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By Brent Rose on at

It's Time for Apple to Stop Patent Trolling

Intellectual property is important. There's no denying that. But there's a line between protecting yourself and just trying to kill everybody around you. It's one Apple has already crossed, and it's not doing anybody any good. Time to knock it off.

By Mat Honan on at

Google's New Plan: Annoy You Into Compliance

Google Plus users just got a pretty horrible new feature: search your name, and instead of finding out information about yourself, you're asked to provide it. Quite simply, Google won't give you information until you give it information. Guh.

I Hate Glossy Gadgets

By Adrian Covert on at

Gadget design is in a pretty good place these days. Even companies like Sony and Dell—known to commit many a design atrocity in their days—are starting to make devices that look pretty. But there's still one crutch companies and designers lean on when they want to make something they think people will lust after.

Siri Is Apple's Broken Promise

By Mat Honan on at

A long time ago, I made a pact with Apple. "You can control my entire technological life, from my computer to my phone to my stereo. I'll pay premium prices. I'll dive into your product ecosystem, and buy books and music and movies and apps from you. Even though they won't work on devices made by anybody else."