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Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?
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Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?

The Texas school district that began requiring its students to wear RFID tracking chips this year is now facing a fight in federal court.

How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World
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How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World

Next time you pull out your smartphone to use a popular application—whether it's to price check items in a store, to tweet or to check your cloud-based calendar—you...

Why We Must Fight For the Internet's Freedom
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Why We Must Fight For the Internet's Freedom

The Internet empowers each one of us to speak, create, learn, and share.

Security Guru Pledges to Strengthen Critical Computers
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Security Guru Pledges to Strengthen Critical Computers

Stuxnet, a piece of malicious software discovered in 2010, targeted industrial software controlling Iran’s uranium-enrichment centrifuges. But the code got loose—and...

Can Schools Survive in the Age of the Web?
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Can Schools Survive in the Age of the Web?

If you fancy a top-class education but can't afford the fee or the time, there is now an alternative.

Alan Turing Remembered
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Alan Turing Remembered

A unique firsthand account of formative experiences with Alan Turing.

Why We Need an ACM Special Interest Group For Broadening Participation
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Why We Need an ACM Special Interest Group For Broadening Participation

A proposal for an international group focused on broadening participation.

Moods
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Moods

Recognizing and working with moods — your own, your team's, and your customers' — is essential to professional success.

Saving Private Gromit
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Saving Private Gromit

Reflections on the legalities and economics of preserving animations and games in Europe.

IT Innovation For the Bottom of the Pyramid
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IT Innovation For the Bottom of the Pyramid

New ways to develop technologies for the emerging growth markets.

The Real Threat to Internet Freedom Isn't the ­nited Nations
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The Real Threat to Internet Freedom Isn't the ­nited Nations

The Internet is often seen as a place of chaos and disorder, a borderless world in which anonymous trolls roam free and vigilante hackers wreak havoc.

Silicon Valley Must Stop U.N. from Regulating the Internet
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Silicon Valley Must Stop U.N. from Regulating the Internet

The notion of the United Nations making the rules and governing the Internet should send shivers down the spine of anyone who uses a cell phone, laptop or search...

The Future of the Internet Is Intelligent Machines
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The Future of the Internet Is Intelligent Machines

As we know it today, the Internet has been largely about connecting people to information, people to people, and people to business.

Fcc Chief's Painstaking Approach Earns Mixed Reviews in Turbulent Times For Telecom Industry
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Fcc Chief's Painstaking Approach Earns Mixed Reviews in Turbulent Times For Telecom Industry

When he isn't chairing the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski enjoys a seat at a poker table.

In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books
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In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books

On vacation in China earlier this month, I stopped by Shanghai's seven-story downtown "Book City," bustling with activity on a weekday afternoon that, as a publisher...

Moral Machines
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Moral Machines

Google's driver-less cars are already street-legal in three states, California, Florida, and Nevada, and some day similar devices may not just be possible but mandatory...

Jeff Bezos Wants Amazon in Every Pocket
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Jeff Bezos Wants Amazon in Every Pocket

"People don't want gadgets, they want services," Jeff Bezos has declared.

The Giant ­nderground Machinery That Runs San Francisco's Famous Cable Cars
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The Giant ­nderground Machinery That Runs San Francisco's Famous Cable Cars

Every day and night, beneath the streets of San Francisco, huge wheels turn, pulling cable cars to their far-flung destinations and back again, as if weaving them...

What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft
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What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, abruptly left the company on November 12, shortly after introducing the latest version of the company's...

How Far Away Is Mind-Machine Integration?
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How Far Away Is Mind-Machine Integration?

Okay, great: we can control our phones with speech recognition and our television sets with gesture recognition.
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