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The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete
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The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete

Six days after Memphis voters went to the polls last October to elect a mayor and other city officials, a local computer programmer named Bennie Smith sat on his...

This Is Your Company on Blockchain
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This Is Your Company on Blockchain

You don't have to be an expert on digital currencies like bitcoin to be intrigued by the potential of the technology underlying them. Blockchain, as it’s called...

This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult
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This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America's 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services.

Facebook's Really Big Plans for Virtual Reality
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Facebook's Really Big Plans for Virtual Reality

The office building on Facebook Way is in the unfinished style that honors materials like plywood, concrete, and steel.

The Mapping Expert Behind Pokémon Go
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The Mapping Expert Behind Pokémon Go

Over the past couple of weeks, the smartphone game Pokémon Go has more than doubled Nintendo’s share price and reintroduced the Pokémon Co.’s digital monsters to...

Advertisers Look to Harness Virtual Reality for Marketing Boost
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Advertisers Look to Harness Virtual Reality for Marketing Boost

A syringe-making machine built by Stevanato Group SpA of Italy runs 23 hours a day, churning out glass needles that can be filled with blood thinners, vaccines...

How Intel Makes a Chip
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How Intel Makes a Chip

Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it's a good idea to carefully wash your...

The World's Top Economists Want to Work for Amazon and Facebook
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The World's Top Economists Want to Work for Amazon and Facebook

At an April meetup organized by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), a Facebook researcher named Michael Bailey showed his peers how somebody...

Crooks Are Using an International Messaging System to Rob Banks
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Crooks Are Using an International Messaging System to Rob Banks

The central bank of Bangladesh was the victim of one of the biggest bank heists of all time in February, when thieves made off with $81 million.

How the Constant Threat of War Shaped Israel's Tech Industry
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How the Constant Threat of War Shaped Israel's Tech Industry

Unit 8200 is Israel's most mysterious agency. No one outside knows exactly how it operates, who works there, or how they learn.

The Satellite Industry Is Fueled by Your Need for Global Connectivity
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The Satellite Industry Is Fueled by Your Need for Global Connectivity

When Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies (known as SpaceX) set a rocket down on a barge floating in the Atlantic Ocean on May 6, many cheered it as the latest...

Remembering Silicon Valley's First Giant, Intel's Andrew Grove
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Remembering Silicon Valley's First Giant, Intel's Andrew Grove

Silicon Valley is full of logical absolutists, people who will follow a line of argument wherever it goes, no matter what the human repercussions.

What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?
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What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?

When Daniel Rigmaiden was a little boy, his grandfather, a veteran of World War II and Korea, used to drive him along the roads of Monterey, California, playing...

Subcultron: Swarming Robots That Keep an Eye on Waterways
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Subcultron: Swarming Robots That Keep an Eye on Waterways

Innovator: Thomas Schmickl  Age: 46  Zoology professor and founder of the Artificial Life Laboratory at the University of Graz in Austria

Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?
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Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?

In the fall of 2013 a young software engineer named Charles Pratt arrived on Howard University's campus in Washington.

The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage
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The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage

A few days before Thanksgiving, George Hotz, a 26-year-old hacker, invites me to his house in San Francisco to check out a project he’s been working on.

Apple Is Getting More Bang for Its R&D Buck
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Apple Is Getting More Bang for Its R&D Buck

Silicon Valley is aglow from so-called moonshots.

Apple's Deep Learning Curve
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Apple's Deep Learning Curve

In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year's biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference.

Can Detroit Beat Google to the Self-Driving Car?
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Can Detroit Beat Google to the Self-Driving Car?

"I like to drive cars," says Mark Reuss, product development chief at General Motors, "so this is a little funny."

Pilots Can't Stop Cockpit Video Forever
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Pilots Can't Stop Cockpit Video Forever

It was after 11 p.m. on March 30, 2013, when the Alaska Department of Public Safety helicopter lifted off near Talkeetna, north of Anchorage, after rescuing a stranded...
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