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Graphic Designers Are Ruining the Web

What happens when you click on a Weblink? Here's one answer: A request goes from your computer to a server identified by the URL of the desired link. The server...

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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...

Five Predictions For the Communications World in 2012
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Five Predictions For the Communications World in 2012

In the coming year, mobile Internet devices and in particular smartphones will continue to bring the biggest changes to the way we communicate. For the first...

Voice Recognition: Has It Come of Age?
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Voice Recognition: Has It Come of Age?

The man sits down in front of the computer and says, affably: "Computer!"

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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Dennis Ritchie: The Other Man Inside Your Iphone

The groundbreaking work he did with Ken Thompson led to the operating system behind everything from set-top boxes to the iPhone, but who sings the praises of...

Steve Jobs: A Man of Contradiction and Genius
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Steve Jobs: A Man of Contradiction and Genius

When historians look back at the life of Steve Jobs, they will chronicle a man of contradiction and genius. But for the legions of Apple fans, it's personal.

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Vint Cerf: Facebook Could Be Next Aol or IBM

Vint Cerf, Google's chief internet evangelist, and the man who designed a key building block of the Internet, warned that Facebook's "closed" architecture meant...

Kids Today Need a Licence to Tinker
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Kids Today Need a Licence to Tinker

Back to school time and millions of British kids are heading back to classrooms to embark on the national curriculum so beloved of busybody ministers.

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...

Ted's Chris Anderson: The Man Who Made Youtube Clever
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Ted's Chris Anderson: The Man Who Made Youtube Clever

With his TED Talks series, the former magazine mogul Chris Anderson has racked up 500 million web video views for speeches by academics and technological experts...

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?

Networks Are Not Always Revolutionary
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Networks Are Not Always Revolutionary

"For most artists," as the famous Tim O'Reilly aphorism has it "the problem isn't piracy, it's obscurity." To me, this is inarguably true and self-evident—the...

Feds Versus the Hacker ­nderground: Army of Informers Turned By Fear
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Feds Versus the Hacker ­nderground: Army of Informers Turned By Fear

When Jeff Moss, popularly known as the Dark Tangent, started holding underground hacker conferences in Las Vegas he knew he had a problem. All previous gatherings...

Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech
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Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, warned on Wednesday that government plans to block access to illicit filesharing websites could set a "disastrous precedent"...

In the Digital Era Free Is Easy, So How Do You Persuade People to Pay?
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In the Digital Era Free Is Easy, So How Do You Persuade People to Pay?

To compete with piracy, content providers need clear value propositions that don't conflict with the product.

Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?
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Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?

In the 10 years since the last time Larry Page was Google's chief executive, the company has changed a bit. It has gone from an ambitious startup to a publicly...
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