Sep 17, 2014

Number of websites explodes past a billion (and counting)

The number of websites has burst above 1 billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time Tuesday by online tracker Internet Live Stats. Tim Berners-Lee, considered the father of the World Wide Web, touted the milestone on Twitter — one ...

Sep 10, 2014

Microsoft reportedly in $2 billion talks for 'Minecraft' maker

Microsoft is in talks to buy the Swedish company behind the wildly popular “Minecraft” video game in a deal valued at more than $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. The U.S. technology colossus and game maker Mojang AB were not commenting on ...

Apple set to take 'historic' leap with next big product

Sep 9, 2014

Apple set to take 'historic' leap with next big product

Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses. The trend-setting company is expected to rouse the still-slumbering market for wearable computers with a smartwatch or bracelet ...

Alibaba seeks to raise a record $24.3 billion in IPO

Sep 6, 2014

Alibaba seeks to raise a record $24.3 billion in IPO

China’s Alibaba Group Ltd. is seeking to raise up to $24.3 billion in its upcoming IPO — an amount that would be the most raised by a company in a stock-market debut. The e-commerce company and its early investors are hoping to sell up ...

Sep 6, 2014

Glance: the biggest initial public offerings in history

The Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Ltd. is seeking to raise up to $24.3 billion in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, which would value the company at $163 billion. Those are both IPO records. Here is a look at ...

Sep 5, 2014

'Telepathy' experiment sends first mental message

For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, who were far apart in India and France. Research led by experts at Harvard University shows technology can be ...

Sep 5, 2014

Obama taps Google exec as new technology officer

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday named Google vice president Megan Smith as his new chief technology officer, charged with unleashing the power of data and computers inside the fusty world of government. Smith fronted Google’s acquisition of major platforms including Google Earth, Google ...

Sep 5, 2014

Online 'safe harbor' for nude photos defines Internet

Imagine what the Internet would be like if most major websites had imposed controls preventing the naked photos stolen from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from being posted online. The Internet would be less sleazy, but prescreening more content might also mute ...

Sep 3, 2014

How can you protect your online data?

The circulation of nude photographs stolen from celebrities’ online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of people to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and ...

Sep 3, 2014

Google taps U.S. scholars to build new quantum information processors

Google Inc. has announced that a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to begin a project to build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is ...

Sep 3, 2014

Should theft of naked photos online be considered a sex crime?

Already hounded by paparazzi on their doorsteps, celebrities face a new battle to protect their privacy from hackers willing to splash their most intimate behind-closed-doors photos online. After the massive release of naked photos of stars including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, some experts said it ...