Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 11, 2013 12:19AM ET
The National Security Agency analyzes tracking cookies used by online advertisers in order to find and target surveillance subjects, according to The Washington Post and documents provided by Edward Snowden.
Dec 10, 2013 5:21PM ET
Twitter now allows users to send pictures to each other in direct messages, and everyone agrees it's going to lead to a whole lot of nudes flying around.
Dec 9, 2013 6:31PM ET
Facebook researchers dove into the data of those red equals sign profile pictures on Monday, and found one surprising area that particularly loved their pro-gay rights message: Missoula, Montana.
Dec 9, 2013 4:08PM ET
A small group of San Francisco protestors blocked a private Google bus today, halting its route and blasting the company's use of public bus stops for cushy, private shuttles.
Dec 9, 2013 3:33PM ET
President Obama doesn't specifically tell America that every kid should learn how to code in a video released on Monday by the White House, but he comes close enough that we must interject: No, everyone does not need to learn to code.
Dec 9, 2013 2:26PM ET
While we all pride ourselves on having developed our political identity after a lengthy period of thoughtful contemplation, it turns out that it's at least 56 percent thanks to genetics.
Dec 9, 2013 9:57AM ET
Alex Pareene on what's at stake in the rise of Elizabeth Warren, Susan Glasser on Hillary Clinton's legacy, Robinson Meyer on Upworthy, Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas on the grand bargain, and Elizabeth Goitein on humanizing terrorists.
Dec 9, 2013 9:27AM ET
As it turns out, your guild isn't the only group watching your level 90 dwarf warrior slay the Horde like its a walk through the park: the NSA and its British intelligence counterpart are watching World of Warcraft.
Dec 9, 2013 1:34AM ET
In the wake of leaks surrounding the NSA's surveillance programs, eight of the largest tech companies have allied in a concerted effort to push for government reform.
Dec 9, 2013 12:41AM ET
While it's by no means official, at a hackathon last week, a few Facebook employees developed a prototype replacement for the ubiquitous 'Like' button more suitable for status updates of the "bummer" variety.
Dec 6, 2013 3:13PM ET
For the first time in decades, the Supreme Court will take up a dispute over the patentability of software.
Dec 6, 2013 2:43AM ET
DNA sequencing company 23andMe has decided to suspend new consumers' access to genetic tests following a complaint from the Food and Drug Administration questioning the accuracy of the service and its effects on self-diagnosis.
Dec 6, 2013 12:52AM ET
A new oral history of BlackBerry—formerly RIM, the Canadian smartphone pioneer—reveals a number of anecdotes about how the company got to its current state, now mostly known for bringing up the rear in the smartphone market.
Dec 5, 2013 3:28PM ET
What will become of us in this aerially threatening near future? How will we keep the machines from taking over our pristine skies?
Dec 5, 2013 12:40PM ET
In a bind, you probably wouldn't think twice about recharging your cell phone in the nearest public outlet. But what if the battery that's running low happens to be in your electric car?
Dec 5, 2013 9:55AM ET
Twitter's Board of Directors is no longer 100 percent men, after the company announced the appointment of former publishing CEO Marjorie Scardino to its ranks.
Dec 5, 2013 7:48AM ET
Cyber security firm Trustwave published a blog post on Tuesday saying it found that nearly 2 million online accounts have been hacked, compromising the privacy of Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Twitter and the payroll service ADP users in nearly 100 countries.
Dec 4, 2013 3:15PM ET
An MIT surveillance video released to the public today reveals the "sting" operation that led to the arrest of Aaron Swartz, the programmer and activist who committed suicide while facing a federal criminal probe for hacking.
Dec 4, 2013 12:51PM ET
The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology carved out two hours of time on Wednesday to discuss the search for extraterrestrial life. Stop making fun of it.
Dec 4, 2013 12:06PM ET
After Amazon's pie-in-the-sky drone announcement, Google decided to tip its hand about one of their own ambitious projects: Building robots to replace humans in the workforce.
Dec 4, 2013 8:22AM ET
Now that the dust has more or less settled around the embarrassingly glitchy launch of healthcare.gov, the White House may be ready to start pointing fingers.
Dec 3, 2013 8:34PM ET
Can plants grow on the moon? Well, no. At least, not yet. NASA hopes to change that in 2015, when it sends a bunch of seeds to the surface of the moon to see if those seeds will germinate and grow in lunar gravity and radiation.
Dec 3, 2013 7:51PM ET
The GIF Pronunciation Wars are over. Alex Trebek, the oracle of these modern times, has weighed in on tonight's "Jeopardy." It's "jif." With a soft "g." And you know it's serious because this wasn't for any regular old "Jeopardy" question -- it was Final Jeopardy.
Dec 3, 2013 9:57AM ET
About one third of enrollment records processed by Healthcare.gov have errors, according to two anonymous health and government officials interviewed byThe Washington Post.
Dec 3, 2013 1:46AM ET
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case involving a New York law requiring online retailers to collect state taxes on their goods, even if they have no physical presence in the state.
Dec 2, 2013 5:45PM ET
The Wall Street Journal reports Apple just bought Topsy, a social media analytics company, instantly giving it a world of social power. The only trouble is, no one really knows what they're going to do with it.
Dec 2, 2013 2:15PM ET
International law enforcers shut down more than 700 online stores selling counterfeit goods in Europe and the U.S. as part of an annual Cyber Monday piracy sting.
Dec 2, 2013 12:27PM ET
There are a lot of reasons why Amazon delivering goods by drone anytime soon isn’t merely “optimistic,” as CEO Jeff Bezos put it, but outright silly. But Amazon is nothing if not opportunistic.
Dec 2, 2013 9:02AM ET
For the past several weeks, the controversial viral content site ViralNova has become the subject of much media speculation as it ascends through the ranks of internet popularity. The Wire believes it has identified the anonymous people behind this mysterious site that might be upending the existing viral media establishment.
Dec 1, 2013 8:14PM ET
When the great Machine-Human War of 2025 commences, those of us who survive (who will be few in number) can point to this 60 Minutes broadcast as the beginning of the end of humanity.