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In the Developing World, Moocs Start to Get Real
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In the Developing World, Moocs Start to Get Real

As online education platforms like Coursera, edX, and Udacity burst onto the scene over the past year, backers have talked up their potential to democratize higher...

Mobile Computing Is Just Getting Started
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Mobile Computing Is Just Getting Started

Mobile computers are spreading faster than any other consumer technology in history.

Autopsy of a Dead Social Network
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Autopsy of a Dead Social Network

Friendster is a social network that was founded in 2002, a year before Myspace and two years before Facebook.

The Browser Wars Go Mobile
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The Browser Wars Go Mobile

When surfing the Web on a smartphone, most of us stick with the browser that came with our handset.

The Natural Experimenter
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The Natural Experimenter

Josh Angrist is an acclaimed experimentalist who does not work in a lab.

The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene
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The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene

The next time you go shopping for a smartphone, you might see some unfamiliar software on the screens lining store shelves.

How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics
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How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics

In 1979, I was an aeronautical-engineering major at San Jose State University, sneaking time in the laser lab to make holograms or running over to the computer...

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
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The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity
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By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity

Late last Friday, Google announced a jaw-dropping hire: Ray Kurzweil will join the company as a Director of Engineering. Has the world’s brainiest tech company"rapture...

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University R&D Hit a High in 2011, But Is Threatened by the Fiscal Cliff

While we love to focus on the entrepreneurs and startups that bring new technologies to market, so much of the groundbreaking innovation that has driven the U.S...

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Can Apple Still Innovate on a Shoestring?

In 1998, Steve Jobs told Fortune: "Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have." He shut down Apple's long-term research lab division to prove...

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With Computerized Cars Ahead, Gm Puts It Outsourcing in the Rearview Mirror

For a dramatic sign of the strategy reversal under way at General Motors as it moves on from its 2009 bankruptcy, look no further than the IT department.

Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna
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Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna

Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.

In the Olympics of Algorithms, a Russian Keeps Winning Gold
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In the Olympics of Algorithms, a Russian Keeps Winning Gold

If Vladimir Putin glances out the Kremlin window at just the right moment, he has a chance of glimpsing the world's best computer programmer in Google's Moscow...

Automate or Perish
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Automate or Perish

In Automate This, a book due out next month, author and entrepreneur Christopher Steiner tells the story of stockbroker Thomas Peterffy, the creator of the first...

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Microsoft's New Lab Hunts For Value in User Data

A new research lab that opens in New York today brings together researchers studying such questions as how to identify the most influential users of a social network...

Startups Aim to Make Coding Fun
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Startups Aim to Make Coding Fun

For Jacob Arriola, a business development manager for a Spanish media company in Los Angeles, learning to program wasn't a necessity. But figuring it might help...

Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent
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Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent

Late this January, some 75,000 people around the planet sat in front of their computers and pondered how to make anagrams from a bowl of alphabet soup.

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The Comeback of Xerox Parc

Last month, a small Norwegian company called Thinfilm Electronics and PARC, the storied Silicon Valley research lab, jointly showed off a technological first—a...
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