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Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three
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Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three

Over the last 20 years, the technology industry has become the most powerful industry in the world, boasting seven of the 20 most profitable companies.

A Brief History of SETI@Home
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A Brief History of SETI@Home

The year was 1999, and the people were going online. AOL, Compuserve, mp3.com, and AltaVista loaded bit by bit after dial-up chirps, on screens across the world...

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...

Car Wars
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Car Wars

The stakes are impossibly high. Self-driving cars are arguably the great technological promise of the 21st century.

The 'Curious' Robots Searching for the Ocean's Secrets
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The 'Curious' Robots Searching for the Ocean's Secrets

People have been exploring the Earth since ancient times—traversing deserts, climbing mountains, and trekking through forests. But there is one ecological realm...

Kremlin-Sponsored News Does Really Well on Google
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Kremlin-Sponsored News Does Really Well on Google

In the weeks after the election, tech companies scrambled to shoo fake news off of their platforms.

How One Reporter Turned to His Readers to Investigate Donald Trump
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How One Reporter Turned to His Readers to Investigate Donald Trump

David Fahrenthold's coverage of Donald Trump’s charities this year for The Washington Post stood out for its quality and depth. It also stood out the way he did...

Why Skee-Ball Doesn't Change
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Why Skee-Ball Doesn't Change

In 1909, the same year that William Howard Taft became president, the arcade game known as skee-ball made its appearance. 

America's Secret Cold War Mission to Build the First Chinese Computer
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America's Secret Cold War Mission to Build the First Chinese Computer

It was the summer of 1959, and the United States needed a Cold War win.

Future Smartphones Will Tell You What's Killing Your Plants
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Future Smartphones Will Tell You What's Killing Your Plants

A farmer in the Philippines walks through his rice paddies and sees worrying orange smears on his crops.

How New York's Top Advertisers Are Fighting Terrorist Propaganda
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How New York's Top Advertisers Are Fighting Terrorist Propaganda

It began with an encounter at a San Francisco summit less than six months ago.

A New 50-Trillion-Pixel Image of Earth, Every Day
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A New 50-Trillion-Pixel Image of Earth, Every Day

It's not just that Terra Bella Avenue would be an unremarkable street in Silicon Valley.

The Plan to Give Every Cellphone User Free Data
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The Plan to Give Every Cellphone User Free Data

More than half the people on the planet still don't have Internet access. But figuring out how to get them online is as much of a political challenge as it is a...

A New and Stunning Way to See the Whole Earth
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A New and Stunning Way to See the Whole Earth

The Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8 sits 22,000 miles from Earth in orbit. On August 5, 2015, it peered down at the half of Earth that it can see, a hemisphere...

The Strange Rituals of Silicon Valley Intern Recruiting
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The Strange Rituals of Silicon Valley Intern Recruiting

The Wozniak Lounge, located on the northern side of campus at the University of California, Berkeley, looks like it was decorated by engineers, to the extent that...

The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers
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The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

The race to bring driverless cars to the masses is only just beginning, but already it is a fight for the ages.

The Room Where the Internet Was Born
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The Room Where the Internet Was Born

Starting a cross-country drive to New York in Los Angeles is pretty inconvenient, unless your cross-country drive is also a vision quest to see the Internet.

The Return of SETI
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The Return of SETI

For more than five decades, scientists of various stripes have been scanning the stars for technological civilizations, populated by thinking beings like us.

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet
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The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet

When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton, but...

The Women Who Rule Pluto
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The Women Who Rule Pluto

For all the firsts coming out of the New Horizons mission—color footage of Pluto, photos of all five of its moons, and flowing datastreams about Pluto's composition...
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