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How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft
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How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

When Microsoft stock was at a record high in 1999, and its market capitalization was nearly $620 billion, the notion that Apple Computer would ever be bigger—let...

Netflix's Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human
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Netflix's Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human

On the opening night of this year's Sundance Film Festival, two films, as usual, had their premières, gaining maximum exposure to reporters and critics.

In Defense of Soundiness
From Communications of the ACM

In Defense of Soundiness: A Manifesto

Soundy is the new sound.

Do-It-Yourself Textbook Publishing
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Do-It-Yourself Textbook Publishing

Comparing experiences publishing textbooks using traditional publishers and do-it-yourself methods.

Too Big to Fail
From Communications of the ACM

Too Big to Fail

Visibility leads to debuggability.

Putting the Computer Science in Computing Education Research
From Communications of the ACM

Putting the Computer Science in Computing Education Research

Investing in computing education research to transform computer science education.

Far-Sighted Thinking about Deleterious Computer-Related Events
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Far-Sighted Thinking about Deleterious Computer-Related Events

Considerably more anticipation is needed for what might seriously go wrong.

Three Paradoxes of Building Platforms
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Three Paradoxes of Building Platforms

Insights into creating China's Taobao online marketplace ecosystem.

We Need a Building Code for Building Code
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We Need a Building Code for Building Code

A proposal for a framework for code requirements addressing primary sources of vulnerabilities for building systems.

Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution
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Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution

About a half-billion dollars worth of it vanished from an online exchange in Tokyo.

Microsoft HoloLens: A Sensational Vision of the PC's Future
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Microsoft HoloLens: A Sensational Vision of the PC's Future

It's generally wise to take demonstrations of new technologies with a grain of salt.

How the Home Telephone Sparked the User-Centered Design Revolution
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How the Home Telephone Sparked the User-Centered Design Revolution

Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door's height, instead of right in the middle? Or why a washing machine is...

Will Autocomplete Make You Too Predictable?
From ACM Opinion

Will Autocomplete Make You Too Predictable?

Do you know what you really want?

Ex Machina: Quest to Create an AI Takes No Prisoners
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Ex Machina: Quest to Create an AI Takes No Prisoners

It's a rare thing to see a movie about science that takes no prisoners intellectually.

A Retreat for Google Glass and a Case Study in the Perils of Making Hardware
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A Retreat for Google Glass and a Case Study in the Perils of Making Hardware

You won't have Glass to kick around anymore. At least not for a while.

'Soft' Artificial Intelligence Is Suddenly Everywhere
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'Soft' Artificial Intelligence Is Suddenly Everywhere


The Cathedral of Computation
From ACM Opinion

The Cathedral of Computation

Algorithms are everywhere, supposedly.

Blackhat Brings Some Hacking Realism to Hollywood, but to What Effect?
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Blackhat Brings Some Hacking Realism to Hollywood, but to What Effect?

During one scene in the upcoming hacker action movie Blackhat, a team is sent into the control room of a burned-out nuclear power plant to gather clues about the...

Rosie or Jarvis: The future of the Smart Home Is Still in the Air
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Rosie or Jarvis: The future of the Smart Home Is Still in the Air

The tech industry once again can't decide: When it comes to the home of the future, will it have a centralized computer telling you when to mop floors, clean windows...
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