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Nasa's Lessons From The Outer Limits
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Nasa's Lessons From The Outer Limits

In April 1981, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched a space shuttle program meant to take astronauts, cargo, research experiments and military...

The Tragic Decline of Blackberry
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The Tragic Decline of Blackberry

Research In Motion (RIM), makers of the venerable BlackBerry devices, will always be remembered as the company that liberated corporate email from the PC. In...

A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar
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A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar

When the Walt Disney Company bought Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in 2006, there was understandable concern that the media conglomerate that drove...

Google+ Contributor and Mac Pioneer Talks with CNET
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Google+ Contributor and Mac Pioneer Talks with CNET

Thirty years ago, Andy Hertzfeld was a young computer engineer working at Apple Computer on the first Macintosh under the leadership of Steve Jobs. As Jobs had...

Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?
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Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?

Forty years ago, I wrote an article for Technology Review titled "Shall We Build the Space Shuttle?" Now, with the 135th and final flight of the shuttle at hand...

Interview with Key Lulzsec Hacker
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Interview with Key Lulzsec Hacker

It was early May when LulzSec's profile skyrocketed after a hack on the giant Sony corporation. LulzSec's name comes from Lulz, a corruption of LOL, often denoting...

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Doing the Math on News Corp.'s Disastrous Myspace Years

Once upon a time, MySpace was the king and pioneer of social networking. When Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. bought the company for $580 million, it looked like...

Minds, Machines Merge to Offer New Hope For Overcoming Impairments
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Minds, Machines Merge to Offer New Hope For Overcoming Impairments

Scientists are creating a new generation of artificial body parts to help people with disabilities see, walk, swim, grip and run among other things. Miles O'Brien...

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Why Gadgets Flop

According to the old saying, you learn more from a failure than a success. Well, if that's the case, the consumer electronics industry ought to have a master's...

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Apple Multitouch Patent Is All About ­x Lock-In

Apple notched a significant win last week when it was awarded a key patent related to basic multitouch functionality. The patent was first called "hugely problematic"...

Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco
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Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco

When Carolyn Porco started exploring the outer solar system, it was all about the rings. Her 1983 doctoral thesis at Caltech focused on shifting spokes in Saturn’s...

The Cop on the Cyber Beat
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The Cop on the Cyber Beat

Homeland Security's Bruce McConnell on the government's role in helping companies fight online attacks.

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Protect Your Computer and Phone from Illegal Police Searches

Your computer, your phone, and your other digital devices hold vast amounts of personal information about you and your family. Can police officers enter your...

Why Lulzsec Had No Choice but to Disband
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Why Lulzsec Had No Choice but to Disband

After just 50 days, the group said it was ceasing individual operations. Why, when you might have thought things were going so well?

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Supporting Choice, Ensuring Economic Opportunity

At Google, we’ve always focused on putting the user first. We aim to provide relevant answers as quickly as possible—and our product innovation and engineering...

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Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

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Eff and Bitcoin

For several months, EFF has been following the movement around Bitcoin, an electronic payment system that touts itself as "the first decentralized digital currency...

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Free to Search and Seize

This spring was a rough season for the Fourth Amendment.

Seven Questions For Iridium Ceo Matthew Desch
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Seven Questions For Iridium Ceo Matthew Desch

More often than not, the Iridium satellite phone system is remembered as one of the great telecom flameouts of the 1990s. It almost became a literal one: At one...

Networks Are Not Always Revolutionary
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Networks Are Not Always Revolutionary

"For most artists," as the famous Tim O'Reilly aphorism has it "the problem isn't piracy, it's obscurity." To me, this is inarguably true and self-evident—the...
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