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Take IT Out of the IT Department
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Take IT Out of the IT Department

It's time to reverse the trend of centralized information technology that has been the hallmark of most companies for at least 10 years. Control of IT shouldn't...

Reply All: The Button Everyone Loves to Hate
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Reply All: The Button Everyone Loves to Hate

I answered my phone recently to hear a friend shrieking in my ear. "Check your inbox for the email I just sent you," he wailed. "And please, please tell me I...

Why I Don't Want an Ipad For Christmas
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Why I Don't Want an Ipad For Christmas

Everyone wants an iPad this Christmas, right?

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Google Goes to the Cloud For New Idea in Pc System

In the personal-computer industry, where things change fast, one fact has been a constant for years: There are two major, mainstream operating systems for consumers...

Prosecute Assange ­nder the Espionage Act
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Prosecute Assange ­nder the Espionage Act

Just as the First Amendment is not a license to yell 'Fire!' in a crowded theater, it is also not a license to jeopardize national security.

In the Grip of the New Monopolists
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In the Grip of the New Monopolists

Do away with Google? Break up Facebook? We can't imagine life without them—and that's the problem.

On the Threshold of the Avatar Era
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On the Threshold of the Avatar Era

In a garage in Palo Alto, Calif., in the 1980s, some friends and I were the first humans to experience becoming avatars—that is, movable representations of ourselves...

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Crisis in Computing

It may not be obvious, but if you’ve checked the weather today, ridden in a car or an airplane, made a phone call, or used any number of consumer products, down...

Why God Did Not Create the ­niverse
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Why God Did Not Create the ­niverse

There is a sound scientific explanation for the making of our world—no gods required.

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Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty, With Real Dangers

In a 1963 Supreme Court opinion, Chief Justice Earl Warren observed that "the fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a great danger...

Now Can We Have Instant Replay?
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Now Can We Have Instant Replay?

Two horrendous calls at the World Cup show the need for technology—but don't tell the 'slippery slopers'

Does the Internet Make You Dumber?
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Does the Internet Make You Dumber?

The cognitive effects are measurable: We're turning into shallow thinkers, says Nicholas Carr.

Does the Internet Make You Smarter or Dumber?
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Does the Internet Make You Smarter or Dumber?

Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky.

Blogging in India and Apple's Ipad
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Blogging in India and Apple's Ipad

Amit Agarwal, based in India, has been blogging about technology for six years. He answers a few questions on his blogging career, the future of the Internet in...

Blogging in India and Apple's Ipad
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Blogging in India and Apple's Ipad

Amit Agarwal, based in India, has been blogging about technology for six years. He answers a few questions on his blogging career, the future of the Internet in...

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What Apple's Ipad Means For Your Wallet


High Tech's Great Leap Backward
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High Tech's Great Leap Backward

Beijing recently announced that starting on July 1, all computers sold in China must come installed with government-designed software to block pornography. Testing...

Web Surfing in a Wireless Network of Your Very Own
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Web Surfing in a Wireless Network of Your Very Own

Not long ago Web browsing required sitting in one place and using a computer plugged into a cable. Now, people expect to hop online whenever they want  using wireless...

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Wanted: A Smarter Immigration Policy

Of all the initiatives undertaken in the name of homeland security after 9/11, the visa screening requirements for foreign scientists and engineers have probably...

Q&A: Ravi Venkatesan
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Q&A: Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan, chairman of Microsoft India, discusses the role technology can play in the new Indian administration and Microsoft's efforts to accelerate the...
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