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How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook
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How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook

To justify its sky-high valuation, Facebook will have to increase its profit per user at rates that seem unlikely, even by the most generous predictions.

The Flight From Conversation
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The Flight From Conversation

We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.

The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton
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The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton

"The pursuit of ever more 'natural' ways of interacting with systems" is a key focus at Microsoft, according to Microsoft Research human-computer interaction researcher...

Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers
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Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers

At the end of April, Tor Books, the world's largest science fiction publisher, and its UK sister company, Tor UK, announced that they would be eliminating digital...

Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'
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Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'

Today we drive cars, shell out enormous sums for higher education, and navigate the world with electronics that demand the unwavering attention of our ears, eyes...

Andrew (bunnie) Huang on The End of Chumby, New Adventures
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Andrew (bunnie) Huang on The End of Chumby, New Adventures

One of my heroes and friends happens to be one in the same person, Andrew (bunnie) Huang. Bunnie tirelessly helps makers, businesses, and the world-at-large with...

How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism
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How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism

One of the big areas of focus for technology companies over the past year has been "big data"—in other words, the idea that there can be a lot of value in finding...

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When Will This Low-Innovation Internet Era End?

It's an age of unprecedented, staggering technological change. Business models are being transformed, lives are being upended, vast new horizons of possibility...

The Call of the Future
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The Call of the Future

In 2009, the United States crossed a digital Rubicon: For the first time, the amount of data sent with mobile devices exceeded the sum of transmitted voice data...

Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?
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Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?

Was Google's snooping on home Wi-Fi users the work of a rogue software engineer? Was it a deliberate corporate strategy? Was it simply an honest-to-goodness mistake...

Following the Breadcrumbs on the Data-Sharing Trail
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Following the Breadcrumbs on the Data-Sharing Trail

Would you like to donate to the Obama campaign? Sign up for a college course? Or maybe subscribe to Architectural Digest? 

The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats
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The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats

Criminals do not stop at stealing someone's personal data.

Welcome to the Microsoft Store
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Welcome to the Microsoft Store

Three years ago, shortly after Microsoft announced that it would launch its own retail stores, I offered the company some unsolicited advice: Copy Apple "relentlessly...

Arm's Next Big Opportunity Is in Really Small Devices
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Arm's Next Big Opportunity Is in Really Small Devices

ARM's CEO Sir Warren East is casting his eye on the next big opportunity for the chip architecture firm—the Internet of things.

Cispa, 'national Security,' and the Nsa's Ability to Read Your Emails
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Cispa, 'national Security,' and the Nsa's Ability to Read Your Emails

This week the House of Representatives is debating the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, the dangerous "cybersecurity" bill that threatens...

Voyagers' Never-Ending Journey
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Voyagers' Never-Ending Journey

Exploration is one thing, science another—but they've come together rather nicely in the Voyager mission to the outer planets, outbound for the past 35 years yet...

The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning
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The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning

When industrial robots were first introduced in the early 1960s initially on automobile assembly lines—computers were still in their infancy, so the robots were...

The Robo-Help
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The Robo-Help

I have two robots that clean the floors in my apartment: the Evolution Robotics Mint and the iRobot Roomba 530. The Mint sweeps and mops. The Roomba vacuums.

Don't Be Evil, but Don't Miss the Train
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Don't Be Evil, but Don't Miss the Train

Back in 2004, as Google prepared to go public, Larry Page and Sergey Brin celebrated the maxim that was supposed to define their company: "Don’t be evil."

Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World
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Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP.
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