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Google’s Balloon Internet Experiment, One Year Later

Earlier this month, Mike Cassidy, a project director at Google’s high-risk research division X, woke before dawn in the Northwest Brazilian state of Piauí. It was already warm and humid. He drove for an hour to a clearing in a rural area and helped his team launch several high-altitude balloons with a payload of Internet […]

A Rare Peek Inside Amazon’s Massive Wish-Fulfilling Machine

Through the engineering of its fulfillment centers, Amazon has built the world's most nimble infrastructure for the transfer of things. We step inside to see how the formidable system works.

The Gadget That Aims to End the Epidemic of Prescription Overdoses

More than 19,000 people die of opiate overdoses in America this year, and 70 percent of those will be from medicated legitimately prescribed by doctors. This summer a device will coming out that will save their lives.

Tiny Startup Completely Reinvents How We Use Touchscreens

Qeexo has developed a new technology that can detect the difference between a fingertip, a knuckle, a fingernail, and a stylus, and the ramifications this seemingly small discovery could have in the mobile market are huge.

The Man Who Ran Across America to Raise Bitcoins for the Homeless

San Francisco’s SoMA district was a sea of orange and black on Saturday, as baseball fans gathered early to drink and dine in nearby restaurants before the Giants faced off against the Mets at AT&T Park. Around 4:30 p.m., one small crowd started gathering in front of the Willie Mays statue near the stadium’s entrance, […]

Google’s New All-Seeing Satellites Have Huge Potential—For Good and Evil

The reach of Google’s online empire is hard to overstate. In a sense, the Google search engine is the loom through which the entirety of the public internet is woven. With tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs, the company also handles many of our private online tasks. Using the data generated by these […]

Lingerie Startup Uses Big Data to Engineer the World’s Best Bra

In the lingerie industry, the old marketing trope is true: sex sells. Michelle Lam is hoping that data does, too.

This Startup Wants to Turn Your Old Electronics Into Solid Gold

About 50 million tons of electronic waste were generated worldwide in 2012. BlueOak Resources could make a fortune on it.

The Next Big Thing You Missed: Amazon’s Delivery Drones Could Work—They Just Need Trucks

There’s a big problem with the logistics of Amazon’s grand plan to deliver packages via flying drone: Sending swarms of aircraft from Amazon warehouses to American homes isn’t nearly as efficient as simply driving the packages on four wheels. But one startup’s plan to pair trucks with heavy-duty octocopters could make drone-dropped packages more than […]

Uber Lands $1.2 Billion So You Can Get Rid of Your Car

Uber just became one of the most valuable tech startups in history. Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick announced today that investors are pouring another $1.2 billion into Uber in a funding round that values the five-year-old company at $17 billion. Though nine and 10-figure deals have become common enough in Silicon Valley to seem almost […]

Twitter’s in Trouble. Here’s How It Can Avoid Becoming the Next AOL

Users are abandoning the service, growth has been stagnant and social media pundits wonder if Twitter is heading toward irrelevance. Here's what it can do to fix it.

Airbnb Risks Government Wrath by Turning Homes Into Restaurants

In tens of thousands of cities around the world, Airbnb has transformed home owners into unofficial innkeepers. Now it’s flirting with the idea of making them amateur restauranteurs. Though the company is saying little about this experiment, Reuters reports that Airbnb is inviting hosts in San Francisco to hold dinner parties for strangers and charge […]

Why the New Obamacare Website Is Going to Work This Time

The drama of the Ad Hoc team is now a modern tech fable: a small cadre of young geeks from Silicon Valley and President Obama’s election campaign parachute into the federal bureaucracy to rescue the site and exceed the goal of eight million insured households.

With New Photo Sharer, Tinder Proves Everyone Wants to Be Like Snapchat

Snapchat may soon be dethroned as everyone's favorite app for sending sexy, self-destructing selfies (say that five times fast).

Why American Express Wants to Kill Credit Cards

Leslie Berland has a curious job. She’s paid to think about all the ways to make her company’s flagship product obsolete. Berland leads digital partnerships and development at American Express, the company that pioneered the notion that a piece of colored plastic could not only buy stuff but raise your social status. In the future […]

Lax New Rules Will Make Kickstarter Huge—For Better or Worse

Cyril Ebersweller says Kickstarter is about to get bigger. On Monday, Kickstarter introduced a new, looser set of rules for launching projects on the popular crowdfunding site, and as someone who regularly donates funds to such projects, Ebersweller believes the rules will indeed lead to a broader range of Kickstarter campaigns and may spur larger […]

Facebook Embarks on Cross-Country Tour to Woo Small Businesses

One of the world's biggest businesses is counting on small businesses for growth.

With New Overnight Delivery, Google Confirms It Wants to Be Amazon

Less than a year after launching its Shopping Express service in Silicon Valley and San Francisco--delivering retail products straight to homes on the same day they're ordered online--Google is muscling even farther into Amazon's territory, offering overnight delivery across Northern California.

The Next Big Thing You Missed: This Mosquito-Dissecting, Malaria-Killing Robot Needs Your Help

Dr. Stephen Hoffman has already developed the world's first malaria vaccine that's 100 percent effective. Now, he needs a robot to help him get it to the people who need it most.

Apple to Developers: We Love You, But We’ll Also Take You Down

Apple’s keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference was a big, fat middle finger pointed at doubters arguing that the slowdown in new Apple hardware is a sign of the company’s flagging energy. Not because Apple released any new gadgets, but because it gave the developers who ultimately will build apps for those inevitable gadgets […]

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