December 2012

  1. Syria is reconnected to the Internet, for better or worse

    Today, on what would have been the third day of darkness, Syria has been re-connected to the Internet. Both CloudFlare and Renesys report that Syrian IP addresses have resurfaced after a complete blackout on Thursday believed to be caused by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  2. The clouds still hanging over Facebook

    The stock market is a fickle beast. Although it's been shown time and again to be a questionable measure of a company's worth, there's still this idea out there that a company is only as good as its stock price performance. Look at Facebook. In the past six months or so, it's gone from a new tech giant with a twelve-figure valuation to one of the worst IPOs in memory.

    By Kevin Kelleher , written on

    From the News desk

  3. San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself

    When San Francisco’s planners recently considered a proposal to build tiny apartments in the city, opponents of the plan began calling the spaces “Twitter apartments.” The name was a reference to their micro size -- these apartments will be as small as 220 square feet, about the size of a parking space -- but it was also a knock on their presumed techie tenants. The micro apartments will rent for $1,300 to $1,500 a month -- crazy in most places, but a steal in San Francisco, where regular person-sized studio apartments now go for an average of more than $2,000 a month. The high price means that they’ll mainly be snapped up by young tech workers.

    By Farhad Manjoo , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Free transportation for life

    I've been privileged to be able to own both of Tesla's models (Roadster and Model S sedan) over the past four years. During that time I drove 15,000-plus miles and never visited a gas station, with the rare exception of my summer retreats to the Catskill Mountains, driving convertible Mustangs around the Adirondack Lakes.

    By Jason Calacanis , written on

    From the News desk

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