Technology

Goodbye, iPhone Rollout Event. Hello, iPhone Rollout Season!
September 12, 2012

Steve Jobs made product launches into media events. Now those same Apple rollouts determine the schedules of a bunch of other companies.

How Facebook's Fancy New Headquarters Are Stuck In The Past
August 30, 2012

Why must Facebook and Apple keep building the suburban tech campuses of yore?

Why Republicans Aren’t Serious About Getting Rural Areas Online
August 28, 2012

The Republican platform slams Obama for failing to get rural America online. But the GOP's preferred solution wouldn't do that either.

The Tweeps on the Bus
August 24, 2012

BuzzFeed constructs its political content for the Twitter-fied world.

The Red State-Blue State Divide, As Seen by Amazon Books
August 23, 2012

It's a good thing Mitt Romney isn't living off of his book royalties.

The Naked and the TED
August 02, 2012

TED Talks are more popular than ever. They're also more vapid, bland, and fraudulent.

The Machine and the Ghost
July 12, 2012

Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things  By Peter-Paul Verbeek  (University of Chicago Press, 183 pp., $25) JUST WEST OF SEOUL, on a man-made island in the Yellow Sea, a city is rising. Slated for completion by 2015, Songdo has been meticulously planned by engineers and architects and lavishly financed by money from the American real estate company Gale International and the investment bank Morgan Stanley.

Who Goes There?
June 23, 2012

IT TAKES ONE to know one, as we used to say in Brooklyn. Jeff Bezos, one of the most powerful gatekeepers in the history of gatekeeping, had the effrontery to rhapsodize not long ago about “eliminating all the gatekeepers.” The eliminationist rhetoric was consistent with the monopolistic inclinations of his company. “I see the elimination of gatekeepers everywhere,” he hypocritically declared, referring no doubt to his fellow Internet oligarchs, whose codes and algorithms and policies and interests have broken new ground in the manufacture of gates.

Twitterish
June 22, 2012

ONE HAS LATELY heard much of the hashtag. That is, the Twitter symbol #, used to categorize a tweet. Charlie Sheen’s first tweet, for example, was famously: “Winning ..! Choose your Vice... #winning #chooseyourvice.” #Winning has gone on to live in irony across the Twitterverse, in mockery of the eternally less-than-winning Sheen. But even President Obama recently urged students to tweet their senators about raising the interest rates on federally subsidized student loans with the hashtag “#DontDoubleMyRate.” The new thing, however, is using the word “hashtag” in conversation.

The Metropolitan Nature of IPOs
May 18, 2012

Facebook’s IPO (Initial Public Offering) is projected to value the company at $104 billion. Reportedly, only Visa has had a larger IPO. Only time will tell if Facebook is really worth such an astronomical sum, but one thing about it is not all extraordinary: Its location in the Bay Area. From 1996 to 2006, 9 percent of all U.S. IPOs were headquartered in the San Francisco metropolitan areas--where Facebook is located--and another 10 percent came from the San Jose metro area. The data come from University of California-Davis professor Martin Kenney and his colleague Don Patton.

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