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The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.

Colleges Join Plan For Faster Computer Networks
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Colleges Join Plan For Faster Computer Networks

A coalition of 29 American universities is throwing its weight behind a plan to build ultra-high-speed computer networks—with Internet service several hundred...

Codebook Shows an Encryption Form Dates Back to Telegraphs
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Codebook Shows an Encryption Form Dates Back to Telegraphs

If not for a computer scientist’s hobby of collecting old telegraph codebooks, a crucial chapter in modern cryptography might have been lost to history.

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Decoding Your Email Personality

Imagine, if you will, a young Mark Zuckerberg circa 2003, tapping out mail messages from his Harvard dorm room. It's a safe bet he never would have guessed that...

Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle
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Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle

Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees...

Google Looks For the Next Google
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Google Looks For the Next Google

Google thinks it can be young and crazy again. And it is betting $200 million that it is right.

­sing Light to Send Data Across the Room
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­sing Light to Send Data Across the Room

After Wi-Fi, will there be… Li-Fi?

To Track Militants, U.s. Has System That Never Forgets a Face
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To Track Militants, U.s. Has System That Never Forgets a Face

When the Taliban dug an elaborate tunnel system beneath the largest prison in southern Afghanistan this spring, they set off a scramble to catch the 475 inmates...

In Search of a Robot More Like ­S
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In Search of a Robot More Like ­S

The robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks often begins speeches by reaching into his pocket, fiddling with some loose change, finding a quarter, pulling it out and twirling...

A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar
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A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar

When the Walt Disney Company bought Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in 2006, there was understandable concern that the media conglomerate that drove...

Phone-Call Cartography
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Phone-Call Cartography

Americans are more connected now than ever. Mobile phones allow people to maintain relationships with friends, family, and colleagues across long distances. If...

Who
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Who

My dad, who at 98 no longer drives, used to complain about women drivers, defensive drivers, slow drivers, cab drivers and, occasionally, fast drivers. I should...

Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78
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Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78

Robert Morris, a cryptographer who helped developed the Unix computer operating system, which controls an increasing number of the world's computers and touches...

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Post-9/11 Security: A Rational Student Debate

The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is approaching, and you can count on the flow of remembrances and where-are-we-now updates swelling...

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Tamper-Proof Internet Security System Begins

A small group of Internet security specialists gathered in Singapore last week to start up a global system to make email and e-commerce more secure, end the proliferation...

A Start-Up
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A Start-Up

With an innovative camera due out later this year from a company called Lytro, photographers will have one less excuse for having missed that perfect shot.

Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone
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Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone

Not too long ago, theorists fretted that the Internet was a place where anonymity thrived. Now, it seems, it is the place where anonymity dies.

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
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War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air...

F.b.i. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds
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F.b.i. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household...

Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry
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Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry

Think of it as a mansion with a high-tech security system—but the front door wasn’t locked tight.
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