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Keith Berkoben/Fab Folk Volunteers have built a wireless Internet around Jalalabad, Afghanistan, from off-the-shelf electronics and ordinary materials. U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors Abroad - NYTimes.com (Build 20110413222027)
Cupertino was not Steve Jobs' first choice for a state-of-the-art Apple headquarters. He had another vision three decades ago, when the computer genius was young and healthy, on the cover of Time magazine and on the verge of introducing the Macintosh. It was 1983 when Jobs took a helicopter ride with a real estate consultant, had cocktails at Carry Nations bar in Los Gatos with then-San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery, then announced he was ready to build a "statement" corporate campus. Steve Jobs' first dream for an Apple headquarters: Coyote Valley, San Jose - San Jose Mercury News (Build 20110413222027)
Sophisticated Cyberattack Is Reported by the I.M.F. - NYTimes.com (Build 20110413222027)
The +1 Button Is Like A Button You Push For A Treat — Without The Treat (Build 20110413222027) You people confuse me. Ten days ago we put Google’s +1 Button on TechCrunch — because why not?
Twenty years ago, when I was writing Accidental Empires, my book about the PC industry, I included near the beginning a little rant about how good engineers were incapable of lying, because their work relied on Terminal A being positive and not negative and if they lied about such things then nothing would ever work. That was before I learned much about data security, where apparently lying is part of the game. When Engineers Lie - Cringely on technology (Build 20110413222027)
Digital Black Friday: First Bitcoin "Depression" Hits (Build 20110413222027) Much like the New York Stock Exchange, Bitcoin exchanges have suffered from their first massive loss -- a virtual "Black Friday", so to speak. (Source: Google Images) Some say Bitcoins could make buying illegal drugs easier.
(All these Brilliant People at) Facebook Make Me Sad « hueniverse (Build 20110413222027) This is not a post about open, about standards, about privacy, or really any criticism of Facebook in any way. In fact, the problem is just how unbelievable the Facebook team is (in a good way). The sheer strength of their talent is almost unmatched in our industry, past and present.
Why did Apple choose Twitter over Facebook? (Build 20110413222027) Apple will deeply integrate Twitter into iOS 5 when it releases this Fall, but not Facebook. Now why is that? Facebook is the largest social networking platform on the planet, with more than 500 million users, according to the company (Hell, I thought it was closer 700 million based on multiple -- and unconfirmed -- press reports and blogs).
By CAROLINE GRAHAM in SEATTLE Created 7:58 PM on 9th June 2011 Microsoft's Bill Gates: A rare and remarkable interview with the world's second richest man | Mail Online (Build 20110413222027)
The Math of TechCrunch, Part 1: Is TechCrunch Still About Startups? (Build 20110413222027) Editor’s note: We often hear the complaint that “TechCrunch doesn’t cover startups anymore.” Yet we feel like we are covering them more than ever. In this guest post, Mark Goldenson breaks down exactly how much TechCrunch covers startups.