Today's Five Best Columns
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Sep 27, 2012 6:21PM ET
How much would you pay for a standalone streaming service from Dish Network that offers channels like Comedy Central, MTV, and The Food Network? It's worth thinking about since Dish Network is in talks with Viacom to offer a our dream of a standalone streaming television service, sources tell Bloomberg News's Edmund Lee, Alex Sherman and Mark Milian.
Sep 27, 2012 6:17PM ET
Discovered: Republican women have more "feminine" features; some evidence for Mars' watery past; element 113 is synthesized; how the brightest stellar event ever recorded happened.
Sep 27, 2012 2:00PM ET
Even more than Twitter now, Instagram has its users hooked, but it still doesn't mean much financially for Facebook. Still, there are some glimmers that sharing photos might be a big business.
Sep 27, 2012 11:56AM ET
Following Facebook's IPO we declared a bubble burst and now we're seeing that hit the start-up ecosystem as investor money becomes harder to find.
Sep 26, 2012 6:09PM ET
Discovered: Scientists control feeble worm brains with lasers; the earth shook for six days after April's Indian Ocean quake; a view into deep space; vampire squids are gross.
Sep 26, 2012 12:56AM ET
Despite Eric Schmidt saying Google isn't doing a Google Maps app for iPhone on Tuesday, that doesn't appear to be the case. The Google Maps app is coming, according to new reports, and it could be in the app store before Christmas.
Sep 25, 2012 7:29PM ET
Discovered: Pediatricians warn of trampoline's dangers; a treatment for progeria; virus touted as cure for pimples; research universities in financial straits.
Sep 25, 2012 2:35PM ET
It's unclear if the brawl that broke out at a Foxconn plant yesterday had anything to do with the iPhone 5, even though that's the conclusion some labor groups are making.
Sep 25, 2012 1:19PM ET
Apple sold 5 million phones over the weekend, which might sound like a pretty indisputable record-breaking number, but it's not.
Sep 25, 2012 9:44AM ET
Google has spoken: The company is not working on a maps app for the iPhone.
Sep 24, 2012 11:10PM ET
If you're bored with your little smartphone and less-little tablet, you might consider investing in one of the latest impressive touchscreen devices: mirrors.
Sep 24, 2012 7:00PM ET
Discovered: Korean eunuchs outlived endowed peers; uncertainty lingers about Omega-3 pills; sexism in science; sustained thought kills cooperation.
Sep 24, 2012 6:16PM ET
The kiddie tablet wars aren't child's play. In a lawsuit filed today, the makers of the Nabi accuse Toys 'R' Us of sabotaging their product only to copy it for their own Tabeo device.
Sep 24, 2012 4:16PM ET
Though Facebook claims that there is no glitch, users insist that a bug on the site has exposed their private messages, putting them on their Timeline for all to see.
Sep 24, 2012 4:09PM ET
Facebook has defended its new in-store tracking partnership with Datalogix by explaining that it doesn't violate any Federal Trade Commission regulations. That led us to ask what exactly the FTC does protect in the data collection department.
Sep 24, 2012 11:49AM ET
In an attempt to give advertisers more information about the effectiveness of ads, Facebook has partnered with Datalogix, a company that "can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those products in stores," as The Financial Times's Emily Steel and April Dembosky explain.
Sep 24, 2012 9:22AM ET
Apple sold over 5 million iPhone 5s after its first three days in stores, breaking last year's iPhone 4S record of 4 million over the first weekend.
Sep 23, 2012 5:00PM ET
Apple is currently worth something like zillion dollars (read: $656 billion) and it has no signs of slowing down. The question the New York Times' Nick Bilton raises is, when are they going to reach the unreachable summit? When is Apple going to break the trillion dollar ceiling?
Sep 22, 2012 10:21AM ET
Unsatisfied with the $1 billion settlement a jury awarded in August, Apple has requested a California judge reconsider the winning ruling in their case against Samsung to give Apple almost twice as much, and to enact a wide-ranging ban that could include the iPhone's biggest competitor.
Sep 21, 2012 6:59PM ET
Today many people purchased new, nearly identical, iPhone 5s, at which point they will have to decide to case or not to case.
Sep 21, 2012 6:48PM ET
Discovered: the Orion Nebula doesn't have that many stars; naked mole-rats are ugly because of evolution; recapping the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony; doctors wary of drug company findings.
Sep 21, 2012 5:28PM ET
Rebecca Greenfield noted the widespread scorn for apps that automatically share articles users read on social media sites. One of our commenters explained this frustration pithily.
Sep 21, 2012 3:07PM ET
Apple knows it has a Maps issue, but the company is saying, "the more people use it, the better it will get." Unfortunately, as mapping technology explains, that fix won't solve its location data problem very soon.
Sep 21, 2012 10:32AM ET
One year into its quest to get us to passively share everything with each other all the time, it's starting to sink in at Facebook that people aren't very interested in bringing radical transparency to their digital lives.
Sep 21, 2012 9:09AM ET
This is the year of the iPhone 5 heist, it seems, with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of phones having been reported stolen from stores across the world.
Sep 20, 2012 9:51PM ET
Back 'round the end of June, news broke Salon was selling OG social network The WELL. Things looked bleak, and the Internet was very sad. But this tragic tale has a happy ending after all. Keeping with the site's original spirit, it's been sold to its community.
Sep 20, 2012 7:01PM ET
Discovered: FedEx and UPS won't ship research animals anymore; marijuana may slow aggressive cancer; smoking doesn't come cheap in New York; why rats binge on M&Ms.
Sep 20, 2012 6:59PM ET
Apple store and Star Wars premiere lines share more than just the caliber of dork that shows up long before the actual event.
Sep 20, 2012 2:08PM ET
While there is a lot to complain about vis-a-vis Apple Maps, we, as Americans, should really be upset with the new iOS 6 app for what it has done to many of our nation's most notable landmarks.
Sep 20, 2012 11:39AM ET
In a post-IPO effort to prove it can still engage its users with advertising, Facebook has started selling ad space that it used to give away for free. The update comes to Facebook Offers, which is the social network's version of daily deals.