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The Quantified Brain of a Self-Tracking Neuroscientist
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The Quantified Brain of a Self-Tracking Neuroscientist

Russell Poldrack, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Austin, is undertaking some intense introspection.

Why the Html5 Standard Fight Matters
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Why the Html5 Standard Fight Matters

Today, EFF announced that it was making a formal objection to including consideration of digital rights management (DRM) in the First Public Working Draft from...

Apple Has More Game-Changing Tech in the Works, Says Ceo Tim Cook
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Apple Has More Game-Changing Tech in the Works, Says Ceo Tim Cook

Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook spent a lot of time answering questions about how Apple would be different from what it was under Steve Jobs, and just how he would...

Government Plan to Build 'back Doors' For Online Surveillance Could Create Dangerous Vulnerabilities
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Government Plan to Build 'back Doors' For Online Surveillance Could Create Dangerous Vulnerabilities

Recently, the FBI has been attacking the "going dark" problem—that is, its inability to read all electronic communications—from both legal and technological angles...

Meet the Man Who Sold a Month-Old App to Dropbox For $100m
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Meet the Man Who Sold a Month-Old App to Dropbox For $100m

When Mailbox sold itself to Dropbox for a reported $100 million or so this March, the month-old iPhone app wasn’t even available to the public.

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Thoughts on Pew's Latest Report: Notable Findings on Race and Privacy

Pew Internet and American Life Project (in collaboration with Berkman) unveiled a brilliant report about "Teens, Social Media, and Privacy." As a researcher who's...

The Future of Propaganda: Sean Gourley on Big Data and the 'war of Ideas'
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The Future of Propaganda: Sean Gourley on Big Data and the 'war of Ideas'

In 2009, Sean Gourley, an Oxford-trained physicist, gave a TED talk called "The Mathematics of War."

Microsoft's T.j. Campana
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Microsoft's T.j. Campana

The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit has been spearheading botnet takedowns and other anti-cybercrime operations for many years, and it has had remarkable success.

Will Giving the Internet Eyes and Ears Mean the End of Privacy?
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Will Giving the Internet Eyes and Ears Mean the End of Privacy?

The Internet has turned into a massive surveillance tool.

Welcome to Google Island
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Welcome to Google Island

I awoke aboard a boat, just before daybreak, which was weird.

'big Brother' Is Big Business?
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'big Brother' Is Big Business?

The odds are you are not just a face in the crowd any longer.

Calea Ii: Risks of Wiretap Modifications to Endpoints
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Calea Ii: Risks of Wiretap Modifications to Endpoints

I join a group of twenty computer scientists in issuing a report criticizing an FBI plan to require makers of secure communication tools to redesign their systems...

At Google Conference, Cameras Even in the Bathroom
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At Google Conference, Cameras Even in the Bathroom

The future came crashing down on me this week at the Google I/O developer conference while I stood at a bathroom urinal.

Google Glass Isn't Lame
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Google Glass Isn't Lame

I've spent the last few weeks lowering my expectations for Google Glass.

Strongbox and Aaron Swartz
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Strongbox and Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was not yet a legend when, almost two years ago, I asked him to build an open-source, anonymous in-box.

Stanford Professor (former Nasa Official) Explains How Nasa Might Revive the Kepler Space Telescope
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Stanford Professor (former Nasa Official) Explains How Nasa Might Revive the Kepler Space Telescope

NASA officials announced Wednesday, May 15, that the Kepler space telescope—the agency's primary instrument for detecting planets beyond our solar system—had suffered...

A Multi-Screen and Conversational Search Experience
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A Multi-Screen and Conversational Search Experience

Search has always been about giving you the best answers quickly, regardless of what device you use.

Nicole Ozer, Tech Policy Director For Aclu of Northern California
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Nicole Ozer, Tech Policy Director For Aclu of Northern California

If you think you're hearing about privacy all the time, you're probably right.

4 Big Problems with Social Security Numbers
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4 Big Problems with Social Security Numbers

A Social Security number is like a skeleton key, able to unlock a kingdom of untold riches for identity thieves.

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Measuring the Benefits of Tech Tools

When I was a young reporter we could not afford cellphones.
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