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Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Wikipr
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Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Wikipr

On October 21, the Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement from Sue Gardner, our executive director, condemning the black hat practice of paid advocacy editing...

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?

Why Google's Fair Use Victory In Google Books Suit Is A Big Deal—And Why It Isn't
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Why Google's Fair Use Victory In Google Books Suit Is A Big Deal—And Why It Isn't

Federal judge Denny Chin rejected a copyright challenge Google’s practices of scanning books into digital format and presenting snippets of those scans in search...

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
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Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?

Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.

Blinded By the Light
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Blinded By the Light

The probe sails through space, traveling the distance of the LA-to-Chicago red-eye in a minute.

Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It
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Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It

The internet backbone—the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels—went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active...

Drm in Cars Will Drive Consumers Crazy
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Drm in Cars Will Drive Consumers Crazy

Forget extra cupholders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants.

The Daunting Challenge of Secure Email
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The Daunting Challenge of Secure Email

When users of Lavabit, an encrypted e-mail service, logged on to the site this past August, they found a bewildering letter on the site's main page.

The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse
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The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse

Google X is responsible for some of Google's most literally fantastic projects: Google Glass, self-driving cars, gigantic inflatable balloons that beam Internet...

A Stronger 'online Eraser' Law Would Be a Mistake
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A Stronger 'online Eraser' Law Would Be a Mistake

Excited teenagers—in other words normal teenagers—have never been famous for consistently wise decisions, nor should they be.

What's the Nsa Going to Do With Your Data?
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What's the Nsa Going to Do With Your Data?

We are all Angela Merkel.

No, Bitcoin Isn't Broken
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No, Bitcoin Isn't Broken

"Bitcoin Is Broken," proclaimed Ittay Eyal and Emin Gun Sirer, two Cornell computer scientists.

Bitcoin Is Broken
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Bitcoin Is Broken

And not just superficially so, but fundamentally, at the core protocol level.

Markus 'notch' Persson: The Mind Behind Minecraft
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Markus 'notch' Persson: The Mind Behind Minecraft

Markus Persson, known also by the online handle "Notch," is an indie game success story like no other.

Is Google Autocomplete Evil?
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Is Google Autocomplete Evil?

"Women shouldn't have rights." "Women shouldn't vote." "Women shouldn't work."

Report on Government Information Requests
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Report on Government Information Requests

We believe that our customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled, and we consider it our responsibility to provide them with the...

Tim Berners-Lee: Encryption Cracking By Spy Agencies 'appalling and Foolish'
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Tim Berners-Lee: Encryption Cracking By Spy Agencies 'appalling and Foolish'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer scientist who created the World Wide Web, has called for a "full and frank public debate" over Internet surveillance by the National...

Should We Believe More in Big Data or in Magic?
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Should We Believe More in Big Data or in Magic?

One year I spent a lot of time with professional magicians.

What Is 4d Printing?
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What Is 4d Printing?

The biggest breakthroughs in how we make things lie not in the technology to manipulate materials but in the materials themselves.

Why the Googlification of Obamacare Really Matters
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Why the Googlification of Obamacare Really Matters

The Internet is piling yet more vitriol on the shoddy Obamacare rollout in response to a report, by Bloomberg's Alex Wayne, that the administration has recruited...
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