July 30, 2013 Google's extensive and delectable food offerings have long been part of the company's perks. Now startups in other cities are hiring chefs who prepare fresh, creative food to attract and keep top talent.
July 15, 2013 CPRDoctors are rushing to take advantage of federal incentives to computerize their offices. Even now, many physicians still rely on paper records for patients. While the digital approach offers some advantages, the cost and complexity of switching can be daunting.
June 25, 2013 Days before Google pulls the plug on its Reader RSS feed service, reality is sinking in for longtime users. And the market for free or low-cost replacements is growing, as Digg says its new reader is now ready. Other companies report a burst of new customers.
June 6, 2013 The National Security Agency is able to pluck data — including e-mails, videos, pictures, and connection logs — from the main servers of Microsoft, Google, Apple, and other leading U.S. tech companies, according to reports by The Washington Post and The Guardian. The newly disclosed U.S. government program, they say, is named PRISM.
June 4, 2013 Engineers for Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found what was disrupting the mobile data network in several neighborhoods: a man's beer fridge. Technicians say an electric spark in the motor evidently created enough radio frequency noise to interfere with the network.
June 4, 2013 On Spain's Atlantic coast, the city of Santander has installed 12,000 sensors that measure everything from when streetlights need to be dimmed to when trash dumpsters are full — saving millions for cash-strapped public coffers. It's becoming a model for cities worldwide.
February 21, 2013 Marco Arment pays his writers, doesn't sell ads, and turns a decent profit. He walked us through the numbers.
January 28, 2013 To understand how social rules affect the interactions between humans and machines, scientists re-created a famous psychology experiment using robots. What they found is that if robots are nice to us, we're nice to them. If they're not, we "punish" them.
January 16, 2013 What began as a company's suspicion that its infrastructure was being hacked turned into a case of a worker outsourcing his own job to a Chinese consulting firm, according to reports that cite an investigation by Verizon's security team. The man was earning a six-figure salary.
January 9, 2013 Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site that pairs indie-minded entrepreneurs with online investors, funded more than 18,000 projects in 2012, according to its end-of-year analysis. The site says more than 2.2 million people pledged nearly $320 million, with 17 projects raising more than $1 million.
October 23, 2012 On today's show, we talk with a Stanford law professor about the problems with software patents — and how to fix the system.
October 19, 2012 A couple of Stanford professors have set up a company called Coursera to offer free classes to anybody anywhere in the world. Anywhere in the world, that is, except Minnesota.