Daniel Lyons

Stories by Daniel Lyons

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    Who Needs Humans?

    As if American workers don’t have it rough enough, now there’s another threat: robots.
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    Twitter Quitters

    Twitter is secretly fundraising for a huge valuation. So where have all its founders gone?
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    The Web's Secret Cash

    A novel version of money is sprouting online, letting people shop in complete anonymity.
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    The Facebook Bubble

    The social-networking juggernaut may be more vulnerable than it appears at first glance.
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    Apple's Battle With Amazon Over Books on the iPad

    Content is supposed to be king. But in the world of electronic devices, Apple seems to be placing the crown on its own head, apparently believing that its iPad and iPhone are more important to customers than the books, movies, and music they store on them.
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    Dictator-Proofing the Internet

    When authorities in Egypt shut down Internet connections during last week’s uprising, hackers around the world started scrambling to create a work-around. Before they could succeed, the blackout was lifted. But now people are worried that similar shutdowns might occur in countries like Jordan, Syria, and Yemen—and so hackers are working to set up alternative networks in those countries, just in case.
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    Hackers' Egypt Rescue: Get Protesters Back Online

    With the Internet down across Egypt, Google and Twitter have come up with a way for Egyptians to tweet using their phones. Now, Dan Lyons reports, a group of hackers is close to delivering software that could turn laptops into low-cost Internet routers—and help protesters organize.
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    Ask a Celebrity Geek

    For people who already have their hands full keeping up with Facebook, scanning Twitter tweets, and answering email too, here’s a heads-up. The cool kids and big egos of Silicon Valley are busy colonizing a new social network—and soon you may want to as well.
  • Bono’s Silicon Valley Soap Opera

    An ugly fight over money is threatening the future of Bono’s Silicon Valley private-equity firm, Elevation Partners. After several rough years, a key founding partner, Marc Bodnick, is bailing out and fighting with Elevation’s leader, Roger McNamee, over his share of the firm’s profits, according to a person close to the company. The feud, which has been simmering in private, is now erupting into a nasty public battle.
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    Apple Moves In on Your Wallet

    A chip that links an iPhone to your bank account could break mobile commerce wide open in the U.S. and could be Apple's possible next category killer.
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    What an Apple Without Steve Jobs Might Look Like

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs has gone on a medical leave. With luck this will be temporary, like his last medical leave, in 2009, when Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, received a liver transplant. But what if he doesn’t come back? Ever since the previous time, people have wondered if the company could carry on without him.
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    Behind the Google CEO Shake-Up

    The tech giant’s announcement that cofounder Larry Page will succeed Eric Schmidt as CEO is no shock. But the timing is key.
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    Apple Stock Gyrates

    With Apple CEO Steve Jobs back on medical leave—an indefinite one, unlike his last break—the company’s investors, $300 billion worth of them, are forced to envision a post-Jobs Apple. And they didn’t like the thought: shares fell as much as 10 percent before rebounding in overseas trading Monday.
  • Murdoch, Denton: New Approaches to Web Media

    The new year brings some radical new experiments in online media. First up is The Daily, a publication created by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. that’s set to launch this month. You won’t be able to read The Daily on a plain old Web browser. It will exist only as an app on the iPad (and, presumably, later on other tablets as well)—and you’ll have to pay $1 a week for a subscription.
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    The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late

    Now that Apple will be selling the iPhone on Verizon, is Google’s Android smart-phone operating system doomed?
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    Making Sure Net Advertisers 'Do Not Track' You

    Here is how Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, describes the current state of affairs on the Internet: “Say I’m walking through a mall. And there’s a guy following me."
  • On PayPal, the U.S. Lags in Selling to the World

    Roughly 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, yet small merchants in the U.S. don’t pay enough attention to them. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by PayPal, which looked at transaction data in 11 countries during the first half of 2010 to find out how much cross-border commerce is taking place on its network.
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    Your Online Data Might Not Belong to You

    Since the beginning of the internet era it has been pretty widely accepted that when you join an online service, whatever data you put into it belongs to you.
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    Obama's Web Troops Have Gone AWOL

    What happened to the Netroots? That’s what I’ve been wondering ever since the Republicans routed the Democrats last week. Two years ago, a lot of people—myself included—really believed that all those online activists who helped elect Barack Obama were going to stick around and support him as he pushed through a sweeping list of progressive measures.
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    Google Has Big Plans for Your TV

    For the past few years, tech companies have been trying to find a way to bring the Internet and television together, without much success.
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    How Android Is Transforming Mobile Computing

    How a tiny piece of software created by a few Google engineers is ushering in the mobile revolution and reshaping the fortunes of the world's biggest tech companies.
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    The Sad Truth About the Facebook Movie

    The really interesting thing about "The Social Network" is that while much of the tale is invented, the story tells a larger truth about Silicon Valley’s get-rich-quick culture and the kind of people—like Facebook’s 26-year-old founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg—who thrive in this environment.