Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 19, 2013 9:04PM ET
After years of allowing the government to collect its customers' metadata in secret, Verizon has announced that it will publish a semi-annual report on law enforcement requests for its customers' data.
Dec 19, 2013 2:59PM ET
The new shiny, cylindrical Mac Pro begins shipping today, and reviewers and early adopters are getting their hands on the desktop device for the first time. What does the Mac Pro feel and look like in person?
Dec 19, 2013 8:32AM ET
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today that he will sell 41.4 million of his Class A company shares, netting roughly $2.3 billion.
Dec 18, 2013 7:29PM ET
Servers at The Washington Post were hacked today, the newspaper announced, giving hackers access to employee user names and passwords. This is at least the third time in three years that this has happened to Jeff Bezos' latest purchase.
Dec 18, 2013 1:21PM ET
If you have a public Twitter account with more than one follower, take a bow. You're one of the most popular users on Twitter!
Dec 18, 2013 1:20PM ET
Google announced a number of updates to Google Glass yesterday, including a feature that allows you to take photographs just by winking.
Dec 17, 2013 4:50PM ET
Think about every time on twitter when you make a typo, or you use the wrong word, or your syntax sucks. An edit button would make life so much easier, but don't expect one to show up under your Christmas tree.
Dec 17, 2013 9:14AM ET
Where on the planet are people's hats being knocked off by roaring wind? The answer lies within this trance-inducing model of near-real-time wind patterns.
Dec 17, 2013 9:12AM ET
Facebook said they will start to roll out new auto-playing video ads that will start to appear in (some of your) News Feeds as soon as this week.
Dec 17, 2013 9:08AM ET
As long as we’re connecting every other thing we own to the internet, why not a toilet that monitors our health by analyzing our poo?
Dec 14, 2013 5:05PM ET
Binge is not a particularly positive word – binge eating and binge drinking come to mind as just a few poor applications of the term. But with a new survey, Netflix is embracing what everybody sort of knew, deep-down: binge-watching is A-OK.
Dec 14, 2013 11:52AM ET
Google announced late Friday night that it has purchased a robotics firm that builds machines featuring lifelike movement that you shouldn't watch videos of, say, late on a Friday night.
Dec 13, 2013 9:35AM ET
One day after Bloomberg News reported that Steve Mollenkopf was a candidate to replace Steve Ballmer at the top of Microsoft Corp., the Qualcomm COO got a big promotion.
Dec 13, 2013 3:41AM ET
A new study from Fordham Law School expected to be released on Friday reveals that as schools begin to move more student data into the cloud, they are neglecting to make sure that privacy protections are in place.
Dec 12, 2013 9:57PM ET
Update: Twitter has decided not to change its block function after all. People will once again know you blocked them.
Dec 12, 2013 3:33PM ET
AOL Mail — long the clunky digital turf of lame dads, clueless grandparents, and anyone weirdly nostalgic for 1998 — is gearing up for a major "refresh," CEO Tim Armstrong said at yesterday's UBS Media & Telecommunications conference.
Dec 12, 2013 11:00AM ET
It was really a matter of when, not if, Instagram would launch a private messaging service, given the success Snapchat, WhatsApp and Kik.
Dec 12, 2013 1:14AM ET
Although it poses no immediate threat to the astronauts in orbit, a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station required maintenance on Wednesday.
Dec 11, 2013 2:46PM ET
It seems online students are pretty much the same as regular college kids. They don't bother to go to class, even in cyberspace.
Dec 11, 2013 12:19AM ET
The National Security Agency analyzes tracking cookies used by online advertisers in order to find and target surveillance subjects, according to The Washington Post and documents provided by Edward Snowden.
Dec 10, 2013 5:21PM ET
Twitter now allows users to send pictures to each other in direct messages, and everyone agrees it's going to lead to a whole lot of nudes flying around.
Dec 9, 2013 6:31PM ET
Facebook researchers dove into the data of those red equals sign profile pictures on Monday, and found one surprising area that particularly loved their pro-gay rights message: Missoula, Montana.
Dec 9, 2013 4:08PM ET
A small group of San Francisco protestors blocked a private Google bus today, halting its route and blasting the company's use of public bus stops for cushy, private shuttles.
Dec 9, 2013 3:33PM ET
President Obama doesn't specifically tell America that every kid should learn how to code in a video released on Monday by the White House, but he comes close enough that we must interject: No, everyone does not need to learn to code.
Dec 9, 2013 2:26PM ET
While we all pride ourselves on having developed our political identity after a lengthy period of thoughtful contemplation, it turns out that it's at least 56 percent thanks to genetics.
Dec 9, 2013 9:57AM ET
Alex Pareene on what's at stake in the rise of Elizabeth Warren, Susan Glasser on Hillary Clinton's legacy, Robinson Meyer on Upworthy, Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas on the grand bargain, and Elizabeth Goitein on humanizing terrorists.
Dec 9, 2013 9:27AM ET
As it turns out, your guild isn't the only group watching your level 90 dwarf warrior slay the Horde like its a walk through the park: the NSA and its British intelligence counterpart are watching World of Warcraft.
Dec 9, 2013 1:34AM ET
In the wake of leaks surrounding the NSA's surveillance programs, eight of the largest tech companies have allied in a concerted effort to push for government reform.
Dec 9, 2013 12:41AM ET
While it's by no means official, at a hackathon last week, a few Facebook employees developed a prototype replacement for the ubiquitous 'Like' button more suitable for status updates of the "bummer" variety.
Dec 6, 2013 3:13PM ET
For the first time in decades, the Supreme Court will take up a dispute over the patentability of software.