Nick Summers

Are Videogames More Than Just Fun and Games?

Blowing a zombie's head off with a sniper rifle is one of life's simple pleasures. But is it art? Videogames have become a massive industry, bringing in tens of billions annually and occupying more than an hour of 8- to 18-year-olds' time each day, but the medium struggles for recognition.

Greene Threatens Sarah Palin as Worst Speaker in Politics

Alvin Greene, the surprise Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina, has a way with words. It's the way, though, of Sarah Palin and George W. Bush—a tortured relationship with the English language that prevents him from making his points, and that says to voters he may not be up to the job.

The Story About the Demise of New York City

If you've been jonesing for a work of tragic reportage about the demise of an American city ever since The Wire went off the air, this is the book for you. It's an exhaustively researched—and reargued—history of the fires that consumed New York in the late 1960s and '70s.

AT&T Axes Unlimited-Data Plan

Struggling to keep up with the pace of smart-phone adoption in the United States, AT&T announced that it will eliminate its unlimited-data plans for the devices and replace them with a two-tiered system.

Yahoo Tries to Avoid Google's Mistakes

In February, Yahoo got to watch with schadenfreude as Google drove its new Buzz social network straight over a cliff with inadequate privacy controls. Now Yahoo has decided it wants to head for pretty much the same cliff, just with a slightly firmer grip on the wheel.

Could China Suicides Hurt Apple's Image?

The spate of troubling suicides at Foxconn Technology Group, a major Chinese manufacturer of consumer electronics, presents a problem for companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell—and their gleaming, precision-engineered reputations.

'We Need to Train an Army of Ninja Cats': GOP Web Site Gets Punk'd

When the GOP unveiled a new web site, 'America Speaking Out,' it promised to "change the way Congress works by proposing ideas for a new policy agenda." Visitors are invited to make their own suggestions in four broad categories. But all those visitors haven't been playing by the rules.

Stocks Open Sharply Down on Korean Tension

Stocks across the globe opened dramatically lower today in response to North Korea's reported threat to take military action against South Korea, as well as deepening worries over the Bank of Spain's bailout of a major bank.

As Facebook Takes a Beating, a Brutal Movie Is Set to Make Things Much Worse

On Oct. 1, The Social Network, an Aaron Sorkin–penned movie about the site's controversial founding, hits theaters. A draft screenplay circulating now is a brutal read. Based on Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, it portrays Zuckerberg as a borderline autistic, entirely ruthless conniver. Nothing sways public opinion like a movie—and this scorcher could counteract the entire body of good press Facebook has received till now.

Newsweek Renews Its Love Affair With Tumblr

Fishbowl NY has a nice and lengthy interview this week with Newsweek's Mark Coatney, the senior articles editor who helms the magazine's Tumblr blog. Writes Fishbowl: One of the first major publications to make its presence felt on Tumblr, Newsweek has been one of the pioneers of the social-media/blogging site.

The iPad's War on Flash May Be Over Before It Begins

The reviews for the iPad are in, and predictably, they're raves. "Apple has pretty much nailed it with this first iPad," says Ed Baig in USA Today. "This beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly," trumpets The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg.

Opera Dares Apple to Reject Its Browser From the iTunes App Store

  On a desktop computer, your choice of browser says a lot. Using the copy of Microsoft Internet Explorer that came with your PC screams "novice"—even though recent versions of IE are much improved, the program is still a symbol of an Internet that was slow, buggy, and insecure.

In Google-China Fight, an Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object

China's decision today to block access to Google's search sites represents a dramatic, but perhaps inevitable, escalation in the conflict between the open search service and the closed government. (UPDATE 12:35 p.m.: Google spokesperson Christine Chen said in an email to NEWSWEEK that while the full site is not currently blocked, "certain sensitive queries" are.

To Steal or Not to Steal?

On March 18, 1990, two thieves stole $500 million in art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—including works by Degas, Manet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. None have been seen since (their frames hang empty). Art theft may sound glamorous, but such high-class crimes rarely pay.

For Mobile Payments, It's Hip to Be Square

After a recent ski trip in California with friends, I needed to reimburse one of them for the rental gear she'd picked up on my behalf. Except I didn't have my checkbook handy, and she didn't have an account with PayPal.

Why Google Will Keep Playing Fast and Loose With Your Privacy

In December, a delegation from Google visited the NEWSWEEK offices to make the case that the search giant was bullish on privacy. They touted recent decisions to reduce the length of time that Google stores users' search histories, new measures to anonymize data, and other considerations meant to improve users' peace of mind as they entrust the company with more and more of their personal information.