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Big Brother is pinging you

Anyone who cares about the right to privacy — especially the privacy of cell phones and other mobile devices — owes Democratic congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts a deep debt of gratitude.
Law enforcement and Google assault privacy. Plus, Patrick's vetoes and Boston school worries
By EDITORIAL  |  July 13, 2012
Overdub Tampering 3

The Overdub Tampering Committee

Armed with an idea, a hastily written manifesto, a press release, and some software to disguise my computer's IP address, I was able to raise the question, "How do you know that what you're illegally downloading is the actual music it claims to be?" This
How a group of Boston musicians exacted their weird price from the world of online music sharing — without actually doing a thing
By RYAN WALSH  |  February 17, 2012
Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice anima
What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011


The dinosaurs of the entertainment world ( i.e. , Hollywood movie studios and national music companies) have joined with the Business Software Alliance (which represents tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and Intel) to sponsor an insidious piece of l
Old-media corporate giants seek censorship through a web-based blacklist. Plus, #occupy brutality, and D.C. deadlock.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2011

Big boss man

"Government should be run like a business."
Talking politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 15, 2011

Google+: Social Minus the Network?

Google's Tuesday launch of its new social network Google+ has had the Internet abuzz (not to be confused with the clunky Google Buzz communication platform...
By Katie Lannan  |  June 29, 2011


The Big Think

TED, PopTech, and other 21st-century innovation conferences — nerds giving speeches to rich guys — have done something rather remarkable: they've turned the public intellectual into popular entertainer.
Providence designer Seth Goldenberg convenes the best and brightest to tackle the "Epic Challenges" of our time. But who appointed them ?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2011

Google abandons master-plan to archive the world's newspapers

In an email today to publishers including the Boston Phoenix, Google told partners in its News Archive project that it would cease accepting, scanning, and...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 19, 2011

Lawrence Lessig: Net neutrality "most likely dead as a political movement"

"We were supposed to be celebrating," Lawrence Lessig was telling the National Conference on Media Reform (NCMR).  But by then -- Friday morning, the Seaport...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 12, 2011

Google promises to "safely discard" childrens social securtity numbers it collected during art contest

You may have heard of a company called Google. They say they're not evil. And to prove they're not evil, when Google was caught collecting...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 24, 2011

The year in tech

This year saw some tech wins (public information), some losses (privacy), and many more questions for the future of an increasingly wired world. (Example: Is anything secret anymore?) And there was the appearance of yet another grassroots David, and, as
Private eyes are watching you


The ultimate negative liberty: Privacy

Privacy, in the scheme of things, is a relatively new invention.
The right to be left alone
By EDITORIAL  |  September 24, 2010

The world is watching

You are being watched.
If you don't want the government, big industry, and some 15 year old to know your secrets, you're shit out of luck. And so far no one knows what to do about it.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 24, 2010

Google: The ultimate cockblocker

You'd never believe how many times my debauched past has come back to bite me in the ass.
Or, how internet search engines are ruining my life
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  September 24, 2010

Porn, policy, and living with cerebral palsy: Three stories and an opinion about the end of privacy

Here's a newsflash: privacy is kind of under attack. Fine, we all sort of had that one figured out. But this week in the Phoenix...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 23, 2010
Arcade Fire and Google say you can go home again

Arcade Fire and Google say you can go home again

In a strange, and yet undeniably innovative, marketing maneuver, the people over at Google have teamed up with indie giants Arcade Fire in an attempt...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 30, 2010

2 out of 2 news outlets agree: Google IS evil!

2 out of 2 news outlets agree: Google IS evil!

Apparently someone over at NPR has been trolling our website for story ideas. First, they took a shot at our film critic Peter Keough for...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  August 20, 2010

Don't be fooled ? the Google-Verizon plan would kill Net Neutrality

Want evidence that Google is just another avaricious, monopoly-minded corporate behemoth? Consider this: Google has retreated from its long-held support for net neutrality and teamed with Verizon to suggest that new laws allow Internet providers to favor
By EDITORIAL  |  August 13, 2010
More on Net Neutrality: Parsing Through Google and Verizon’s ‘Policy Announcement’

More on Net Neutrality: Parsing Through Google and Verizon’s ‘Policy Announcement’

The Google-Verizon Plan and Net NeutralityLast week, we touched upon the net neutrality issue to help explain and add context to the buzz around a...
By Pro Publica  |  August 10, 2010
The Net Neutrality Spat Explained

The Net Neutrality Spat Explained

In recent weeks, top officials from the Federal Communications Commission have held closed-door meetings to negotiate with the country’s biggest communications companies and online service...
By Pro Publica  |  August 06, 2010

Dear Phoenix Readers

A word from the new editor
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 25, 2010


Is genius immortal?

No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
Twitter rolls out Most-Popular-Tweets feature in search results

Twitter rolls out Most-Popular-Tweets feature in search results

 We all know how Twitter works, right? It's the real-time web: if you go to and type in "Nick Jonas," you're going to find...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 02, 2010
Google Maps now displays bike routes, too!

Google Maps now displays bike routes, too!

Harvard Square to the Phoenix offices via bicycle, according to Google.I'm a recent-ish convert to the world of bicycle commuting, and as such, I've often...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 10, 2010

The World's Worst Web Ads

Unkempt Hairy Dude's De-Lousing Secret
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 05, 2010

Buzz kill

If you're looking for an overview of the troubled roll-out of Google's Buzz--the new social-networking site that could, potentially, be an alternative to Facebook and...
By Adam Reilly  |  February 13, 2010

A Google Maps Favorite Place

A Google Maps Favorite Place

By Charlie  |  December 14, 2009

Black Friday gadget review: Motorola Droid vs. iPhone

After giving up my iPhone and using a Motorola Droid for a week, I can say that no, it's not about to kill the iPhone....
By webteam  |  November 27, 2009
Facebook, Google next to offer music

Facebook, Google next to offer music

 Facebook and Google are expanding their services into music sharing, sampling, and downloading, the New York Times reported yesterday.Google will be announcing their new music...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  October 22, 2009

Another "Antichrist" update: Boston opening date announced, Obama still outpacing Von Trier

Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" now has a local opening date - October 23 at the Kendall Square Theatre. Which reminds that it's been a while...
By Peter Keough  |  September 21, 2009