Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 17, 2012 11:59PM ET
The world has long been fascinated with the idea that the blood of young people could have rejuvenating qualities, like a glorious fountain of youth, only horrifying. Turns out the world is sort of right.
Oct 17, 2012 11:11PM ET
For the first time ever, Twitter censored a controversial account at the request of local government earlier this week. It was run by neo-Nazis.
Oct 17, 2012 6:33PM ET
Discovered: We were so close to eradicating TB; a spider with a foot-long legspan; this ancient fish had teeth first; more evidence suggests the moon was formed through a massive Earth collision.
Oct 17, 2012 5:30PM ET
Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey wants us to do him a favor and stop calling the people who use his product—or really any technology product—users, because it's too abstract.
Oct 17, 2012 2:27PM ET
The usually cagey Google has decided to give the world a glimpse inside one its data centers, putting up an explanatory website complete with pretty pictures and a virtual YouTube tour.
Oct 17, 2012 12:37PM ET
Color, the super-overvalued photo sharing app, continues to be the epitome of the social media bubble gone bad, as the board has voted to "wind down the company," according to an email Venture Beat's Ricardo Bilton got a hold of.
Oct 17, 2012 9:53AM ET
Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News Corp.'s UK newspaper division and who is now charged in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, got an $11 million dollar severance package upon her departure, according to anonymous sources speaking with The New York Times's John F. Burns.
Oct 17, 2012 9:19AM ET
Reddit leadership has clarified the official rules when it comes to creep-on-Reddit, standing up for free speech on the site, said CEO Yishan Wong in a leaked memo via Gawker's Adrian Chen.
Oct 16, 2012 8:57PM ET
Astronomers are reeling over the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting Alpha Centauri B, a member of the closest star system to Earth.
Oct 16, 2012 7:16PM ET
Late last night, Adam Clark Estes drew our attention to this tragedy for the ages: BlackBerry owners regretting their choice of smartphone. Woe is the poor BlackBerry scroller, laments one commenter.
Oct 16, 2012 6:57PM ET
Discovered: Saturn's moon has a damp, spongey surface; creativity strongly correlates with mental illness; the neurons engaged in eye contact; the moon is wetter than we thought.
Oct 16, 2012 6:42PM ET
Capitalizing on all the information we put into our cell phones, Verizon Wireless is selling all our app usage and location information to marketers, reports CNET's Declan McCullagh.
Oct 16, 2012 5:27PM ET
Just when Reddit looked like it had gained some ground in its war on creeps, with the admin ban of the subreddit Creepshots and its creepily-named moderator, the creeps have found a new place to roost.
Oct 16, 2012 3:27PM ET
Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the world his vision of the Google-ified future at the company's Zeitgeist sales conference. Turns out it involves a lot of creepy products we already know about and others we aren't ready to welcome into our lives.
Oct 16, 2012 1:40PM ET
After a little over a month on trial in New York City and squabbling with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Uber is shutting down its taxi operations in the city.
Oct 16, 2012 12:14PM ET
Apple has finally sent out invitations for its iPad Mini unveiling, which will happen one week from today on October 23rd, as rumored.
Oct 16, 2012 9:41AM ET
A little over a week before its event, Microsoft accidently posted on its website (since now taken down) the prices for its new Surface tablets. At $500 for the 32GB model, it will run $100 less than the 32GB iPad 3.
Oct 16, 2012 9:08AM ET
After defending its forced internship program, Foxconn admits that "a small number" of those workers were underage, as young as 14 years old, reports Bloomberg News's Tim Culpan.
Oct 15, 2012 10:28PM ET
After the iPhone and Android become the pocket computers of the masses, BlackBerries aren't cool any more, and The New York Times is on it.
Oct 15, 2012 6:28PM ET
Discovered: Amateur astronomers find fascinating new planet; mapping Antarctica before it melts away; bigger brains correlate with greater cancer risk; shocking pants prevent bedsores.
Oct 15, 2012 4:00PM ET
To the outside world last week's creeps-on-Reddit takedown kerfuffle looked like a defense of pornography while the Reddit community framed it as a defense of freedom of speech. However, a recent leaked chat between Redditors and and the site's actual employees suggest that what they fear most is being Reddited themselves.
Oct 15, 2012 9:45AM ET
Most of the $20.1 billion the Softbank paid to buy a 70 percent stake in Sprint will go to shareholders, but a least a little bit of it will get invested in the company's 4G LTE network.
Oct 12, 2012 6:27PM ET
After getting the entire Gawker network banned from nearly 70 subreddit sections, Gawker's Adrian Chen has followed through with what got him kicked off in the first place—unmasking a Reddit user he called the "biggest troll on the Web," known as Violentacrez, in a lengthy post on Gawker.com.
Oct 12, 2012 5:36PM ET
Discovered: Martian rock has cousins on Earth; history of rejection brings increased attention to research; X-raying illuminated manuscripts; upsetting news affects men and women differently.
Oct 12, 2012 5:25PM ET
Despite all the whining about the new smaller iPhone cord and the $30 it costs for an adapter to make it compatible with old accessories, consumers appear to care about that zero percent in their phone-buying decision. Not one person surveyed by 451/ChangeWave Research said the smaller cord would keep them from getting the iPhone 5.
Oct 12, 2012 1:14PM ET
Contrary to a rumor going around, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo insists that founder Jack Dorsey is not difficult to work with, though we're not sure we believe him.
Oct 12, 2012 12:53PM ET
Reddits creeps are losing their Internet war, with the site banning the subreddit r/CreepSquad, which was already a replacement for the recently blocked r/CreepShots, both places for men to upload photos of unsuspecting women.
Oct 12, 2012 9:37AM ET
Apple is totally psyching everyone out with its iPad Mini launch, for which the supposed release date keeps getting changed.
Oct 11, 2012 6:37PM ET
Discovered: There's an app for keeping tabs on the spread of malaria; strange extracts from a Martian meteorite; tomatoes reduce stroke risk; stem cells fight deadly brain condition.
Oct 11, 2012 5:27PM ET
One would think the side to take in the Gawker-versus-child-pornography-on-Reddit war would be an easy choice, but Gawker writer Adrien Chen's ban from the site has led to an Internet divide over the matter.