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'This Is an All Hands on Deck Thing': A Former Obama Technology Adviser on Robots, Jobs and Cyberwarfare
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'This Is an All Hands on Deck Thing': A Former Obama Technology Adviser on Robots, Jobs and Cyberwarfare

During the Obama administration, R. David Edelman was one of the president's top advisers. As a part of Obama's National Security Council and his National Economic...

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science
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CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

'I Don't Intend to Go Crawl Under a Rock': An Exit Interview with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
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'I Don't Intend to Go Crawl Under a Rock': An Exit Interview with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

If you're familiar with the comedian John Oliver, then you may also remember the man he once memorably called a "dingo." That's Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the...

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'Is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'Is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War for User Privacy
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Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War for User Privacy

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft....

 NASA and the Author of 'The Martian' Tell Us Exactly How We'll Get to Mars
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NASA and the Author of 'The Martian' Tell Us Exactly How We'll Get to Mars

In "The Martian," Matt Damon plays a NASA astronaut who's been stranded on Mars and has to figure out how to survive until the space agency can devise a daring...

This Top Scientist Offers a Solution for the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers
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This Top Scientist Offers a Solution for the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers

Proponents of autonomous vehicles are in a sticky situation.

The 'Pluto Killer' Who Thinks He's Found the True Ninth Planet
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The 'Pluto Killer' Who Thinks He's Found the True Ninth Planet

Mike Brown is an astronomer at Caltech who's been instrumental in the discovery of more than 30 dwarf planets and asteroids at the far reaches of our solar system...

5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your DNA
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5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your DNA

"You're a male, you're 34-years-old and your 5-foot-10 1/2 inches tall." That's a prediction that Craig Venter, long a pioneer on the frontier of genomics, offered...

Why the FTC Is Showing Up at Hackers' Biggest Conferences
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Why the FTC Is Showing Up at Hackers' Biggest Conferences

The Federal Trade Commission, the de facto federal watchdog for consumers' privacy and data security, knows it needs help.

How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age
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How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age

As the digital economy has exploded, tech companies are collecting untold amounts of data on everyday Americans.

The Void's Creator Details His Vision for Unleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential
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The Void's Creator Details His Vision for Unleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential

In a 60-by-60-foot room in Salt Lake City, Ken Bretschneider is taking virtual reality experiences to another level.

A Q&A With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
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A Q&A With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...

5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More
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5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More

When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.

Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders Uses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone
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Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders Uses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone

In the computer and network security industry, few people are as well known as Dan Geer.

Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster for Libraries
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Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster for Libraries

The Internet's eyes turned to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, as the panel approved a plan to consider allowing Internet service providers to...

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"
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A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"

A small group of financial firms are using their technological superiority to skim the top off the market, Michael Lewis claims in his new book "Flash Boys."

Hackers Allegedly Stole $400 Million in Bitcoins. Here's How to Catch Them.
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Hackers Allegedly Stole $400 Million in Bitcoins. Here's How to Catch Them.

On Friday, what had been the world's leading Bitcoin exchange declared bankrutpcy, claiming that hackers had exploited a technical issue called "transaction malleability...

Everything You Need to Know About the Latest Bitcoin Crisis
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Everything You Need to Know About the Latest Bitcoin Crisis

The once-popular Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has gone dark.

'A FEMA-level Fail': The Law Professor Who Coined 'Net Neutrality' Lashes Out at the FCC's Legal Strategy
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'A FEMA-level Fail': The Law Professor Who Coined 'Net Neutrality' Lashes Out at the FCC's Legal Strategy

Back in 2003, when he was a law professor at the University of Virginia, Tim Wu wrote the definitive paper on net neutrality.
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