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iTunes Store at 10: how Apple built a digital media juggernaut

<i>Additional reporting by Greg Sandoval</i><p>Ten years ago this month, a music sector ravaged by Napster and largely ignorant of digital distribution found a savior of sorts in what was then called the iTunes Music Store. With its 99-cent unbundled songs, the service quickly became the only significant …

Facebook And The Sudden Wake Up About The API Economy

What a two weeks it’s been. Something happened that has been simmering for a while. The API market exploded. Intel bought Mashery for more than $180 million and CA acquired Layer 7. 3Scale received a new $4.2 million round of funding from Javelin Ventures. Mulesoft acquired Programmable Web. And …

Is The iPhone 5S Fingerprint Reader Worth The Wait?

The news last week that the next iPhone will indeed be delayed until Fall combined substantial gains by Samsung have a lot of Apple watchers in a panic. But it is too soon to declare Cupertino out for the count. Perhaps there will be some substantial advancements on the software front at Apple’s …

America’s tech talent shortage is a myth

So it turns out the United States is not, in fact, the educational wasteland tech industry lobbyists would have you think.<p>Companies like Microsoft often claim that America is suffering from an economically hobbling shortage of science, math, and computer talent. The solution, they argue, is to let …

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Does it make sense to buy a PC with a touch screen?

Smartphones with touch screens? Great! Tablets with touch screens? Duh. But PCs with touch screens? Meh.<p>Recently I purchased a Lenovo IdeaPad U310 ultrabook, my first-ever touch-screen-equipped computer. I didn't necessarily want the feature, but figured I might as well give Windows 8 the benefit …

Where Have All The Facebookers Gone? Employee Retention v. Promoting Entrepreneurship

In a 2011 presentation at Startup School, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his position on employee retention abundantly clear: if people want to work at startup for a year or two and then pursue a business idea of their own, more power to ‘em. In fact, Zuckerberg said, he’d be …

Twenty years on, the Web faces new openness challenges

Two decades ago today, the European particle accelerator called CERN gave birth to what's known as the open Web -- a technology that anyone can build without paying licensing or royalty fees.<p>But as the Web has grown ever more popular and sophisticated, proprietary technology poses a challenge to …

What Apple's Flat iOS 7 Design Will Look Like — When It Gets Here

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The latest design for Apple's mobile operating system might not be ready in time for the World Wide …

Google, Nike, Jawbone and the fight to win wearable computing

When wireless headset company Jawbone announced plans Tuesday to buy wearable sensor maker BodyMedia for what a source said was more than $100 million, it may well have marked a turning point for wearable computing.<p>The technology, which includes everything from Google Glass eyewear to heart-rate …

Square sets its sights on check-ins: 'We can do something better'

Data on what you buy and where you bought it could be the holy grail of ad targeting<p>Square is using its trove of payment data to build an engine for making local recommendations, a move that could upend the conventional wisdom about luring customers through their mobile devices. The recommendation …

API-crazy Amazon adds a new tool to boost support for enterprise AWS customers

Continuing its quest to make its public cloud services more attractive to enterprise users, API-enamored Amazon has added another interface to the …