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Roundup of interesting news headlines and articles making their way around the Web.

Weekend tech reading: The Internet 2012 in numbers

Weekend tech reading: The Internet 2012 in numbers

There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it’s impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but we’re going to give it a shot anyway. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What’s the most popular web browser? How many Internet users...

Weekend in tech: Web innovator, activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Weekend in tech: Web innovator, activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Aaron Swartz, the brilliant young software programmer and Internet activist who inspired awe and reverence from leading figures in the technology world, died in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, his family said in a statement. New York City’s chief medical examiner ruled the death a suicide...

Weekend tech reading: The transistor turns 65

Weekend tech reading: The transistor turns 65

The transistor, the ubiquitous building block of all electronic circuits, will be 65 years old on Sunday. The device is jointly credited to William Shockley (1910-1989), John Bardeen (1908-1991) and Walter Brattain (1902-1987), and it was Bardeen and Brattain who operated the...

Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Last October, while hundreds of protesters were encamped in Zuccotti Park, a handful of people occupied a glass building in downtown Washington, D.C. Wearing sheepish grins and business-casual attire, the 99% they were not; one demonstrator said he worked for Grover Norquist...

Weekend tech reading: Is password security inadequate today?

Weekend tech reading: Is password security inadequate today?

You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters -- maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious -- that can reveal everything about you. Your email. Your bank account. Your address and credit card number...

Weekend tech reading: The computer keyboard's evolution

Weekend tech reading: The computer keyboard's evolution

When Bill Buxton worked at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center in the early 1990s, he examined the classic children's homemade telephones: two cups connected by a taut string. He wondered why that same concept couldn't improve computer keyboards. Think about it. The cup is both a...

Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

For about the last five years, Wikipedia has had trouble getting and keeping new volunteer editors. The foundation behind Wikipedia has made building up the editor base a major goal, and is attacking it from all angles, such as encouraging a culture that is friendlier to newbies...

Weekend tech reading: Why Microsoft's tablet can't fail

Weekend tech reading: Why Microsoft's tablet can't fail

After stripping us of our cellphones and anything else that can take pictures, a Microsoft employee who does not stop smiling directs us into a blank, white rectangle of a room, where Panos Panay, the general manager of Microsoft Surface, explains that we're the very first journalists...

Weekend tech reading: Origin of the "post PC" buzzword

Weekend tech reading: Origin of the "post PC" buzzword

I've been examining the whole "post PC" buzzword that everyone is using these days on the eve of the Windows 8 release. I first heard the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs use it in 2007. But then I found out that David Clark, a senior scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab...

Weekend tech reading: Analysis of Intel's Haswell architecture

Weekend tech reading: Analysis of Intel's Haswell architecture

When I first started writing about x86 CPUs Intel was on the verge of entering the enterprise space with its processors. At the time, Xeon was a new brand, unproven in the market. But it highlighted a key change in Intel's strategy for dominance: leverage consumer microprocessor sales to...

Weekend tech reading: Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" hits RTM

Weekend tech reading: Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" hits RTM

Chalk up another one for those Windows Phone tipsters. Back in July, I heard whispers that Microsoft would release to manufacturing (RTM) the Windows Phone 8 operating system in September. The plan, as of then, was that the first Windows Phone 8 devices would ship...

Weekend tech reading: Kindle Fire HD 8.9" versus the iPad 3

Weekend tech reading: Kindle Fire HD 8.9" versus the iPad 3

On paper, the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 blows the iPad 3 out of the water. The Fire HD is thinner, lighter, and smaller than the iPad 3. The Fire HD has dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, while the iPad has a single mono speaker. Where the iPad 3 is capable of...

Weekend tech reading: AMD shares Steamroller details

Weekend tech reading: AMD shares Steamroller details

Ever since the relatively disappointing debut of AMD's Bulldozer microarchitecture, we've been curious to find out what happens next. New architectures sometimes have their share of troubles, but they often bring with them quite a bit of headroom for improvement, especially once there's...

Weekend tech reading: Inconsistencies in Apple v. Samsung ruling

Weekend tech reading: Inconsistencies in Apple v. Samsung ruling

Late in the process yesterday at the Apple v. Samsung trial, when the parties and the judge were reviewing the jury verdict form, Samsung noticed that there were, indeed, inconsistencies in the jury's verdict form, a possibility Samsung anticipated. In two instances, results were crazily contradictory...

Weekend tech reading: A love-hate relationship with Firefox

Weekend tech reading: A love-hate relationship with Firefox

Admit it. You are in a love-hate relationship with Firefox. Either Mozilla gets Firefox right and you are jumping up and down, or Mozilla screws up and you threaten to ditch the browser in favor of Chrome. Mozilla’s passionate user base keeps Firefox dangling between constant ups and downs...

Weekend tech reading: What is Yahoo?

Weekend tech reading: What is Yahoo?

That straightforward question has so far baffled the people who run the company. I got a taste of the fuzziness when I visited Carol Bartz, then the chief executive, back in 2010. She was funny, profane and articulate, except on the question of what the company is. After five minutes of listening...

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