Saudi Arabia is threatening to give 5-year prison terms and heavy fines to anyone caught spreading “fake news” online, a warning to those discussing the suspected murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The threat, published over the weekend in the Saudi Gazette, echoes one of President Trump’s favorite…
Google found itself in an uncomfortable position Sunday night, as 60 Minutes placed a magnifying glass on the company that accounts for 90 percent of all search traffic and asked if it is operating as a monopoly. Following the broadcast, Yelp and TripAdvisor announced a new initiative designed to restore more diverse…
Watching Charlie Rose attempt to interview a bald, poorly dressed, artificially intelligent robot is akin to watching your own grandfather try to use Siri, except much, much worse.
Stories of Chinese government organizations hacking American corporations are not new. But in a segment aired on 60 Minutes tonight, business leaders, government officials and security experts paint a picture of a particularly sophisticated attack on the intellectual property of “thousands” of companies.
In the episode of 60 Minutes aired this evening, Charlie Rose took a long and detailed look at America’s most valuable company, from the overly complicated job interviews, to labor conditions and the CEO’s sexual orientation.
Last night, CBS ran a 60 Minutes special about the ongoing NSA debacle. It claimed to give "unprecedented access to the agency's HQ" and "for the first time" explain "what it does and what it says it doesn't do: spy on Americans." It was also, incidentally, a pile of steaming bull.
The GoPro is an amazing action camera that lets people record extreme sports, daredevil feats, and other spectacles. Just a few years ago, it would have been impossible. But, today, it is the best-selling camera in the world.
Back in 1982, famed broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite visited the set of Tron to learn about this crazy new world of "computer-generated effects" and managed to get himself zapped inside The Grid himself. Hey, did you know that computer graphics can be changed... with a mere phone call!?!
Last night's 60 Minutes featured Twitter founder Jack Dorsey timidly answering questions about his company Square, not having an office or desk, and tweeting. Riveting stuff.
Twitter is just a part of everyday life for a lot of us, but back in the days before, someone actually had to think it up. In an upcoming interview on this week's 60 Minutes, Twitter co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey sits down to explain exactly how the idea for Twitter came to be.
The 60 Minutes profile of New York City's massive anti-terrorism network this evening was nothing short of amazing. 35,000 police. 15,000 civilians. Unattended bag-tracking artificial intelligence. Cameras, oh the cameras! One message for potential terrorists: "Stay away."
Yesterday, a new book on Bill Gates and Microsoft hit store shelves—Idea Man. Only this one has been penned by Microsoft co-creator Paul Allen, who appeared on 60 Minutes to talk about the early days of Microsoft; the computers they were writing software on, and just what went wrong along the way between the two…
Andy Rooney just concluded tonight's 60 Minutes (which featured an amazing segment on polar bears and spy cameras) with a segment of his own on digital books and devices like Kindle. Any guesses as to what he thinks about books that aren't printed on paper? Update: Video is available at Gawker.tv. Watch watch! [Andy…
Did anyone catch 60 Minutes just now? Bob Simon—who always seems to get the really interesting international assignments—was invited to go along on a polar bear expedition at the top of the world. What he saw there was amazing and...robotic?
In a 60 Minutes segment this evening, we learned modern slot machines are so well designed that addicts often think they're winning even when they're losing. Other users report disliking jackpots (i.e. "winning") because they slow down the action!
Andy Rooney, proprietor of all things that aren't fun and hater of all things that are, went on a 60 Minutes rant tonight about his dislike for gadgets, "green" cars, and—naturally—green cars with gadgets in them. Video inside.
Click to viewAndy Rooney was my weekly lesson in crotchetiness growing up, but I increasingly get the sense he's a corpse animated by secret government technology to keep senior citizens in line. He loves computers. And taxes. [The Awl]
James Cameron sat down with 60 Minutes last night to drop some Avatar knowledge on us all, and now we know why the Na'vi have tails, whether they have nipples, what the score sounds like and what "popcorn chic" means.
Click to view 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley went to Guiyi, China to document the lives of Chinese e-waste workers there. He was able to get footage of what these pits, which process much of the toxic electronic scrap we in the West throw away, look like—despite being jumped by angry e-waste lot owners and…
One of the best Bill Gates interview clips to float the web in the last few years is this one where Bill tells us how easy school was while chowing down on burgers at his favorite fast food joint. At the end, some homeless guy knocks on the window and asks if he can spare any change.