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Building My Own Laptop
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Building My Own Laptop

We are building an open laptop, with some wacky features in it for hackers like me.

How Hackers Exploit 'the Seven Deadly Sins'
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How Hackers Exploit 'the Seven Deadly Sins'

This isn't the high tech wizardry of Hollywood but is a good, old-fashioned confidence trick.

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global
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How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and...

Intellectual Ventures: Why the Patent System Needs Aggregators Like ­S
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Intellectual Ventures: Why the Patent System Needs Aggregators Like ­S

The U.S. patent system borrowed from mainland Europe a concept that had evolved over hundreds of years: the "moral right" for inventors to protect their ideas....

By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity
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By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity

Late last Friday, Google announced a jaw-dropping hire: Ray Kurzweil will join the company as a Director of Engineering. Has the world’s brainiest tech company"rapture...

A Plea to Google: Protect Our Email Privacy
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A Plea to Google: Protect Our Email Privacy

We recently learned that even the director of the CIA, David Petraeus, can't seem to secure his private email conversations properly, and over the past month tech...

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Internet Regulation Seen at National Level As Treaty Talks Fail

The world's major Internet companies, backed by U.S. policymakers, got much of what they wanted last week when many nations refused to sign a global telecommunications...

Red Pill, Blue Pill: Is the ­niverse Just a Giant Computer Simulation?
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Red Pill, Blue Pill: Is the ­niverse Just a Giant Computer Simulation?

I've started making my way (skeptically) through Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind, and at the recommendation of a friend, I've also started keeping tabs on ...

This Real-Life Pixar Lamp Cutely Refuses to Let You Turn It Off
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This Real-Life Pixar Lamp Cutely Refuses to Let You Turn It Off

Design-class projects have come a long way. That's the only conclusion I can draw from this brilliant video of a robotic desk lamp that squeaks, swivels, and mugs...

How the ­n's 'game-Changing' Internet Treaty Failed
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How the ­n's 'game-Changing' Internet Treaty Failed

Did you know that, for the past two weeks, the future of the Internet has been at stake?

Video Games in 2012: Five Things We've Learned
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Video Games in 2012: Five Things We've Learned

From the crowd-funding explosion to the arrival of the first "next-generation" console, the games industry has had quite a time of it this year.

Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps
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Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps

There's a simple answer: people.

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I Am Not Big Brother

I've grown accustomed to reading inaccurate accounts of my day job. I'm in political data.

Prepare For the New Cameras-Everywhere World
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Prepare For the New Cameras-Everywhere World

Some questions can never be answered.

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Zeitgeist 2012: What Piqued Your Curiosity This Year?

As 2012 comes to a close, it's time for our 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist—an in-depth look at the "spirit of the times" as seen through the billions of searches...

The Psychology of Tetris
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The Psychology of Tetris

Shapes fall from the sky, all you have to do is to control how they fall and fit within each other.

Best Inventions of the Year 2012
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Best Inventions of the Year 2012

That's not Photoshop.

How Design Can Help Voice Interaction Go Big
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How Design Can Help Voice Interaction Go Big

Recently there's been a lot of comparison between Apple's Siri and Google's Voice Search. Microsoft's voice breakthroughs have also captured headlines.

The Fog of Cyberwar
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The Fog of Cyberwar

In mid-2010, thousands of centrifuges, enriching uranium at Iranian nuclear research facilities, spun out of control.

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.
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