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40 Busy Years Later, a Microsoft Founder Considers His Creation
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40 Busy Years Later, a Microsoft Founder Considers His Creation

Looking at Microsoft’s sprawling product line and 118,000 or so employees, it’s easy to forget that the company started with one modest product made by two ambitious...

Preparing For Warfare in Cyberspace
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Preparing For Warfare in Cyberspace

The Pentagon’s new 33-page cybersecurity strategy is an important evolution in how America proposes to address a top national security threat. It is intended to...

Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech
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Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech

The antitrust case against Google filed by European Union regulators on Wednesday will inevitably draw comparisons to the long-running prosecution of Microsoft,...

Don't Let Statistics Ruin Baseball
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Don't Let Statistics Ruin Baseball

One of the charms of baseball, which started up again this week, is the exhilarating departure it offers from the noisy bustle of daily life.

Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well
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Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well

Thinking about a life coach but not ready to commit to the real thing?

Modern Explorers Seek a Place in a Gps World
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Modern Explorers Seek a Place in a Gps World

Eric Larsen seemed ill at ease in his tuxedo.

The Math of March Madness
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The Math of March Madness

The N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament started Thursday, but for most Americans the real action began days before, as they pored over brackets, competing to make...

If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?
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If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?

Let me hazard a guess that you think a real person has written what you're reading. Maybe you're right. Maybe not.

Here's What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official
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Here's What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened?

Outing A.I.: Beyond the Turing Test
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Outing A.I.: Beyond the Turing Test

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is having a moment, albeit one marked by crucial ambiguities.

Astro Teller, Google's ‘captain of Moonshots,' on Making Profits at Google X
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Astro Teller, Google's ‘captain of Moonshots,' on Making Profits at Google X

Google is all over the place.

Google, Mighty Now, but Not Forever
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Google, Mighty Now, but Not Forever

Technology giants often meet their end not with a bang but a whimper, a slow, imperceptible descent into irrelevancy that may not immediately be reflected in the...

Tim O'reilly Explains the Internet of Things
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Tim O'reilly Explains the Internet of Things

Tim O'Reilly has been at the cutting edge of the Internet since it went commercial.

A Future Segregated By Science?
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A Future Segregated By Science?

Few women and minorities are getting STEM degrees, although STEM jobs are multiplying and pay more than many other careers. Will our future be delineated by who...

A Retreat For Google Glass and a Case Study in the Perils of Making Hardware
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A Retreat For Google Glass and a Case Study in the Perils of Making Hardware

You won't have Glass to kick around anymore. At least not for a while.

Death By Robot
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Death By Robot

Imagine it's a Sunday in the not-too-distant future.

Do Aliens Know It's Christmas?
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Do Aliens Know It's Christmas?

A star appeared in the East.

The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the 'erasable Internet'
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The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the 'erasable Internet'

This month's news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say anything to anyone, ever.

Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate
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Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate

When "Captain Ridley's shooting party" gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied...

­ber, a Start-­p Going So Fast It Could Miss a Turn
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­ber, a Start-­p Going So Fast It Could Miss a Turn

In just four years of operation, Uber has ignited a new global ride-sharing industry with the promise of transforming urban transportation and helping many people...
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