Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 19, 2012 9:41AM ET
The new Microsoft operating system that all the reviewers called confusing isn't exactly winning over consumers either.
Nov 19, 2012 5:53AM ET
New York police arrested a man over the weekend who served as a lookout while two accomplices stole nearly $2 million in iPads from JFK Airport in Queens last week.
Nov 18, 2012 10:19PM ET
The same company that introduced a console six years ago that you could actually play with your grandparents on Christmas morning just reinvented how we play video games, again.
Nov 18, 2012 6:28PM ET
John McAfee, the man responsible for the anti-virus software on your computer and currently a murder suspect, has started to blog about life on the run.
Nov 16, 2012 7:18PM ET
Discovered: Computers predict the emotions abstract art will provoke; new photographs of Einstein's brain reveal a master mind; kids are smoking too much hookah; old spear found.
Nov 16, 2012 5:58PM ET
Marissa Mayer started her reign as Yahoo CEO with nice things like free lunches and company-issued iPhones, but the Internet giant is still stumbling and now it's time for her to cut the fat, which means using Google-like efficiency to cut the pay and lay off the 20 percent worst performing employees, sources tell AllThingsD's Kara Swisher.
Nov 16, 2012 5:30PM ET
Discovered: One in three ocean species remain unknown to science; biofuels could be worse in a spill than oil; robots powered by rat heart cells; katydids have human-like ears below their knees.
Nov 16, 2012 5:21PM ET
Netflix CEO Reid Hastings says that Amazon loses between $500 and $1 million a year on streaming video, which, if true, doesn't quite make sense given Amazon's stated business model.
Nov 16, 2012 3:30PM ET
Mother Jones on protest in China, The Guardian on building bamboo bikes, The Daily Climate on coal plants, Reuters on Australia's marine parks, Scientific American on Obama's energy and green policies.
Nov 16, 2012 11:46AM ET
Proud that people "like us" had a hand in winning President Obama's reelection, the tech blogger world is celebrating the coders and data crunchers of the campaign the only way it knows how: With words. Many, many, many words.
Nov 16, 2012 9:39AM ET
With the company stock at less than $3 per share and having just announced recent lay-offs including the loss of its COO, you might verge on tears too while making a plea to the one man who could save your ailing gaming company.
Nov 15, 2012 6:33PM ET
Last night's iPad heist at New York's JFK airport, in which thieves made away with $1.5 million in stolen Apple goods, was not the first time a shiny new Apple toy drew the fingers of burglars and the eyes of reporters and readers.
Nov 15, 2012 6:25PM ET
The mythical Google Maps iPhone app possibly coming to an iOS device near you by 2013 exists, a source tells The Wall Street Journal's Amir Efrati and Jessica Lessin.
Nov 15, 2012 5:27PM ET
Discovered: PBDEs in common household items hinder brain development; 16th century astronomer didn't die from mercury poisoning; brain activity translated into music; belly buttons are swarming with bacteria.
Nov 15, 2012 3:49PM ET
New York Daily News on Cuomo's climate change vision, ClimateWire on the state of the electric grid, The Guardian on rats, Grist on Chicago's urban farming plans, and SFGate on Greenbuild
Nov 15, 2012 3:16PM ET
Discovered: Pandas descended from a species in Spain; Ebola could be transmitted through air; how pollutants end up in Antarctica; targeting sea lice in Canadian salmon.
Nov 15, 2012 2:46PM ET
BP has pleaded guilty to 14 criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill of April 2010 and will pay a record penalty of $4.5 billion, which includes $1.26 billion for criminal felonies, according to CBS News.
Nov 15, 2012 12:47PM ET
The password no longer suffices as a mean of protection for computer using humanity, so Wired's Mat Honan suggests we kill it. But what exactly will we replace it with?
Nov 15, 2012 12:42PM ET
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Israel's surprise attack on Hamas this week is that many people learned about it by reading about it on the Israeli Defense Forces own surreal Twitter feed.
Nov 15, 2012 9:56AM ET
Think you're a master Googler? Taking Google's Power Searching class will probably make you feel like you're not.
Nov 15, 2012 9:39AM ET
The timing of Windows 8 mastermind Steve Sinofsky's departure is starting to make more sense: Microsoft got the product it wanted out of him (Windows 8) and therefore doesn't need him anymore.
Nov 14, 2012 8:43PM ET
Discovered: Shark evolution unpacked; hormone puts a leash on cheating men; rogue planet discovered; MRSA outbreak reigned in.
Nov 14, 2012 7:12PM ET
Discovered: Urban grasshoppers get loud when looking for a mate; carbon dioxide emissions hit record high; meat is full of PCBs and antibiotics; El Niño on the rise.
Nov 14, 2012 5:13PM ET
While the folks at Google who made this map of nearby stars caution that "scientific accuracy is not guaranteed" — and much of the data is drawn from Wikipedia — what they do give us is a tool for Google Chrome that is at least a tad bit educational and for the most part makes the user feel like she is about to ride Space Mountain.
Nov 14, 2012 3:26PM ET
The Daily Climate on how ranchers are adapting, The New York Times on companies that are planning to produce "cellulosic biofuels," Mother Jones on cap and trade, Grist on climate change art, The Guardian on a Vietnamese village.
Nov 14, 2012 2:25PM ET
Pinterest has launched pages just for businesses, in an obvious move to set itself up to make money.
Nov 14, 2012 12:30PM ET
The anti-virus millionaire John McAfee, a man hiding from the police because he doesn't want to talk to them about his possible involvement in the murder of his neighbor, has given away his disguise, telling it to Wired's Joshua Davis who wrote about it for all the Internet to see.
Nov 14, 2012 11:15AM ET
Google has stepped into the future of television with its new voice recognition feature, a seemingly gimmicky addition, which Google manages to make look pretty useful.
Nov 14, 2012 10:19AM ET
Steve Sinofsky, the guy behind Windows 8 and once touted as a possible successor to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left the company yesterday because of his prickliness, even though he got things done, a source tells The New York Times's Nick Wingfield.
Nov 13, 2012 6:05PM ET
Since turning the tables on his own murder investigation, John McAfee has explained why he thinks the police is attempting to frame him in a taped interview with Wired's Joshua Davis.