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The 'surround Computing' Era Is Just Around the Corner
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The 'surround Computing' Era Is Just Around the Corner

The 'surround computing' era is coming soon, according to Mark Papermaster, the chief technology officer of chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices.

Why You Should Probably Disable Java on Your Browser Right Now
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Why You Should Probably Disable Java on Your Browser Right Now

Hackers have found a flaw in Oracle's Java software that allows them to break into users' computers and install nasty malware, security experts report.

Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 of Israeli Strike on Iran?
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Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 of Israeli Strike on Iran?

Talk in Israel of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has reached a fever pitch.

Apple-Samsung Jury Foreman Recalls 'aha! Moment'
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Apple-Samsung Jury Foreman Recalls 'aha! Moment'

According to Velvin Hogan, the 67-year-old foreman of the jury in the U.S. trial between the Apple and Samsung, one of the turning points in group's journey to came...

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Apple Case Muddies the Future of Innovations

Apple's victory on Friday in a patent lawsuit against Samsung could, if upheld, give its rivals a kick in the pants to create more original products.

Apple's Big Win Over Samsung—what Does It Mean?
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Apple's Big Win Over Samsung—what Does It Mean?

History buffs will note that Apple scored one of the most lopsided victories since Agincourt on Tim Cook's one-year anniversary as the company's CEO.

The ­ncanny Valley of Internet Advertising
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The ­ncanny Valley of Internet Advertising

If you ask an Internet ad guy to defend himself—to explain why you, dear Web surfer, should feel comfortable letting him serve you ads based on everything you do...

Giving In to the Surveillance State
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Giving In to the Surveillance State

In March 2002, John M. Poindexter, a former national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, sat down with Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the director of the National...

Our Favorite 'forgotten Tech'—from Beos to Zip Drives
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Our Favorite 'forgotten Tech'—from Beos to Zip Drives

We all know about the gadgets that get showered with constant praise—the icons, the segment leaders, and the game changers. Tech history will never forget the Altair...

Christopher Soghoian
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Christopher Soghoian

Christopher Soghoian sniffs out security holes and privacy shortcomings on the Web. Then he urges companies that are responsible—Google, AT&T, and Dropbox have...

New Guide from Eff: Keeping Your Site Alive
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New Guide from Eff: Keeping Your Site Alive

Denial of service attacks—flooding Web sites with traffic in order to make them unavailable to the public—have become an increasingly popular way to take down or...

Author Order: What Science Can Learn from the Arts
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Author Order: What Science Can Learn from the Arts

Some thoughts about author order in research papers.

The Big Apple's Big Data Advantage
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The Big Apple's Big Data Advantage

Microsoft's new research lab in Manhattan will focus on big data analysis, examining massive amounts of information created by the world's digital users, says lab...

Why Apple Might Be Better Off Losing Its Patent Lawsuit
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Why Apple Might Be Better Off Losing Its Patent Lawsuit

Could it be in Apple’s self-interest to lose its bitter court battle with Samsung?

Forget the Desktop
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Forget the Desktop

Every morning I wake up too early, reach for my iPad, and scan the morning's tech headlines. This is a pathetic enough existence, but the Web sites I frequent aren't...

Plagiarism, Defamation, and the Power of Hyperlinks
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Plagiarism, Defamation, and the Power of Hyperlinks

What do Fareed Zakaria, Jonah Lehrer, and Gawker Media have in common? In different ways, the incidents that have thrust all three into the news recently help to...

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email
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Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email

It's been 20 years since I got my first-ever email address. Back then, I read email with a 2,400 bps modem. Today, emails reach me instantaneously on my phone whereever...

Epic Mickey Creator Wants to 'shame' Doom and ­nreal Makers: Why He's Not Wrong
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Epic Mickey Creator Wants to 'shame' Doom and ­nreal Makers: Why He's Not Wrong

I never got around to playing Epic Mickey, and that’s a shame, because I’ve played nearly everything else by game design luminary Warren Spector.

Climate Science Triggers Torrent of Big Data Challenges
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Climate Science Triggers Torrent of Big Data Challenges

ORNL supercomputers running models to assess climate change ramifications and mitigation tactics are rapidly generating a wide variety of big data in vast volumes...
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