Silicon Valley Needs a Valleywag

Peter Thiel’s misguided, secret war against Gawker Media proves it.

May 26 2016 4:25 PMPeter Thiel’s Revenge Campaign Is a Wakeup Call The multibillionaire is spending a fortune to destroy Gawker in court. It will be catastrophic to democracy if he gets away with it.
May 17 2016 5:07 PMWhat the Facebook “Liberal Bias” Controversy Is Really AboutAnd why it isn’t going away.
May 9 2016 5:55 AMApple Destroyed My Will to Collect MusicI once used iTunes to organize albums, bootlegs, demos, and deep cuts—until it made that nearly impossible. Will Apple Music finish the job?
April 29 2016 5:47 AMCan Duolingo Crush the TOEFL?The company made language learning fun. Can it break into the stodgy, lucrative market for language testing?
April 24 2016 8:30 PMFacebook Isn’t the Social Network AnymoreIt’s losing the intimacy that once addicted us. So it’s becoming something different—and much bigger.
April 10 2016 8:00 PMThe Fight for the Future of NPRA slow-moving bureaucracy. An antiquated business model. A horde of upstart competitors. Can National Public Radio survive?
March 22 2016 2:25 PMBeyond the BoxCable TV boxes are among the peskiest pieces of hardware on the planet. Regulators are finally eyeing the right solution.
March 1 2016 8:15 AMThe Presidential Campaign Websites Are TerribleExcept for Donald Trump’s—his is fabulous, just terrific.
Feb. 5 2016 11:33 AMWhy Can’t Apple Figure Out Television?Apple changed how we use phones and listen to music. But it never had a shot at rethinking TV.
Jan. 27 2016 4:19 PMPeak AppleThe world’s most valuable company may already be in decline.
Jan. 8 2016 5:58 PMThe End of the Taxi EraThe bankruptcy of San Francisco’s largest cab company is just the beginning. Thanks to Uber, the entire industry is doomed.
Dec. 18 2015 5:51 AMThe Year’s Best GadgetsThe virtual reality viewers, streaming media dongles, and robotic toys that delighted us in 2015.
Dec. 7 2015 5:57 AMWhy Japan Got Over EmojisThe country created the adorable little icons. Then the iPhone corrupted them.
Oct. 25 2015 8:26 PMNo More Pencils, No More BooksArtificially intelligent software is replacing the textbook—and reshaping American education.
Oct. 6 2015 6:28 PMMicrohardMicrosoft just became a computer company—and its new laptop looks amazing.
May 24 2016 4:50 PMLinkedIn Called Me a White SupremacistAnd all I did was happen to share a name with one.
May 10 2016 6:30 PMOf Course Facebook Is BiasedIts real problem is that it won’t admit it. 
May 5 2016 2:43 PMWhy Elon Musk Keeps Promising the ImpossibleIt’s the only way to pull off the extraordinarily improbable—and, just maybe, the only way he can function.
April 27 2016 4:41 PMTwitter Is a Flightless BirdIt might never take off like investors expected. But it shouldn’t have to go extinct.
April 13 2016 9:01 AMAmazon’s Quixotic QuestIt wants to build a Kindle for book fetishists. Is it tilting at windmills?
April 3 2016 8:04 PMTerrifyingly ConvenientA.I. assistants can give you the news, order you a pizza, and tell you a joke. All you have to do is trust them—completely.
March 15 2016 9:42 AMThe Go Champion, the Grandmaster, and MeMillions just watched a computer program beat Lee Sedol at the game he dominates. Welcome to the club.
Feb. 29 2016 2:53 PMAn iPhone Is an Extension of the MindThe FBI isn’t asking to access an uncrackable safe. It wants to compromise the boundaries of the self.
Feb. 1 2016 5:02 PM“The End of Twitter” Is a False NarrativeIts real problem isn’t a failure to catch up with Facebook. It’s Wall Street’s expectations—and ours.
Jan. 12 2016 5:45 AMNo Place to Hack  Why Aaron Swartz profoundly misjudged MIT, an institution fundamentally inhospitable to Free Culture. 
Jan. 3 2016 8:02 PMWho Controls Your Facebook FeedA small team of engineers in Menlo Park. A panel of anonymous power users around the world. And, increasingly, you.
Dec. 9 2015 7:15 PMBad AppleThe company’s ugly, underpowered new iPhone battery case is a sign of trouble in Cupertino.
Oct. 26 2015 9:01 AMThe Fascinating, Mostly Failed History of “Teaching Machines”And how far we’ve come since the 1920s.
Oct. 8 2015 6:29 PMSteve Jobs Doesn’t Understand Steve JobsHe wasn’t just a cold-hearted marketing genius. He was something more eccentric—and troubling.
Oct. 5 2015 6:21 PMJack Is BackTwitter’s new CEO, Jack Dorsey, is self-important, conniving, and has another job. He might be perfect.