Digital | TECHNOLOGY Mar 27, 2013

Facebook, Google spreading 'their' Net

by John Naughton

On March 18, amid great hoopla, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was awarded to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin and Marc Andreessen. The 15-person selection panel said the five men had all contributed to the recent revolution in communications that ...

Digital | TECHNOLOGY Mar 13, 2013

Online, some are more equal than others

by John Naughton

A few years ago, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman published a bestselling book with the title "The World is Flat." In it he used the concept of "flatness" to describe "how more people can plug, play, compete, connect and collaborate with more equal ...

Digital | TECHNOLOGY Mar 6, 2013

Not even Google will be around forever

by John Naughton

Some years ago, when the Google Books project, which aims to digitize all of the world's printed books, was getting under way, the two cofounders of Google were having a meeting with the librarian of one of the universities that had signed up for ...

Language startup rises to cloud nine

Digital | TECHNOLOGY Feb 20, 2013

Language startup rises to cloud nine

by Richard Solomon

Innovations in software coupled with the widespread availability of Internet broadband are transforming the once stodgy business of language education. Leading the charge in Japan are two Japanese-American brothers, John Hideyoshi Martyn and Billy Kosuke Martyn. The brothers want to reduce the many hours per ...