1. Over the Top: The New War for TV Is Just Beginning
There is one screen left not dominated by the tech giants. WHO WILL WIN?
2. Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore
Wired writer Mat Honan, who was hacked earlier this year, examines whether it’s time to say good-bye to the password.
3. Is Siri Really Apple’s Future?
At Counternotions, Kontra argues: “Siri stands as a monumental opportunity both for Apple as a transactional money machine and for its users as a new paradigm of discovery and task completion more approachable than any we’ve seen to date.”
4. Innovation Is a Fight
Remaining a powerful tech company will always be a challenge for the incumbents, writes Rands, because “it is an industry populated by a demographic intent not on building a better mousetrap, but who avidly ask, ‘Why the hell do we need mousetraps?’”
5. How a $20 Tablet from India Could Blindside PC Makers, Educate Billions and Transform Computing as We Know It
A look at the cheapest tablet on the planet. “Our effort in all of this,” Datawind CEO Suneet Tuli tells Quartz, “Was to use technology to fight poverty. What happens when you try to make it affordable at this level?”
6. How to Hide Your Email: What Petraeus Did & What He Should Have Done
Mistakes were made. Tech sites have decided to focus on the tech mistakes of the Petraeus scandal rather than moral failures — ReadWrite offers a few tips on how to really hide your e-mail.
7. John McAfee Wanted for Murder
Gizmodo’s Jeff Wise follows up his story on antivirus pioneer John McAfee with this bit: He’s now wanted for questioning in connection with a murder in Belize.
8. Napster, Udacity, and the Academy
What happened with MP3s and the music industry, writes Clay Shirky, is now about to happen with education and companies like Udacity. “We have several advantages over the recording industry, of course. We are decentralized and mostly non-profit. We employ lots of smart people. We have previous examples to learn from, and our core competence is learning from the past. And armed with these advantages, we’re probably going to screw this up as badly as the music people did.”
9. You Google Wrong
Did you know there is a class called “Power Searching with Google”? The Atlantic Wire’s Rebecca Greenfield explores the hidden tricks to finding what you’re looking for.
10. Built to Win: Deep Inside Obama’s Campaign Tech
Ars Technica’s take on how Obama’s tech team helped win the day. “In a contest as close as last week’s election, software may have given the Obama for America organization’s people a tiny edge — making them by some measures more efficient, better connected, and more engaged than the competition.”
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