By Harry McCracken | What Harry McCracken is writing--and reading--on the web

Marc Andreessen Offends India Defending Facebook’s Free Basics. (Yes, the Country.)

Venture capitalist and well-known Twitter philosopher Marc Andreessen made a few enemies Tuesday night. Okay, a lot of enemies.

That’s because Andreessen, a Facebook board member, took to Twitter to defend the company’s Free Basics service, which offers users some free Internet services. It was …


HBO NOW, The Network’s Streaming Service For Cord Cutters, Has Just 800,000 Subscribers

HBO NOW may have scored as one of last year’s top streaming apps in terms of revenue, but its subscriber count is falling short of analyst projections. Industry observers had expected the service, which allows consumers to stream HBO programming over the internet without a cable TV subscription, to …


Opera gets $1.2 billion buyout offer from mix of Chinese firms, board recommends deal

There is "strong strategic and industrial logic to the acquisition," according to the software maker's CEO.

Opera (Browser)

It’s Official: Moore's Law Is Nearing Its End

The 51-year-old computing principle is now butting heads with the realities of physics and economics.

In 1965 Gordon Moore, who would go on to co-found Intel, wrote a paper in which he described what has become known as "Moore’s law." It stated that the number of transistors on a microprocessor will …

Moore's Law

Feds declare that Google's self-driving car is its own driver

US regulations detail much of how cars are designed, from steering wheel placement to headlight brightness, all based on the idea of having a human …


Carnegie Deli Reopens After a 10-Month Shutdown

Ten months after being caught stealing gas for cooking, the Carnegie Deli, renowned for its massive meat sandwiches named for famous New Yorkers, reopened on Tuesday morning.

By midday, customers were again filing into the 79-year-old restaurant on Seventh Avenue to order pastrami, corned beef and …

Corned Beef

Funny or Die Made a Trump Biopic, Starring Johnny Depp

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp has played a loopy pirate, a mad hatter and a demon barber. But will he be a convincing Donald J. Trump?

The humor website Funny or Die on Wednesday began streaming a 50-minute comedy that finds Mr. Depp portraying the businessman turned politician, full-blown comb-over and …

Johnny Depp

This Is How Hillary Clinton Gets the Coverage She Wants

Hillary Clinton’s supporters often argue that mainstream political reporters are incapable of covering her positively—or even fairly. While it may be …

Hillary Clinton

BART admits 77 percent of train cameras are fake or don’t work

Fewer than a quarter of what appear to be surveillance cameras inside BART train cars are real and functional, transit agency officials said Tuesday.

BART detailed exactly how many of its train cameras actually record footage in response to a public records request that The Chronicle filed after …

Train Stations

The Next Tesla Will Start At $35,000, But Don’t Expect To Pay That Price

Tesla has yet to unveil the Model 3, but the company just confirmed that it will be available starting at $35,000. The Model 3 has long been rumored to cost about this price, and today, Bloomberg is quoting a Tesla spokesperson who confirmed the starting price.

At that price, the car will retail at …


Andy Rubin Unleashed Android on the World. Now Watch Him Do the Same With AI

Rubin’s ambitions go beyond building gadgets or companies. He wants Playground to be the factory that creates the building blocks for an AI-infused …


Ted Cruz's National Security Advisor Has Zero National Security Experience

In fact, she's an art historian.​

After listening to Ted Cruz talk about his ISIS strategy during the December 15 Republican debate—"making the sand glow" and "carpet bombing" Syria—I asked, somewhat rhetorically, who could possibly be filling his head with such ridiculous notions. But now that Cruz …

Ted Cruz

Timing Is Everything: Twitter Unveils First View Ads, Videos At The Top Of Your Timeline

Twitter has been in the spotlight for the past several days over allegedly imminent (longstanding) plans to change the order of Tweets in your timeline. But while its CEO has confirmed there are no such plans for this week, Twitter is adding a new product in its advertising business that does …


Behold The Grammycam!

When artists win awards at next week's Grammys, a camera built into the trophy will capture the big moment from an all-new perspective.

Back in 1959, when the music industry's Recording Academy presented Grammy awards for the first time, it chose to bestow a trophy that depicted a gramophone—one of …

The Oscars

Kickstarter just hit 100,000 successfully funded campaigns

Kickstarter hit a big milestone overnight: the successful funding of a 100,000th campaign. It's taken Kickstarter nearly seven years to reach 100,000 funded projects, but the rate at which projects are being funded is much faster than it used to be. In a blog post, Kickstarter says that it took 121 …


Adorable Dog-Sized Rescue Rabbit Is Looking For New Home

But be warned: He'll grow even larger.

Atlas isn't your typical bunny.

He's only 7 months old but is already as large as a dog, and still has plenty more growing to do.

The continental giant rabbit from Scotland is now looking for a new home after his previous owner couldn't keep him anymore.

The …


Tempest in a Tweetpot — 500ish Words

There’s a general rule with social networking services: early in their lives, the vast majority of what the service itself wants to talk about is the …

Obama To The Next First Family: We're Working On Fixing The WiFi

President Barack Obama said Sunday in a very lighthearted interview that he's working on improving the White House's wireless Internet connection for …


Here's why Peyton Manning embarrassed everyone with his Budweiser marketing

At this point in American history — saturated with brands as we are, savvy about all the advertising tricks — there is no product placement that can surprise us as a nation.

Except, maybe, when Peyton Manning takes a bow for leading his team to a Super Bowl win — at 39 years old, ancient in football …

Peyton Manning

Old-school reply to advertiser’s threat

Meg Whitman’s lieutenant was ‘disappointed’ with what I’d written. Here is my considered response

Meg Whitman

Why Verizon’s Free Go90 Net Neutrality Argument Is Weak

Word that Verizon was exempting its own Go90 video service from data caps for Verizon users understandably raised immediate red flags among net neutrality advocates.

After all, Verizon is essentially saying you can use our data service for free while all other video services count against your data …


Tips on Reducing Cable and Phone Bills From Ethically Ambiguous Experts

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Cable companies and mobile phone service providers now offer so many deals, options, add-ons and doodads that the sheer number of potential pricing plans can boggle the mind. Chances are, you’re paying too much. Chances are, most everyone is.

So here in an office devoid of much …

Time Warner

The Worst Super Bowl Ad of All Time

Photo illustration by Slate. Screenshots via Apple. In 1984, Apple changed the Super Bowl forever. The computer manufacturer enlivened a dismal game …


The True Story of Donald Trump’s First Campaign Speech—in 1987

FULL RESULTS: New Hampshire primary

Clinton allies grapple with crushing loss

After a devastating defeat, her campaign hopes to rebound with a sharp focus on African Americans.

For Chris Christie, New Hampshire was a bridge to nowhere

Relentless campaign, high-profile endorsements yield only a dismal …

Donald Trump

Microsoft, Nokia, and the burning platform: a final look at the failed Windows Phone alliance


When Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division in late 2013 and began integrating the storied Lumia brand into its offerings, it was hailed by Microsoft’s then-CEO Steve Ballmer as “a bold step into the future — a win-win for employees, shareholders, and consumers of both …


Who Killed the Sheridans?

It was still dark, a half-hour until sunrise, when the fire trucks and police vehicles came wailing down country roads in central New Jersey and stopped in front of 49 Meadow Run Drive in Skillman, north of Princeton. The two-story, four-bedroom house sat on a one-acre lot in a 1970s-era …


Twitter Steps Up Efforts to Thwart Terrorists’ Tweets

For years, Twitter has positioned itself as a “global town square” that is open to discourse from all. And for years, extremist groups like the Islamic State have taken advantage of that stance, using Twitter as a place to spread their messages.

Twitter on Friday made clear that it is now stepping …

Social Media

The Apple Watch got me hooked on mechanical watches

I never thought I’d be a watch person. (Or that I’d wear blue shorts.)I didn’t need a watch. I had a phone and a computer to tell me the time.But I …