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Technology, and the way we do business, is changing the world we know. Wired News is a technology - and business-oriented news service feeding an intelligent, discerning audience. What role does technology play in the day-to-day living of your life? Wi...

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U.S. Broadband Speeds Too Darn Slow; Adoption Hits 7-Year Low
The broadband market is full of disappointments: Service speeds are improving at a spectacularly slow pace, while sign-ups have stalled amid a weakening economy.

Turning Clean-Tech Engineers Into Entrepreneurs
News from Also on Portfolio If Content Is King, AOL Is a Handsome Prince Frank Quattrone Pines for the Old Days OK Traffic, but Not Great Subscribe to Portfolio magazine From wind turbines to water purification systems, from solar panels to CO2 capture, suddenly, if you're an investor with money to burn, environmental technology has become the biggest game in town. The problem: Venture capital firms and private equity shops are d

Who Wants To Be The Next Toothpaste Network Star?
Can you do better than "Bam!" Careful, Emiril Lagasse has ridden that syllable to fame and fortune. But advertising is a fickle business and now Proctor and Gamble is replacing its pitchman's signature slogon with, well, maybe yours: The old school company is going right past its creatives and crowdsourcing their next campaign.

Can the Kindle Break the E-book Curse?
A Citigroup analyst has given a big boost to Amazon's Kindle eBook reader, calling it to "the iPod of the book world." Sales of the gadget are healthy, but we've been here before. For whatever reasons, eBook readers have traditionally had no traction among consumers. Is the Kindle the game changer?

15th Anniversary: Why J. J. Abrams, Joe Trippi and Hilary Rosen Remain Wired Heroes *
Years after they first appeared in Wired, these three VIPs remain in the spotlight. J. J. Abrams Since upgrading TV with that confounding isle, he's taken on 2009's Star Trek prequel. Why he does it "It's cool to bring something to life, whether it's a song or a video. But to do it and have it embraced by millions ... like Lost, that's insane." Hilary Rosen Once a foe (she helped shut down Napster), the ex-RIAA chief made a heroic comeback by penning

Teens Totally Not Into Olympics
While a huge chunk of the world is getting carried away with Olympic fever, American teens are remarkably uninterested in the whole thing. Is this a one-time glitch or has the Olympics lost these viewers for life?

Card-Counting Whiz Challenges Yahoo With Facebook Football Fantasy
Jeff Ma, the MIT grad whose cart-counting exploits were celebrated in a best-selling book and the recent movie "21," is launching a Facebook app for fantasy football. It's a crowded field dominated by Yahoo, but Ma reasons that fantasy sports are ideally suited for online social networks because they are typically formed by groups of friends.

Intel's New High Performance Chip: Core i7
Intel's new generation of chips for desktop computers, to be called Core i7, are expected to be in production the last three months of this year. The company says the new design will deliver both high performance and energy efficiency.

Yahoo Will Soon Let Visitors Opt Out of Ads
Yahoo will let its Web visitors decline ads targeted to their browsing habits, becoming the latest internet company to break from a common industry practice as Congress steps up scrutiny of customized advertising and consumer privacy.