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This 25th anniversary edition of Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers -- those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.
Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems. They had a shared sense of values, known as "the hacker ethic," that still thrives today. Hackers captures a seminal period in recent history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world, from MIT students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to the DIY culture that spawned the Altair and the Apple II.
Google is arguably the most important company in the world today, with such pervasive influence that its name is a verb. The company founded by two Stanford graduate students—Larry Page and Sergey Brin—has become a tech giant known the world over. Since starting with its search engine, Google has moved into mobile phones, computer operating systems, power utilities, self-driving cars, all while remaining the most powerful company in the advertising business.
Granted unprecedented access to the company, Levy disclosed that the key to Google’s success in all these businesses lay in its engineering mindset and adoption of certain internet values such as speed, openness, experimentation, and risk-taking. Levy discloses details behind Google’s relationship with China, including how Brin disagreed with his colleagues on the China strategy—and why its social networking initiative failed; the first time Google tried chasing a successful competitor. He examines Google’s rocky relationship with government regulators, particularly in the EU, and how it has responded when employees left the company for smaller, nimbler start-ups.
In the Plex is the “most authoritative…and in many ways the most entertaining” (James Gleick, The New York Book Review) account of Google to date and offers “an instructive primer on how the minds behind the world’s most influential internet company function” (Richard Waters, The Wall Street Journal).
This new edition includes a never-before-seen transcript of an interview with Steve Jobs.
"Engaging . . . A delightful and timely book."--The New York Times Book Review
"A holy scripture for loyal clickers of the mouse that may someday result in placement by digital Gideons in all motel rooms (virtual and actual) serving travelers on the information highway." --San Francisco Examiner
During the cultural shockwaves of the 1960s and ’70s, Ira Einhorn—nicknamed the “Unicorn”—was the leading radical voice for the antiwar movement at the University of Pennsylvania. At his side were such noted activists as Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. A brilliantly articulate advocate for peace in a turbulent era, he rallied followers toward the growing antiestablishment causes of free love, drugs, and radical ecological reform.
In 1979, when the mummified remains of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, a Bryn Mawr flower child from Tyler, Texas, were found in a trunk in his apartment, Einhorn claimed a CIA frame-up. Incredibly, the network of influential friends, socialites, and powerful politicians he’d charmed and manipulated over the years supported him. Represented by renowned district attorney and future senator Arlen Specter, Einhorn was released on bail. But before trial, he fled the country to an idyllic town in the French wine region and disappeared. It would take more than twenty years—and two trials—to finally bring Einhorn to justice.
Based on more than two years of research and 250 interviews, as well as the chilling private journals of Einhorn and Maddux, prize-winning journalist Steven Levy paints an astonishing and complicated portrait of a man motivated by both genius and rage. The basis for 1998 NBC television miniseries The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, The Unicorn’s Secret is a “spellbinding sociological/true crime study,” revealing the dark and tragic dimensions of a man who defined an era, only to shatter its ideals (Publishers Weekly).
Besides being one of the most successful consumer products in decades, the iPod has changed our behavior and even our society. It has transformed Apple from a computer company into a consumer electronics giant. It has remolded the music business, altering not only the means of distribution but even the ways in which people enjoy and think about music. Its ubiquity and its universally acknowledged coolness have made it a symbol for the digital age itself, with commentators remarking on "the iPod generation." Now the iPod is beginning to transform the broadcast industry, too, as podcasting becomes a way to access radio and television programming. Meanwhile millions of Podheads obsess about their gizmo, reveling in the personal soundtrack it offers them, basking in the social cachet it lends them, even wondering whether the device itself has its own musical preferences.
Steven Levy, the chief technology correspondent for Newsweek magazine and a longtime Apple watcher, is the ideal writer to tell the iPod's tale. He has had access to all the key players in the iPod story, including Steve Jobs, Apple's charismatic cofounder and CEO, whom Levy has known for over twenty years. Detailing for the first time the complete story of the creation of the iPod, Levy explains why Apple succeeded brilliantly with its version of the MP3 player when other companies didn't get it right, and how Jobs was able to convince the bosses at the big record labels to license their music for Apple's groundbreaking iTunes Store. (We even learn why the iPod is white.) Besides his inside view of Apple, Levy draws on his experiences covering Napster and attending Supreme Court arguments on copyright (as well as his own travels on the iPod's click wheel) to address all of the fascinating issues -- technical, legal, social, and musical -- that the iPod raises.
Borrowing one of the definitive qualities of the iPod itself, The Perfect Thing shuffles the book format. Each chapter of this book was written to stand on its own, a deeply researched, wittily observed take on a different aspect of the iPod. The sequence of the chapters in the book has been shuffled in different copies, with only the opening and concluding sections excepted. "Shuffle" is a hallmark of the digital age -- and The Perfect Thing, via sharp, insightful reporting, is the perfect guide to the deceptively diminutive gadget embodying our era.
Qui nacque l’”etica hacker”, una sorta di manifesto programmatico, che non poteva che fare presa sull’humus libertario degli anni Sessanta. “Secchioni” che persero la testa per l’informatica, tecniche di scassinamento delle porte dei laboratori, telefonate gratuite e radio pirata, i primi “computer da tavolo”, l’arrogante Gates, l’Apple e lo “user friendly”, le “strane” ditte di videogiochi, il mercato, la lotta per l’accesso all’informazione... un viaggio avvincente, dagli anni Cinquanta fino a Richard Stallman, tra cervelloni, hippy e professori coraggiosi.
•Über zehn Jahre Gespräche mit Mark Zuckerberg: Niemand hat direkteren Zugang zu dem umstrittenen Tech-Genie als Steven Levy.
•Inside Facebook: Wie hinter verschlossenen Türen über das Schicksal von Milliarden Usern entschieden wird.
•Was auf uns zukommt: Mark Zuckerbergs Pläne für die Zukunft seines Unternehmens und die unserer Gesellschaft.
Vom Start-up zur Weltmacht: Die dramatische Firmengeschichte von Facebook zeigt, wie aus dem Konzern das international einflussreiche Tech-Imperium werden konnte, von dem es heute heißt, es bedrohe die Demokratie. Das sich gegen immer lautere Stimmen behaupten muss, die fordern, der Konzern habe zu viel Einfluss und gehöre zerschlagen. Das mit über 1,7 Milliarden täglichen Zugriffen von weltweiten Nutzern über enorme Daten-Vorräte und eine Macht verfügt, die ihresgleichen sucht. Eine Macht, für die der Konzern heute immer deutlicher zur Rechenschaft gezogen wird.
•Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram: Wie das Unternehmen sich von einer Social-Media-Plattform zu einem der einflussreichsten Unternehmen unserer Zeit wandeln konnte.
•Mit welchen skrupellosen Strategien es Mark Zuckerberg gelang, seine Mitbewerber im Kampf um die Vormachtstellung im Silicon Valley auszubooten.
•Was bei dem Skandal um Cambridge Analytica hinter den Kulissen geschah und wie Mark Zuckerberg und Sheryl Sandberg um die Zukunft von Facebook ringen.
Steven Levy, Amerikas renommiertester Technik-Journalist (The Washington Post), schreibt einen mitreißenden Bericht aus dem Inneren des Unternehmens, der veranschaulicht, warum Facebook die Welt unumkehrbar verändert hat und dafür heute die Konsequenzen trägt.