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The Forrest Gump of the Internet

Ev Williams became a billionaire by helping to create the free and open web. Now, he’s betting against it.<p>To a certain kind of nerd, Ev Williams is the Forrest Gump of internet media. Williams helped write the software that made us call blogs <i>blogs</i>. He founded a podcast company years before most …

Social Media

Uber Hires Programmers Who Can Win A Fight With Their Robot

<b>Startup</b>: CodeFights<p><b>Founders</b>: Tigran Sloyan CEO; Aram Shatakhtsyan, CTO; Felix Desroches, head of product<p><b>Launched</b>: August 2014<p><b>Employees</b>: 12<p><b>Location</b>: San Francisco, with offices in Armenia and Russia (for programming)<p><b>The pitch:</b> Although the market for programmers and developers is robust, it’s still …

Human Resources

The superfan strikes back. Star Wars shows us where the creative force lies

George Lucas let go of his Star Wars baby and it’s back bigger and better than ever, with The Force Awakens. Shrewd minds stay open to outside ideas<p>The fact that the new Star Wars film is good – better not just than the prequels but the originals too – is of course cheering. A million pounds worth …

Star Wars

Why The Great App Unbundling Trend Is Already In Trouble

Tech companies’ thirst for more of our home screens may be starting to backfire.<p>Just a year or two ago, some of the biggest mobile apps were splitting themselves apart.<p>Facebook moved private messages into a separate app and released several smaller-scale experiments such as Slingshot and Rooms. …

Apps

These Netflix Socks Will Pause Your TV When You've Fallen Asleep

Grab your needles.<p>Netflix recognizes that it's easy to fall asleep during a long binge-watching session. The streaming service has developed a pair …

Binge-Watching

4K TV Owners Rejoice: New Streaming Tech Deal Means Your TV Isn't A Dead Duck

For months now the 4K UHD TV world has been operating under a dark and potentially catastrophic cloud of uncertainty thanks to a major disagreement between the most important video streaming services – think Netflix, Amazon, Ultraflix and M-Go among others – and a group representing what most would …

Televisions

These Were Amazon's Top Selling Devices Over the Holiday Weekend

Amazon touted the sales of its own devices over the past holiday weekend, announcing that Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday were the best …

eCommerce

George Lucas to new 'Star Wars' film: I'm your divorced father | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, who was not involved in making the long-awaited new film, “The Force Awakens,” said he is as ambivalent about seeing the movie as a divorced father would be about attending his child’s wedding.<p>Film director George Lucas walks through the pit …

Divorce

James Bond goes to Ottawa in For Your Eyes Only remake

Low-budget film-making duo announce plans to take advantage of Canadian copyright laws and adapt the Ian Fleming story. Ideally, with Ryan Reynolds<p>A duo of low-budget Canadian film-makers have announced plans to remake the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, thanks to a loophole in copyright …

James Bond

George Lucas explains one of the most controversial scenes in 'Star Wars' history

There's a scene in the 1977 "Star Wars" that has been driving fans mad since then.<p>For years, they debated whether Han Solo (Harrison Ford) or Greedo took the first shot in the famous Cantina scene, until an updated version released in 1997 in which Lucas edited it to make it clear that Greedo shot …

Star Wars

J.J. Abrams Says Screening Force Awakens for Disney Bosses Was 'Horrifying'

With <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> only weeks away, fans are waiting with bated breath for the franchise’s first film in a decade — and they’re not the …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Opinion: Here are numbers Amazon doesn’t want you to see

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — Amazing as Amazon.com’s stock has been this year, it will have to be even more amazing to live up to Wall Street’s …

Stock Markets

Here is NASA's three-step plan for getting humans to Mars

You might not have noticed, but NASA is pretty excited about Mars. Things have been ramping up lately, what with the convenient pop culture tie-in of the film "The Martian," and NASA has been flooding the Interwebs with optimistic #JourneytoMars speculation.<p>Now the agency has released a plan …

10 Great TV Shows You're Not Watching

Look, everyone is excited about "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp." And for good reason: It rules. So does "Mr. Robot" and "Ray Donovan" …

Apple is considering a huge change to the next iPhone — here's how app makers are getting ready

Analysts and industry watchers expect the iPhone 6S will add Force Touch, which would let users press the screen like a button, to deliver a different command than simply touching the screen.<p>Apple hasn't confirmed this, but analysts that monitor the company's supply chain regularly and reporters …

Apps

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

See an Unprecedented Close-Up of Pluto's Surface

NASA unveiled new images of Pluto on Friday, revealing in unprecedented detail the craggy and mysterious features on the distant dwarf planet’s …

Solar System

Nikolaj Arcel Set For Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’; Anders Thomas Jensen To Rewrite With Helmer – Comic Con

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: While it seems the Comic Con movie panels largely exist to hype sequels and line extensions, there are a couple of attempts at Con-worthy …

Construction

Developing Enterprise Apps Isn't as Boring as it Sounds

<i>Sinclair Schuller is the CEO and co-founder of Apprenda. Prior to Apprenda, Sinclair held positions at Morgan Stanley, Eden Communications, and consulted for the State University of New York’s (SUNY) vast IT systems.</i><p>Why are the so-called “alpha developers” all the rage right now?<p>In a recent …

New startup economics: Why Amazon (web services) and Dropbox need each other

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Earlier this week, I stopped by at the offices of Dropbox, the San Francisco-based online storage and syncing service. It was …

Why the Chromebook pundits are simply out of touch with reality

Advertisement<p>75 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>The Chromebook(s goog) pundits have their heads in the sand again. In the past week, I’ve read not one, but two …

Apple’s M7 chip is the Trojan Horse for its wearable computing plans

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Could the iPhone 5S’s new M7 chip be something of a trojan horse, leading the way for Apple’s wearable-tech debut?<p>As …