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How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age
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How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age

As the digital economy has exploded, tech companies are collecting untold amounts of data on everyday Americans.

The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'
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The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'

By the time a pair of engineers sat down for lunch together in Austin, the Internet's growing pains had become dire.

The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining
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The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining

For as long as we've existed, humans have looked up at the stars—and wondered.

The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential
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The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential

In a 60-by-60-foot room in Salt Lake City, Ken Bretschneider is taking virtual reality experiences to another level.

As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security
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As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security

For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue: Should tech companies be obliged to guarantee government...

Happy Birthday to Moore's Law
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Happy Birthday to Moore's Law

Few revolutions can be said to have lasted for half a century, or to have wrought disruptive change at a predictable pace.

How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars
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How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars

Most of us haven't had a cow wander on to a road in front of us while we're driving. Still, it's the type of situation Google is wisely anticipating.

Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death
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Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city's soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose...

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company
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Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company

The individuals who have founded some of the most success tech companies are decidedly weird.

U.s. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying
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U.s. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying

President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas...

Why Organism Engineering Could Be a Foodie's Dream Come True
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Why Organism Engineering Could Be a Foodie's Dream Come True

Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology—a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such...

How Crashing Drones Are Exposing Secrets About ­.s. War Operations
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How Crashing Drones Are Exposing Secrets About ­.s. War Operations

Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations.

Your Desktop Computer Is Wasting a Surprising Amount of Energy While You're Not ­sing It
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Your Desktop Computer Is Wasting a Surprising Amount of Energy While You're Not ­sing It

The California Energy Commission has released a set of draft standards aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of desktop computers and monitors. 

Google's Eric Schmidt Downplays Fears Over Artificial Intelligence
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Google's Eric Schmidt Downplays Fears Over Artificial Intelligence

Arguably the most alarming part of concerns over artificial intelligence's potential to end human civilization is the voices that are speaking out.

Could Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip Change the Way Computers Are Built?
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Could Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip Change the Way Computers Are Built?

A team from IBM last week traveled to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate new computer chips inspired by the structure of the brain. 

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
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What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...

What Watson Has Been Up To Since “jeopardy!”
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What Watson Has Been Up To Since “jeopardy!”

Remember Watson, the computer that won "Jeopardy!" in 2011 and made us all worry about the impending obsolescence of the human race?

Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk
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Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk

Cars these days have more in common with smart phones than the Model-T. But a new reportfrom Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) warns that the increasing technical complexity...

Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch
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Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch

In the last three months of 2014, the Associated Press published 3,000 articles on the earning reports of U.S. companies. Previously it could publish only 300.

America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise
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America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble—the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and...
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