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Is Motion Control Patent a Powder Keg For Mobile?
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Is Motion Control Patent a Powder Keg For Mobile?

Here's a potentially noteworthy development in the patent litigation-riddled mobile device market. The patent is No. 7,679,604, "Method and apparatus for controlling...

Interview: Sergey Brin on Google
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Interview: Sergey Brin on Google

China's censorship of the Internet may be blunt, but Google has found negotiations with the Chinese government in recent weeks to be subtle and uncertain. That...

Interview: Sergey Brin on Google
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Interview: Sergey Brin on Google

China's censorship of the Internet may be blunt, but Google has found negotiations with the Chinese government in recent weeks to be subtle and uncertain. That...

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Current E-Waste Policies Not Working

E-waste created from discarded personal computers is a fast growing source of environmental damage, threatening the health of populations in developing nations....

Four Consequences of Google's China Exit
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Four Consequences of Google's China Exit

In a defiant move, Google has officially shut down its Chinese search site. In many ways the company's exit is unprecedented and gives rise to a myriad of consequences...

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A New Approach to China: An Update

Earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on Google.cn. Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected...

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The Fcc's Visible Hand

 By the Federal Communications Commission's own account, broadband use in the United States has exploded over the past decade: "Fueled primarily by private sector...

Broadbandits
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Broadbandits

Most of the buildings in Dupree, S.D., population 434, do not have street addresses. The volunteer fire department is listed at P.O. Box 461, and you have to dial...

To Stop Crime, Share Your Genes
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To Stop Crime, Share Your Genes

Perhaps the only thing more surprising than President Obama’s decision to give an interview for "America’s Most Wanted" last weekend was his apparent agreement...

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Why Congress Should Pass the Startup Visa Bill

 Those in Silicon Valley looking to have a bigger impact on the policymaking machinery of Washington, D.C., should take a close look at the genesis of the legislation...

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Braking Bad

 The Obama administration has said that it may require automakers to install “smart pedals” on all new cars. This kind of system—already used in BMWs, Chryslers...

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Newspapers Must Learn the Value of the Link

In the coverage of New York Times writer Zachary Kouwe, who resigned recently amid accusations of plagiarism, much has been said about the demands of writing for...

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Apple's Multitouch Lawsuit Is Both Dumb and Dangerous

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at 2007's Macworld conference, he began by describing the device's groundbreaking user interface. "We have invented...

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Why It's So Hard For Toyota to Find Out What's Wrong

I won't lie to you: I was not a good engineering student. That's one of the reasons I went into journalism. But I managed to acquire a bachelor of sciences in mechanical...

Privacy on the Data Web
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Privacy on the Data Web

Considering the nebulous question of ownership in the virtual realm.

Making the Case For Computing
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Making the Case For Computing

Seeking funding for current and future computing initiatives requires both a strong argument and a broad community of supporters.

Hiring and Developing Minority Faculty at Research ­Universities
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Hiring and Developing Minority Faculty at Research ­Universities

Emphasizing the importance of creating more programs and investing more funding toward the goal of developing minority faculty at research universities.

Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks
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Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks

Learning to build virtual teams of people of diverse backgrounds is an urgent challenge.

The Ethics Beat
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The Ethics Beat

Surveying the increasing variety and nature of ethical challenges encountered by computing researchers and practitioners.

Only Technological Processes Are Patentable
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Only Technological Processes Are Patentable

The U.S. Supreme Court will narrow the universe of process innovations that can be patented to those that are "technological," but what will that mean for software...
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