened himself up to a “Townhall Q&A” where he answered questions from Arianna Huffington, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Stephen Hawking, along with a few hundred other less famous people.

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Facebook

How to Turn Off Apple Music's Auto-Renewal

You may have heard, this morning Apple Music launched for all to try for free. Well, sort of. Apple offers a three-month trial where you can stream all 30 million songs available on the service, but after those three months your credit card will automatically be charged the monthly $10 subscription …

Apple Music

Next Twitter boss faces complex challenges, says departing Dick Costolo

The outgoing chief executive of Twitter has said he underestimated the pressures that going public would place on the company and warned that his successor would nevertheless have to manage an increasingly complex set of geopolitical challenges as well as the demands of Wall Street.

Speaking to the …

Twitter

Op-ed: Safari is the new Internet Explorer

Last weekend I attended EdgeConf, a conference populated by many of the leading lights in the Web industry. It featured panel talks and breakout …

Internet Explorer

Arianna Huffington’s Improbable, Insatiable Content Machine

One morning in March, a dozen Huffington Post staff members gathered around a glass table in Arianna Huffington’s office. They had been summoned to deliver a progress report to Huffington, the site’s president, editor in chief and co-founder, on a new initiative, What’s Working. It was created to …

Arianna Huffington

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

by John Lasseter

It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker.

I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what …

Apple Suppliers Start Making iPhones With Force Touch

Apple Inc. has started early production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, which senses how hard users are pressing down on a …

iPhone

The 9-to-5 office workday is dying in America

With the rise of flexible working schedules, the freelance economy, and video conferencing, more Americans are getting their jobs done without ever heading into an office, according to new data from the American Time Use Survey released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among all workers, 23% …

Statistics

Behind Silicon Valley’s Self-Critical Tone on Diversity, a Lack of Progress

When Facebook released its workplace diversity numbers on Thursday, the company included a somewhat heartening message.

“It’s clear to all of us that we still aren’t where we want to be,” Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global head of diversity, wrote. “There’s more work to do.”

But it was almost exactly …

Silicon Valley

Reddit Is An Incubator Of Hate

Reddit’s decision to police “behavior, not ideas” isn’t just foolish — it’s reckless.

If, last week, as the world mourned the brutal church murder of nine black men and women in Charleston, South Carolina, you were to visit Reddit’s most popular racist community and scroll down the right side of the …

Southern Poverty Law Center