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Formspring forges out of awkward adolescence

Like many a teenager, the question-and-answer service grew like a weed and got a questionable reputation. A funding round and new media-friendly feature are designed to help clean up its act.

By Jan. 11, 2011


Online advertising's protracted adolescence

Worries about Google's secondary-search feature, couple with media companies' ad network efforts, indicate an increasingly rocky and interesting online-ad landscape.

By Mar. 24, 2008


Navigating out of Facebook's awkward adolescence

O'Reilly offers conclusions on why some Facebook applications thrive and why most fail.

By Mar. 12, 2008


Google grows up: Tweaks signal end of adolescence

As the company closes engineering centers, lays off recruiters and contractors, and kills projects, it is maturing as a real company. Now we get to see what it's made of.

By Jan. 15, 2009


The Web at 25: Dot-com bubble bursts and breaks me, too

In part 2 of a four-part series tracking a colorful quarter-century of the Web, Crave's Eric Mack drops out of school to join the dot-com madness of the late '90s, only to get drop-kicked back to where he came from.

By Mar. 11, 2014


The Web at 25: How it won the White House -- and won me back

In the fourth and final installment of his series celebrating 25 years of the Web, Crave's Eric Mack returns to the Web from the wilderness after spending some time exploring the dark side of the Force, er, politics.

By Mar. 13, 2014


'Star Trek' door chime sounds like the future

Your doors may not magically slide open like on "Star Trek," but they can at least sound like it with ThinkGeek's motion-activated electronic door chime.

By Jan. 16, 2012


Like, no kidding: Baby named after Facebook 'Like'

Israeli family gives thumbs-up to new daughter, Like Adler. They promise the name isn't part of any marketing gimmick.

By May. 16, 2011


At 15, Google's ambitions remain unbridled

While youngster Google is ascendant, the elder Microsoft is struggling to recover from missing the mobile revolution. Google would be wise to remember Microsoft's rise and fall.

By Sep. 27, 2013