Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 21, 2011 7:10PM ET
Since a large group of tech companies protested the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) in conjunction with the House's first hearing on SOPA last week, civil rights advocates have been rooting out the pro-SOPA traitors.
Nov 21, 2011 2:46PM ET
Each year Jimmy Wales stares us into donating to Wikipedia; this year it's even easier than ever to make fun of the Wikipedia founder.
Nov 21, 2011 11:54AM ET
Just in time to take advantage of the Kindle Fire let down, Barnes and Noble's similar idea, the Nook Tablet, has hit reviewer's hands.
Nov 21, 2011 9:48AM ET
Earlier this year, we learned that early Facebook investor Peter Thiel didn't believe in higher education, and thanks to a just-published New Yorker profile, we now know that he also doesn't believe in death.
Nov 20, 2011 6:28PM ET
Robert Scoble kicked up a vigorous discussion with a long blog post about what he calls "the freaky line" — the limit beyond which people just don't like sharing information with others on the Internet. The line's moving.
Nov 19, 2011 1:34PM ET
A catalog of tools and services to intercept, decrypt and otherwise snoop around in digital communications falls into the hands of The Wall Street Journal.
Nov 19, 2011 11:55AM ET
The Amazon tablet doesn't have native Google apps, angering some would-be users. And Apple doesn't want them to use a certain marketing term.
Nov 18, 2011 5:00PM ET
You no longer have to wonder what gadget to get the tikes on your holiday gift list this year: the far-and-away most popular electronics product the kids are clamoring for in 2011 is the iPad.
Nov 18, 2011 4:07PM ET
Spotify just lost about 200 record labels, which is bad for a service that's only as valuable as the music it provides.
Nov 18, 2011 2:24PM ET
There are two things that political conspiracy e-mail forwards have in common: Conservatives and senior citizens.
Nov 18, 2011 12:17PM ET
During the deluge of protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from tech companies and civil rights groups alike, the Business Software Alliance, who counts Apple and Microsoft in their ranks, issued a glowing vote of support for the law.
Nov 18, 2011 9:42AM ET
With each Kindle Fire sale Amazon loses money, but not that much.
Nov 18, 2011 9:29AM ET
New tests at the European science facility CERN yet again confirm the results of their prior experiment which showed faster-than-light particles, reports the BBC and The Washington Post.
Nov 17, 2011 7:52PM ET
Robert Mackey at The New York Times boldly declared on Thursday afternoon, "Drone Journalism Arrives" — it's actually been around for a while over at News Corp.
Nov 17, 2011 6:39PM ET
Amazon is giving Apple a run for its money on the rumor mill with budding speculation over the possibility of a Kindle Phone.
Nov 17, 2011 6:04PM ET
Just over two weeks after announcing its intentions, Twitter is starting to drop ads — ahem, "promoted tweets" — into users' timelines.
Nov 17, 2011 3:46PM ET
Netflix may have reached a financial roadblock in its plan to win back respect and subscribers.
Nov 17, 2011 3:15PM ET
The tech world leaned forward on Wednesday evening when Michael Arrington — the TechCrunch founder who boisterously departed AOL after a spat with Arianna Huffington — warned on Twitter of "some very bad news about AOL."
Nov 17, 2011 2:48PM ET
On a chart designed by self-described "multidisciplinary artist" Bård Edlund, the time of day when the most people will be awake to read your pithy tweet (at least on the East Coast) is at 9 a.m.
Nov 17, 2011 10:51AM ET
Replacing everything we used to carry around with us, smartphones are making purses obsolete.
Nov 17, 2011 10:50AM ET
Having invited only one of six witness voicing opposition to the bill, the House Judiciary Committee avoided digging into the dangerous details of internet censorship during and focused on piracy during its hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Nov 16, 2011 7:21PM ET
Ultra-efficient LED light bulbs are all the rage amongst futurist gadget geeks these days.
Nov 16, 2011 6:13PM ET
Years late to the music party, Google makes up for it by offering its Music Service for free -- mostly.
Nov 16, 2011 6:06PM ET
Everybody loves Apple's sleek, hip industrial design — especially other laptop manufacturers trying to compete with the explosive success of the MacBook Pro.
Nov 16, 2011 3:01PM ET
Wednesday, November 16 is the first ever American Censorship Day in honor of the first House hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and most of the internet seems determined not to repeat the ironic holiday next year.
Nov 16, 2011 2:07PM ET
If at first you don't succeed, try again in a couple of weeks.
Nov 16, 2011 1:11PM ET
Google X made headlines this week, but Microsoft has been secretly building everything from social networks to projectors that turn a human body into a touch screen in their labs for years.
Nov 16, 2011 9:18AM ET
Cutting it close, Google signed a deal with major music labels just one day before the official Google Music launch event this afternoon.
Nov 15, 2011 7:00PM ET
On Thursday afternoon, Facebook confirmed that a "coordinated spam attack" has been sending a torrent of hardcore porn and gore into Facebook users' news feeds. It's not pretty.
Nov 15, 2011 6:39PM ET
Apple named Arthur Levinson, a current board member, as its new board chairman, and it also added Disney CEO Bob Iger to the board to fill the seat left by Steve Jobs.