Today's Five Best Columns
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Aug 21, 2012 10:00AM ET
Amid Facebook's falling stock price, and word that its biggest investor has sold almost all his shares in the social network, Facebook's director of developer products Doug Purdy gave The New York Times' Somini Sengupta a vision for the company, which was surprisingly vague on the advertising part.
Aug 20, 2012 5:50PM ET
With Facebook's stock decline, the people who sold Instagram have also lost a considerable amount of their company's value because of poor negotiating tactics described by DealBook's Steven M. Davidoff.
Aug 20, 2012 5:30PM ET
Discovered: Wearable "smoke"; aphids convert sunlight into energy; "bigfoot" spider found; pro-ana blogging can be a support network.
Aug 20, 2012 4:35PM ET
Smartphones are magical little computer boxes, capable of things both high tech and useful and yet the number one most popular thing people do with their amazing smartphones' technology is... Check the weather.
Aug 20, 2012 1:31PM ET
Hulu is contemplating some changes to its service, according to what has been described as a "death memo" that will "completely screw up Hulu" obtained by Variety's Andrew Wallenstein.
Aug 20, 2012 12:33PM ET
With a market cap of $621 billion Apple is now the most valuable American company of all time, beating a record formerly held by Microsoft during the dot-com bubble, according to The Associated Press' Peter Svensson.
Aug 20, 2012 9:58AM ET
With investors pulling their money out of Groupon, Facebook, and Zynga, one might be tempted to call this tech bubble burst, but other Internet start-ups have caught the attention of the venture capital world, keeping this thing going.
Aug 18, 2012 11:17AM ET
The Curiosity rover's Twitter account can be a little strange. This week she was girl-talking with Britney Spears and talking space travel with Nancy Sinatra. So, we have to ask, who makes the better friend for Curiosity?
Aug 17, 2012 6:14PM ET
Discovered: Two new owls; tobacco use still hugely prevalent in developing world; microthrusters pack macro power; panfried meat linked to prostate cancer.
Aug 17, 2012 5:26PM ET
Ah, remember Facebook's IPO in May? Those were the good old days for the company, which is now worth just half of its IPO-day valuation, according to Bloomberg.
Aug 17, 2012 5:22PM ET
The next iPhone will include FaceTime over not just wireless but data networks too, and for AT&T subscribers at least, that will come with no extra charge—kind of.
Aug 17, 2012 3:40PM ET
Today, the Internet learned about what it's like to be a female technology writer from the perspective of one of the two women who blog for the massively popular tech site Gizmodo: Sometimes, it really sucks—and not just because that's what so many commenters tell women to do.
Aug 17, 2012 12:04PM ET
The latest details of Apple's television whims give us a better idea of what the company hopes to create, which just happens to fit into the TV code Steve Jobs said he had "cracked" before his death.
Aug 17, 2012 9:35AM ET
Mark Zuckerberg doesn't care about money, so why does he find the Facebook stock failure so "painful?"
Aug 17, 2012 8:58AM ET
Greek yogurt, that tarter, thicker cousin of the standard cultured milk product, has just about reached the point in a fad food's life for its backlash.
Aug 16, 2012 10:39PM ET
With Marissa Mayer comfortably installed as Yahoo's new CEO, the search has now begun for a new COO to act as Mayer's right hand.
Aug 16, 2012 9:56PM ET
The biggest takeaway from Twitter's new API announcement is they're trying to phase out third-party clients eventually, but for now they're just setting a glass ceiling to stop them from growing.
Aug 16, 2012 5:54PM ET
Discovered: A camouflage robot; judges give shorter sentences when they believe in the science behind psychopathy; a contraceptive pill for men; developing 3D printers for test-tube meat.
Aug 16, 2012 3:40PM ET
Today's the day that a whole new group of Facebook shareholders were allowed to sell their stock and, as expected, it has hurt the already ailing stock's value.
Aug 16, 2012 2:11PM ET
Buzzfeed has bestowed a new kind of GIF upon the Internet that they claim puts the site "at the very top of the GIF game." Is this new technology really an evolution?
Aug 16, 2012 10:38AM ET
Finally, when we delete an embarrassing image from our Facebook lives, it will be wiped from Facebook's servers in a "reasonable amount of time," Facebook told Ars Technica's Jacqui Cheng, who has been following the saga since 2009.
Aug 16, 2012 9:48AM ET
In an attempt to make the Internet more available to people in rural areas, Dish is working on expanding its Broadband Satellite services to the whole of America, a source told The Wall Street Journal's William Launder and Shalini Ramachandran, but the cost may still pose a barrier to entry for many.
Aug 15, 2012 9:30PM ET
Cable companies are concerned about flat growth and a rising number of potential customers interested in other things. So what's a cable company to do? Enlist Apple to get people to subscribe again, of course.
Aug 15, 2012 5:56PM ET
There's a new publishing startup that's gotten some people excited because it's different than the things out there—especially since those things have given us the chaotic Internet society we live in today.
Aug 15, 2012 5:56PM ET
Discovered: A record-breaking galaxy cluster; how squids change hue; the way our brains deal with waste; engineering better toilets.
Aug 15, 2012 3:46PM ET
Right in the middle of its design patent lawsuit fight with Apple, Samsung has released a new tablet that looks different from an iPad, but not different enough—at least by Apple's standards.
Aug 15, 2012 1:20PM ET
With the smaller iPad rumors looking as sure of a thing as an Apple rumor gets, the tech bloggers have started a fierce debate going about what the exact size, design, and screen resolution should be.
Aug 15, 2012 10:46AM ET
Once again, somebody hacked into Reuters blogs and posted an inflammatory, and false, story from the Middle East, this time reporting that Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal (pictured), had died. He has not.
Aug 15, 2012 10:34AM ET
As a result of working closer with brands to fix its unappealing advertising strategy, Facebook has realized that "likes" aren't good enough.
Aug 14, 2012 8:14PM ET
The alternative car service, Uber, has gotten a cease and desist letter from the city of Cambridge just a month after Washington, D.C. tried to legislate the company out of its city.