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The web responds to the death of hacker-activist Aaron Swartz

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The open web and freedom of information in general lost one of their most passionate proponents yesterday, with the death of early Reddit staffer and Demand Progress founder Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide on Friday, according to a family member. He was facing federal charges for hacking into the JSTOR...
The web responds to the death of hacker-activist Aaron Swartz
Google, April 1, And The Trouble With Tricks You Know Are Coming

Will monitoring our health be like managing a stock portfolio?

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Among Quantified Self devotees who log their every step, calorie and heart beat, Stephen Wolfram, the scientist and innovator behind Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica, is something of a self-tracking superstar. For decades, he’s been collecting all kinds of personal information, from emails sent and received to meetings and phone calls and all of his daily...
Will monitoring our health be like managing a stock portfolio?
Living on a Stream: The Rise of Real-Time Video

Inside Google's Secret Search Algorithm [Google]

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Wired's Steven Levy takes us inside the "algorithm that rules the web"—Google's search algorithm, of course—and if you use Google, it's kind of a must-read. PageRank? That's so 1997.It's known that Google constantly updates the algorithm, with 550 improvements this year—to deliver smarter results and weed out the crap—but there...
Inside Google's Secret Search Algorithm [Google]
Google Is Working On A Search System That Can Understand Your Emotions (GOOG)

Why Apple Would Be Willing To Lose Money On A Smaller iPad (AAPL)

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Sharp-minded Apple-blogger John Gruber has a long analysis on the 8-inch iPad. The most interesting bit comes at the end when he starts talking about the pricing. He suggests that when, or if, Apple releases a smaller iPad, it might be willing to make very little money on the tablet....
Why Apple Would Be Willing To Lose Money On A Smaller iPad (AAPL)
Larry Page’s First Year As Google CEO: Impatience is a Virtue

Mary Meeker: Here's How Silicon Valley Has Made Life Better During The Recession (GOOG, AAPL, ORCL)

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Steven Levy at Wired has a great interview with Mary Meeker, the Wall Street Internet analyst turned Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist. Meeker was one of the first people to spot the rise of tech companies in the mid-nineties, and her annual presentations on the state of the technology are must...
Mary Meeker: Here's How Silicon Valley Has Made Life Better During The Recession (GOOG, AAPL, ORCL)

Google's Marissa Mayer: a savvy boss with skills to turn Yahoo around

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'Incredibly smart' 37-year-old served Google for 13 years and was on three-strong team who invented Google AdWordsWhen she interviewed for her job at Google in 1999, Marissa Mayer was asked to list three things the fledgling search engine could do better. Reputedly, she could only think of two.Mayer is unlikely...
Google's Marissa Mayer: a savvy boss with skills to turn Yahoo around

Kindling the Fire: Will Amazon’s Bet On Revenue Growth Pay Off?

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Jeff Bezos introducing the Kindle Fire on Sept. 28, 2011. CREDIT: Victor J. Blue/ Wired.com Tuesday’s earnings report is good news / bad news for Amazon and its shareholders: The retailer is taking in more money than ever, but at lower profit margins than it did a year ago. Analysts...
Kindling the Fire: Will Amazon’s Bet On Revenue Growth Pay Off?

Larry Page's 'Paranoia' Over Facebook Has Turned Forced Him To Abandon His Ideals (GOOG)

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Google co-founder Larry Page has a Facebook fixation. When he replaced his mentor Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO last April, Page insisted that the company had to be more aggressive about countering the threat posed by Facebook's ever-growing popularity. Page responded with a social networking crusade that is still reshaping Google Inc. as he...
Larry Page's 'Paranoia' Over Facebook Has Turned Forced Him To Abandon His Ideals (GOOG)

When Even 10x Isn't Big Enough

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Wait, that’s the second time you’ve mentioned Google as potentially a million-person company. – Wired’s Steven Levy, pressing Google CEO Larry Page on his “moon shot” ambitions...
When Even 10x Isn't Big Enough
Social: We’re Trapped in the Facebook Journalism Bubble

The Industry's Reaction to Amazon's Event

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Proving that Twitter isn’t just about complaining about poor customer service or the election, Amazon’s event – which saw the introduction of new Kindles, a new Kindle Fire HD, and more – inspired a firestorm of Tweets. We’ve collected a few of them below, and we expect to have a longer...
The Industry's Reaction to Amazon's Event

Google Drive And The Cloud Wars

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Editor’s note: Aaron Levie is co-founder and CEO at Box. Follow him on Twitter @levie. For the past six years, any startup touching the cloud storage space has lived in anticipation and fear of Google’s entry into the market. G(od) Drive’s arrival was meant to instantly commoditize existing offerings, kill...
Google Drive And The Cloud Wars

Larry Page Declares He Is Above the Fray

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Though outside observers who know Google very well describe Larry Page in his first year back as CEO as singularly impatient (Steven Levy) and “driven by his paranoia about Facebook” (Ken Auletta) Page offered a sort of serenity in a rare interview. Speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone, Page said...
Larry Page Declares He Is Above the Fray

Duke Pulls the Plug on Usenet

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Duke Pulls the Plug on Usenet is a post from Chris PirilloToday, May 20th 2010, marks a sad day for all of us who remember – and grew up with – Usenet. Duke University will be forever pulling the plug on the once-popular means of communication, laying it to rest...
Duke Pulls the Plug on Usenet

Is A Twitter Phone Next? Maybe, According To One Exec

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Twitter's VP of product Michael Sippey left open the possibility that the company could alter Android's home screen in a similar fashion as Facebook recently did with Facebook Home. Responding to a question at AllThingsD's mobile conference from Wired editor Steven Levy about a so-called Twitter Phone today, Sippey said...
Is A Twitter Phone Next? Maybe, According To One Exec

Larry Page Wants To Hire A Million People (GOOG)

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Google currently has about 60,000 full time employees and tens of thousands more contractors. Google CEO Larry Page dreams of scaling the company "10X" to a million employees, he told Wired's Steven Levy at the end of a magnificent interview. From Wired: Wired: How do you maintain the Google culture--including the...
Larry Page Wants To Hire A Million People (GOOG)

Google's Larry Page takes a swipe at Facebook and Apple

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Google chief says Facebook 'doing a really bad job on their products' and iPhone maker's product range is 'unsatisfying'Google's chief executive Larry Page has taken a swipe at Facebook and Apple, claiming the giant social network is "doing a really bad job on their products" and that the iPhone maker's...
Google's Larry Page takes a swipe at Facebook and Apple
There Are A Ton Of Ex-Googlers Working On Facebook Search (FB, GOOG)
Here's Marissa Mayer's 'Moonshot' Goal For Yahoo (YHOO)

Google's Fiber takeover plan expands, will kill cable and carriers

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Last year, on August 1st, I emailed you guys my thoughts about Google Fiber, “Google’s Fiber ‘Proof of Concept’ Is Anything But.” In that piece I wrote, “Mark my words: Google Fiber is not a test, it’s a takeover plan.” Last week, Google announced its second Fiber city: Austin....
Google's Fiber takeover plan expands, will kill cable and carriers

It Lives.

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It Lives.: 137 years in the making, Google Drive is finally a reality. Four initial takeaways: 1) The pricing is the killer feature. 5GB free, then 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month, or 1TB for $49.99/month. 2) No iOS client. Yes, it’s coming, but it’s unacceptable to launch this product without...
It Lives.

Sympathy For Peter Thiel

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I feel sorry for Peter Thiel. Did he really want flying cars? Flying cars are not a very efficient way to move things from one point to another. On the other hand, 20 years ago we had the idea that information could become available at your fingertips. We got...
Sympathy For Peter Thiel
Data Centers: Google Server Cooling Test Spawns 4-Foot Alligator

Google's Larry Page on Why Moon Shots Matter

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Google's Larry Page on Why Moon Shots Matter: Since I couldn't link to it from the previous "chat" post, i wanted to link to Steven Levy's interview of Larry Page for Wired. "Moon shots", Google as a million-person company -- it's fascinating stuff that's well worth a read. One thing...
Google's Larry Page on Why Moon Shots Matter
Dick Costolo Doesn’t Want You To Worry About Twitter’s Business
Google honors Maria Montessori, whose teaching methods were used to educate both Google founders
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