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Google and Microsoft end their years-long patent war

And just like that, another one of the tech industry's epic patent battles is coming to a close. Google and Microsoft have dropped all 20 (!) of the lawsuits they've filed against each other, ending their five-year dispute over everything ranging from phones (Microsoft's main gripe) to Xbox video …


Sources: Jack Dorsey Expected to Be Named Permanent Twitter CEO

Jack is apparently back — for good this time.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past three months, is expected to be named the company’s new permanent CEO as early as tomorrow, although that timeframe may change, according to sources. Dorsey will apparently …


How Google Changed The Smart Phone: A Deep History Of The Nexus

Google’s vice president of Android walks us through how Nexus hardware and Android software influence each other and how they always have.

Google announced two new Nexus handsets Tuesday, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Both run Android M, the latest version of its operating system, and both are as boss …


TiVo Bolt review: Watching TV faster

Back in 1999, when I first reviewed the original TiVo DVR, I griped that “TiVo has no commercial-skipping button” and noted that its press literature denounced such a feature on grounds that, while it "may appeal to the pirate in all of us, it just doesn't make good business sense."

It’s taken 16 …


Tesla’s Model X Is Finally Here

Falcon wing doors and a very fancy air filter.

It’s been 3 years since Tesla released a new car, the apparently better-than-perfect Model S. On Tuesday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the stage at the company’s Fremont, California manufacturing plant to introduce its next-generation electric car — …


Uber Purchases Oakland's Former Sears Building

Ride-booking service Uber Technologies has purchased the former Sears building in downtown Oakland for a massive planned expansion of its corporate …

San Francisco Bay Area

Yankees Young and Old Reminisce About Yogi Berra

TORONTO — One day in spring training about a decade ago, the Yankees’ clubhouse manager, Rob Cucuzza, came across Yogi Berra, who had plopped down in a chair, when he finally struck up the gumption to ask him a question.

“I said, ‘Yogi, I’ve always wanted to ask you this,’ ” Cucuzza said. “ ‘You’ve …

Yogi Berra

Book sales hang on as e-books wither

E-book sales have fallen dramatically in 2015, suggesting that the worst could be over for bookstores.

Remember a few years ago how everyone thought that what happened to CD’s would happen to books, that digital replacements would basically kill those formats?

While that has happened to a large …


The Science in The Martian Isn’t Perfect, But That’s OK

Very few science fiction stories have perfect science in them. Although they have some problems, the stories can still be used to explain cool …

Science Fiction Movies

A Writer’s “Tomb of Words,” and the People Who Took It Personally

On a Friday evening this past July, I attended a Sabbath service in a fifteenth-century synagogue in Ferrara, Italy, which is located about thirty miles northeast of Bologna, and was once described, by the great historian of the Renaissance, Jacob Burckhardt, as the first modern European city. …

Great Books

Almost every NFL player who donated his brain to science had brain disease

A whopping 87 out of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science have tested for positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that causes memory loss, dementia, and depression. The study, based on information from the largest brain bank in the …

The Brain

96% of NFL players studied show brain disease

Nearly all of the former National Football League players studied by the largest U.S. brain bank tested positive for the brain disease associated …

The Brain

Enabling of Ad Blocking in Apple’s iOS 9 Prompts Backlash

For years, people have longed for ways to stop advertising from popping up on their iPhones and iPads. Now, software to block ads on these gadgets has arrived — and the harsh realities of the practice are causing second thoughts.

Just two days after Apple enabled ad-blocking apps through its new …


Netflix's Beasts of No Nation Is the Most Intense War Movie in Years

At the Toronto Film Festival, two movies that will change the way you look at the fight against terrorism.

​Warning: mild spoilers for the films discussed below.

War in our era is different from war in other eras by virtue of one particular fact: It produces high-quality images. In the Middle East, …


Novak Djokovic Defeats Roger Federer to Win U.S. Open

Once again, Novak Djokovic was the antidote to Roger Federer on a roll.

After stopping Federer in this year’s Wimbledon final, Djokovic did the same in the United States Open final on Sunday and underscored his status as the world’s No. 1 player.

Djokovic’s 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory gave him a …

ATP World Tour

Mariota was both perfect and almost perfect in impressive debut

On the first day of the NFL season, No. 2 turned out better than No. 1.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota had a fantastic debut, one in which he had more touchdown passes (four) than incompletions (three) in a rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mariota's second meeting with Jameis Winston …

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What Makes Uber Run

The transportation service has become a global brand, an economic force, and a cultural lightning rod.

Jordan Kretchmer remembers what Travis Kalanick was like before Uber was Uber.

Kretchmer was a 25-year-old college dropout with a lot of ideas, and Kalanick had even more. He was in his early …


AT&T's New Gadget Will Put Wifi in Your Old Ass Car

In-car wifi is equal parts mind-bending and irresponsible-seeming. But you know you want it, and you’ve only been able to get it in brand new cars …

Car Tech

Bored People Quit

Much has been written about employee motivation and retention. It’s written by folks who actively use words like motivation and retention and …


Google Follows Amazon Web Services Into On-Demand Supercomputing

Google is chasing Amazon Web Services in a new area –- providing access to “on-demand” supercomputing resources.

On Wednesday, Google announced the general availability of something called pre-emptible virtual machines, which amount to computing resources you can rent for very little. The service, …


McDonald’s Plans a Shift to Eggs From Only Cage-Free Hens

In a move that has significant implications for American and Canadian egg producers, the McDonald’s Corporation is announcing that it will begin phasing out the use of eggs from hens housed in cages.

The company uses some two billion shell and liquid eggs annually, or a little more than 4 percent of …


This is a brilliant, and devious, way to hide a negative review

What do you do if you want to market your movie using every possible review, but one outlet didn't care for the film? You bring out your best graphic designers to create this masterpiece.

Incredible way of making my two star review seem like I didn't hate the film— …

Horror Movies

Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Longest-Reigning Monarch in Britain’s History

She surpasses Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months

(LONDON) — Queen Elizabeth II reached a major milestone Wednesday, becoming the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history by passing Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months.

Prime Minister David Cameron said …

British History

Steve Wozniak: Shocked and amazed by Steve Jobs movie

Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak has given his first in-depth interview about the forthcoming Steve Jobs movie.

Woz - as he's commonly known - acted as a consultant to Danny Boyle's film after refusing to be involved in an earlier biopic.

The movie is already being tipped for awards glory after a …

Steve Jobs

Curiosity Rover Sees Earth from Mars for 1st Time

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet …


Red Apple Watch band appears hours before iPhone 6S event

No Apple launch would be complete without a leak hours before the keynote begins, and today is no different. We're expecting Apple to unveil some new colors for its Apple Watch bands today, and one appears to have leaked out a little early. Tech blogger Larry Greenberg has shared an image of what …

Apple Music

Denali and the Names of the Past

President Obama’s decision that the federal government will now call what was formerly Mount McKinley, the continent’s highest peak, by its older, First Nations name of Denali, which means “The High One,” caused some hysteria this week, though mostly among the predictably hysterical. Part of it may …


Steven Spielberg: The Age of Hollywood Superhero Blockbusters Won't Last Forever

Starting with the first X-Men movie back in 2000, Hollywood entered a new golden age of superhero films. But in case you're among those who don't get excited by capes and tights, know that one Hollywood power player doesn't see this trend as lasting: director Steven Spielberg.

In an interview with …


Bloomberg’s Future Is the Future of News for Everyone

Bloomberg laid off dozens of journalists yesterday and is reorganizing itself to meet the paradoxical imperatives of doing news today.The post …