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A hail and farewell to AltaVista

It once was the best of the bunch, in the era before Internet search meant Google and three guys named Moe. Ancient history by now.

By June 28, 2013


Take a trip down memory lane to Google's first data center

Google's eighth employee, Urs Hölzle, shares his experiences at the company's first data center, back when it was less a data center and more a tiny closet surrounded by competitors.

By February 6, 2014


Google celebrates 15 years of its biggest product: You

Google knows more about you than ever before, and you like it that way. How did the popular yet controversial company convince you of its trustworthiness?

By September 26, 2013


Off with their heads: Yahoo issues list of nixed projects

A dozen projects -- including blast from the past Alta Vista -- are getting tossed aside as the company says it needs to make choices to create "beautiful products that are essential" to users.

By June 28, 2013


Why startups shouldn't be afraid of Facebook cloning them

It takes a lot more than a clone to take out a scrappy startup with dedication to its vision.

By December 24, 2012


Help curate The Big Internet Museum

New crowdsourced online museum pays tribute to the pioneers who made the Internet what it is today. Remember Usenet and Numa Numa Guy?

By December 17, 2012


Why Google 'vertical' search shouldn't face antitrust action

commentary One of the areas where Google has attracted antitrust attention is "vertical" search. There are good reasons why it shouldn't be hindered from offering this.

By November 19, 2012


Technology vs. traction: The two types of startups

Make sure you have defensible technology or user traction before you go to your next VC meeting.

By September 5, 2012


Twitter quietly grows up; handles its scandal

While no one was looking, Twitter grew up. Amid an outage on a scale its users had not seen in months, the microblogging site shows how it has reached tech maturity.

By June 23, 2012


About Last Night: An evening hours app to go with your nightcap

Where's the hottest night action in town? That was the entrepreneurial question for a couple of brothers whose father happens to also be a high-profile Google exec.

By May 22, 2012