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Meet the Man Who's Rewiring Google From the Inside Out
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Meet the Man Who's Rewiring Google From the Inside Out

It was a tweet that fired the imagination like few others. On May 10, 2011, at 1:35 in the afternoon, Eric Brewer told the world he was redesigning the most important...

How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet
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How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet

There are a thousand stories about the origin of the internet, each with their own starting point and their own heroes. Charles Herzfeld's tale began in 1961 on...

An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market
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An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market

Some of the biggest bets in the computing industry were made on the fifth floor of Intel's Robert Noyce Building, on the northeast corner of the chip giant's main...

Google's Dremel Makes Big Data Look Small
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Google's Dremel Makes Big Data Look Small

Mike Olson runs a company that specializes in the world’s hottest software. He's the CEO ofCloudera, a Silicon Valley startup that deals in Hadoop, an open source...

Robot Master
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Robot Master

When you visit Manuela Veloso at Carnegie Mellon University, you're not guided to her office by a security officer or even issued instructions by a secretary at...

Appeals Court Oks Warrantless Wiretapping
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Appeals Court Oks Warrantless Wiretapping

The federal government may spy on Americans' communications without warrants and without fear of being sued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a decision...

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking
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How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed.

Xerox: ­h, We Didn't Invent the Internet
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Xerox: ­h, We Didn't Invent the Internet

Who invented the Internet?

Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals
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Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals

It's early February in Cancun, Mexico. A group of 60 or so financial analysts, reporters, diplomats, and cybersecurity specialists shake off the previous night's...

Study: Twitter Analysis Can Be Used to Detect Psychopathy
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Study: Twitter Analysis Can Be Used to Detect Psychopathy

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University, the Online Privacy Foundation, and Kaggle recently invited computer scientists to develop models that can identify psychopathy...

Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself
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Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself

For almost 30 years, Will Wright’s creations have attracted people who would never have played videogames. He's also managed the trick of developing games that...

Newest U.s. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling
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Newest U.s. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling

In the decade since 9/11, the U.S. government has used a wide variety of tactics against terrorists.

Mahdi, the Messiah, Found Infecting Systems in Iran, Israel
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Mahdi, the Messiah, Found Infecting Systems in Iran, Israel

Who knew that when the Messiah arrived to herald the Day of Judgment he'd first root through computers to steal documents and record conversations?

Computer Watches Humans Play Connect Four, Then Beats Them
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Computer Watches Humans Play Connect Four, Then Beats Them

A computer scientist has published a paper detailing how systems can successfully win at boardgames after watching two minute-long videos of humans playing.

Drone Hijacking? That
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Drone Hijacking? That

On the evening of June 19, a group of researchers from the University of Texas successfully hijacked a civilian drone at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico...

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

It's Not an Entertainment Gadget, It's Google's Bid to Control the Future
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It's Not an Entertainment Gadget, It's Google's Bid to Control the Future

Joe Britt hands me his latest creation, a black ball with glittering LED lights around the middle, and implores me to examine it.

Microsoft's Research Boss Celebrates Legacy of Alan Turing
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Microsoft's Research Boss Celebrates Legacy of Alan Turing

What does Alan Turing mean to Microsoft and the rest of the modern tech world? Rick Rashid can tell you.

From ACM News

Apple, Google Just Killed Portable GPS Devices

If it wasn't obvious before, it’s crystal clear today. The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan,...

Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One
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Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the reason you're reading this story in a web browser, complete with hypertext like this and an internet address that looks like this: ...
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