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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...

In 'cars 2,' John Lasseter Says Big Oil Is the 'uber Bad Guy'
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In 'cars 2,' John Lasseter Says Big Oil Is the 'uber Bad Guy'

"Cars 2" director John Lasseter talked with The Wall Street Journal in his office at the Emeryville headquarters of Pixar Animation Studios, where he is chief...

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China's Cyberassault on America

In justifying U.S. involvement in Libya, the Obama administration cited the "responsibility to protect" citizens of other countries when their governments engage...

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All Your Bitcoins Are Ours

Malware authors move fast. Following on from the previous blog post on Bitcoin botnet mining, we have seen a recent Trojan in the wild targeting Bitcoin wallets...

Seven Questions For Rackspace Cto John Engates
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Seven Questions For Rackspace Cto John Engates

In a completely rational world, Rackspace would no longer be a independent company. The Web host that has in recent years veered into the cloud services business...

Has Facebook Peaked?
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Has Facebook Peaked?

Facebook's active user base grew by only 1.7% in May. That's about half its usual growth rate, and it came after similarly slow growth in April. According to Inside...

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Who Is Behind the Hacks?

Every day there's another report of a computer hack. Yesterday it was a video game company and a U.S. Senate database. And today it could be the Federal Reserve...

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How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code

When Colin Hughes was about 11 years old his parents brought home a rather strange toy. It wasn't colorful or cartoonish; it didn't seem to have any lasers or...

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Palin Fans Trying to Edit Wikipedia Paul Revere Page

Man, you've gotta almost admire the sheer blind dedication of Sarah Palin's wingnut acolytes.
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