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A Super-Simple Way to ­nderstand the Net Neutrality Debate
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A Super-Simple Way to ­nderstand the Net Neutrality Debate

It's one of the most important policy disputes that will determine the future of the Internet, and now President Obama has formally weighed in in favor of so-called ...

Demystifying the Mooc
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Demystifying the Mooc

When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education...

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its ­sers Consume Journalism
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How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its ­sers Consume Journalism

Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.

Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions
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Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

Bob Foreman's architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March.

To Siri, With Love
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To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.

How Jean Tirole's Work Helps Explain the Internet Economy
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How Jean Tirole's Work Helps Explain the Internet Economy

For anyone who has wondered how it’s possible to get so much stuff from web companies free or at too-good-to-be-true prices—whether Google searching, Facebook socializing...

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality
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Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality

Virtual reality is virtually here—although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency...

Google Is Target of European Backlash on ­.s. Tech Dominance
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Google Is Target of European Backlash on ­.s. Tech Dominance

A top German official called for Google to be broken up.

Andrew Kay, Pioneer in Computing, Dies at 95
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Andrew Kay, Pioneer in Computing, Dies at 95

Andrew Kay, designer of the Kaypro II, died Aug. 28 in Vista, CA. He was 95.

E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests
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E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests

A bewitching creature—half woman, half deer—battles a shaman and a sentient tree.

Isis Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media
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Isis Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media

The extremists who have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq have riveted the world's attention with their military prowess and unrestrained brutality.

How Social Media Silences Debate
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How Social Media Silences Debate

The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge. But overall...

As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics
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As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

Scholars are exhilarated by the prospect of tapping into the vast troves of personal data collected by Facebook, Google, Amazon, and a host of start-ups, which...

Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple's Style
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Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple's Style

Apple may well be the only tech company on the planet that would dare compare itself to Picasso.

Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell
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Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell grew up among Aboriginal people in Australia, taught anthropology at Stanford and for the past 16 years has worked for Intel.

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In Gaza, Epithets Are Fired and Euphemisms Give Shelter

The Gaza-based interior ministry advises its supporters in a YouTube video that whenever talking about the dead, "always add 'an innocent citizen.' "

Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World
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Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World

A 3-D animated creature, affectionately named Gerald, appears to walk in circles while floating in front of an elaborate viewer that resembles something from an...

Principles Are No Match For Europe's Love of U.s. Web Titans
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Principles Are No Match For Europe's Love of U.s. Web Titans

On weekends, Guillaume Rosquin browses the shelves of local bookstores in Lyon, France.

New N.s.a. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable
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New N.s.a. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable

The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist groups alter their communications to avoid surveillance...

Larry Page on Google's Many Arms
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Larry Page on Google's Many Arms

One way to think of Google is as an extremely helpful, all-knowing, hyper-intelligent executive assistant.
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