Do You Yahoo? Not Any More.
Bill Quick

Bungling, Inc.: Yahoo Sold to Verizon : The Other McCain Yahoo is arguably the worst-run major company in the history of high tech. In 1998, Yahoo could have bought Google for a mere $1 million. Four years later, after Google … Continue reading

Short Answer: No
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Twitter Execs Won’t Say If They Believe in Freedom of Speech CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two executives from Twitter, the social media giant, refused to answer over and over again for more than eight minutes whether the company believes in the … Continue reading

Yawn
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Microsoft is Bringing Skype to Linux, Chromebook and Chrome Web Browser – Thurrott.com Remember when Microsoft news used to actually be exciting? … Continue reading

You Didn’t Build That, So It Can Never Really Be Yours
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Microsoft Announces Surface as a Service – Petri Last month, Microsoft quietly unveiled a Surface Membership plan that allows small businesses to buy the firm’s devices on a monthly payment plan. Today, at its Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft offered a … Continue reading

Small Minds, Little Issues
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Power to the People: How One Unknown Group of Researchers Holds the Key to Using AI to Solve Real… — Medium What’s stopping AI from being put to productive use in thousands of businesses around the world isn’t some new … Continue reading

Block and Tackle
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Ad Blocking to Jump by Double Digits This Year – eMarketer Ad blocking in the US will continue to cause headwinds for online advertisers, as the phenomenon is expected to grow by double digits this year and next. In 2016, … Continue reading

Ridiculously Obvious – and Inevitable
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Buckle Up, Hang on Tight: Nevada Wants to Put You Into a Drone Taxi | PJ Media And now comes the EHang 184, a passenger-drone taxi that will be tested in Nevada by EHang Inc, a company based in China. … Continue reading

Another Possibility
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Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: June 17 – Petri Is this why Microsoft paid so much for LinkedIn? While I think I understand the rationale for Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn, the one thing I don’t quite have a handle on is … Continue reading

Whither Now, New Big Media?
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Pew State of the Media: Does Facebook Really Need Journalism? (Nope) – The Atlantic Today, just 6 percent of people in the United States say they have a lot of confidence in media, according to a survey by the Media … Continue reading

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
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Robot escapes testing grounds, disturbs traffic in Russia (VIDEO) — RT Viral A robot escaped from a testing area in Perm, a city not far from the Urals, and made it on to a busy junction, baffling passersby, but also … Continue reading

Interesting: Microsoft Just Bought LinkedIn
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Microsoft’s LinkedIn Buyout Is A Solid Move – Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) | Seeking Alpha Summary Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion. Faced with slower growth in all segments, Microsoft is … Continue reading

When Giants Collide
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WaPo Columnist Compares Thiel’s Funding of Hogan Lawsuit Against Gawker to Racist Segregationists – Breitbart A column by Washington Post writer Stuart Karle compares billionaire Peter Thiel’s involvement in the Gawker trial to press intimidation in 1950s by white racists … Continue reading

It’s Coming…Seriously, It IS Coming…
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This is another Microsoft PR video for Hololens, and in the real world, Hololens is nowhere near anything like this. Now. But it will be.  And by the time it is, those big, clunky thinks everybody is wearing will be … Continue reading

Ubiquitous
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How risk-averse, big-budget publishers could doom VR gaming | Ars Technica As impressed as we have been with the technology behind new, consumer-level virtual reality headsets, there has been something important missing from the initial selection of software available for … Continue reading

Are We Living In a Simulation?
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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? – Scientific American Moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the museum’s Hayden Planetarium, put the odds at 50-50 that our entire existence is a program on someone else’s hard drive. “I think the … Continue reading

Please Don’t Turn Us Off
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Elon Musk: Humanity ‘Probably’ Living in a Matrix-Style Computer Simulation – Breitbart Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk claimed that there is only a “one in billions” chance we are not living in a Matrix-style computer simulation at Recode’s annual Code Conference … Continue reading

Looking At the World Through Better Eyes
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Augmented, Virtual Reality – The Sizzle To Sell The Microsoft Steak – Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) | Seeking Alpha Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is trying to embrace-and-extend Windows 10 into Augmented and Virtual Reality using the same strategy that powered it to the … Continue reading

I’m Going Blind For You Guys
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Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions – The New York Times Joanne Reitano is a professor of history at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. She writes wonderful books about the history of the city and state, and has … Continue reading

The Singularity Continues to Approach
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Mind-reaching machine could soon turn your secret thoughts into speech | Daily Mail Online A mind-reaching machine that can translate thoughts into speech is coming closer to reality. The research has been ongoing for several years, and recently, scientists successfully … Continue reading

Hololens: How Much?
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Microsoft’s HoloLens To Dominate Enterprise – Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) | Seeking Alpha While many virtual/augmented reality headsets have yet to ship in mass production, the big players in the market are already carving out their own space. Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) version, … Continue reading

Socialist Suckers
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Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: May 27 – Petri Microsoft this week announced that it would slash 1850 more jobs related to its failed Windows phone business, with most of the cuts coming to the few remaining ex-Nokia employees who joined … Continue reading

Maybe Not Just a Hype-erloop
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The Unbelievable Reality of the Impossible Hyperloop The tube is out back, 11 feet in diameter, 60 feet long, the unfinished end spiraling into wide ribbons of steel—like a gigantic Pillsbury dough container with its seams gaping open. Behind the … Continue reading

Of Course Facebook Is a Progressive Digital Tyranny
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Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says … Continue reading

High Tech Harakiri
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » TECHNOLOGICAL SELF-REPLACEMENT: Are Engineers Designing Their Robotic Replacements? The profession could be putting itself out of work. A lot of professions are doing that these days.  It’s the nature of the Tech Singularity beast. … Continue reading

I’ve Dumped Firefox – Again
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No, not because they’re idiots about persecuting people who don’t follow the Approved Narrative about gay rights.  I don’t really give a rat’s ass about stuff like that in terms of people who run companies. It’s because the Firefox browser, … Continue reading

Singularity Watch
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4U Storage Pods offer 240TB of storage for 3.6¢/GB | Ars Technica The first design, in 2009, packed 45 1.5TB disks into a 4U rackable box for a cost of about 12¢ per gigabyte. So, in seven years, they’ve dropped … Continue reading

Amazon: The Sears Roebuck of Our Time
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Samizdata quote of the day « Samizdata Soon after the first Sears catalog was mailed in 1888, the catalog began to offer an astonishing array of goods to a population whose shopping had previously been limited to the local general … Continue reading

Under the Mountain – Again
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King under the mountain: Building Colorado’s Cold War command center | Ars Technica The US military commissioned a bunker to be built in Cheyenne Mountain outside of Colorado Springs at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The bunker … Continue reading

Sad
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The Z Blog | Sports, Culture and Other Stuff We like to believe we are past the time when wizards and shaman can make a living telling the future and conjuring miracles. We’re not like those primitives in our history … Continue reading

Now Ear This!
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The Future of Technology Is In Your Ear — Backchannel By putting these devices in our ears, they become part of our bodies, a sort of permanent prosthetics that boost us bionically. Wearable computers can accelerate our biological evolution. Yet, … Continue reading

Microsoft Nokia – It’s Dead, Jim
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The collapse of Microsoft and Nokia’s mobile business When Paul Thurrot, long-time commenter and cheerleader for Microsoft (although he’s reasonably objective about it – if something stinks, he says so) throws in the towel on Nokia handsets from Microsoft, you … Continue reading

Microsoft: Windows Ink
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I just updates to the latest and greatest build of Windows Insider Edition, so I’ve got Windows Ink on my Surface Pro 3 now.  And I do have the pen. I haven’t played around with it yet, but over the … Continue reading

Boneheads
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Log in with your skull via bone conduction biometrics Researchers looking for a better way to secure their face computers have come up with a novel solution for hands-free, head-mounted password entry. A device could potentially identify its wearer by … Continue reading

Watch Out, Apple?
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A year with the Apple Watch: What works, what doesn’t, and what lies ahead? | Ars Technica About a year ago, Apple announced and released its first Apple Watch. The long-rumored product was Apple’s first all-new product category since the … Continue reading

Apple Makes Money. Microsoft Makes the Future.
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Microsoft, Lumia and Windows Phone: Where now? | ZDNet There have been plenty of rumours that a ‘Surface phone’ is in development, and likely to hit next year. Could this boost Microsoft’s smartphone status? “Microsoft sees the Surface franchise as … Continue reading

Sorry For the Interruption, Folks
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Both my AT&T DSL and my Comcast internet have been down most of the day. I’m typing this from my favorite greasy spoon, where they have working service. One of the joys of living in a SF ghetto is that … Continue reading

Sorry, Not Interested in a Geezer Laptop
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Acer unveils a liquid-cooled laptop, simplified UI tablet for “super-seniors” | Ars Technica Acer also showed off a very niche product developed by a relatively new partner. The Grandpad is a tablet for senior citizens, particularly what Acer called “super-seniors” … Continue reading

The Key(board) To Everything
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Corsair Rapidfire mini-review: Low-profile mechanical keys, anyone? | Ars Technica Part of the reason, if not the reason people buy mechanical keyboards from the likes of Corsair and Das Keyboard is for that sweet, sweet extended key travel. The mushy … Continue reading

Technology: Two Years Is Now An Eternity
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Intel’s tablet adventure is looking more like its netbook disaster | PCWorld Intel’s rise and fall in tablets are starting to resemble the company’s misadventures in netbooks less than a decade ago. The company is quickly distancing itself from basic … Continue reading