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The Internet's Telltale Heartbleed
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The Internet's Telltale Heartbleed

The cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, who has been writing about computer security for more than fifteen years, is not given to panic or hyperbole.

Anger on Weibo Over Flight 370
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Anger on Weibo Over Flight 370

Tragedy, when its cause and the fate of its victims are still unknown, is supposed to occasion solidarity.

The Problem with Easy Technology
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The Problem with Easy Technology

In the history of marketing, there's a classic tale that centers on the humble cake mix.

Through a Face Scanner Darkly
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Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Anonymity forms a protective casing.

Making It
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Making It

In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts movement...

The Daunting Challenge of Secure Email
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The Daunting Challenge of Secure Email

When users of Lavabit, an encrypted e-mail service, logged on to the site this past August, they found a bewildering letter on the site's main page.

Is Ad Avoidance a Problem?
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Is Ad Avoidance a Problem?

Back in the twentieth century, people were roughly equal in their power to avoid advertising.

How Facebook Makes ­s ­nhappy
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How Facebook Makes ­s ­nhappy

No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely.

E-Book Vs. P-Book
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E-Book Vs. P-Book

When Barnes & Noble announced, a couple of weeks ago, that its Nook division lost almost five hundred million dollars last year and that its C.E.O. was resigning...

What It's Like to Get a National-Security Letter
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What It's Like to Get a National-Security Letter

In the summer of 2011, while he was fighting an indictment for alleged computer crimes, Aaron Swartz, an information activist, read Kafka’s "The Trial" and ...

The Prism
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The Prism

An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government...

Strongbox and Aaron Swartz
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Strongbox and Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was not yet a legend when, almost two years ago, I asked him to build an open-source, anonymous in-box.

Laptop ­
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Laptop ­

Gregory Nagy, a professor of classical Greek literature at Harvard, is a gentle academic of the sort who, asked about the future, will begin speaking of Homer and...

The Medium of the Moment
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The Medium of the Moment

After the Boston Marathon bombings, the process by which breaking news and information are generated and disseminated looked more ragged and exposed than ever: ...

The Creator
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The Creator

When Markus Persson visited Las Vegas in 2011, for the first international convention held in honor of Minecraft, the video game he designed and built, a young...

The Story of My App
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The Story of My App

Recently, I created an app called Petting Zoo. It is an interactive app for iPhones and iPads, and creating it was a difficult but interesting process.

An Open Letter to Wikipedia
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An Open Letter to Wikipedia

Dear Wikipedia, I am Philip Roth. I had reason recently to read for the first time the Wikipedia entry discussing my novel "The Human Stain."

Steve Jobs: 1955
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Steve Jobs: 1955

Steve Jobs is dead. One big question is whether the unbelievably innovative culture he forged will live. Jobs was not a great human being, but he was a great,...

In Praise of Distraction
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In Praise of Distraction

For many Americans, March Madness has been a time to worry about office pools, busted brackets, and buzzer beaters. For American businesses, though, the N.C.A...

How the Internet Gets Inside ­s
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How the Internet Gets Inside ­s

When the first Harry Potter book appeared, in 1997, it was just a year before the universal search engine Google was launched. And so Hermione Granger, that charming...
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