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Leo Mirani is a reporter for Quartz in London. He has previously worked at The Economist, Time Out Mumbai and Tehelka.
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Americans' Share of Online Global Population is on the Decline

November 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The problem with online advertising isn’t just that it’s ugly, intrusive, and unwelcome (paywall). It’s also that nobody has ever really known whether it works. (It probably doesn’t.) A new study by GlobalWebIndex, a market research firm, indicates that this problem is getting worse: As more people from around the...

The Future of Wearable Technology Sounds Kind of Awful

October 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many in the tech world have predicted that this will not be the year of wearable technology, but the year the hype dies down. In the summer, Gartner, a research firm, published an updated version of its “hype cycle” chart, placing wearables at the precipice of the “trough of disillusionment,”...

Will This Google App Really Reinvent Email?

October 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google has been trying to reinvent email for years. Five years ago, Google launched Wave, which at the time spurred breathless articles about redefining email. A year in, Wave was shut down. Today, Google’s giving it another more refined attempt with Inbox, a new app. If you believe the reviewers...

Facebook Increasingly the Gatekeeper of Your Online Identity

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Facebook executives meet potential advertisers, their biggest selling point is that the company knows whom it’s advertising to. In contrast to the wilds of the web, the proposition goes, Facebook users sign in to the service and make themselves known. Match their data with third parties—data brokers who provide...

Five Reasons Why the Internet of Things May Already be Broken

September 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are some 10 billion internet-connected devices in the world today. These include phones, computers, cars, and the assorted grab-bag of devices that fall under the rubric of the “internet of things” (IoT). By 2050, there will be over 100 billion internet-connected devices. The vast majority of those will be...

The Internet Is Getting Too Big for Just One Kind of Wi-Fi

September 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wi-Fi, that thing we only notice when it doesn’t work, is having a bit of a moment. Earlier this week, Apple announced that its new iPhone will be able to use Wi-Fi to connect calls, something that ought to help if you’re in an area with lousy cell coverage. The...

How LinkedIn Taught Itself to Hire the Best People

July 14, 2014 Back in 2009, few engineers wanted to work for LinkedIn. It was a relative minnow as big Silicon Valley firms go, and not a particularly sexy one either. Compared to the glamorous lifestyle on offer at Google (free food! 20% time!) or Facebook (moving fast! breaking things!), LinkedIn seemed staid....

The 'Internet of Things' May Not Always Need an Internet Connection

July 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The “internet of things” is one of those odd phrases that can mean many things and nothing at the same time. On one hand, it describes a future that is rapidly becoming the present, with all sorts of objects—from televisions and watches to cups and streetlights—able to connect to the...

Inside the Hidden World of Offline Auctions for Online Property

June 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The man with paddle number 68 wasn’t shy about it. He wanted an adult website, and he wasn’t going to let a few hundred dollars stand in his way. The bids inched ever higher: $3,000, three-one, three-two. The underbidder, an anonymous online account, stopped at three-four. The hammer went down...

Google’s Latest Empire-Building Tactic: Cheap Phones

June 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here’s the thing about those cheap sub-$100 smartphones that nobody tells you: They’re awful. Many of them use aging hardware to run old versions of Android. People tend to use them like regular phones—except to surf Facebook when they’ve got a Wi-Fi connection. Google knows this. That’s why the first...

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