- Tech Time Warp of the Week: Return to 1974, When a Computer Ordered a Pizza for the First Time @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 1:15 PM EST
Watch John Sherman use a voice synthesizer to place the first computer-assisted pizza delivery order in history.
- Verizon Will Let Customers Sidestep Its Privacy-Killing 'Perma-Cookie' @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:14 PM EST
Good news: Verizon Wireless will soon let its users stop the invasive tracking of its 'perma-cookie.'
- Facebook Is Making News Feed Better By Asking Real People Direct Questions @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 11:23 AM EST
It's a well-known fact that Facebook's flagship feature, News Feed, is run by algorithms. But Facebook knows that it can do better than relying solely on these cold computations.
- Jay-Z Makes a Bid to Acquire a Swedish Streaming Music Company @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 6:10 AM EST
Jay-Z's empire may soon be a little bit larger. The rapper and business mogul is about to get into the streaming music business.
- The Grand Plan to Give Everyone a Free Year of Online College @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 1:30 AM EST
As debate over free community college tuition continues in Congress, one private equity mogul and philanthropist is working to give students a head start at college for free online.
- The Smartest, Richest Companies Can't Crack Mobile. The Future Belongs to Anyone Who Can @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 1:30 AM EST
The smartest, richest tech companies in the world all posted their quarterly earnings this week, and if you had to draw one lesson from the results, it's this: mobile matters. More than anything.
- The Man Who Knows Whether Any Startup Will Live or Die @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 1:30 AM EST
Thomas Thurston wants to reduce the risks of entrepreneurship -- and stabilize the economy -- by using data science to evaluate business plans.
- Amazon Says One Million Customers Actively Use Its Cloud Services @ WIRED - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 2:43 PM EST
During Amazon's fourth quarter earnings announcement today, the company revealed that Amazon Web Services (AWS)—essentially its cloud computing infrastructure—has over one million active customers.
- Feds Bar Man From Posting Revenge Porn @ WIRED - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 2:16 PM EST
The Federal Trade Commission has barred a man from posting nude images on women to his website without their express written consent.
- Microsoft to Invest in Android Startup Cyanogen, Says Report @ WIRED - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 11:26 AM EST
Microsoft will be investing $70 million in Cyanogen, the startup that makes a popular Android ROM, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The investment would make Microsoft a minority ...
- China's New Rules for Selling Tech to Banks Have US Companies Spooked @ WIRED - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:21 AM EST
Technology companies that want to sell equipment to Chinese banks have to submit to extensive audits, turn over source code, and build "back doors" into their hardware and software---presumably ...
- How Sequencing Foods' DNA Could Help Us Prevent Diseases @ WIRED - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 3:00 AM EST
Scientists from the IBM Research and Mars Incorporated today announced the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium, a collaborative food safety platform aiming to leverage advances in genomics and ...
- This 125-Year-Old Letter Sheds New Light on the Word 'Hack' @ WIRED - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 1:30 AM EST
If you walk through the heart of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, you'll find a rather imposing two-story mural painted by artist Brian Barnecio. She dug through Merriam-Webster's archives and came up with this April 4th 1890 letter written to G. & C. Merriam & Co. by one A. W. Douglas, on the letterhead …
- Facebook Just Had Another Record Quarter, and It Has Apple to Thank @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 3:20 PM EST
Facebook deserves a lot of credit for figuring out new ways to make smartphones a true home for its ad products. But over the past three months especially, it's benefitted from a major assist.
- Comcast Renames Man 'Asshole Brown' After He Tries to Cancel Cable @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:10 PM EST
Comcast probably doesn't relish being one of those companies that many Americans love to hate. Consider the case of Ricardo Brown. The disagreement happened when Brown's wife Lisa tried to cancel her cable. She got referred to one of the company's dreaded "retention specialists," who apparently didn't like being told …
- Amazon Challenges Google and Microsoft With Its Own Email Service @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:17 AM EST
On Wednesday, Amazon announced an email and digital calendar service called WorkMail, which is what it sounds like: a corporate email and calendar product.
- These Are the Hottest New Open Source Projects Right Now @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 9:50 AM EST
Gobs of new open source projects are released every year. Software company Black Duck tries to figure out which ones are actually catching on.
- Facebook Tries to Outdo Twitter at the Super Bowl With a Real-Time Hub @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 9:17 AM EST
The Super Bowl is coming in just a few days, and Facebook wants to command more of your attention during America's mammoth television event---in more ways than one.
- Sony Partners With Spotify to Launch a PlayStation Streaming Service @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 8:17 AM EST
For Sony, it's out with the old, and in with the new.
- Slack's New Acquisition Adds Voice Chat to Its Collaboration Tools @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 7:00 AM EST
That's because Slack, with just under 100 employees, is acquiring Screenhero---a much smaller desktop collaboration company that graduated from the Y Combinator startup incubator just two years ago. The move is part of the continued and rapid evolution of online collaboration tools. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield liked …
- AT&T Is Bringing an Original Video Series (And Lots of Ads) to Snapchat @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 6:26 AM EST
The ad industry's big day may be just around the corner, but today, one major advertiser is hard at work on a much less traditional, and potentially revolutionary, form of advertising.
- The Startup That Helps Companies Fix Their User Experience Problems @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:30 AM EST
UserTesting provides a different kind of user experience platform that aims to make it easier for users to, well, test products.
- This Wearable Helps You Quit Smoking by Dosing You With Nicotine @ WIRED - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 1:30 AM EST
Chrono Therapeutics' wearable, which can be worn on the arm or the torso, uses disposable cartridges to deliver varying doses of nicotine to users, ahead of their cravings. It pairs with an app that provides ...
- You Can Get Your Apple Watch Starting in April @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 12:39 PM EST
At Apple's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook finally announced that the highly anticipated Apple Watch would ship in April.
- FTC Warns of the Huge Security Risks in the Internet of Things @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 11:53 AM EST
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday released a detailed report urging businesses to take concrete steps to protect consumers' privacy and security.
- Google's Ultra-Fast Internet Is Coming to 4 More Big Cities @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:17 AM EST
Google appears set to announce the next four cities to receive its gigabit speed fiber optic internet service: Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee....
- Facebook Rolls Out a Tool for Testing Ads With Control Groups @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 8:05 AM EST
Facebook wants to show the world that its ads really work. Today, the social networking giant unveiled a new online tool that will allow advertisers across the globe to test the effectiveness of the ads they post to Facebook. The tool offers what Facebook calls "conversion lift" testing, and in essence, it's a means of …
- The '90s Startup That Terrified Microsoft and Got Americans to Go Online @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 8:05 AM EST
In 1995, nothing better represented the excitement and wealth-making potential associated with the Internet than Netscape. But the Netscape saga—from spectacular rise to decline and humiliating absorption ...
- Snapchat Gets Into the News Business With the Launch of 'Discover' @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 7:11 AM EST
Snapchat's long-awaited news tool, Discover, is finally here, enabling media outlets to post bite-sized content on the app.
- The Messaging App That Uses Cats to Keep Your Photos Private @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 4:00 AM EST
Facebook is about to be invaded by cat photos. Strike that. Facebook is about to be invaded by even more cat photos.
- Twitter Rolls Out Private Group Conversations, Native Video Tools @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 3:35 AM EST
Twitter is more than it was yesterday. Today, the popular social networking service began offering two new tools: one for taking, editing, and sharing videos on your mobile phone (see left), and another for trading private messages among groups of people (see below, left). According to Twitter product director Jinen Kamdar, …
- This Guy Found a Way to Block Robocalls When Phone Companies Wouldn't @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 1:30 AM EST
Aaron Foss won a $25,000 cash prize from the Federal Trade Commission for figuring out how eliminate all those annoying robocalls that dial into your phone from a world of sleazy marketers. According to the lobbying group, it raises privacy concerns---and causes other problems too.
- How the iPad Went From Massive to 'Meh' in 5 Short Years @ WIRED - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 1:30 AM EST
The genius of the iPad was that Apple realized it didn't have to make a device that people needed---just one they wanted. Now they don't want it so much anymore.
- The Internet of Anything: A Virtual Assistant for Your Gadgets, From Phones to Refrigerators @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 1:19 PM EST
The company behind a new virtual assistant wants to give telcos and electronics manufacturers a bigger stake in the Internet of Things.
- Uber Pressured Into Capping Surge Pricing During the East Coast Snowstorm @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 11:58 AM EST
Uber, a ride-hailing startup that lets people book cars using their smartphones, said in an emailed statement Monday it would suspend price surges during the storm, following a policy developed with New ...
- BMW's Hilarious Super Bowl Ad Recalls Life at the Dawn of the Internet @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 9:55 AM EST
"What is internet anyway?"
- How Big Is Coding Right Now? A Programming School Just Sold for $36M @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 9:37 AM EST
Online training company Pluralsight is acquiring the "learn to code" site Code School for $36 million.
- Facebook Launches 'Lite' App for Users in the Developing World @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 8:35 AM EST
Facebook has launched an alternate, slimmed down version of its app called Facebook Lite, designed for low-end Android phones used primarily in the developing world.
- Coinbase Opens First Licensed Bitcoin Exchange in the US @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 8:25 AM EST
On Monday morning, Bitcoin wallet provider Coinbase launched the first licensed US Bitcoin exchange.
- Asana's New Android App Shows Design Matters in the Business World @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 2:00 AM EST
On Tuesday, Asana finally came out with a native Android app, with significant upgrades to both its codebase and design.
- In the Shadow of Apple Pay, Google Wallet Expands Its Online Reach, Too @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 2:00 AM EST
Apple Pay is changing the way we buy stuff, bridging the gap between the online world and the good old fashioned world where we walk into drug stores, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops. But it's ...
- The Startup That Thinks It Can Dethrone eBay @ WIRED - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 1:30 AM EST
Twice wants to make selling used stuff online less painful for sellers --- and buying that stuff more fun for buyers.
- Expedia Buys Travelocity, Merging Two of the Web's Biggest Travel Sites @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 11:43 AM EST
Expedia has agreed to buy Travelocity from its parent company, Sabre Corp., for $280 million, merging two major travel booking sites amidst increasing competition from other players in the space.
- Microsoft Continues Its March Toward Open Source With Latest Acquisition @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 9:24 AM EST
Microsoft has agreed to acquire open-source software company Revolution Analytics, heavily embracing the R programming language, a data analysis tool widely used by both academics and corporate data scientists. Revolution Analytics is best known for offering developer tools for use with the R language, and though Microsoft …
- Box Shares Surge in the First Big IPO of 2015 @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 8:10 AM EST
Almost a year after it publicly filed for an IPO, Box finally made its debut on Wall Street on Friday morning. The market's reaction was rather favorable.
- People Who Are Good at Cocktail Parties Are Also Better at the Internet @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 5:00 AM EST
Ban trolls. Research shows that groups of people who are good at reading signals from others are collectively smarter. Even online.
- The Crowdfunding Site That Lets You Sell Shares in Your Videogame or Movie @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 5:00 AM EST
The world's first publicly traded person and Kanye West's former technical consultant want to help you IPO anything.
- Tech Time Warp of the Week: The 1977 Tablet Computer That Took Up an Entire Room @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 2:00 AM EST
In the late '70s, researchers at MIT built a tablet that filled an entire room. It was called the Spatial Data Management System, and although it was enormous, it was an awful lot like a modern tablet ...
- Box's IPO Could Rain All Over Microsoft's Comeback @ WIRED - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 1:30 AM EST
But more than anything, today's public market debut of a "consumer-enterprise" startup is a way to take the temperature of the confidence Microsoft's ability to make software people actually ...
- The Startup That Could Beat SpaceX to Building a Second Internet in Space @ WIRED - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 11:04 AM EST
This is a story about the guy who wants to connect billions of unconnected people to the internet. No, not that guy. Not that guy either.