How Google went from being a tech darling to an alleged monopoly
When Google started back in the late ’90s, the idea that the two zany Stanford graduate students rollerblading around campus with no real business plan could one day be accused of running a monopoly would’ve seemed ludicrous. Back then, Microsoft was a Goliath of the tech industry, facing allegations... Read more
April Fools’ Day 2021: Cauliflower Peeps, Duolingo toilet paper and more pranks
You’ll wish TaskRabbit’s April Fools’ TaskRabbits service was real. TaskRabbit April 1 is typically a day for silly jokes, and companies have put a lot of effort into trying to make people laugh. Last year was an exception, but some brands are venturing back into the realm of April... Read more
Physicists Learn to Superfreeze Antimatter (Hint: Pew Pew!)
It’s not easy. “Hydrogen is just really hard to laser-cool, because of these bloody ultraviolet lasers,” Hangst says. The laser has to be precise at a bunch of different jobs. “You have to really precisely control the frequency so we can do the Doppler shift,” says Takamasa Momose, a... Read more
Our very serious obituary for Mario
Once it’s midnight, Nintendo is going to execute Mario. After today, Super Mario 3D All-Stars will disappear from retail and digital store shelves, and Super Mario Bros. 35 will shut down. Mario debuted in 1981 as the hero of the smash arcade hit Donkey Kong. His star would rise... Read more
Hulu WeWork documentary: Why we fall for people like Adam Neumann
Watch the new Hulu documentary WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn, and if you can keep your eyebrows from crawling off your face entirely in the first 20 minutes, my hat’s off to you. WeWork — the now-troubled company that took out long-term leases... Read more