All give and no take: Why should we use check-in apps, again?

Social networks at least provide some utility for the privacy they take, but check-in apps like Foursquare and Saga get an intimate glimpse at your life without much in return.

Google’s latest search algorithm update is a big concession to Hollywood

In its latest algorithm update Google will punish pages with DMCA takedown requests, and bow to what content holders have wanted for years.
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Opinion: Are you ready for the physical Web?

The Web might not just be a place you visit on your laptop anymore. Wearable computers and ubiquitous sensor networks promise to bring the benefits of connectivity to all aspects of life in the near future.

Function over form: Why Microsoft peripherals still trump Apple’s

Apple may rule the touchscreen, but when you need a good keyboard and mouse, Microsoft still knows how to craft a winner.

Innovate or stagnate: Why your next phone will suck if Samsung beats Apple

Samsung’s strategy of shameless mimicry will stall the mobile market for years if it succeeds in court. And Apple needs engineers, not lawyers, to keep the innovation flowing.

Opinion: I’m sticking with the cloud (and you should, too)

Recent security breaches and ownership issues have skeptics doubting whether the cloud should really be the future of computing, but ultimately, we still control our own online destinies.

Watch what you tweet: How online troll crackdowns threaten freedom of speech

Abusive comments and racist insults are the stock and trade of the Web, but now British police have begun cracking down and making arrests. What ever happened to freedom of speech, and where do we draw the line?

Can Twitter save NASA?

As Curiosity collects data on Mars, the rover’s Twitter banter is stoking flames of publicity back on Earth, which may be the key to keeping the feeble ember of the space program alive.

State of the Web: Who killed privacy? You did

Warnings about the death of online privacy have become a cliche. Why is that? And who is to blame?

People, not passwords: The real lesson from Mat Honan’s iCloud hack nightmare

No computer system is ever safe due to one simple fact: Humans are imperfect.
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Four disruptive technologies to cash in on before it’s too late

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or just looking to get ahead at your current job, keeping an eye on these four technologies will put you ahead of the curve.

A clean slate: Why the Microsoft Surface could come out on top

Microsoft may be a latecomer to the tablet game, but it has the advantage of having watched – and learned from – the mistakes of others.