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Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?
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Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?

Last month over a thousand scientists and tech-world luminaries, including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak, released an open letter calling for a global...

When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice
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When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice

In June, a father of six was shot dead on a Monday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., a suburb 10 miles north of Chicago.

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search
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With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search

Shortly after its founding, Google posted a document on its site called "Ten things we know to be true," an effort to distill its unusual corporate culture into...

'right to Be Forgotten' Online Is Poised to Spread
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'right to Be Forgotten' Online Is Poised to Spread

More than a year ago, in a decision that stunned many American Internet companies, Europe's highest court ruled that search engines were required to grant an unusual...

The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, ­ntil Hackers Cut Your Brakes
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The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, ­ntil Hackers Cut Your Brakes

When the history of the connected car is written, this week may go down as a pivotal moment for consumers worried about security.

Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps
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Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps

Amit Singhal, Google's search chief, has spent the past 15 years creating the miracle that is the Google search box.

What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy
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What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy

Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, delivered a speech last week that raised some eyebrows in the technology industry.

A Murky Road Ahead For Android, Despite Market Dominance
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A Murky Road Ahead For Android, Despite Market Dominance

In 2005, Google bought a tiny mobile software company named Android, and almost nobody in the technology industry saw its potential—not even Eric Schmidt, Google's...

Behind the Downfall at Blackberry
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Behind the Downfall at Blackberry

Ever since Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down as co-chairmen and co-chief executives of BlackBerry, neither has spoken much in public about the once-dominant...

Why Robots Will Always Need ­S
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Why Robots Will Always Need ­S

"Human beings are ashamed to have been born instead of made," wrote the philosopher Günther Anders in 1956. Our shame has only deepened as our machines have grown...

Moore's Law Turns 50
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Moore's Law Turns 50

On April 19, 1965, just over 50 years ago, Gordon Moore, then the head of research for Fairchild Semiconductor and later one of the co-founders of Intel, was asked...

'rise of the Robots' and 'shadow Work'
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'rise of the Robots' and 'shadow Work'

In the late 20th century, while the blue-collar working class gave way to the forces of globalization and automation, the educated elite looked on with benign condescension...

The Illegal Phone-Data Sweeps
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The Illegal Phone-Data Sweeps

There is a lot to praise in the powerful ruling issued by a three-judge federal appeals panel in New York on Thursday, which held that the government's vast, continuing...

40 Busy Years Later, a Microsoft Founder Considers His Creation
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40 Busy Years Later, a Microsoft Founder Considers His Creation

Looking at Microsoft’s sprawling product line and 118,000 or so employees, it’s easy to forget that the company started with one modest product made by two ambitious...

Preparing For Warfare in Cyberspace
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Preparing For Warfare in Cyberspace

The Pentagon’s new 33-page cybersecurity strategy is an important evolution in how America proposes to address a top national security threat. It is intended to...

Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech
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Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech

The antitrust case against Google filed by European Union regulators on Wednesday will inevitably draw comparisons to the long-running prosecution of Microsoft,...

Don't Let Statistics Ruin Baseball
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Don't Let Statistics Ruin Baseball

One of the charms of baseball, which started up again this week, is the exhilarating departure it offers from the noisy bustle of daily life.

Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well
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Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well

Thinking about a life coach but not ready to commit to the real thing?

Modern Explorers Seek a Place in a Gps World
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Modern Explorers Seek a Place in a Gps World

Eric Larsen seemed ill at ease in his tuxedo.

Learning to See Data
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Learning to See Data

For the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe...
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