For the second year in a row, Bill Gates surprised one lucky recipient in Reddit’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange.
A 25-year-old Redditor with the handle Calid7 write an excited post last week after receiving a Loki helmet (from the “Thor” movie), a coffee-table book of African photos, a polio virus stuffed animal ...
eBay CEO John Donahoe has 23 million reasons to stick around until the company splits in two next year. The San Jose-based e-commerce giant will spend more than $35 million to retain Donahoe and four other top executives until PayPal is spun off, according to an SEC filing.
The five execs will be out of a job once the split, which was ...
“Sometimes companies have to act their age.”
— Aswath Damodaran, professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, on the nearly 21-year-old Yahoo. A New York Times Magazine story explores CEO Marissa Mayer’s efforts to restore the Silicon Valley company to its former glory. But Damodaran suggests Yahoo should be co ...
“This is a well-known bright line and I can’t believe they crossed it. Anyone who is familiar with the assets and capabilities of the United States would never do what they did.”
— Philip Lieberman, security expert with Lieberman Software, on the Sony Pictures hackers’ threats against potential moviegoers. The ...
In his latest philanthropic endeavor, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker is giving $24 million of his own money to prop up an allergy research center at Stanford University.
Parker, best known perhaps as founding president of Facebook and founder of Napster, the file-sharing service and music piracy site that was shut d ...
One of the arguments employed by those against net neutrality and reclassification of broadband is that it would negatively affect investment in broadband networks. But for those keeping track at home, the number of broadband providers that say reclassification wouldn’t hurt investment is now at four. That’s Verizon, Comca ...
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Dozens more companies sign up to take Apple Pay. Meanwhile, Samsung is reportedly in negotiations to launch an Apple Pay rival in 2015.
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"The public probably learned there’s something called Spotify, and that it’s not Pandora."
— Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, on what the public learned from Taylor Swift's decision to pull her music from the streaming service. Ek also tells Read More →
With our panoply of smart machines increasingly making decisions for us, Stanford University on Tuesday announced it is launching a century-long study to examine the societal implications of artificial intelligence.
The study will look into everything from the impact artificial intelligence Read More →
Do you hear what I hear: holiday music by the numbers. For serious Trekkies, a trip down memory lane: All 695 episodes of all "Star Trek" series, ranked. For its first wonder of the modern world, Slate Read More →
It's that time of year, and Google has again released its top search trends for 2014. The lists offer an intriguing glimpse back at what we were all consumed most by during the year, patterns that are reflected Read More →
Update 12/16/2014: Google News has shut down in Spain.
On the eve of Google pulling the plug on Google News in Spain, the Spanish newspaper publishers who had pushed for a stringent new copyright law seem to be having second thoughts about Read More →
Apple is in court again Monday, this time to challenge a federal judge's ruling in the e-book price fixing case.
At issue is whether Apple broke the law when it made agreements with five of the six top publishers as it Read More →
Reluctantly taking the stand, an ex-Apple engineer testified on Friday that he worked on a project meant to shut competitors out of iTunes.
Rod Schultz's testimony came at the tail-end of a two-week trial in Oakland federal court over Apple's dominance Read More →
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Spanish publishers — who pushed for law that requires Google to pay them for news links — ask Spain's government to keep Google News from shutting down. Google News is scheduled Read More →
"If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same Read More →