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Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments
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Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with...

The Real, Terrifying Reason Why British Authorities Detained David Miranda
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The Real, Terrifying Reason Why British Authorities Detained David Miranda

Last Sunday, David Miranda was detained while changing planes at London Heathrow Airport by British authorities for nine hours under a controversial British law—the...

What Snowden and Manning Don't Understand About Secrecy
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What Snowden and Manning Don't Understand About Secrecy

As an old reporter who has from time to time outed classified information, I have watched the cases of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden with professional interest...

Among the NSA's Own Tips for Securing Computers: Remove the Webcam
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Among the NSA's Own Tips for Securing Computers: Remove the Webcam

Seems like everything gets hacked these days. Baby monitors. White House employees' personal email. Toilets.

What Does It Really Matter If Companies Are Tracking Us Online?
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What Does It Really Matter If Companies Are Tracking Us Online?

Say you, like me, went to bed a little early last night.

How to Think About Drones
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How to Think About Drones

Consider David. The shepherd lad steps up to face in single combat the Philistine giant Goliath.

The Machine Zone: This Is Where You Go When You Just Can't Stop Looking at Pictures on Facebook
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The Machine Zone: This Is Where You Go When You Just Can't Stop Looking at Pictures on Facebook

"People love Facebook. They really love it," Biz Stone wrote earlier this month. "My mother-in-law looks hypnotized when she decides to put in some Facebook time...

Could the Government Get a Search Warrant for Your Thoughts?
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Could the Government Get a Search Warrant for Your Thoughts?

We don't have a mind reading machine.

The Hut Where the Internet Began
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The Hut Where the Internet Began

Let's start at the end point: what you're doing right now. You are pulling information from a network onto a screen, enhancing your embodied experience with a communication...

Apple's Power Over Design, in 4 Words
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Apple's Power Over Design, in 4 Words

"Apple just permeates everything."

What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like
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What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like

It is the rare entrepreneur who hits it truly big twice. Those who do—such as Ev Williams, Ted Turner, and Elon Musk—tend to stay within the original industry that...

Paul Otellini's Intel: Can the Company That Built the Future Survive It?
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Paul Otellini's Intel: Can the Company That Built the Future Survive It?

Forty-five years after Intel was founded by Silicon Valley legends Gordon Moore and Bob Noyce, it is the world's leading semiconductor company.

How Facebook Designs the 'Perfect Empty Vessel' for Your Mind
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How Facebook Designs the 'Perfect Empty Vessel' for Your Mind

One day in March, I was sitting across from Facebook's design director, Kate Aronowitz, at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park when she told me, "It takes a lot of work...

Governments Won't Need to Issue IDs: Data Brokers Will Identify You for Them
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Governments Won't Need to Issue IDs: Data Brokers Will Identify You for Them

Our government collects a lot of information about us. Tax records, legal records, license records, records of government services received—it's all in databases...

The Meaning of (Making) Life
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The Meaning of (Making) Life

Christina Agapakis is a rising star among the new generation of biology researchers. Trained in the science of custom-building organisms known as synthetic biology...

Time and Navigation: How We Found Our Way in the World
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Time and Navigation: How We Found Our Way in the World

Type an address into your phone, and up will pop a step-by-step route from where you are to where you want to be. This is, in its way, magic—magic that has, at...

Bitcoin Is No Longer a Currency
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Bitcoin Is No Longer a Currency

Bitcoin might be a bubble or it might be THE FUTURE, but there's one thing it's not: a currency. It's a tech stock. The question is whether it's Pets.com or Paypal...

The Touch-Screen Generation
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The Touch-Screen Generation

On a chilly day last spring, a few dozen developers of children’s apps for phones and tablets gathered at an old beach resort in Monterey, California, to show off...

The Best Books About Biotechnology
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The Best Books About Biotechnology

I've spent the last few weeks creating a syllabus for myself on the world—people, techniques, theory, history—of biotechnology. I've talked with some scholars,...

How Augmented-Reality Content Might Actually Work
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How Augmented-Reality Content Might Actually Work

Augmented reality is very exciting. The promise of it is this: all the information on the Internet overlaid on the real world exactly where and when you need it...
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