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Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the ­.s. Government?
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Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the ­.s. Government?

The real capabilities and behavior of the U.S. surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done...

Google Chief ­rges Action to Regulate Mini-Drones
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Google Chief ­rges Action to Regulate Mini-Drones

The influential head of Google, Eric Schmidt, has called for civilian drone technology to be regulated, warning about privacy and security concerns.

Google's Eric Schmidt Warns on China's Attempts to Control the Internet
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Google's Eric Schmidt Warns on China's Attempts to Control the Internet

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has described China as "the most egregious" example of a nation attempting to control the Internet, as he issued...

Google Glass: Is It a Threat to Our Privacy?
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Google Glass: Is It a Threat to Our Privacy?

If you haven't heard about the excitement around Google Glass—the head-mounted glasses that can shoot video, take pictures, and broadcast what you're seeing to...

Five Developments That Could Rewire Your World
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Five Developments That Could Rewire Your World

Google is good at doing amazing.

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?
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Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?

The outrage over Instagram's announcement that it is changing its terms and conditions has turned the spotlight on the relationship between websites and users who...

How Flame Virus Has Changed Everything For Online Security Firms
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How Flame Virus Has Changed Everything For Online Security Firms

Here's a question: if you connect an unprotected Windows computer to the Internet, how long will it take before it is infected by malicious software?

Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers
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Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers

At the end of April, Tor Books, the world's largest science fiction publisher, and its UK sister company, Tor UK, announced that they would be eliminating digital...

How Much Do the Internet Giants Really Know?
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How Much Do the Internet Giants Really Know?

To briefly state the obvious, the Internet giants are seriously big: Google is not only the world's largest search engine, it's one of the top three email providers...

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
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Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...

How Will the New Law on Cookies Affect Internet Browsing?
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How Will the New Law on Cookies Affect Internet Browsing?

We are being watched.

The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash
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The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash

It was the holy grail of investors. The Black-Scholes equation, brainchild of economists Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, provided a rational way to price a financial...

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Tides Are Changing For Web Surfers

David Weinberger has a new book out entitled Too Big to Know in which he argues that one of the implications of a comprehensively networked society is that the...

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Welcome to the Desktop Degree

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, in 1995 to be precise, a scholar named Eli Noam published an article in the prestigious journal Science under the titleElectronics...

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David Karp, Founder of Tumblr, on Realizing His Dream

David Karp, the founder of the blogging platform Tumblr, was 17 when he decided to cut the apron strings and move to Tokyo. With a smattering of Japanese and a...

Did Android Copy Ios? We Asked Google's Product Manager...
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Did Android Copy Ios? We Asked Google's Product Manager...

Has Android copied elements from Apple's iOS? It's not a matter that Google's senior managers for the Android operating system want to get involved in.

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Beware: Europe's 'unitary Patent' Could Mean ­nlimited Software Patents

Just as the U.S. software industry is experiencing the long-anticipated all-out software patent wars, the European Union has a plan to follow the same course....

Steve, Please Buy ­S a Carrier!
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Steve, Please Buy ­S a Carrier!

What should Apple do with its $76bn in cash? It could do worse than spend some of it on acquiring its own mobile carrier.

Why Cctv Has Failed to Deter Criminals
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Why Cctv Has Failed to Deter Criminals

I've lost track of the number of people who've asked me to comment on David Cameron's insane plan to cripple Britain's Internet in times of civil unrest by blocking...

Why Lulzsec Had No Choice but to Disband
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Why Lulzsec Had No Choice but to Disband

After just 50 days, the group said it was ceasing individual operations. Why, when you might have thought things were going so well?
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