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What happened to the sharing economy?

What happened to the sharing economy?

A generation of startups now look more like the traditional companies they were disrupting A few years ago, Silicon Valley couldn’t stop using a trendy buzzword — the sharing economy. The good old top-down economic model with a clear separation between service providers and clients was falling apart. And huge tech companies disrupted entire industries,…
Vergecast: Hear what happened when big tech went to Capitol Hill this week

Vergecast: Hear what happened when big tech went to Capitol Hill this week

Look, I’m going to be honest with you. We had so many topics we wanted to discuss on The Vergecast this week that we basically jammed two or three shows worth of material into one episode. You’ll see (or hear) why. First, we had to talk about the big tech hearings in Congress this week…
What happened to the original iPhone’s plastic screen?

What happened to the original iPhone’s plastic screen?

The iPhone Steve Jobs revealed in January 2007 featured a 3.5-inch plastic display. Not many people remember that, because the phone sold that June was covered in glass. The switch from plastic to glass appeared as a footnote in an Apple press release just 11 days before the original iPhone went on sale. What happened…
‘None of this happened the way you think it did’

‘None of this happened the way you think it did’

Last summer, Debbie Schum walked onto the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, carrying a petite gift bag. The bag had red and pink swirly designs, a look that 54-year-old Schum, a lifelong tomboy who wears her gray hair in a limp mohawk, felt awkward carrying. When the FBI called, suggesting she bring the…
“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam

“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam

Enlarge / Maybe this is the "Mark Taylor" I seek...Getty Images | vladruAfter a layoff dumped me into the job market for the first time in more than a decade, I had an all-too-close encounter with a new breed of digital fraudsters who prey on the unemployed. These high-tech predators use a new twist on…

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Best Sonos Setup: Which Speakers, Soundbars Should You Buy?

Here at WIRED, we like Sonos speakers. We really do. Throughout the last eight years, we’ve reviewed all of the company's wirelessly connectable speakers, from its small Play:1 to its Beam soundbar, and we've recommended every one of them. But it’s not cheap to turn your home into a Sonos-powered shrine to sound. Like Apple…

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