Cecilia Kang

For Cecilia Kang's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 12, 2013

Google plans to put users' photos, comments in online ads

Google has made a fortune selling ads. Now it is trying to put its hundreds of millions of users to work as company pitchmen, using the profiles, pictures and recommendations of ordinary people to endorse products and services across the Web. After the policy ...

Google crunches data on munching snacks in the office

Sep 3, 2013

Google crunches data on munching snacks in the office

Last year Google had an M&M problem. So, as it does with most dilemmas, the Internet giant put its data wizards into action. Employees were eating too much of the free candy and that, the firm surmised, might hinder efforts to keep them healthy ...

Can Amazon's Bezos save the newspaper business?

| Aug 7, 2013

Can Amazon's Bezos save the newspaper business?

Amazon.com founder Jeffrey Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post promises not just an ownership change for the 135-year-old institution but a potential transformation of the fusty mechanics of the newspaper business. It remains to be seen whether the experiences of an Internet behemoth can ...

Jun 12, 2013

U.S. tech giants urge NSA transparency

Technology companies stung by the controversy over the National Security Agency's sweeping Internet surveillance program are calling on U.S. officials to ease the secrecy surrounding national security investigations and lift long-standing gag orders covering the nature and extent of information collected about Internet users.

Jobs' role focus of Apple e-book trial

Jun 5, 2013

Jobs' role focus of Apple e-book trial

Apple’s late founder, Steve Jobs, was a key figure Monday in the Justice Department’s suit against the Silicon Valley giant for allegedly leading an illegal scheme to raise the prices of e-books. But the focus on Jobs’ role in conversations and deals made three ...

Will robots end up creating jobs or end them?

Mar 10, 2013

Will robots end up creating jobs or end them?

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a management robot is learning to run a factory and give orders to artificial coworkers, and a BakeBot robot is reading recipes, whipping together butter, sugar and flour and putting the cookie mix in the oven. At the University ...

Cheap 3-D printers to transform our lives

Jan 9, 2013

Cheap 3-D printers to transform our lives

FOCUS When Ford wants to try out a new transmission part, an engineer sends a digital blueprint of the component to a computer, and what happens next once seemed like the stuff of science fiction. Inside a device about the size of a microwave ...