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Why Apple just hired a Swiss-watch salesman

Last year, Apple poached Angela Ahrendts, the CEO of Burberry, a British purveyor of luxury-goods. Today, Apple added a senior sales director from Tag Heuer, a Swiss purveyor of luxury watches, CNBC reports, citing Jean-Claude Biver, the head of watch brands at LVMH, a company that owns lots of …

Smartwatches

Apple Just Scored Another Big Hire For Its iWatch Team

Jean-Claude Biver, the head of luxury brand LVMH's watch division, said TAG Heuer's sales director just accepted a position at Apple as early as last week. LVMH owns TAG Heuer among other high-end wristwatch brands.<p>Biver specifically told CNBC that the former TAG Heuer employee was brought on to …

Why Today's Parents Must Replace Sex Talk with Tech Talk

A marker of 21st century adult life may be the eternal debate about whether to “disconnect” once in a while, but for children the question is a far more serious one.<p>Born into the digital age and exposed to technology and the internet very early, this generation of kids are effectively guinea pigs …

Meet Del Harvey, Twitter's Troll Patrol

The gala on a recent Thursday evening was typical boom-time San Francisco glitz. Attendees from Google, Yahoo and Facebook traded in jeans and hoodies for cocktail attire and snacked on hanger steak and new peas inside the Beaux Arts City Hall. The convening cause, however, was rather dark: the …

Bye-Bye, Words: An Emoji-Only Social App Is Coming

Like it or not, pictures are becoming an bigger part of how we communicate. Reach a milestone and more smartphone users are just as likely to send out a few thumbs-up emojis or a photo on Snapchat, as they are plain old text.<p>Matt Gray and Tom Scott think it’s time to get rid of words altogether, …

Inside Google’s Big Plan to Race Amazon to Your Door

An attempt to steal back product searches from the country's largest online retailer.<p>Google is the undisputed king of search in all but one lucrative and vital category: Product searches.<p>Over the past decade, Amazon has transformed itself from a seller of books online to the place Americans turn to …

StepUp Lets You Easily Chop YouTube Videos Into Bite-Size Chunks

Online video is limbering up. The volume of video content already being watched online is massive. Here’s just one stat to boggle the mind: ComScore reported close to 50 billion online videos watched by Americans alone in just the month of January this year. But really you ain’t seen nothing yet.<p>As …

United Reformed Church fails to agree on gay weddings

<b>The United Reformed Church has failed to reach agreement on becoming the largest Church in the UK to hold same-sex weddings.</b><p>Its General Assembly, which met in Cardiff, failed to persuade some delegates to drop their opposition to proposals on same-sex marriage.<p>General secretary the Rev John Proctor …

Same-sex Marriage

Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet

Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day<p>Halfway through 2014, and the influence of technology and Silicon Valley on culture, politics and the economy is arguably bigger than ever -- and certainly more hotly debated. Here are Salon's choices …

The high price of being a good girl

By raising our daughters to be obedient and polite, are we failing to teach them the skills they need to succeed? A former good girl investigates<p>My eight-year-old niece and her friend are playing <b>table tennis</b>, and the air is filled with their apologies. They’re not playing as a doubles team; the …