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Steven Levy (born 1951) is an American journalist who has written several books on computers, technology, cryptography, the Internet, cybersecurity, and privacy. Levy is chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek, writing mainly in the "Science & Technology" section. He also writes the column "Random Access" in the monthly feature "Focus On Technology." Levy is also a contributor to Wired, and has had articles published on Harper's, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone. He is regarded (along with Walter Mossberg) as a prominent and respected critic of Apple Computer. In July 2004, Levy wrote a cover story (which also featured an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs) which unveil ...more


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In the Plex: How Google Thi...
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Hackers: Heroes of the Comp...
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Crypto: How the Code Rebels...
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Insanely Great: The Life an...
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The Perfect Thing: How the ...
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Artificial Life: A Report f...
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All you need to do is read the disclaimer where he basically says that he'll make up stuff when he doesn't have a sufficiently dramatic scene to feed Aaron Sorkin, and it's clear that you'll never know what's fiction or nonfiction -- just that he nev ...more
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I love Thomas Perry and though this was well plotted as always and a pleasure to read, it just wasn't up to his other ones. In parts this was almost like a Carl Hiassen book instead of Perry's usual paranoid tales of trying to live under the radar. A ...more
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Really well-reasearched and artfully presented history of blogging. Scott is very sensitive and perceptive, and doesn't merely hash over tired controversies, but brings sharp insight to the blogging saga.
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“All good teachers will tell you that the most important quality they bring to their teaching is their love for the children. But what does that mean? It means that before we can teach them, we need to delight in them. Someone once said that children need one thing in order to succeed in life: someone who is crazy about them. We need to find a way to delight in all our students. We may be the only one in their lives to do so. We need to look for the best, expect the best, find something in each child that we can truly treasure.... If children recognize that we have seen their genius, who they really are, they will have the confidence and resilience to take risks in learning. I am convinced that many learning and social difficulties would disappear if we learned to see the genius in each child and then created a learning environment that encourages it to develop.”
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“Epstein came up with an elaborate plan, including TV ads, and presented it to the board. The board rejected it.

“It really came down to this,” McCaffrey later said. “We have a limited budget. Do we want to put that money into the technology, into the infrastructure, into hiring really great people? Or do we want to blow it on a marketing campaign that we can’t measure?” Larry and Sergey told Epstein that his interim stint was over”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

“[Google is] an omnivorous collector of information, a hyperencyclopedic vault of human knowledge, an unerring auctioneer, an eerily skilful student of languages, behaviour, and desires.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives




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