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Googling You

The settlement last week between a group of state attorneys general and Google over the company’s improper data collection from home wireless networks shows the...

Miyamoto: I Couldn't Have Imagined Where We've Ended ­p
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Miyamoto: I Couldn't Have Imagined Where We've Ended ­p

Where do you go when you're arguably history’s most famous video game designer in a medium that's witnessed explosive growth since its halcyon days?

A Museum's Games Are Not on Pedestals
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A Museum's Games Are Not on Pedestals

Video games, as their name suggests, combine the ancient human practice of formal play with moving pictures, a younger form.

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain
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The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain

The Obama administration is planning a multiyear research effort to produce an "activity map" that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human,...

Calling Out the Robocaller
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Calling Out the Robocaller

Last month, the Haggler was sitting at home when the phone rang.

With Playstation 4, Sony Aims For Return to Glory
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With Playstation 4, Sony Aims For Return to Glory

For the Sony Corporation, a tech industry also-ran, the moment of reckoning is here.

Why We Love Beautiful Things
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Why We Love Beautiful Things

Great design, the management expert Gary Hamel once said, is like Justice Potter Stewart's famous definition of pornography—you know it when you see it.

The Origins of 'big Data': An Etymological Detective Story
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The Origins of 'big Data': An Etymological Detective Story

Words and phrases are fundamental building blocks of language and culture, much as genes and cells are to the biology of life.

After Adding Online Privacy Protections, F.t.c. Chief Resigns
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After Adding Online Privacy Protections, F.t.c. Chief Resigns

Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, said on Thursday that he would resign effective mid-February.

A Fuzzy and Shifting Line Between Hacker and Criminal
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A Fuzzy and Shifting Line Between Hacker and Criminal

In January 2011, I was assigned to cover a hearing in Newark, where Daniel Spitler, then 26, stood accused of breaching AT&T's servers and stealing 114,000 email...

Talking, Walking Objects
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Talking, Walking Objects

Meeting Simon for the first time was one of the most sublime experiences I've had. With every coy head nod, casual hand wave and deep eye gaze, I felt he already...

Many Hands Make Fractals Tactile
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Many Hands Make Fractals Tactile

Human beings are born with an innate capacity to learn languages. Yet while mathematics is the language of pattern and form, many people struggle to acquire even...

Guns, Maps and Data That Disturb
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Guns, Maps and Data That Disturb

Should data have a conscience?

Ben Horowitz on the Impact of Software Everywhere
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Ben Horowitz on the Impact of Software Everywhere

Ben Horowitz may have the skeleton key to the decimation—sorry, transformation—of our economic and political lives.

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Sneaky Apps That Track Cellphones

A perversion of smartphone technology called "stalking apps"—precise, secretive trackings of the movements of cellphone users—is increasingly a matter of national...

Red Pill, Blue Pill: Is the ­niverse Just a Giant Computer Simulation?
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Red Pill, Blue Pill: Is the ­niverse Just a Giant Computer Simulation?

I've started making my way (skeptically) through Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind, and at the recommendation of a friend, I've also started keeping tabs on ...

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I Am Not Big Brother

I've grown accustomed to reading inaccurate accounts of my day job. I'm in political data.

Best Inventions of the Year 2012
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Best Inventions of the Year 2012

That's not Photoshop.

Planning His Legacy, Cisco Chief Maps an Expansion
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Planning His Legacy, Cisco Chief Maps an Expansion

John T. Chambers has readied his last great act as the leader of Cisco Systems, fearing major changes in the technology business that could doom his company.

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At Dawn We Sleep

If you read the newspapers on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, you would have been led to believe that Japan was poised to attack—but in Southeast Asia, not Pearl Harbor...
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