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Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy
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Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy

For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems—and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems—it seems...

Udacity Founder: Moocs Can Help the Economy, Even If They Can't Replace College
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Udacity Founder: Moocs Can Help the Economy, Even If They Can't Replace College

Sebastian Thrun was instrumental in building Google's self-driving car and Glass projects, and helped launch the company's Google X wing to spearhead "moonshot"...

When Google Closes the Nest Deal, Privacy Issues For the Internet of Things Will Hit the Big Time
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When Google Closes the Nest Deal, Privacy Issues For the Internet of Things Will Hit the Big Time

Google rocked the smart home market Monday with its intention to purchase connected home thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, which will force a much-needed...

Design Thinker Don Norman on His Stealth Startup, Apple vs. Android vs. Microsoft, and Experience Design
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Design Thinker Don Norman on His Stealth Startup, Apple vs. Android vs. Microsoft, and Experience Design

Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things is the bible for design thinking and technology.

Here's What You Need to Know About the Future of Gesture-Based Ui Design
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Future of Gesture-Based Ui Design

Smartphone screens across the globe are embracing clean design in an effort to feature content on high-end pixel real estate.

Pgp Inventor and Silent Circle Co-Founder Phil Zimmermann on the Surveillance Society
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Pgp Inventor and Silent Circle Co-Founder Phil Zimmermann on the Surveillance Society

Phil Zimmermann might be a technologist, but he tends to get philosophical when it comes to the issues of privacy and security and how they intersect with our society...

Did Facebook Miss a Massive Opportunity By Building a Walled Garden Instead of a Truly Open Platform?
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Did Facebook Miss a Massive Opportunity By Building a Walled Garden Instead of a Truly Open Platform?

When Facebook first launched its platform strategy in 2007, it seemed as though a new world of opportunity had opened up for anyone interested in the social web—a...

Meet the Designer Behind Some of the Web’s Newest Killer Fonts
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Meet the Designer Behind Some of the Web’s Newest Killer Fonts

Thanks to newer browsers and greater bandwidth, there's been an explosion of new Web fonts—tens of thousands of them over the last decade.

Why Microsoft's Reorganization Closes the Books on an Era of Computing
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Why Microsoft's Reorganization Closes the Books on an Era of Computing

Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most important engines powering the rise of the technology industry,...

Internet Inventor: No Technological Cure For Privacy Ills
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Internet Inventor: No Technological Cure For Privacy Ills

Is there technological solution for protecting people from online surveillance?

Why Google Is the Big Data Company That Matters Most
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Why Google Is the Big Data Company That Matters Most

Every now and then, someone asks "Who’ll be the Google of big data?"

How Technology Is Slowly Developing Its Sense of Smell
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How Technology Is Slowly Developing Its Sense of Smell

Last week I attended what was, I think it is fair to say, the oddest conference I have been to yet. It was the first world congress of the Digital Olfaction Society...

Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here's Why
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Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here's Why

Everybody's talking about Bitcoin these days, which is quite remarkable given the highly technical nature of the crypto-currency. So why is it such a big deal?

Google's 10 Rules For Designing Data Centers
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Google's 10 Rules For Designing Data Centers

Google has long pushed the envelope of data center infrastructure design, particularly when it comes to renewable energy, efficient cooling, new power electronics...

Why the Pencil Is Still the Most Important Tool For Digital Designers
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Why the Pencil Is Still the Most Important Tool For Digital Designers

Looking for digital inspiration, or staring at an empty computer screen?

Want to See in the Dark? One Day They'll Have an App For That
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Want to See in the Dark? One Day They'll Have an App For That

The combination of man and machine has been so entrenched in our popular culture that for many, the idea that you could attach a sensor to a mouse brain which enables...

Don't Like Television? Then You're Not Going to Like the Future of Twitter Very Much
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Don't Like Television? Then You're Not Going to Like the Future of Twitter Very Much

According to a number of anonymous reports, Twitter is in the process of buying Bluefin Labs, an analytics company that specializes in broadcast media—an acquisition...

The Increasingly Blurry Line Between Big Data and Big Brother
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The Increasingly Blurry Line Between Big Data and Big Brother

The potential benefits of "big data" have been well described, both by us and others: the ability to spot flu trends earlier and potentially save lives, for example...

Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?
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Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?

Ford has caught the DIY revolution and now puts 3D printers at workstations for its engineers.

How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World
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How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World

Next time you pull out your smartphone to use a popular application—whether it's to price check items in a store, to tweet or to check your cloud-based calendar—you...
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