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Three Questions with Amazon's Technology Chief, Werner Vogels
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Three Questions with Amazon's Technology Chief, Werner Vogels

In the eight years since Amazon.com rolled out its cloud-computing business, Amazon Web Services, this has grown from a side project that took advantage of the...

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense
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Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense

John M. (Mike) McConnell says that technology alone isn't enough to secure corporate networks from pervasive and increasingly damaging cyberattacks.

Quantum Chaos: After a Failed Speed Test, the D-Wave Debate Continues
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Quantum Chaos: After a Failed Speed Test, the D-Wave Debate Continues

How hard can it be to determine whether a computer works as promised?

What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality
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What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Even Sunday night HBO watchers are worried the Federal Communications Commission will soon put an end to net neutrality.

Coder's High
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Coder's High

These days I write more than I code, but one of the things I miss about programming is the coder's high: those times when, for hours on end, I would lock my vision...

Google's Eyes in the Sky
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Google's Eyes in the Sky

When Sergey Brin and Larry Page built the search engine that would become Google, they started by making maps.

The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (again)
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The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (again)

I've been preoccupied lately with thoughts of marauding broomsticks, genies in bottles, and monkey's paws.

The Nightmare on Connected Home Street
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The Nightmare on Connected Home Street

I wake up at four to some old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows.

Microsoft's Quantum Search For the 'next Transistor'
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Microsoft's Quantum Search For the 'next Transistor'

Microsoft is making a significant investment in creating a practical version of the basic component needed to build a quantum computer, the company's head of research...

That Computer Actually Got an F on the Turing Test
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That Computer Actually Got an F on the Turing Test

Over the weekend, a group of programmers claimed they built a program that passed the famous Turing Test, in which a computer tries to trick judges into believing...

Do We Really Need to Learn to Code?
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Do We Really Need to Learn to Code?

"Learn to Code!" This imperative to program seems to be everywhere these days. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg recently donated ten million dollars to Code.org,...

World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine
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World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine

During the World Cup next week, there may be 1 minute during the opening ceremony when the boisterous stadium crowd in São Paulo falls silent: when a paraplegic...

A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language
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A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language

If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions.

Imposing Security
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Imposing Security

Three computer bugs this year exposed passwords, e-mails, financial data, and other kinds of sensitive information connected to potentially billions of people.

Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die
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Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die

As any historian, psychologist, sociologist, or scientist will tell you, the truth of an idea has very little to do with how fast it spreads and how well it's believed...

Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?
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Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?

At first glance, the Justice Department's 31-count indictment of five Chinese military officers for hacking into the computers of six American corporations, in...

China's Cyber-Generals Are Reinventing the Art of War
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China's Cyber-Generals Are Reinventing the Art of War

The conventional wisdom is that the future of war will involve private robot armies, predator drones carrying out precision strikes, and maybe even the militarization...

The End Is A.i.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative
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The End Is A.i.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

In 1993, Vernor Vinge wrote a paper about the end of the world.

Meet the People Behind the Wayback Machine, One of Our Favorite Things About the Internet
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Meet the People Behind the Wayback Machine, One of Our Favorite Things About the Internet

Brewster Kahle is quick to point out that we are not standing inside a former Scientology church.

How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage
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How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Justice indicted five Chinese military officers for industrial espionage, accusing them of leading attacks on the computers...
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