Today's Five Best Columns
I want to receive updates from partners and sponsors.
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.
Nov 26, 2013 1:10AM ET
Officials are still trying to figure out exactly how much information is contained in NSA leaker Edward Snowden's cache of classified documents, only a small fraction of which has been released.
Nov 25, 2013 5:00PM ET
If the comet ISON makes it out intact from its encounter with the Sun this week, the Earth is in for a dazzling sight in the December night skies.
Nov 25, 2013 1:07PM ET
With perhaps as many as one-in-10 accounts run by spammers (according to a new study) and a healthy subculture bent on subversion, Twitter — finding a sudden need to turn users into advertiser dollars — wishes everyone would grow up.
Nov 25, 2013 12:46PM ET
Though snatching up small, relatively unknown tech firms is par the course for Apple, its $350 million purchase of motion-tracking chip maker PrimeSense could mean the tech giant is ready to take the motion-tracking leap.
Nov 25, 2013 11:43AM ET
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are teaching a colossal computer system common sense, bringing us one step closer to real artificial intelligence.
Nov 25, 2013 11:02AM ET
In Europe, a morning-after pill identical to Plan B is going to come with a warning— the manufacturer has found the drug is ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds, and begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, the average black American woman is 187 pounds.
Nov 22, 2013 4:15PM ET
The Tumblr trend of early 2013 was the "inner thigh gap" — the space between the thighs that appears when (very few) women touch their feet together.
Nov 22, 2013 2:03PM ET
The pattern we're now so familiar with — news event, faulty early reports, conflicting eyewitnesses, the inevitable conspiracy theory — began with the assassination of President Kennedy.
Nov 21, 2013 5:55PM ET
The FCC, obviously tired of Americans' deep affection for the government, is considering permitting airlines to allow cell service — and, apparently, voice calls — on flights. Here's how this horrible idea will work.
Nov 21, 2013 3:55PM ET
On Thursday, a San Jose jury awarded Apple $290 million from Samsung in additional damages for patent infringement.
Nov 21, 2013 2:15PM ET
If it seems like nothing fazes Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk—not three Model S fires in six weeks, a federal investigation into the incidents, nor the automaker’s sliding stock—it may be because his customers have his back.
Nov 20, 2013 12:25AM ET
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who also occupies a position on Walmart's board, was interrupted by protesters at an event on Thursday night, criticized for her role with the gigantic retail chain.
Nov 19, 2013 4:37PM ET
Bob Dylan is blowing up the Internet today with a new interactive video of his 1965 "Like a Rolling Stone," which lets watchers flip between 16 different quasi-TV channels featuring actors lip-synching the famous song. But despite all that attention, the 72-year-old tech-averse Dylan probably doesn't even know he's in the spotlight.
Nov 19, 2013 2:44PM ET
Just weeks after rolling out a feature allowing users to receive direct messages from anyone, Twitter has apparently had a change of heart.
Nov 19, 2013 1:05PM ET
The New York Times has given us many insights into the minds of women lately.
Nov 19, 2013 8:41AM ET
Welcome to The Wire! We’re thrilled to unveil our new look, a new domain, and a new name.
Nov 19, 2013 8:23AM ET
Jose Barrera's 14-year-old son, Kevin, was shot to death in 2009 and four years later the entire world can still see the moment when cops were hovering over his body, because it appears in satellite photos on Google Maps.
Nov 19, 2013 3:43AM ET
The National Security Agency released another 1,000 pages of declassified documents on Monday night in an effort to increase transparency about its domestic surveillance program and phone data collection.
Nov 18, 2013 4:43PM ET
According to new research, long-term birth control use can double the risk of glaucoma in women.
Nov 18, 2013 12:46PM ET
NASA launched its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (better known as MAVEN) on Monday afternoon, beginning a 10-month journey to the Red Planet.
Nov 18, 2013 1:40AM ET
Google chairman Eric Schmidt announced a number of changes to the company's perpetual efforts to combat child pornography on on its services in an op-ed published in the Daily Mail on Sunday.
Nov 17, 2013 1:23PM ET
After thirty long years, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally stepped down this year, signalling the end of an era at the tech titan. For the first time since his announcement, Ballmer opened up to the Wall Street Journal about his departure.