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Why Vertical Search Is Threatening Google's Reign
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Why Vertical Search Is Threatening Google's Reign

Until recently, Google has dominated search. It has been the main stomping ground for consumers looking to buy products, visit sites, or conduct research.

Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics
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Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics

Don't be surprised if Stephen Wolfram, the renowned complexity theorist, software company CEO, and night owl, wants to schedule a work call with you at 9 p.m. In...

Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite
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Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite

On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That's more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com, HBO...

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI
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The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.

Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet
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Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet

When some future Mars colonist is able to open his browser and watch a cat in a shark suit chasing a duck while riding a roomba, they will have Vint Cerf to thank...

China Sees Cyberwar as Reducing ­.s. Advantage in Future Conflict
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China Sees Cyberwar as Reducing ­.s. Advantage in Future Conflict

It's one thing to read news concerning the latest report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Defense on China's latest military activities. But with regard to...

Personal Information Is the Currency of the 21st Century
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Personal Information Is the Currency of the 21st Century

The currency of the 21st century digital economy is your personal information. It has no transaction costs and does not decrease in value when the supply increases...

Why Fbi and CIA Didn't Connect the Dots
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Why Fbi and CIA Didn't Connect the Dots

The FBI and the CIA are being criticized for not keeping better track of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the months before the Boston Marathon bombings.

How Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen See the Future
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How Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen See the Future

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is ready for a future where his smart mattress monitors sleep patterns and alerts the curtains to allow daylight in, waking...

Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the ­.s. Government?
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Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the ­.s. Government?

The real capabilities and behavior of the U.S. surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done...

Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?
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Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?

Forecasting future technology has never been easy. In the 1950s, scientists and technologists envisaged that by now the world would be free from disease, traversed...

When Will Smartglasses and Other Wearable Computers Hit the Mainstream?
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When Will Smartglasses and Other Wearable Computers Hit the Mainstream?

Google has stoked our collective imagination via relentless promotion of its Google Glass wearable computer in recent months.

Why I Love the National Internet Sales Tax Plan
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Why I Love the National Internet Sales Tax Plan

The Internet, in the popular imagination, is supposed to be free—"the last bastion of our economy untouched by the government," as they say on Fox News.

Governments Won't Need to Issue Ids: Data Brokers Will Identify You For Them
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Governments Won't Need to Issue Ids: Data Brokers Will Identify You For Them

Our government collects a lot of information about us. Tax records, legal records, license records, records of government services received—it's all in databases...

The Meaning of (making) Life
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The Meaning of (making) Life

Christina Agapakis is a rising star among the new generation of biology researchers. Trained in the science of custom-building organisms known as synthetic biology...

Nate Silver: What Big Data Can't Predict
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Nate Silver: What Big Data Can't Predict

Statistician Nate Silver isn't famous because he's a mathematical genius. (Although, he is.)

Here's Why Bitcoin Is the Future of Money
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Here's Why Bitcoin Is the Future of Money

The interesting thing about Bitcoin isn't what it is today. What's interesting is that this experiment is turning into a serious proving ground for the idea of...

Christoph Bregler on the Future of Surveillance
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Christoph Bregler on the Future of Surveillance

Surveillance camera images of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev catalyzed not only the manhunt which caught them, but calls for more surveillance cameras around the...

Why the Anatomy Lab Remains a Fixture of Medicine
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Why the Anatomy Lab Remains a Fixture of Medicine

For hundreds of years, physicians have been dissecting the dead to learn about the inner workings of the human body.

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field...
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