Meet Whit Diffie, the man who invented public key cryptography and brought encryption to the masses

Whitfield Diffie, winner of the 2015 Turing Prize, speaks during the 7th Internet Security Conference (ISC).

Longtime tech journalist Steven Levy’s new book, Facebook: The Inside Story, details how Mark Zuckerberg transformed a tasteless dorm room social networking experiment into the world’s biggest social networking business. In honor of that release, we thought we’d share an excerpt of an earlier Levy book, Crypto, about a man…

‘People You May Know’ helped the social media giant grow exponentially. One man made it happen. An exclusive excerpt from ‘Facebook: The Inside Story’

Founder/CEO of Social Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya, speaks onstage during “The State of the Valley: Where’s the Juice?” at t

Early in her career at Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg had a series of conversations with Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook’s vice president of operations.

Palihapitiya was at a crossroads. He had joined Facebook barely a year before, leaving a job as a venture capitalist. …

With Google’s founders withdrawing from management duties, a look back at how the partnership that would organize the world’s information began

In the summer of 1995, right before he joined graduate school at Stanford, a 22-year-old Larry Page attended a program for accepted students that included a tour of San Francisco. …

Greetings to all followers of the Apple Watch Project! We promised that you would keep up to date on what Medium writers thought of Apple’s new timepiece, and invited you to participate by posting your own impressions, as well as recommending, highlighting and responding to the ones in the collection. And we also said that when we reached critical mass, we’d take some of the best passages and compile them into a single, coherent (we hope) review.

And now we’ve done it: the definitive take on the Apple Watch so far — created by 25 Medium writers.

Please take a look. And we’d love you to respond with your own reactions, about the Apple Watch or the review itself.


An interview with the co-founder of the most interesting AI startup in the world — now owned by Google.

From the day in 2011 that Demis Hassabis co-founded DeepMind — with funding by the likes of Elon Musk — the UK-based artificial intelligence startup became the most coveted target of major tech companies. In June 2014, Hassabis and his co-founders, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman, agreed to Google’s purchase…

Hello, followers. We here at the Apple Watch Project (“we” being Steven Levy and Jane Gayduk, our intrepid intern) are thrilled with the response of Medium users to the idea of collecting the best Apple Watch writing on our platform and then using it for a crowd-sourced review.

As we near the finish line for the review, though, we could use some more help. We’d love you to do more highlighting of your favorite passages. (If you aren’t familiar with this super-duper cool feature, here’s the skinny.) And if you have an Apple Watch and have something to say about it (how can you not?). there’s still time to post something to Medium and then ping us at, so we can check it out and include it.

But that time is running out.



Apple wants to be the music kingmaker. Is that possible in the Internet age?

I had long imagined Apple’s introduction of a streaming music service. It’s been clear for years that history’s arrow is headed towards instant access from a catalog of nearly everything ever recorded. With Spotify and its ilk we already have something like it, and the only thing between us and…

Steven Levy

Writing for Wired, Used to edit Backchannel here. Just wrote Facebook: The Inside Story.

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