Steven Levy

Twitter: Is Brevity The Next Big Thing?

Jack Dorsey has long been obsessed with status. [I'M WRITING THE LEAD TO MY COLUMN] Not in the snob-appeal sense, but status as in "where are you and what are you doing." He became fascinated with the idea while programming software for cab and courier companies.

Steve Jobs Tries TV

Now that Apple TV has finally shipped, we can see for ourselves what makes it so special. Or can we?

Twitter: Is Brevity The Next Big Thing?

Jack Dorsey has long been obsessed with status. [I'M WRITING THE LEAD TO MY COLUMN] Not in the snob-appeal sense, but status as in "where are you and what are you doing." He became fascinated with the idea while programming software for cab and courier companies.

Going Your Way

Kate Sydney had never met me, but on the basis of sharing a mutual acquaintance, and knowing what I like for breakfast, she unhesitatingly opened the door of her 1998 Nissan so I could ride to Target with her.

Levy: Death to DRM?

A new deal between Apple and EMI drops restrictive software from their songs, paving the way for better portability of digital music and improved sound quality. So why does it have to cost more?

Levy: Invasion of the Web Amateurs

Andrew keen is not surprised at the latest twist in the ongoing saga of Wikipedia. In his view, the entire Internet movement involving "collective intelligence," "citizen journalism" and "the wisdom of crowds" is a cultural meltdown, an instance of barbarians at civilization's gates.

Law: Changes in Patents May Be Pending

Jon Dudas often hears how the current U.S. patent system is "broken." Dudas, director of the Patent and Trademark Office, hates that term. The process is "the envy of the world," he says. "Brazil, China, other countries, they want to know how we do it."I'll wager, however, that China would be less than delighted to emulate the United States if the consequences included events like the one in a San Diego courtroom last month.

Wal-Mart's Online Movie Premiere

Wal-Mart opened an online video store earlier this month, proudly announcing that it was the first legal movie-downloading site to offer flicks from all of six major studios.

Can A $100 Laptop Change The World?

The green and white gizmo is not much bigger than a clutch purse, but when you extend its plastic bunny-ear antennas and flip it open, clamshell style, the screen is colorful and welcoming, ready to network or create.

Finally, Vista Makes Its Debut. Now What?

On the morning of the launch of the Vista operating system earlier this week, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates talked with NEWSWEEK's Steven Levy about the new version of Windows—and the one after that.

Steven Levy: Microsoft'S Slick New Vista

Last night the giant billboards of Times Square lit up with the long-overdue news: Vista, Microsoft's endlessly awaited new version of the Windows operating system, is finally on sale to consumers.

Music: Common Hero

Legend has it that the iconic blues guitarist Robert Johnson was granted his otherworldly chops by Satan himself, at a deal forged at a Mississippi crossroads.

The Low Cost Of (Guitar) Heroism

Legend has it that the iconic blues guitarist Robert Johnson was granted his otherworldly chops by Satan himself, at a deal forged at a Mississippi crossroads.

Technology: Valley Of The Gadgets

On the eve of the massive Consumer Electronics Show--a bacchanalia of gizmology, with 140,000 conventioneers packing Las Vegas to visit 2,700 companies spread over several football fields' worth of booths last week--Gary Shapiro sighed when he talked about who wasn't there. "We invite him every year," says the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the show. "It would be great to have him here." But in 2007, as in the past, instead of joining an all-star keynote lineup...

Gadgets: Apple Makes A Cool Call

Steve Jobs, shiny object in hand, lays it out for me: "This is five years ahead of what everybody's got." Predicting the future is gamy, but a tour of the iPhone--it's called that pending a trademark dispute with Cisco--makes the claim seem credible.

Gaming: Embedded In Azeroth

To get an inside look at World of Warcraft--a "massively multiplayer online role-playing game" with 7 million addicted players--I became an embedded journalist.

Everyone's a Star!

Plenty has been said about comedian Michael Richards's racial outburst in a Los Angeles comedy club, but not as much on the speed and thoroughness with which the news spread.

Smile! You're an Unwitting Net Star.

By now you've heard enough about Michael Richards's racist meltdown at a Los Angeles comedy club. Plenty has been said about the content of his outburst, but not as much on the speed and thoroughness with which the news spread.

Technology: Are Hi-Def Discs For You?

In the next few weeks millions of people will buy TV sets with humongous high-definition screens. They will arrange with their cable and satellite providers to get HD television shows to fill all those pixels.

Digital Music: Beyond 'Squirting'

Have you squirted a song yet? That's the question Microsoft hopes your friends will ask you as you ponder which digital music player to acquire. After all, iPods don't squirt songs.

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