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Inside Google's Secret Lab

Last February, Astro Teller, the director of Google’s secretive research lab, Google X, went to seek approval from Chief Executive Officer Larry Page …

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication | WIRED

FACEBOOK<p>As caretaker of a service with a billion users, Mark Zuckerberg is used to sparking protest. Any time his company releases a new product, …

Requiem for a Dream

Aaron Swartz was brilliant and beloved. But the people who knew him best saw a darker side.<p><i>HE COULD NOT</i> deal with people talking about him. It’s taken me some time since he died to get used to talking about him because I was under such strict instructions not to. But he fucked up something really …

How to short bitcoins (if you really must)

The rise of bitcoin, an electronic currency traded on an online exchange, has generated a media frenzy. Once scoffed at, its value has risen by 631% (denominated in dollars) since the start of 2013.<p>Lots of people think that means we’re in a bitcoin bubble and it will eventually pop. But if you’re …

Cryptocurrency

Organics and Mechanics

Stop. Grab a pencil and write down the first and last names of your past three managers. Stare at those names for a bit and re-live those months or …

Apple and the Mysterious Case of the Missing Moonshot

When John Morrell left his post at Yale University last year and decamped to Apple, some members of the robotics community were perplexed.<p>Morrell, a …