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2013

  1. Cinema classics: Five of the best science and technology films

    Cinema did not emerge from a eureka moment, but rather through the incremental innovations of pioneers such as the Lumière brothers, Étienne-Jules Marey, and Thomas Edison. So it is unsurprising that filmmakers regularly return to science and technology for inspiration.

    By Liam Burke , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Rentacops on desktops: Edward Snowden's dismissal of Surveillance Valley is wrong, and dangerous

    There's been no shortage of dissection and parsing of Edward Snowden's interview with the Washington Post's Barton Gellman.

    By Yasha Levine , written on

    From the News desk

  3. What Spike Jonze's new movie "Her" says about Silicon Valley dystopia

    "We wanted the world to be warm and tactile and nice and comfortable, this sort of utopian future that is basically a heightened version of our world, where everything is nice and comfortable but there’s still loneliness. To have loneliness in that kind of world, where everything is nice, that’s our particular kind of melancholy." -- Spike Jonze. The buzz around Spike Jonze's new sci-fi flick "Her" is just beginning.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

  4. What if we are really in a "Matrix"-like simulation?

    Even in a "lost year for tech" there have been great gains, as John Gruber at Daring Fireball points out. For one, smartphones have become commodities, and more than 1.5 billion people worldwide tote full-on miniature computers in their pockets.

    By Adam L. Penenberg , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Founder, manage thyself

    Ben Horowitz summarizes the hardest job of CEOs as, “managing your own psychology.” Until recently, I believed that I was pretty good at this. After all, despite not taking more than a few days off since I was 15 -- even after I sold my previous companies I would immediately start working on the next thing -- I’ve never felt “burnt out.”

    By Justin Yoshimura , written on

    From the News desk

  6. History was erased twice yesterday

    Female white indie feminist folk singer Ani Difranco announced that she would hold a song-writing retreat. Not much of a story, since many singers hold retreats to make a quick buck and teach devotees their poetic tools. That is, until an overlooked fact bubbled to the surface yesterday. The conference, it turns out, will be hosted at a Southern plantation. Its website describes the manor's founder as an "astute businessman" aided by a (poorly phrased) "willing workforce" (you and I might call them “slaves”).

    By Cale Guthrie Weissman , written on

    From the News desk

  7. More adults use social networks than ever before (especially Facebook)

    Some of us were burned out by social media this year. Others were bummed out. But that didn't stop American adults from using it more in 2013 than ever before.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Neverware raises $3 million to save school computers

    New York edtech company Neverware has raised $4.156 million $3 million in new equity funding, which a prior $1.7 million in funding into its Series A round, according to an SEC filing. [Note: CEO Jonathan Hefter has clarified that this round was for $3 million, not the $41.56 million I previously wrote, as the filing includes past funds raised. Neverware's total funding across rounds is $4.7 million.]

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

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