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'The Goal Is to Automate ­s': Welcome to the Age of Surveillance Capitalism
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'The Goal Is to Automate ­s': Welcome to the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

We're living through the most profound transformation in our information environment since Johannes Gutenberg's invention of printing in circa 1439.

Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet
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Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet

In the summer of 1995, a second-year grad student called Sergey Brin was giving a tour of Stanford University to prospective students. Larry Page, an engineering...

Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'the System Is Failing'
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Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'the System Is Failing'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee's optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a "nasty storm" of issues including the rollback of net neutrality...

Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'
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Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'

Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights.

Can a Chatbot Teach You a Foreign Language? Duolingo Thinks So
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Can a Chatbot Teach You a Foreign Language? Duolingo Thinks So

Chatbots suck.

Ad Tech Is Killing the Online Experience
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Ad Tech Is Killing the Online Experience

There's something so wonderfully easy about reading this column in a physical newspaper.

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'
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Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but...

Are the Robots About to Rise?
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Are the Robots About to Rise?

It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil.

Grand Theft Auto 5: Inside the Creative Process with Dan Houser
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Grand Theft Auto 5: Inside the Creative Process with Dan Houser

We're four days away now. After a year of pre-publicity and a five-year wait since GTA IV, the latest instalment in Rockstar's gangland opus is almost upon us.

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Explains Its Mission to Be Mainstream
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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Explains Its Mission to Be Mainstream

Wikipedia is expanding its major new "open data" initiative, expanding tools that allow developers to use its content on other websites and simplifying its editing...

Google's Chief Legal Officer: Eight Things We Learned
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Google's Chief Legal Officer: Eight Things We Learned

David Drummond, Google's senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, took part in a live Q&A on Wednesday to answer questions about...

Patent Trolls Are a Serious Threat to ­.s. Innovation
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Patent Trolls Are a Serious Threat to ­.s. Innovation

At last, some good news about America's dysfunctional patent system: the White House has noticed there's a problem.

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...

Sony's Playstation 4: Five Things We Want to Know
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Sony's Playstation 4: Five Things We Want to Know

New York, 6pm Wednesday, the next generation starts.

Google's Eric Schmidt: Drone Wars, Virtual Kidnaps, and Privacy For Kids
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Google's Eric Schmidt: Drone Wars, Virtual Kidnaps, and Privacy For Kids

Google's chairman has sketched out a future world in which cyberterrorists are targeted by government drone strikes, online identities are taken hostage and held...

Is It Time For the Internet to Get the Plumber In?
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Is It Time For the Internet to Get the Plumber In?

The strange thing about the Internet is that it went from being something exotic to something mundane almost without us noticing it.

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...

Video Games in 2012: Five Things We've Learned
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Video Games in 2012: Five Things We've Learned

From the crowd-funding explosion to the arrival of the first "next-generation" console, the games industry has had quite a time of it this year.

Ipad Mini Launch: Why Steve Jobs Thought 7in Tablets Would Fail
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Ipad Mini Launch: Why Steve Jobs Thought 7in Tablets Would Fail

So if Apple is really launching a 7.85in "iPad mini", how does that square with what Steve Jobs said two years ago?
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