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How to Get Online in Cuba
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How to Get Online in Cuba

Every afternoon, crowds of Cubans gather outside Havana's top hotels—mob boss Meyer Lansky's favorite Nacional de Cuba, Ernest Hemingway's old haunt Ambos Mundos...

Apps in Your Browser
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Apps in Your Browser

Google has started hosting mobile apps and incorporating them into search results.

A Search Engine For Your Memories
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A Search Engine For Your Memories

People are always forgetting names. That's because, at least in part, names are arbitrary. A name, in and of itself, doesn't offer much context.

Europe's Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on ­.s. Tech Giants
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Europe's Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on ­.s. Tech Giants

The latest standoff between Europe and American tech companies runs through a quiet street just north of the Louvre Museum, past chic cafes and part of the French...

Bridging the Bio-Electronic Divide
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Bridging the Bio-Electronic Divide

A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human...

Wikipedia Turns 15
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Wikipedia Turns 15

It must be difficult for the roughly half a billion people who visit Wikipedia every month to remember a world without the free online encyclopedia.

The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff
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The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff

People love free stuff. That's the principle that helps explain the complicated series of privacy-related calculations that modern life increasingly requires.

What Does the Internet Actually Look Like?
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What Does the Internet Actually Look Like?

It’s difficult to define "the cloud." Even more difficult, perhaps, is photographing it. But that's precisely what Peter Garritano set out to do with his photoThe...

In 2016, Terror Suspects and 7-Eleven Thieves May Bring Surveillance to Supreme Court
From ACM Opinion

In 2016, Terror Suspects and 7-Eleven Thieves May Bring Surveillance to Supreme Court

It has now been 2.5 years since the first Snowden revelations were published. And in 2015, government surveillance marched on in both large (the National Security...

How 'do Not Track' Ended Up Going Nowhere
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How 'do Not Track' Ended Up Going Nowhere

Back in 2010, the Federal Trade Commission pledged to give Internet users the power to determine if or when websites were allowed to track their behavior.

How the ­.s. Requests ­ser Data from Google
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How the ­.s. Requests ­ser Data from Google

The United States again topped the list of nations that request user data from Google, according to last week's Google Transparency Report.

Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now
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Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now

Ten years ago, Amazon unleashed a technology that we now call, for better or for worse, cloud computing.

Better Memory
From Communications of the ACM

Better Memory

Advances in non-volatile memory are changing the face of computing and ushering in a new era of efficiencies.

Preserving the Internet
From Communications of the ACM

Preserving the Internet

Is the Internet ephemeral by its nature, or can it be archived?

Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores
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Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores

Until now, Facewatch has provided local groups of businesses with a way to share their CCTV images of shoplifters and other potential offenders.

Social Media News Consumers at Higher Risk of 'information Bubbles,' Iu Study Says
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Social Media News Consumers at Higher Risk of 'information Bubbles,' Iu Study Says

People who get their news from social media are more likely to becoming trapped in a "collective social bubble" compared to those who get their news from search...

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web
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European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

No terror organization uses the Internet as successfully when it comes to marketing itself and recruiting supporters as Islamic State (IS) does. But how is it able...

China's Internet Forum May Provide a Peek at Its Cyber-Ambitions
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China's Internet Forum May Provide a Peek at Its Cyber-Ambitions

Heads of state, including the prime ministers of Pakistan and Russia, and major technology firms will gather Wednesday in Wuzhen, a picturesque little town of canals...

What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?
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What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?

After the recent attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif., social media platforms are under pressure from politicians to do more to take down messages and...

Fact-Checking the Debate on Encryption
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Fact-Checking the Debate on Encryption

As politicians and counter-terrorism officials search for lessons from the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, senior officials have called...
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