Google vs. the EU: A Fight for the Right to Screw With Search Results

Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world” because holy shit, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. The EU’s new lawsuit against the search giant brings up larger issues. » 4/16/15 6:05pm Thursday 6:05pm

Get A Sneak Peek At YouTube's New Design 

YouTube’s player design has seen us through some tough video times. It was probably sitting there on your first viewing of Friday; the inaugural playing of Gagnam Style, and countless dashcam videos since then. The player’s getting an update soon, but with a little browser trickery, you can take a look right now. » 4/12/15 10:45pm 4/12/15 10:45pm

Report: Hillary Clinton Just Hired a Google Exec as CTO of Her Campaign

Hillary Clinton hasn’t declared that she’s running for president—YET—but she seems to already have one crucial hire in place: The Washington Post reports via anonymous sources that a longtime Google exec, Stephanie Hannon, has been named chief technology officer of Clinton’s not-yet-announced campaign. » 4/08/15 2:30pm 4/08/15 2:30pm

Parents File Complaint Over “Hyper-Commercialized” YouTube Kids App

When the YouTube Kids app was announced six weeks ago, it seemed like a nice, safe way to ensconce your child in a fuzzy walled garden of Sesame Street and a certain friendly Tank Engine. But according to a complaint filed with the FTC today, it’s exposing kids to a “hyper-commercialized” environment with basically no… » 4/07/15 2:00am 4/07/15 2:00am

Censorship Order That Threatened Websites and Message Boards Overturned

Our right to express opinions online—for instance, to criticize copyright trolls and their demands for money in hopes of scaring them away—are protected by the First Amendment. The Georgia Supreme Court correctly underscored these protections in a ruling late last week about the state’s anti-stalking law. The panel… » 4/03/15 3:34am 4/03/15 3:34am

The Forgotten Offices That Shaped Apple, Facebook, and Google

Online, Apple, Facebook, and Google are competing to control the future of technology. Offline, they are competing to build the future of corporate architecture—small cities nestled in the Silicon Valley suburbs that are designed by some of the most famous architects alive today. It’s a space race. Literally.
» 4/01/15 2:27pm 4/01/15 2:27pm