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Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?
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Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?

As he closed the door, leaving me alone at the controls of a 41,000-pound bulldozer with list price of nearly $432,000, a Komatsu Ltd. executive shouted, "No worries...

Madden Turns 25: How the Video Game Sacked Its Rivals
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Madden Turns 25: How the Video Game Sacked Its Rivals

The year was 1988. George Michael's "Faith" was top of the pops. "Roseanne" was the number-one show on TV. Bruce Willis, starring in "Die Hard," still had hair.

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What You Need to Know on New Details of Nsa Spying

Today's report in The Wall Street Journal reveals that the National Security Agency's spying tools extend deep into the domestic U.S. telecommunications infrastructure...

Tech Essentials: How Cory Doctorow Gets Around
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Tech Essentials: How Cory Doctorow Gets Around

The co-editor of Boing Boing, novelist and fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation shares his tools for circumventing censorship in airports, easing back pain...

Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics
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Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics

"It's extraordinary that we live in this day and age with all our wonderful modern technology, and still we have shoes that give us blisters," says Hugh Herr, with...

Let's Rescue Metadata From the Spy Agencies
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Let's Rescue Metadata From the Spy Agencies

Once the civil libertarians have had their say, let's hope the really interesting questions start being asked.

Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?
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Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?

The goal of the U.S. patent system is clear: to provide individuals or companies with an incentive to innovate by offering them 20 years of exclusive rights to...

Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke
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Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke

Could a virtual currency created by an anonymous Internet hacker someday replace the U.S. dollar?

The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution
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The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution

How do you explain to people that they are a YouTube sensation, when they have never heard of YouTube or the Internet?

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?
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Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?

Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

Q&a with Samsung's Mobile Chief
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Q&a with Samsung's Mobile Chief

Samsung Electronics Co. is coming off its strongest year ever, reporting record earnings, and leapfrogging Apple Inc. to become the world's biggest smartphone maker...

Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book
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Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.

2013: Talk Gets Cheaper, Tv Gets Smarter
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2013: Talk Gets Cheaper, Tv Gets Smarter

Personal technology never stops changing.

Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article
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Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article

In the few minutes it takes to read this article, chances are you'll pause to check your phone, answer a text, switch to your desktop to read an email from the...

The Strange Science of Translating Sarcasm Online
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The Strange Science of Translating Sarcasm Online

Seriously, did he really mean that?

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Sometimes, One Little Phone Can Have a Big Impact on the Economy

The next iPhone, which Apple Inc. AAPL plans to unveil this week, could do something the White House, Congress, and Federal Reserve have struggled to do: boost...

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?
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Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?

Would Total Information Awareness have stopped James Eagan Holmes?

Who Really Invented the Internet?
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Who Really Invented the Internet?

A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen...

Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously
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Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously

Last month I convened an emergency meeting of my cabinet and top homeland security, intelligence and defense officials. Across the country trains had derailed,...
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