Today's Five Best Columns
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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.
Nov 29, 2013 5:32PM ET
Several scientists hit the proverbial jackpot recently when they discovered a massive trove of prehistoric reptilian feces in Argentina recently.
Nov 29, 2013 3:22PM ET
Families across America sat down for some turkey, stuffing and football on Thursday, and, depending on your family's denomination, lit menorahs for the first day of Hanukkah, too. Two holidays on the same day? Most reached for their phone.
Nov 29, 2013 11:38AM ET
In a reversal that would make a comic book writer blush, scientists seem ready to resurrect Comet ISON after its untimely Thanksgiving demise.
Nov 28, 2013 5:32PM ET
After trying twice this evening, technical issues forced SpaceX to finally abort the launch.
Nov 28, 2013 5:13PM ET
Everyone on NASA's special Thanksgiving Google hangout announced the death of Comet ISON after it traveled around the sun. Much to our dismay, of course. The comet's remnants can now be seen breaking through to the other side.
Nov 27, 2013 10:23AM ET
“Selfie” recently beat out “twerk” and “bitcoin” to be named The Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. If a similar list were to exist for the most annoying and overused corporate buzzwords of 2013, then “big data” probably deserves to be near the top of it.
Nov 27, 2013 3:13AM ET
Music streaming service Pandora has halted its lobbying effort for the Internet Radio Freedom Act, which would have lowered the royalty rates that the service uses to determine how much to pay artists.
Nov 27, 2013 1:36AM ET
In an effort to discredit individuals thought to radicalize others, the NSA monitored the online browsing habits of six targets and took records of their viewing of adult content and pornography.
Nov 26, 2013 12:04PM ET
You can now visit Middle Earth on Google Maps, a sentence that J.R.R. Tolkien quite certainly never imagined being uttered in 1937.
Nov 26, 2013 11:18AM ET
The NSA, which had no problem gaining access to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal phone, was able to infiltrate Google and Yahoo by bypassing their high security data centers.