Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 14, 2011 11:37AM ET
As of yesterday, pilots became our nation's most privileged gadget users when the FAA approved iPad use during all stages of flight, as the National Transportation Safety Board recommended a nationwide ban on cell phones in cars -- including Bluetooth or hands-free devices.
Dec 14, 2011 9:46AM ET
After Lowe's got flack for bending to the will of the Florida Family Association, pulling their ads from TLC show All American Muslim, other advertisers are denying they cut advertising from the program that the FFA says, "poses a clear and present danger to the liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish."
Dec 13, 2011 2:00PM ET
After all the lengths Google went to assure us of Google Wallet's security, it turns out the mobile payments system stores a lot of unencrypted information on your smart phone's database.
Dec 13, 2011 11:35AM ET
Hygiene may be the least vain justification for ripping hairs off of your mons pubis, but it's not doctor recommended.
Dec 13, 2011 9:48AM ET
Scientists at M.I.T's Media lab have created a camera that can capture the speed of light, taking a photo in less than two-trillionths of a second.
Dec 12, 2011 6:02PM ET
The authenticity of the cuteness in this photo of brand new polar bears is up for debate, after it turned out that the scene that produced those little ones was staged in a Dutch zoo.
Dec 12, 2011 3:54PM ET
On the heels of the release of his latest show, Live at the Beacon Theater, comedian and star of his FX show Louie Louis C.K. made a visit to Reddit, participating in the site's ask me anything thread.
Dec 12, 2011 1:07PM ET
It turns out vocal fry, what the Internet is reporting as a new linguistic trend "creeping" into women's speech isn't much of a trend at all.
Dec 12, 2011 12:15PM ET
After many Kindle Fire complaints, Amazon has finally promised a fix, coming in two weeks -- over a month and a half since the device first came out -- the company told The New York Times's David Streitfeld.
Dec 12, 2011 10:55AM ET
It might be a turbulent time for the news-biz, but the media hasn't altogether abandoned perks for its employees, and after surveying the snack offering in newsrooms, tasty treats can say a lot about a company's priorities.
Dec 9, 2011 4:51PM ET
The most influential Twitter account is a Brazilian elderly woman with a foul mouth and a GIF powered avatar, showcasing the tweeter doing sexy things.
Dec 9, 2011 2:02PM ET
Nature and technology have made it easy for you to catch tomorrow's full lunar eclipse, the last one until April 14, 2014.
Dec 9, 2011 11:38AM ET
After announcing its lofty IPO goals last week, Zynga has taken its show on the road, trying its hardest to convince investors to pony up for a service that only 3 percent of its users pay for.
Dec 9, 2011 10:28AM ET
As HP debates the fate of its dying webOS, the mobile operating system HP used in its failed tablet TouchPad, it has the perfect man defending the unpopular system: A tech savvy guy who has practiced self-deprecating humor for years.
Dec 8, 2011 6:46PM ET
In a move of utter hypocrisy Facebook, a company with a trademark for the word "face," is countersuing Timelines.com, claiming its trademark of the word "timeline" is too generic.
Dec 8, 2011 5:07PM ET
This afternoon Twitter announced a "fly" new site redesign that focuses more on growth and less on making user experience better for loyal tweeters.
Dec 8, 2011 3:47PM ET
Instead of just sitting around and complaining on Twitter about the new Gmail, do something about it.
Dec 8, 2011 2:18PM ET
With the Internet TV model not quite perfected, the field is wide open for predictions and theories on what the future holds for the seemingly inevitable conjoining of television with web offerings.
Dec 8, 2011 10:46AM ET
Though banks didn't succeed in pawning their Dodd-Frank burdens off to consumers with a $5 monthly debit charge, credit card companies are charging businesses more for handling small transactions which is being passed along to customers.
Dec 7, 2011 4:19PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Dec 7, 2011 3:07PM ET
As with all things Internet, the future of mobile payments is going to be fragmented, making the promise of a digital wallet on your phone a lot less exciting.
Dec 7, 2011 12:00PM ET
When translating its popular iPad app for magazine reading to the iPhone, Flipboard didn't just shrink its iPad app and slap it on the iPhone.
Dec 7, 2011 9:36AM ET
Facebook has finally decided to start rolling out its Timeline; but don't get too excited, it's only turning the feature on for 0.25 percent of its users.
Dec 6, 2011 6:45PM ET
The announcement of Android's 10 billionth app download should be great news for developers. After all, more downloads means more money, right? Actually, it might not.
Dec 6, 2011 4:39PM ET
Dec 6, 2011 3:53PM ET
After a body building blog exposed a Facebook glitch that gave users access to private hidden photos, the best thing the Internet could think to do was post Mark Zuckerberg's super boring private photos.
Dec 6, 2011 2:32PM ET
A button that's supposed to make it easier for charitable giving only makes things more confusing for people just trying to collect funds for the needy.
Dec 6, 2011 12:17PM ET
While the Internet usually gets all the blame for inspiring the scary-for-cable-companies cordless future, the NFL, too, will dictate television's fate.
Dec 6, 2011 9:37AM ET
Three weeks after Amazon released the Kindle Fire, users have had enough time to notice its kinks.
Dec 5, 2011 6:29PM ET
After last week's New York Times column on the pointlessess of making fliers turns off gadgets during take-off and landing, angry technophiles have started a White House petition to get the rules changed.