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Alphabet Chairman Struggles With Google CEO's China Strategy
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Alphabet Chairman Struggles With Google CEO's China Strategy

Alphabet Inc. Chairman John Hennessy is unsure about a banner strategy of the company's most-important executive.

The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid ­.S. Dispute With China
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The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid ­.S. Dispute With China

Western bigwigs were a no-show at China's biggest web conference. But in their absence, the local overseers of the nation's technology industry were only too happy...

The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret
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The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a problem with harmful content.

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 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...

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.

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...

Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows
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Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows

The controversy over U.S. government surveillance has produced a king-size collection of strange bedfellows. Beneath the covers one finds both amusing ironies and...

The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership
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The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership

Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry...

Balancing Security and Liberty in the Age of Big Data
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Balancing Security and Liberty in the Age of Big Data

A very large Internet company once had the noble impulse to share some of its data with the research community.

Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier
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Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier

Consider the tongue. It's sensitive yet muscular, packed with taste buds and nerves, and without its acrobatic ability humans wouldn’t be able to eat or talk. It's...

Why We Should Remember Aaron Swartz
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Why We Should Remember Aaron Swartz

The Internet is not so old. Its graybeards live still. Vint Cerf, author of the Internet Protocol, has been installed as Google's "chief Internet evangelist," a...

Facebook's 'Next Billion': A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg
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Facebook's 'Next Billion': A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard University dorm room, hoping to see what his classmates were up to on campus. The following eight years...

The Education of Google's Larry Page
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The Education of Google's Larry Page

Larry Page is surrounded.

Silicon Valley's Humble Billionaire
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Silicon Valley's Humble Billionaire

It's a Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif., and there goes David Cheriton, navigating the Silicon Valley suburb's tony downtown on his bike.
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