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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads
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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small...

An 'interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant
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An 'interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant

Alphabet Inc.'s Google unit introduced a new digital assistant Wednesday. Bloomberg News put the system through its paces by asking questions, some of which were...

Google's Driverless-Car Czar on Taking the Human Out of the Equation
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Google's Driverless-Car Czar on Taking the Human Out of the Equation

You devoted your life to human-driven transportation, engineering SUVs at Ford and taking Hyundai (as U.S. CEO and president) to record levels of sales in the U...

CIA Cyber Official Sees Data Flood as Both Godsend and Danger
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CIA Cyber Official Sees Data Flood as Both Godsend and Danger

When he started at the CIA, Sean Roche recalls how little solid data the U.S. spy agency had on what was going on inside the Kremlin.

Huawei Prepares For Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead
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Huawei Prepares For Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead

Chinese technology giant Huawei is preparing for a world where people live forever, dead relatives linger on in computers and robots try to kill humans.

Why a Chatbot Creeped Out Microsoft's AI-Focused Ceo
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Why a Chatbot Creeped Out Microsoft's AI-Focused Ceo

In February, Microsoft Corp. Vice President Derrick Connell visited the Bing search team in Hyderabad, India, to oversee a Monday morning hackathon.

Remembering Silicon Valley's First Giant, Intel's Andrew Grove
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Remembering Silicon Valley's First Giant, Intel's Andrew Grove

Silicon Valley is full of logical absolutists, people who will follow a line of argument wherever it goes, no matter what the human repercussions.

The Apple Fight Isn't About Encryption
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The Apple Fight Isn't About Encryption

The most striking aspect of Apple's message to customers on Tuesday wasn't the rejection of U.S. authorities' demand that the company help them break the encryption...

Google Chairman Thinks AI Can Help Solve World's 'hard Problems'
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Google Chairman Thinks AI Can Help Solve World's 'hard Problems'

Google's chairman thinks artificial intelligence will let scientists solve some of the world’s "hard problems," like population growth, climate change, human development...

Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?
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Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo, and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle.

The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show
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The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show


The Biggest Hole in the Fcc's New Internet Rules
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The Biggest Hole in the Fcc's New Internet Rules

The people clamoring for tough, new regulations for Internet service—everyone from net neutrality activists and a few blue-chip companies to President Obama and ...

The Little-Known Programming Problem Inside Dynamic Scoring
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The Little-Known Programming Problem Inside Dynamic Scoring

Dynamic scoring, as adopted on Jan. 6 by the House of Representatives, seems like the ultimate no-brainer.

Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn
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Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn

After a journey that took more than a decade, the world is scheduled to witness a first when the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission attempts to land a small...

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
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Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.

Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile
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Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Samsung introduced new software for its tablets, called the Magazine UX.

Is China a Scientific Powerhouse?
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Is China a Scientific Powerhouse?

China has vastly expanded higher education over the past three decades—in 1982, less than 1 percent of China’s twenty-somethings had attended college; by 2010,...

Ungoogle Me: The Case For Scrubbing Search Results
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Ungoogle Me: The Case For Scrubbing Search Results

The Internet has much to say about the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which determines that if a person wants some personal information...

Encryption Would Have Stopped Snowden From ­sing Secrets
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Encryption Would Have Stopped Snowden From ­sing Secrets

Edward Snowden could have been thwarted from leaking classified U.S. documents if the National Security Agency encrypted the information to make it unreadable,...

A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google
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A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google

After an eight-year detour in which he served as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to his true calling as a cyborg assassin.
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