Tech

The Law Has Spoken: A Cellphone Is a Bedroom, Not a Pants Pocket
The Supreme Court rules that all cellphone searches require warrants
June 25, 2014

The Supreme Court rules that all cellphone searches require warrants.

Robots Might Be Smart, But They're Terrible at Soccer—and They Flop, Too
A report from an awkward, adorable robot-soccer match
June 13, 2014

A report from an awkward, adorable robot-soccer match.

Self-Driving Cars Are Still Cars—Which Means They Won't Improve Your Commute
May 29, 2014

The company's attempt to "disrupt" the car industry is an embrace of the status quo. We need innovation in mass transit instead.

Google Says We Have a "Right to Know," But Really Just Wants the Right to Profit From Your Personal Information
May 21, 2014

The search giant really just wants the right to profit from your personal information.

Uber and Airbnb Are Waging a Libertarian War on Regulators
Silicon Valley's politics get complicated
May 20, 2014

Silicon Valley's politics get complicated

Silicon Valley Says Space Mining Is Awesome and Will Change Life on Earth. That’s Only Half Right.
Silicon Valley says asteroid mining will end Earth's conflict over natural resources. It won't.
May 19, 2014

Tech companies are planning to mine asteroids and the moon. That's cool, but it won't bring peace on Earth.

Somehow, Activists Have Put Protecting Net Neutrality Back on the Agenda
A principle that seemed all but dead is making a comeback
May 15, 2014

A principle that seemed all but dead is making a comeback

Selling Your Bulk Online Data Really Means Selling Your Autonomy
Big tech's war on the meaning of life
May 13, 2014

What makes the new, data-heavy advertising so cunning is that it creates the illusion that we're still making autonomous choices

Americans Just Don't Want to Buy Things With Their iPhones
Here's how Silicon Valley plans to change their minds
May 11, 2014

Shoppers in other countries love paying with their smartphones, but not Americans. Here's how Silicon Valley plans to change that. 

The Secret Messages Inside Chinese URLs
Decoding 4008-517-517.com
May 01, 2014

URLs like 4008-517-517.com mean a lot more than they appear.

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