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February 5, 2006 | Christine N. Ziemba
Celebs who are put up on pedestals are knocked down a notch or 10 on the website To describe the site's observations as "snarky" doesn't quite do it justice: It's swimming-with-sharks mean -- and that's what makes it so very funny to about 2.5 million visitors a week. Created by Irvine twentysomething Karl Wang in 2004 as part of his hobby of "making fun of people," has quickly risen to the top of the Web's gossip and entertainment sites.
March 12, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
AUSTIN, Texas -- Leap Motion and its tiny 3-D gesture-control device stole the show at the annual South by Southwest Interactive festival this year, and we got a one-on-one demo of the controller with co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald. The 3-inch-long device, which the company is calling a “new frontier for hands and fingers,” sits in front of a computer and can track gestures within an 8-cubic-foot area. It has a sensitivity said to be 200 times that of Microsoft's Kinect or Nintendo's Wii and can even track different finger movements.
March 18, 2009 | Dan Fost
With tech-savvy entrepreneurs planning their next ventures and pulsating parties packed with digital hipsters, this year's South by Southwest Interactive Festival didn't feel like an event on the verge of Great Depression 2.0. But underneath it all lingered the reality: Tech company valuations have tanked, venture capital has grown scarce and Americans are obsessed with conserving cash.
March 10, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Fugitive secrets-leaker Edward Snowden made a rare video appearance Monday at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, condemning mass government surveillance and urging members of the tech-savvy audience to take action against it. Speaking from Russia, where he was granted asylum, the former National Security Agency contractor said "absolutely, yes" he would leak secret government information again. Snowden has been charged with espionage for releasing a trove of intelligence-gathering secrets.
March 11, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
AUSTIN, Texas -- Kim Dotcom challenged Hollywood as "outdated" and assured a crowd at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on Monday that he would not go to jail for founding the controversial file-sharing service Megaupload. Dotcom spoke to an audience at the Austin, Texas, conference via Skype from his home in New Zealand, where he is fighting extradition to the U.S. on charges of pirating copyrighted material and money laundering. "I will never be in a prison in the U.S., I can guarantee you that," he said to rousing applause from the approximately 600, mainly high-tech industry attendees.
April 19, 2001 | GARY CHAPMAN,
People concerned about the future of the Internet have reasons to be worried. There are some ominous lessons emerging from the wreckage of the dot-com crash, lessons that could turn the Internet into something quite different from what many visionaries hoped it might become. It's significant that several of the earliest Internet pioneers are starting to sound alarms about where the Internet is headed now.
March 23, 1998 | GARY CHAPMAN, Gary Chapman is director of the 21st Century Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He can be reached at
Over the last three years of writing this column, a question has repeatedly come up in mail sent to me by readers. Why, some people ask, do I "blame" technology for social problems? After all, technology is "merely a tool." Technology itself is "neutral," some of these readers write. How technology is used depends on the motives and ethics of the people who use it, not on anything inherent in the technology itself. On the face of it, this is a fairly obvious assertion.
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