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Facebook shares now at half-price

If you bought Facebook shares in the May IPO and held onto them, by Monday morning you would have lost more than half your investment — and not see any encouraging signs of making your money back. Three months after the largest tech share issue ever on US markets, Facebook…

Surfthechannel.com verdict sets powerful precedent for copyright battles

Anton Vickerman probably didn’t want to enter the history books in this way. As the founder of surfthechannel.com, a website that provided links to TV and film content – in a significant number of cases, unlicensed and illicit – the 38-year-old last week became the first person in Britain to…

Apple becomes most valuable company in history

Apple on Monday dethroned longtime rival Microsoft as the most valuable company in history based on the value of its stock, which climbed to approximately $622 billion. Apple’s stock began a steady climb late last week and hit a new high of $664 a share during Monday trade on the…

Microsoft once ruled the world. So what went wrong?

Microsoft is suffering a slow death by committee as bureaucracy stifles the company’s core creativity Here’s a question you don’t often hear asked: whatever happened to Microsoft? To many people, it will seem a silly question. Microsoft, they point out, is still around – with a vengeance. It’s a huge…

Digital books may not be for everyone. But for blind people, they’re a true revolution

Historically, only a tiny proportion of published books have made it into braille. But now technology means no book is off limits The book, not just as a source of knowledge or entertainment, but as an intrinsically pleasing object, is a familiar theme. Indeed, it came up yet again in…

Nikola Tesla museum campaign raises over $500,000 online in first two days

The development of a museum dedicated to the life and works Nikola Tesla has moved one step closer after an online campaign raised more than $500,000 in 48 hours. The fundraising effort, called “Let’s build a goddamn Tesla museum“, was devised by web comic The Oatmeal on behalf of the…

Pentagon develops a flexible, self-camouflaging ‘Squid-bot’

Scientists in the United States on Thursday said they had devised a rubbery robot, inspired by the squid and octopus, which can crawl, camouflage itself and hide from infrared cameras. The Pentagon-backed gadget is the latest type of a so-called soft machine, meaning silicone-based robots that are made from squidgy,…

SimCity becomes a real-time global economic exchange

Playing SimCity used to be rather an isolating endeavour, enjoyed alone in vast stints of town planning and disaster management. But the idea of fans beavering away alone on their virtual cityscapes is an unattractive one in our socially connected era. EA wants to bring us together. So like Need…

Twitter horrifies third-party developers with warnings of cutoffs

Social media company plans to introduce per-hour and user limits on apps, as part of API changes. Twitter has horrified third-party developers by hinting that it will in future limit their size by preventing them having more than a certain number of users, as part of a wide-ranging shift in…

Bill Gates kicks off search for toilet of the future

Microsoft co-founder turned global philanthropist Bill Gates on Tuesday launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries. The charitable foundation founded by Gates and his wife kicked off a “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle and awarded prizes for promising innovations. “Toilets are extremely important for…

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