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Why Wireless Markets Are Concentrated

In its suit to block AT&T’s $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile, the Justice Department leans heavily on the argument that consolidated market power is bad for consumers...

Apple's Design Wizard Has Not Left the Building
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Apple's Design Wizard Has Not Left the Building

He was the resident wizard at 1 Infinite Loop, the guy sporting minimalist attire, closely cropped hair and a mischievous smile as he pulled one delightful new...

The Calm Before the Storm
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The Calm Before the Storm

Revelations of wholesale electronic fraud and massive data heists have become weekly, even daily affairs.

Science After 9/11: How Research Was Changed By the September 11 Terrorist Attacks
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Science After 9/11: How Research Was Changed By the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

New work in forensics, biodefense and cyber security blossomed after the attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and in the skies over Pennsylvania, but increased...

For Software Developers, A Bounty Of Opportunity
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For Software Developers, A Bounty Of Opportunity

As people across the country suffer from long-term unemployment, the tech industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified workers. Particularly in software development...

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Airline Pilots Forgetting How to Fly? Computer Controls Blamed

Are airline pilots forgetting how to fly? As planes become ever more reliant on automation to navigate crowded skies, safety officials worry there will be more...

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The 10 Commandments of Steve

More than anything else, Jobs's genius is in managing the creative process. Here's his playbook.

Stanley Kubrick Envisioned the Ipad in '2001,' Says Samsung
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Stanley Kubrick Envisioned the Ipad in '2001,' Says Samsung

Sometimes life really does imitate art. In the battle to compete with Apple's iPad, Samsung has channeled the spirit of Stanley Kubrick, the director of "2001...

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Jobs's Departure as Ceo Puts Product Vision in Hands of Ive

Steve Jobs's departure as chief executive officer this week leaves Apple Inc. without the full- time attention of its technology visionary, putting pressure on...

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Attention to Detail, Noted in 313 Patents

When people in the technology industry speak of Steven P. Jobs’s knack for design, they often have Apple’s iconic products in mind: the early all-in-one Macintosh...

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A Turbulent End to the Pc Era

The personal computer recently celebrated its 30th birthday. Then last week, Silicon Valley staged the PC's funeral.

Motorola
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Motorola

Hundreds of framed patents hang on two separate walls at the headquarters of Motorola Mobility in Libertyville, IL. They testify to the pride in innovation at...

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Why Google Had to Have Motorola Mobility

For several years now, Google has been following a vow made by former CEO Eric Schmidt: mobile first. New CEO Larry Page is taking that dictum to a new level...

Intel Recruits Sci-Fi Writers to Dream Up Future Tech
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Intel Recruits Sci-Fi Writers to Dream Up Future Tech

Chip maker Intel has commissioned leading science fiction authors to pen short stories that imagine future uses for the firm's technology.

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Nasa and Tor-Forge Books Partner in Themed Science Fiction Works

In an effort to introduce, inform, and inspire readers about NASA, the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, has partnered with Tor-Forge Books...

Big Silicon Valley Demand For Analog Engineers' 'black Art'
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Big Silicon Valley Demand For Analog Engineers' 'black Art'

You want a good look at Silicon Valley's bipolar job market? Step into the 11th-floor office of Young Sohn. The CEO of Santa Clara-based Inphi is tearing his...

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A Bull Market in Tech Patents

Google was willing on Monday to pay $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility in no small part because of its stockpile of 17,000 patents. The patent portfolio, some...

Remaking American Medicine
From Communications of the ACM

Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Invasion of the Mobile Apps
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Invasion of the Mobile Apps

The market model pioneered by Apple and others is transforming the software world — and has profound implications for software companies and their customers.

Sending the Police Before There's a Crime
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Sending the Police Before There's a Crime

The arrests were routine. Two women were taken into custody after they were discovered peering into cars in a downtown parking garage in Santa Cruz, Calif. One...
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