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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread<p>At the supermarket near his home in central Virginia, Tom Burford likes to loiter by the display of Red Delicious. He waits until he spots a store manager. Then he picks up one of the glossy apples and, with a flourish, scrapes …

How a grad student trying to build the first botnet brought the Internet to its knees

On November 3, 1988, 25 years ago this Sunday, people woke up to find the Internet had changed forever. The night before, someone had released a malevolent computer program on the fledgling computer network. By morning, thousands of computers had become clogged with numerous copies of a computer …

Future Internet aims to sever links with servers

A revolutionary new architecture aims to make the internet more "social" by eliminating the need to connect to servers and enabling all content to be …

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review | Ars Technica

No longer an apex predator, OS X takes some time for introspection.<p>After a dozen years and nine major releases, OS X has had a full life: the …

Long-form YouTube: videos of entire long-distance train journeys

YouTube has been an existence-proof of forms of video that were lurking in potentia, unable to come into existence due to limitations of the …

Interactive Coral Reef Panoramas Will Make You Hate Your Landlubbing Life | WIRED

Often described as undersea rainforests, coral reefs are among the most diverse -- and threatened -- of Earth's ecosystems. Rising from the seafloor, …

Why Face-To-Face Meetings Are Overrated

It's an article of faith that creativity only happens when people meet in person. It's time to put that myth to rest.<p>You know the feeling. Everyone's sitting around a table, ideas are building on ideas, and intellectual sparks are lighting up the room. It's tempting to think that this kind of magic …

Creativity

How Apple Makes the Mac Pro

As a product designer, one of my favorite parts about any new Apple product launch is the inevitable "How it's made" video. The Mac Pro incarnation …

MacBook Pro

Stallman: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

<i>Editor's Note: Given Richard Stallman's longtime role in promoting software that respects user freedom (including GNU, which just turned 30), his</i> …

Two-Hit Wonder

Jack Dorsey, of Twitter, is now making big money at Square—and is out to prove that he’s more than a lucky man.<p>Jack Dorsey, the tech entrepreneur, takes the No. 1 bus to work, and he likes to catch the 7:06. It carries him nearly from one side of San Francisco to the other—down California Street …

Stunning Photos Of Hot Air Balloons At The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Every year since the first gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico has brought together hot air balloonists and enthusiasts from all around the country and the world in what is the premier hot air balloon event of the year.<p>With the Sandía Mountains as a …

Snorkeling

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado | Colossal

<p>Artist Andre Salgado (previously here and here) wows us again with a new body of work completed in the last few months for exhibitions at Le Petite …

Art

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

Time-lapse Photography

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

How an insecure, acid-dropping hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary - and changed the world<p>When I first met Steve Jobs, I …

Silicon Valley

The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ

When the Guardian offered John Lanchester access to the GCHQ files, the journalist and novelist was initially unconvinced. But what the papers told him was alarming: that Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society<p>In August, the editor of the Guardian rang me up and …

How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts | Ars Technica

What he wouldn't give for a holocaust cloak.<p>The Dread Pirate Roberts, head of the most brazen drug trafficking site in the world, was a walking …

Avoiding mobile app bloat

Back in the pre-web days, acquiring software was difficult and expensive. Learning a given program (app) was difficult and time consuming. Within …

Tim Cook: The Complete Interview

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

The Prince Who Blew Through Billions

When two British lawyers, Faith Zaman and Thomas Derbyshire, signed on in 2004 to manage the affairs of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, notorious playboy brother of the Sultan of Brunei, they entered a world of orgiastic wealth: 250 companies, 2,000 cars, luxury hotels, planeloads of women and polo ponies, …

The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You’ll Watch Next | WIRED

<b>How has recommendation changed now that Netflix is focused on streaming?</b><p><b>Amatriain:</b> When we were a DVD-by-mail company and people gave us a rating, …

How to build a large Angular.js application

At GoCardless, Angular.js has been in production since March this year. We wanted to share some of the things we've learned while building and …

JavaScript

Watch: The 10 Best Slow-Motion Scenes Ever

<b>When used properly,</b> few special effects are as exhilarating and awe-inspiring as slow-motion. While the problem is often that it's used to excess, slow-motion provides not just a heightened view of the action at hand, but also increases suspense, enhances the impact of a given emotion, and adds …

Akira Kurosawa

On The Future of iOS and Android

We’ve entered the age of iOS and Android penetrating beyond mobile, and there’s a lot happening with respect to how the entire ecosystem is …

Internet of Things

Zuckerberg Explains Facebook's Plan to Get Entire Planet Online

Mark Zuckerberg wants to get everyone on Earth connected to the internet.<p>Last week, in an effort to reach this lofty goal, the Facebook CEO announced …

Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka

We’ve mixed it with OJ, hidden it in flasks, refilled parents’ bottles with water. But where did vodka come from?<p>Take a good look at the vodka section of your local liquor store. On the upper shelves you’ll find shimmering glass bottles of all shapes and sizes originating from every corner of the …

While We’re Trying To Follow His Game Of Checkers, Jeff Bezos Is Playing Chess

A few years ago, I just didn’t get it. I couldn’t for the life of me understand how a company like Amazon could operate, let alone flourish. I spent the majority of my time following Apple, a company which in many ways was the antithesis of Amazon. Apple was all about huge margins, big profit. …

Rebuilding the world technology destroyed

The Washington Post was headed for bankruptcy, and was finally sold for a pittance. Its buyer began his career on Wall Street, only to move into a …

Jeff Bezos