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18 August 2015

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace New York Times

On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon's singular way of working.

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17 August 2015

Spelling it out: Google's new corporate structure will provide more clarity for investors The Economist

These days it seems as if there is almost no area of technology that Google can resist dipping its toes into. Among other things it is working on driverless cars, delivery drones, glucose-detecting contact lenses for diabetics, devices for the "smart home" and research into extending human lifespans. The corporate reorganisation it announced this week is an acknowledgment of what Google has become: a sprawling conglomerate, albeit with one predominant, profit-generating division in the form of its original internet business.

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14 August 2015

Even in the New Alphabet, Google Keeps Its Capital G New York Times

G is for Google, as the company's chief executive, Larry Page, put it this week in a blog post introducing Alphabet, Google's new corporate name.

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13 August 2015

Inside Alphabet: why Google rebranded itself and what happens next The Guardian

Every month a hundred billion searches run through Google - a repository of the world's curiosity, hopes, dreams and fears. Google has been a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary since 2006, it is valued at $445bn and last year had revenues of $66bn. But as its billionaire founders have made clear, none of this is enough.

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20 July 2015

Windows 10 Signifies Microsoft's Shift in Strategy New York Times

Next week, when Microsoft releases Windows 10, the latest version of the company's operating system, the software will offer a mix of the familiar and new to the people who run earlier versions of it on more than 1.5 billion computers and other devices.

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04 July 2015

Should Google Always Tell the Truth? The Atlantic

What is Google's responsibility to its searchers? In a Thursday panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Ashkan Soltani, the Federal Trade Commission's chief technologist, offered a hypothetical that captured why that question is so difficult to answer.

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03 July 2015

The Next Mark Zuckerberg Is Not Who You Might Think New York Times

Many people think they know what the founder of a tech start-up looks like: a 20-something man who spent his childhood playing on computers in his basement and who later dropped out of college to become a billionaire entrepreneur.

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23 June 2015

The Internet That Was (and Still Could Be): As corporations like Facebook gain control over more and more online activities, the web's core values are at stake. The Atlantic

It is not enough for the Internet to succeed. It must succeed inevitably.

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12 June 2015

Twitter's Costolo Years: An Annal of Missed Opportunities The Atlantic

Oh, but what is to be done with Twitter. On Thursday, in a press release posted to its eponymous social network, Twitter Inc. announced that its CEO, Dick Costolo, would resign. Jack Dorsey, one of the company's founding quadrumvirate and the company's first CEO, will take his old job in an interim role.

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09 June 2015

Bitcoin isn't the future of money - it's either a Ponzi scheme or a pyramid scheme Washington Post

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether Bitcoin is more like Ponzi scheme or a pyramid scheme.

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08 June 2015

Amazon, Google and Facebook have the power to move entire economies Salon

The world of data has its own economics. If you know one thing about one person, you don't have much. If you know one thing about nearly everyone or nearly everything about one person, you have a little. But if you know nearly everything about nearly everyone, you've got something priceless. Essentially, data giants are middlemen who connect buyers with sellers for a fee. Google, for example, takes a place among the premier content providers in the world. Every day, the company handles millions of searches for its users. But mainly, it creates lots and lots of lists. Google became what it is because its lists are very useful to millions of users. But in nearly every case, what a user wants is not provided by Google itself. Google just connects what the user wants with a list of relevant web pages. Google's famous web crawlers search the Internet, making lists and rendering those lists to users.

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30 May 2015

The man behind Yahoo's plan to become the most 'trustworthy' tech company Washington Post

The day before news broke that Alex Stamos was joining Yahoo as chief information security officer, he laid out the approach that has defined his tenure at the company so far: Technology shouldn't just be secure, it should be "trustworthy."

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28 May 2015

Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself Technology Review

Mozilla helped an open Web flourish in the 2000s. Now it's struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.

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27 May 2015

The Underwater Internet The Atlantic

A wireless world relies on more than cloud technology. Half-century-old cable stations are critical nodes where messages can still be delayed, censored, or intercepted.

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24 May 2015

Bitcoin really is useful. Just not in the way you think The Observer

When the banking system went into meltdown in 2008, an intriguing glimpse of an alternative future appeared. On 31 October, an unknown cryptographer who went by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto launched what he described as "a new electronic cash system that's fully peer to peer, with no trusted third party". The name he assigned to this new currency was bitcoin.

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10 May 2015

The revolution will be digitized Washington Post

Spearheaded by the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify consumers' lifestyles is evolving into big business with immense health and privacy ramifications

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Google, Dominant in Search, Tries Disruptor Role in Wireless and Broadband New York Times

Call it the Google paradox. Last month, the European Union's antitrust chief accused Google of abusing its dominant market power in web searches.

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Eat or be eaten: With a wave of consolidation in prospect, America's big internet firms look set to divide into predators and prey The Economist

Even at charity auctions, technology titans like large transactions. At a recent fundraiser for Tipping Point, an anti-poverty charity in San Francisco, guests swiftly bid up the price for a package of Super Bowl tickets in increments of $100,000. The fortunes made by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are so vast that the event effortlessly raised $14m. Guests tossed yellow confetti round the room in celebration.

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06 May 2015

Google Pushes Advertisers to Smaller Screens New York Times

Google has spent the last few years tweaking its search engine for mobile screens. Now it is trying to get advertisers to join in.

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23 March 2015

At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film New York Times

Of the roughly 200 buildings that once stood on the 1,300-acre campus of Eastman Kodak's business park in Rochester, 80 have been demolished and 59 others sold off. Terry Taber, bespectacled, 60, and a loyal Kodak employee of 34 years, still works in one of the remaining Kodak structures, rubble from demolition not far from its doors.

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07 March 2015

Google seeks a higher truth, but will struggle to get it ABC News

Google has outlined a method to rank search results by factual accuracy, but if the hope is to dispel mistruths in political and social debates it's unlikely to work. In fact, it could contribute more to the problem.

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26 February 2015

Google and Apple Fight for the Car Dashboard New York Times

When Google hosted a boot camp here this month for its Android operating system, there were some new faces in the room: auto manufacturers.

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14 February 2015

Google, Mighty Now, but Not Forever New York Times

Technology giants often meet their end not with a bang but a whimper, a slow, imperceptible descent into irrelevancy that may not immediately be reflected in the anodyne language of corporate earnings reports.

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05 February 2015

Where the internet lives: the artist who snooped on Google's data farm The Guardian

Well, they started it. Google Street View allows people to crawl virtually along your street and look at your house. Google Earth offers global intrusion from above. The web giant has done its bit to abolish privacy. Now an artist has out-Googled Google, offering a sneak peek at its less than beautiful underbelly.

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02 February 2015

The future of new business is disrupting old business Washington Post

There are many lessons to be learned from Uber, the taxi- ­ and car-hailing start-up that came out of nowhere and is valued at $41 billion. Less than three years ago, Uber had zero drivers. Now it has more than 160,000 active drivers who have collected $656.8 million in fares (net of what they pay Uber).

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