Why so costly?

 Technology makes things better. Not morally, of course: military technology kills and maims people more efficiently, surveillance technology invades privacy more pervasively, and so forth. But improved technology leads to more output from less input for any system. Almost a tautology, right? I mean, that’s the whole point. So why, in our technology-laced world, do certain domains keep… Read More

Verizon wants you to know its Google Pixel phones will get immediate Android updates

pixel10 Verizon wants you to know that everything is fine. It’s learned its lesson. The carrier’s Google Pixels will get Android updates at the same time as the unlocked versions. False alarm. Of course, that original five-day-long concern came from Verizon itself, noting last week that its version of Google’s eagerly awaited Pixel handset would be carrier-controlled. Here’s… Read More

Baidu just set up a $3 billion fund to back maturing startups

baidu-earnings Baidu, the China-based search engine giant, said earlier today on its official WeChat account that it has established a 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) investment fund that the company will use to fund mid- and late-stage deals in the internet sector, with check sizes ranging from $50 million to $100 million.
Reuters, which first reported the news, notes the move looks like an attempt to… Read More