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Blue state: Microsoft's tricky strategy to strike back against Apple and Google

Can Redmond rethink 30 years of corporate culture to pull this off?<p>As it has countless times in the last decade, Microsoft once again finds itself at a crossroads.<p>Over the course of thirty-plus years, Microsoft rose to global dominance on the back of the desktop computer. But in the last decade, PC …

Facebook Home? What I Really Want Is Google+ Home!

Google’s got an Android problem, and a big one. And it’s a problem Google shares with us fans of Google content-delivering services, such as Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Google+ and others.<p>That problems is that companies like Amazon and Facebook increasingly hijack Android to divert user …

London's moment: the tech cluster in the east of Britain's capital is on a roll

<i>This article was taken from the April 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and</i> …

I used Google Glass: the future, but with monthly updates

The frosted-glass doors on the 11th floor of Google’s NYC headquarters part and a woman steps forward to greet me. This is an otherwise normal specimen of humanity. Normal height, slender build; her eyes are bright, inquisitive. She leans in to shake my hand and at that moment I become acutely …

Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution

<i>By Dieter Bohn and Ellis Hamburger</i><p>Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps.<p>Great design is not something anybody has traditionally expected from Google. Infamously, the company …

London's top 25 under-25s: they're young and successful - deal with it

<b>1 The next Mark Zuckerberg</b><p><b>Nick D’Aloisio, 17</b><p>Teenager Nick D’Aloisio, founder of the news app Summly, counts Stephen Fry as ‘a friend’, Ashton Kutcher …

How A Tiny New Compose Window Could Reinvent Gmail

Google’s smaller, simpler email compose box looks a lot like Gchat. And that’s no coincidence.<p>If you’re a regular user of Gmail, you’ll know why the bottom right corner of the screen is special. It’s the home of Gchat–a place where you don’t have to worry about email’s more formal etiquette or …

The 2013 World's Most Innovative Companies | Fast Company

Why Facebook Home Is Potentially Brilliant

Let’s say we build a phone, theoretically. We’re not! But if we did, we could get maybe 10 million people to use it. 20 million. That doesn’t move the needle for us.–Mark Zuckerberg, Disrupt SF 2012<p>With today’s leaks, it’s looking like Zuck was being almost completely honest.<p><i>Facebook</i> isn’t building …