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Plagiarism, Defamation, and the Power of Hyperlinks
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Plagiarism, Defamation, and the Power of Hyperlinks

What do Fareed Zakaria, Jonah Lehrer, and Gawker Media have in common? In different ways, the incidents that have thrust all three into the news recently help to...

Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email
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Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email

It's been 20 years since I got my first-ever email address. Back then, I read email with a 2,400 bps modem. Today, emails reach me instantaneously on my phone whereever...

There's Only One Truly Open Platform: The Web
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There's Only One Truly Open Platform: The Web

As Twitter and Facebook continue to fight a variety of skirmishes in the ongoing "platform wars," with both companies trying to control as much of their networks...

How Will Apple Restore Icloud Trust?
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How Will Apple Restore Icloud Trust?

After being on the receiving end of a truly awful hacking attack, Wired writer Mat Honan explained how it happened in detail. And he was very clear about two of...

Here's Why Tablets (yes, Tablets!) Will Replace the Smartphone
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Here's Why Tablets (yes, Tablets!) Will Replace the Smartphone

I'm sure to get the "you're off your rocker" commentary on this one, but I make a living by looking ahead in the world of mobile technology. And what I see now...

Why We Need a Standard for the Internet of Things
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Why We Need a Standard for the Internet of Things

The Internet of things is supposed to connect every aspect of our lives from our homes and cars to the objects we wear and the goods we consume. It's even connecting...

Why the Days Are Numbered For Hadoop As We Know It
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Why the Days Are Numbered For Hadoop As We Know It

Hadoop is everywhere. For better or worse, it has become synonymous with big data. In just a few years it has gone from a fringe technology to the de facto standard...

We Already Use Wi-Fi More Than Cellular; Why Not Continue the Trend?
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We Already Use Wi-Fi More Than Cellular; Why Not Continue the Trend?

We think of our mobile phones as connecting to mobile networks, but that’s really not the case. When it comes to mobile data, our smartphones are far more reliant...

Are We Living in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451?
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Are We Living in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451?

Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury, one of the world's leading writers of the genre for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at the age of 91. Although he wrote...

5 Questions with the Creator of the First Ipad-Made Ios Game
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5 Questions with the Creator of the First Ipad-Made Ios Game

Rui Viana isn't a full-time app developer and he hasn't learned how to use Apple's iOS software development kit.

Is This Data Scientist a Consumer's Best Friend?
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Is This Data Scientist a Consumer's Best Friend?

In Oren Etzioni's world, telling you where to buy a product is so 20 years ago.

How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism
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How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism

One of the big areas of focus for technology companies over the past year has been "big data"—in other words, the idea that there can be a lot of value in finding...

Arm's Next Big Opportunity Is in Really Small Devices
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Arm's Next Big Opportunity Is in Really Small Devices

ARM's CEO Sir Warren East is casting his eye on the next big opportunity for the chip architecture firm—the Internet of things.

Physical Media Is Dead
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Physical Media Is Dead

Over the weekend, Hunter Walk (a friend of mine who works for YouTube) tweeted about brands offering apps built on the Spotify platform. Spotify is likely to ...

The Personalized Web Is Just an Interest Graph Away
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The Personalized Web Is Just an Interest Graph Away

You know how our social graphs are creeping into every aspect of our Web lives, from search results to coupons? Well, get ready for something a lot more personal...

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The Rise of the New Information Gatekeepers

The promise of the Internet age is one of unparalleled access to information of all kinds, but it has also seen the rise of some powerful gatekeepers that control...

Misconceptions in Ai: Or Why Watson Can't Talk to Siri
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Misconceptions in Ai: Or Why Watson Can't Talk to Siri

On Tuesday night, I was schooled by Watson on playing Jeopardy in an exhibition match at the Computer History Museum. I discovered that despite our fear of the...

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A Google Monopoly Isn't the Point

Even if the Justice Dept. were to establish that Google is a monopoly, it would be hard for anyone to prove that the company's free services have injured consumers...

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Apple Multitouch Patent Is All About Ux Lock-In

Apple notched a significant win last week when it was awarded a key patent related to basic multitouch functionality. The patent was first called "hugely problematic"...
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