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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...

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.

Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash
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Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash

On a recent Monday in April, more than 100 executives from some of the world's largest financial institutions gathered for a private meeting at the Times Square...

On This Waterfront, Robot Longshoremen Are the New Contenders
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On This Waterfront, Robot Longshoremen Are the New Contenders

On one end of a dock at America's busiest port, tractor-trailers haul containers through dense, stop-and-go traffic. Sometimes they collide.

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.

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.

Apple Ceo Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door
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Apple Ceo Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door

Apple Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer and the director of the National Security Agency squared off on Monday in a debate over how much access technology companies...

The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers
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The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers

At 21, Gennady Vladimirovich Korotkevich is already a legend. Tourist, as he's known online, is now the world's top sport programmer.

How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?
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How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?


You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football
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You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football

Every first-time player of daily fantasy football begins the new season undefeated, just like even the most hopeless NFL teams.

Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter
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Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter

A new law in force in Russia from Sept. 1 is intended to force foreign Internet firms to maintain local servers to handle data on Russian citizens.

Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies
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Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies

In the fall of 2008, Louis C.K. was a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and delivered a soon-to-be-viral rant called "Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy...

Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu
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Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu

As the global elite gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and four other executives from the Internet...

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable
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Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable

The giants of the Web have been pressing developers of mobile apps to index their content so it can be parsed by search engines or linked to from other sites.

America's Unwanted Ivy Leaguers Are Flocking to India
From ACM TechNews

America's Unwanted Ivy Leaguers Are Flocking to India

India's best and brightest students are being drawn back to their homeland, or not leaving in the first place, as the country's technology boom takes off. 

Google Ventures and the Search For Immortality
From ACM Careers

Google Ventures and the Search For Immortality

"If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes," Bill Maris says one January afternoon in Mountain View, California.

I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence
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I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence

The artificial-intelligence industry, a field that conjures up images of humanoid robots and self-aware computer systems, is making a comeback at Silicon Valley...

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen
From ACM News

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen

Cars are running out of screens.

Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish
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Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish

By Dec. 30, when search teams began to recover debris and bodies from the apparent crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the airline industry had begun to hear renewed...

The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait
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The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait

The writers and editors at the Weather Channel's weather.com don’t often talk about the weather.
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