Salesforce Buying Twitter Would Make Perfect Sense

Christie Hemm Klok/WIRED If you’re wondering why on Earth Salesforce might want to buy Twitter, Vala Afshar, the enterprise company’s “chief digital evangelist,” has a few reasons. Why @twitter? 1 personal learning network 2 the best realtime, context rich news 3 democratize intelligence 4 great […]

Government Requests For Twitter Info Keep Growing

Christie Hemm Klok/WIRED Twitter is receiving an increasing number of government requests for data involving user accounts. Today, the company released its latest transparency report, which aims to help consumers better understand tweet removal requests and copyright notices as well as government information requests. With […]

Google’s New Vacation App Was 280 Years in the Making

Konigsberg and its bridgesullstein bild/Getty Images Kaliningrad is a Russian seaport named for a Soviet revolutionary. It sits near the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania, and it’s a place where pre-Putin Russian leaders would occasionally threaten to install nuclear missiles. But in the 18th […]

Need Some AI? Yeah, There’s a Marketplace for That

Algorithmia Diego Oppenheimer is worried that the Googles and the Facebooks will dominate the world of artificial intelligence. It’s a legitimate worry. Elon Musk and Sam Altman are worried about the same thing. That’s why they created a startup called OpenAI. In recent years, Google […]

Why Can’t Twitter Do What Instagram Just Did?

Instagram now offers a tool that automatically blocks comments if they include certain abusive words. It’s a wonderfully simple way of dealing with the harassment and the other nastiness that plagues so many of today’s online social networks, including the photo-happy, Facebook-owned Instagram. And it […]

The Death of Project Ara Shows Google Is All Grown Up

Google Project Ara may be no more. As Reuters reported last week, Google has suspended–and possibly killed–its plan to make a modular smartphone with interchangeable components. The move is curious–especially considering that in May at its annual I/O conference, the company restarted its Ara hype […]

Facebook Wants Its Advertisers To Be Better on Mobile

Facebook is forcing advertisers to improve their websites. This is a shameless way for Facebook to serve itself–and thank goodness it’s happening. As Facebook announced this week, if an advertiser’s website is slow, its ads won’t show up as frequently on the world’s most popular […]

Facebook Removes the Vomit From 360-Degree Videos

Facebook Facebook says 360-degree video is the future of the Internet. And there’s at least one good reason to believe this: Facebook is pushing prodigiously hard to make 360-degree video the future of the Internet. Last year, the company invited 360-degee videos onto its social […]