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As drug companies back away from death row, who will fill the gap?

Texas and other states fight to get their fix<p>In 1998, Michael Yowell was convicted of killing his parents while trying to steal their money to buy drugs. After the killings, he was arrested and charged with murder. Since he lived in Texas, it was a capital offense; he was eventually convicted and …

Why Microsoft Word must Die - Charlie's Diary

Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination, a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use. Worse: …

Dolphin Emulator

In light of the recent announcements by NVIDIA and AMD in support of Linux for their graphics drivers, we would like to share with the world some of …

This is the first interesting search engine since Google

It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Bing has won market share, but not at Google’s expense. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they …

SEO

Is the 'AirPlay killer' already dead?

Miracast might be on the verge of success, but it sure feels like failure<p>It may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but HDMI radically simplified our home entertainment. Once, connecting devices to a television required any number of different video and audio cables — including …

Stir’s Kinetic Desk tries to turn work into a game

Gamification — using gamelike mechanics and achievements to engage users — and the concept of the "quantified self" are two of the biggest trends of the last few years, and they've helped companies like Fitbit, Withings,and Jawbone go mainstream. These companies are dedicated to making you more …

How publishers should learn to stop worrying and love library ebook lending

My latest Locus column, Libraries and E-books, talks about the raw deal that libraries are currently getting from the big five publishers on ebook …

Loyalty cards: Long receipts filled with coupons and free sandwich giveaways are a crutch for bad businesses.

I carry a tiny wallet. It can hold only my driver’s license, MetroCard, three credit cards, and about $100 in cash. My friends wonder how I get by …

Why the deejay behind the “Harlem Shake” didn’t receive a dime

Anyone who thinks we live in a world of “makers and takers” should study the story of Harry Rodrigues, better known as a deejay called “Baauer.”<p>His single “Harlem Shake” was a huge hit in February, made famous by thousands of DIY dance videos uploaded to YouTube. Rodrigues made the song in his …

Creative Industries

The Pickle Index

IMAGE: Two heads of whole <i>zha cai</i> with chilli paste; photograph by Sjschen via Wikipedia.<p>Chinese officials, charged with moving 250 million rural …

Forced Exposure ~pj

The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.There is no way to do Groklaw without email. …

One thing Al Jazeera could do to gain credibility: hire an ombudsman

DOHA, Qatar—Neither Al Jazeera English nor the Arabic network have a full-time ombudsperson, such as the CBC’s standards editor or the New York Times’s public editor Margaret Sullivan. For its part, Al Jazeera America has made copious public announcements about glitzy hires but has hired no …

Journalism

What Detroit should learn from Tesla Motors

Better Place founder Shai Agassi has kept a low profile since he was ousted as chief executive of the electric car infrastructure company that burned through nearly a billion dollars before filing for bankruptcy this year. But he emerged today to offer his thoughts on the lesson automakers should …

Tesla

David Miranda, schedule 7 and the danger that all reporters now face

In a private viewing cinema in Soho last week I caught myself letting fly with a four-letter expletive at Bill Keller, the former executive editor of the New York Times. It was a confusing moment. The man who was pretending to be me – thanking Keller for "not giving a shit" – used to be Malcolm …

UK intel officials enter Guardian offices, destroy hard drives with Snowden docs

Glenn Greenwald, left, with David Miranda, who was held for nine hours at Heathrow under schedule 7 of Britain's terror laws. Photograph: Ricardo …

Why We Want TV to Be Disrupted So Badly

It seems as though the promise of a better television experience easily excites the tech media. I frequently talk to many in the tech press about …

Why does America have such a big prison population?

“TOO many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law-enforcement reason.” The person who said that was neither a …

We should be worried about how internet companies are getting people to part with their money, not their privacy

Say you, like me, went to bed a little early last night. And when you woke up this morning, you decided to catch the episode of the Daily Show that you missed. So you pointed your browser over to thedailyshow.com, and there, as you expected, is John Oliver. But there’s something else there too, at …

University of Washington

Google engineers insist 20% time is not dead—it’s just turned into 120% time

A lively debate among current and former Google engineers is raging on Hacker News about Quartz’s piece on the death of 20% time at Google—that formerly hallowed portion of an engineer’s week set aside for his or her own projects, which brought us innovations such as Gmail and Adsense.<p><b>Update:</b> …

Google Glass

Lavabit's owner threatened with arrest for shutting down rather than spying on customers

NBC reports that senior US Attorney James Trump sent Lavabit founder Ladar Levison and his lawyer a veiled arrest threat when Levison shut down his …

Student debt and tuition hikes: destroying the lives of America's children

In Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi takes a long, in-depth look at the scandal of student loans and tuition hikes, a two-headed parasite sucking America's …

Free peanuts on airplanes started out as a marketing ploy

When peanuts first became a well-known airline staple, it was all because Southwest Airlines was trying to spin a negative.<p>To offer the cheapest flights on the market, the budget carrier had eliminated on-board meals. But it wanted to make sure consumers saw the connection between its minimal …

Transportation

Petition to Congress: don't put people in jail for violating terms of service!

A large group of "security researchers, academics, and lawyers" have signed onto a letter to Congress demanding that lawmakers enact "Aaron's Law," …

Members of Congress denied access to basic details of NSA spying

Members of Congress from both sides of the house have been denied access to details of NSA spying, even as they are being asked to vote on extending …

What is the payoff structure of gold?

In an excellent new post, John Cochrane corrects some of Greg Mankiw's points on gold as an investment, writing:<p>In any case, Greg shouldn't have …

A Seven-Month Wait for Lunch - Issue 3: In Transit

Last fall, the United States government bought lunch for some hungry schoolchildren in Mozambique. Though the students lived in their country’s best …

Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make—and break—online video

When ISPs and video providers fight over money, Internet users suffer.<p>Lee Hutchinson has a problem. My fellow Ars writer is a man who loves to watch …

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile: are early upgrade plans a good deal?

These plans aren't a rip-off anymore, but they're not for everyone<p><i>Editor's Note: Since we first compared each of the early upgrade plans, carriers have significantly changed how they work. Verizon recently overhauled its Edge program with its new</i> <i>"More Everything" plans</i><i>, and Sprint has replaced its</i> …