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I (robot) Thee Wed
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I (robot) Thee Wed

It's hard to think of a more attention-grabbing title than "Robots, Men, and Sex Tourism"—especially in the academic world.

Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?
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Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?

Was Google's snooping on home Wi-Fi users the work of a rogue software engineer? Was it a deliberate corporate strategy? Was it simply an honest-to-goodness mistake...

Welcome to the Microsoft Store
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Welcome to the Microsoft Store

Three years ago, shortly after Microsoft announced that it would launch its own retail stores, I offered the company some unsolicited advice: Copy Apple "relentlessly...

The Troll Toll
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The Troll Toll

When hospitals come upon a technology with a proven track record of saving lives, you'd expect a flood of investment to expand its use, and a race by manufacturers...

Why Did Facebook Pay So Much For a Company with Zero Revenue?
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Why Did Facebook Pay So Much For a Company with Zero Revenue?

When word came that Instagram had been acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, the tweets came fast, and they were furious.

Darwin's Devices
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Darwin's Devices

When I tell people that I work on "evolving robots," their common response is to joke—semi-seriously—about Skynet or some other sci-fi nightmare in which machines...

A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!
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A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!

Can technology be autonomous?

The 4g Fakeout
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The 4g Fakeout

Not long ago, when desktops and laptops were the main computers we used every day, PC makers peddled what's known as the megahertz myth.

The iPad Is ­nbeatable
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The iPad Is ­nbeatable

Imagine you run a large technology company not named Apple.

Your Kinect Is Watching You
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Your Kinect Is Watching You

There is a wave of concern—completely justified, to my mind—over the privacy implications of our increasing reliance on Facebook and Google. What most people don’t...

I Love You, Killer Robots
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I Love You, Killer Robots

It was way back in May 2010 that I first spotted the flying drones that will take over the world. They were in a video that Daniel Mellinger, one of the robots'...

Windows Without Windows
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Windows Without Windows

Microsoft's new version of Windows is fantastic, jarring, and risky at the same time. Fantastic because it marks the clearest sign yet that Microsoft is embracing...

Apple Needs More Than A Good Lawyer in China
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Apple Needs More Than A Good Lawyer in China

Apple has no problem getting Chinese consumers to desire its products, as a near-riot outside its Beijing store showed in January. But the U.S. tech giant has been...

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Warning: This Site Contains Conspiracy Theories

In its early days, the Web was often imagined as a global clearinghouse—a new type of library, with the sum total of human knowledge always at our fingertips. 

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The Great and Powerful Reddit

Of all the sites that went dark on Wednesday to protest Congress's misguided anti-piracy legislation, Reddit was the one I missed most.

I'm Not Here To Make Friends
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I'm Not Here To Make Friends

Google just broke its search engine.

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You Need To Learn How To Program

If you're looking for a New Year's resolution, let me suggest an idea that you might not have considered: You should learn computer programming. Specifically,...

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2011 Was a Terrible Year For Tech

If you read tech criticism often, there’s a good chance that you’ve come upon a staple of the form that I like to call the "mommy dearest" review.

Occupy the Net!
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Occupy the Net!

What would George Orwell make of Facebook? Nothing really: His account would probably be deactivated by the company. If he were lucky, he would be told to produce...

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Blogging the Stanford Machine Learning Class

After three weeks of frustrating math dealing with dull statistics problems, we’re on to frustrating math dealing with "neural networks"—models of how the cells...
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