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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

Conference-Journal Hybrids
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Conference-Journal Hybrids

Considering how to combine the best elements of conferences and journals.

What College Could Be Like
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What College Could Be Like

Imagining an optimized education model.

Five Lessons from Really Good History
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Five Lessons from Really Good History

Lessons learned from four award-winning books on the history of information technology.

Beyond Location
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Beyond Location: Data Security in the 21st Century

Viewing evolving data security issues as engineering problems to be solved.

How We Build Things
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How We Build Things: . . . and Why Things Are 90% Complete

It seems to be a law of software development that things always take longer than we expect. When a project manager talks to a designer, programmer, or tester...

The Apple-Samsung Lawsuits
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The Apple-Samsung Lawsuits

In search of a middle ground in the intellectual property wars.

Five Big Tech Stories to Watch For in 2013
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Five Big Tech Stories to Watch For in 2013

We were dazzled by an array of smartphones. We were fascinated and then disappointed by Facebook's initial public offering. And we held our breaths as we awaited...

Quantum Networks May Be More Realistic Than We Thought
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Quantum Networks May Be More Realistic Than We Thought

The nice thing about buzzwords, though, is that some people take them seriously while also recognizing the problems inherent to the idea.

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...

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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