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We Rely on the Government For Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'alternative Facts'?
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We Rely on the Government For Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'alternative Facts'?

During the first 24 hours of the Trump administration, the new White House took a clear, firm stand against publicly available information.

How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch
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How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch

One of the promises that virtual reality offered was that we'd all be able to watch "courtside" sports games without having to leave our couches.

'I Don't Intend to Go Crawl Under a Rock': An Exit Interview with FCC Chairman Tom Wheele
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'I Don't Intend to Go Crawl Under a Rock': An Exit Interview with FCC Chairman Tom Wheele

If you're familiar with the comedian John Oliver, then you may also remember the man he once memorably called a "dingo." That's Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the...

Robots Won't Kill the Workforce. They'll Save the Global Economy.
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Robots Won't Kill the Workforce. They'll Save the Global Economy.

The United Nations forecasts that the global population will rise from 7.3 billion to nearly 10 billion by 2050, a big number that often prompts warnings about...

How Donald Trump Will Dismantle Obama's Internet Legacy
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How Donald Trump Will Dismantle Obama's Internet Legacy

President-elect Donald Trump could eviscerate some of the most significant tech policies of the 21st century, all but erasing President Obama's Internet agenda...

Nate Silver Blew It When He Missed Trump. Now He Really Needs to Get It Right.
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Nate Silver Blew It When He Missed Trump. Now He Really Needs to Get It Right.

Nate Silver is on the downtown 1 train. Possibly because he looks like a (modestly) hip math teacher, and hardly looks up from his phone, he goes unrecognized until...

Ted Cruz Is Wrong About How Free Speech Is Censored on the Internet
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Ted Cruz Is Wrong About How Free Speech Is Censored on the Internet

Sen. Ted Cruz wants to engineer a United States takeover of a key Internet organization, ICANN, in the name of protecting freedom of expression.

The Cold War Is Over. The Cyber War Has Begun.
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The Cold War Is Over. The Cyber War Has Begun.

Contemplating Russian nuclear threats during the Cold War, the strategist Herman Kahn calibrated a macabre ladder of escalation, with 44 rungs ranging from "Ostensible...

Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election
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Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election

Reports this week of Russian intrusions into U.S. election systems have startled many voters, but computer experts are not surprised.

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs
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The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs

Job insecurity is a central theme of the 2016 campaign, fueling popular anger about trade deals and immigration. But economists warn that much bigger job losses...

Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War For ­ser Privacy
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Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War For ­ser Privacy

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft....

America Wants to Believe China Can't Innovate. Tech Tells a Different Story.
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America Wants to Believe China Can't Innovate. Tech Tells a Different Story.

Silicon Valley may be powered by organic kale, but when Chinese tech gurus gather at 3W, a coffee shop-slash-incubator in the Chinese capital, they want sunflower...

The Real Reason America Controls Its Nukes with Ancient Floppy Disks
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The Real Reason America Controls Its Nukes with Ancient Floppy Disks

America's nuclear arsenal depends on a surprising relic of the 1970s that few of us may recall: the humble floppy disk.

Nasa and the Author of 'the Martian' Tell ­s Exactly How We'll Get to Mars
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Nasa and the Author of 'the Martian' Tell ­s Exactly How We'll Get to Mars

In "The Martian," Matt Damon plays a NASA astronaut who's been stranded on Mars and has to figure out how to survive until the space agency can devise a daring...

This Top Scientist Offers a Solution For the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers
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This Top Scientist Offers a Solution For the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers

Proponents of autonomous vehicles are in a sticky situation.

A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet
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A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet

If you thought the battle over net neutrality ended when the Federal Communications Commission slapped a series of unprecedented rules on Internet providers last...

The Creepy, Inescapable Advertisements That Could Define Virtual Reality
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The Creepy, Inescapable Advertisements That Could Define Virtual Reality

When cookie giant Oreo wanted to promote its latest flavors, its marketing heads decided to spice up its traditional TV ads with something not just new, but otherworldly...

This One Thing Could Hurt Apple's Case in Washington
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This One Thing Could Hurt Apple's Case in Washington

Apple's fight with the FBI is widening beyond the courts.

Why Robots and Smart Thermostats Keep America's Spy Chief ­p at Night
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Why Robots and Smart Thermostats Keep America's Spy Chief ­p at Night

Some people are already used to having their personal information exposed in massive data breaches.
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