Today's Five Best Columns
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Mar 1, 2012 2:18PM ET
The image of a freelance writer seems so easy and glamorous: Write important articles on your laptop at coffeeshops by day, rub elbows with thought leaders at cocktail parties by night, all without ever punching a clock or having a boss like a square.
Mar 1, 2012 10:34AM ET
You can tweak the settings; you can educate yourself about the settings; but you cannot opt out of Google's data collection. That is, unless you stop using Google altogether. Let us show you how.
Feb 29, 2012 6:06PM ET
You might be sad to learn that Facebook sends an average of 16 percent of the things you post on Facebook to your friends' news feeds. Then again, you might be glad.
Feb 29, 2012 4:59PM ET
The hallways were impassible outside the daily Page One meeting of the senior-most editors at The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon, due to an unfortunate series of events that has almost 600 journalists up in arms.
Feb 29, 2012 3:59PM ET
The Pentagon's top researchers are getting nervous about the smartphones and tablets civilians are carrying around in their pockets, backpacks and cars, calling the devices dangerous for national security.
Feb 29, 2012 2:57PM ET
After news broke that Davy Jones had died of a heart attack at a hospital in Florida on Friday, the Internet lit up with sad words and thoughtful remembrances of the Monkees singer.
Feb 29, 2012 2:54PM ET
After more than a month of being detained by authorities, Sam LaHood will be allowed to leave Egypt's borders. We're guessing he's going to head straight home, to the old U.S. of A.
Feb 29, 2012 2:29PM ET
Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for James Murdoch and his (literal) parent company News Corp., police are now saying that they felt like News International employees obstructed their investigation.
Feb 29, 2012 1:48PM ET
Every week we're taking a tally of who's getting heard, what they're saying, and why it matters. This week: Nintendo wakes up, Volkswagen gets emotional and Harley-Davidson posts pretty pictures
Feb 29, 2012 12:59PM ET
Rupert Murdoch's youngest son is stepping down from the company's British newspaper division as revelations about phone hacking and bribery continue to emerge. Here's a look back at Murdoch's years-long tumble.
Feb 29, 2012 10:55AM ET
The fanboy blogs are abuzz with thinly sourced reports about what Apple will unveil at next Wednesday's new product party in San Francisco, but after reading some of Apple's recent patent filings, we have one of our own: iPad 3D.
Feb 28, 2012 3:49PM ET
Depending on the time of month, developers and tech bloggers tend to be either upset about the supposedly overly strict rules in Apple's App Store or concerned that the company doesn't better police its own standards.
Feb 28, 2012 3:06PM ET
Richard Branson, Edward Norton and National Geographic's Sylvia Earle are lending their likenesses to The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA), a new initiative set up by environmentalists powerhouses like Greenpeace and WWF among others.
Feb 28, 2012 10:13AM ET
Twitter's new plan to start offering business access to at least the past two years of tweet data reads like an attempt to start generating some revenue for the company.
Feb 27, 2012 5:19PM ET
After months of turmoil, the last of the old school TechCrunch staff is stepping down and handing off the keys to a new set of hands.
Feb 27, 2012 5:03PM ET
Mother Jones has published an in-depth look at a 718-page document supposedly leaked from intelligence forces inside the Bashar al Assad's regime that they're calling the "Syria hit list."
Feb 27, 2012 2:01PM ET
Only four days after Virginia shot down a similar measure, the Alabama State Senate is moving forward with a law that would require women to go through an invasive vaginal ultrasound procedure in order the get an abortion.
Feb 27, 2012 12:24PM ET
There are about 150 million good reasons (read: $) why everybody's talking about Kickstarter lately.
Feb 27, 2012 11:10AM ET
When Julian Assange took the stage at the Frontline Club in London today, there were 25 media companies' logos behind his back. The New York Times was not one of them.
Feb 24, 2012 5:33PM ET
Tension remains high years after shady lending practices at banks pushed America into a recession, and most recently, a class action lawsuit is going after Wells Fargo for allegedly colluding with insurance companies to rip off borrowers.
Feb 24, 2012 4:38PM ET
Three cheers for the Standard & Poor's, whose S&P 500 index closed on Friday at 1,365.74, its highest level since June 2008.
Feb 24, 2012 3:51PM ET
While Newt Gingrich must be a pretty smart guy with his Ph.D. and everything, the presidential candidate -- or, more likely, his campaign staff -- blundered some figures in his latest very, very long YouTube video.
Feb 24, 2012 3:23PM ET
After a short break from daily bad news, AOL's management is once again being needled in public.
Feb 24, 2012 2:26PM ET
After the International Red Cross opened up talks with the Syrian government, aid workers started to evacuate sick or wounded women and children from Homs on Friday.
Feb 24, 2012 1:43PM ET
Haiti's prime minister Garry Conille submitted a letter of resignation (sans a suggested successor, evidently) to the country's president on Friday, barely two years after a devastating earthquake ripped apart Port-au-Prince and environs.
Feb 24, 2012 12:43PM ET
News of Apple's acquiring the app recommendation startup Chomp strikes us as interesting for exactly three reasons.
Feb 24, 2012 10:28AM ET
With a new in-house consulting firm in the works, Wired U.K. is the latest publication to knock holes in the wall that traditionally stands between editorial and business departments.
Feb 23, 2012 6:10PM ET
On Thursday, the White House pulled back the curtain on its "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights," a presidential attempt to clamp down on the misuse of online user data.
Feb 23, 2012 5:42PM ET
The more scientists tinker around in muddy ponds, filthy mines and, yes, laboratories, the more methods for producing clean energy they discover.
Feb 23, 2012 4:35PM ET
In an assertive but unsurprising move, the Obama administration threw a road block between Wall Street and some of the world's most prominent organized crime gangs, including a yakuza godfather and his deputy.