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Can Duolingo Crush the TOEFL?

The company made language learning fun. Can it break into the stodgy, lucrative market for language testing?

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.
Sept. 18 2015 5:39 PMApple News Could Be GreatBut it’s not yet. And it might be fighting a losing battle.
Sept. 14 2015 5:45 AMThe First-Person Industrial ComplexThe Internet prizes the harrowing personal essay. But sometimes telling your story comes with a price.
Aug. 26 2015 12:11 PMSlate Voice: “Space Invaders”Never, ever use two spaces after a period: Listen to Mike Vuolo read Farhad Manjoo’s classic takedown of an enduring typographic sin. 
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.
Sept. 23 2015 3:51 PMCan You Spot Your Old PC at One of the World’s Largest Electronic Dumps?How our lack of efficient electronics-disposal options has turned one town into a wasteland.
Sept. 18 2015 12:12 PMThe Best of the First-Person InternetThe Internet prizes the harrowing personal essay. Here are seven worth reading.
Sept. 11 2015 7:34 AMThe First Victim of Sept. 11He was likely the first person killed, but his influence was felt that entire terrible day—online.
Aug. 7 2015 6:00 AMBrunch vs. BuffetCan you tell if someone is an iPhone or Android user from her Yelp searches?

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