The internet’s ‘phonebook’ is flawed and outdated. It’s time for an upgrade
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The internet’s ‘phonebook’ is flawed and outdated. It’s time for an upgrade

The websites we visit are scattered across a vast, messy web of underground cables, racks of metallic boxes, and a myriad of routers that we’ve come to call the internet. So when you punch in an address and hit enter, how does your browser know where to look? The answer is a system that’s been Read more

Will Google ever lose its throne as king of search? Here are its main contenders
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Will Google ever lose its throne as king of search? Here are its main contenders

“Advertising income often provides an incentive to provide poor quality search results,” Google’s founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, argued in a research paper when they were still working out of their Stanford dorm rooms. Today, Google is synonymous with the web — but it’s also far from the sort of “competitive and transparent” search Read more

India’s plan to end spam texts was a colossal failure. But it’s worth revisiting
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India’s plan to end spam texts was a colossal failure. But it’s worth revisiting

For a few days in March 2021, millions of Indians suddenly couldn’t access many of the apps and services they relied on for everyday life. Every time they request a one-time passcode (OTP) to authenticate a bank transaction, retrieve a forgotten social media login, or register for a vaccine appointment, they ended up waiting forever Read more

Should Big Tech pay you for your data? It’s possible, but also problematic
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Should Big Tech pay you for your data? It’s possible, but also problematic

Data is apparently the new oil, and unlike the nonrenewable petroleum liquid we unearth with giant drilling rigs, it’s an unlimited resource that can be extracted in seconds. So why do we give it away for free? To find an answer, you have to look back to the early days of the internet. Decades ago, Read more

To save the planet, phone makers need to bring back removable batteries
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To save the planet, phone makers need to bring back removable batteries

LG’s smartphone business has had an unremarkable few years. But when it announced its departure earlier this month, there was one phone I thought about and wished had succeeded: The ambitious LG G5. Launched in 2015, the LG G5 was one of the last few phones to ship with a battery that people could easily Read more