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Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks
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Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.

Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well
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Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well

Thinking about a life coach but not ready to commit to the real thing?

­ndersea Cables Transport 99 Percent of International Data
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­ndersea Cables Transport 99 Percent of International Data

Things at the bottom of the sea: pale fish, manganese nodules, plastic trash and cables. Lots of cables.

Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

A New Way to Navigate the Streets of Google Maps
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A New Way to Navigate the Streets of Google Maps

Today we're introducing our most ambitious update yet: PAC-Maps.

Germanwings Flight 9525, Technology, and the Question of Trust
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Germanwings Flight 9525, Technology, and the Question of Trust

Shortly before the dreadful crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, I happened to be reading part of "The Second Machine Age," a book by two academics at M.I.T., Erik...

First White House Data Chief Discusses His Top Priorities
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First White House Data Chief Discusses His Top Priorities

Data science is not entirely new to Washington, D.C.—nor is DJ Patil, who was recently named as the U.S.'s first chief data scientist.

David and Goliath: What Do We Do About Surveillance?
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David and Goliath: What Do We Do About Surveillance?

"Dear subscriber, you have been registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."

How Facebook's Chief Geek Will Meld Reality with the Oculus
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How Facebook's Chief Geek Will Meld Reality with the Oculus

Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer turned 40 last month. He (just barely) blew out a row of 40 candles during a mini-celebration at company headquarters...

Nsa Doesn't Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets
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Nsa Doesn't Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets

Governments and corporations gather, store, and analyze the tremendous amount of data we chuff out as we move through our digitized lives.

What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?
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What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?

Imagine, for a moment, that every Web search gave only accurate, verified information.

Toward More Secure Software
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Toward More Secure Software

Two proposals intended to reduce flaws in software use two very different approaches for software security.

The Math of March Madness
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The Math of March Madness

The N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament started Thursday, but for most Americans the real action began days before, as they pored over brackets, competing to make...

Reality Check: Comparing Hololens and Magic Leap
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Reality Check: Comparing Hololens and Magic Leap

I've seen two competing visions for a future in which virtual objects are merged seamlessly with the real world.

Dj Patil Talks Nerdy to ­S
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Dj Patil Talks Nerdy to ­S

DJ Patil was recently named the White House's deputy chief technology officer for data policy and chief data scientist, making him the first-ever national datacoined...

Edward Snowden Issues 'call to Arms' For Tech Companies in Secret Sxsw Meeting
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Edward Snowden Issues 'call to Arms' For Tech Companies in Secret Sxsw Meeting

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was a highlight of last year's SXSW, where he gave one of his first public speeches. This year, Snowden was back at SXSW—but only...

How Isis Succeeds on Social Media Where #stopkony Fails
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How Isis Succeeds on Social Media Where #stopkony Fails

Social networks offer an incredible tool for tapping into the collective unconscious, a virtual Jungian arena in which competition might be expected to amplify...

Don't Want Nsa to Spy on Your Email? 5 Things You Can Do
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Don't Want Nsa to Spy on Your Email? 5 Things You Can Do

More than half of Americans are worried about the U.S. government's digital spies prying into their emails, texts, search requests and other online information,...

So Sayeth Google
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So Sayeth Google

Search for "vaccines." At least within our filter bubble, the top item in Google's "In the news" section earlier this week was an anti-vax column about the "feds'...

Data and Goliath: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
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Data and Goliath: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

The book chronicles how governments and corporation have built an unprecedented surveillance state.
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