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Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names
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Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names

Starting next week, the Internet is going to look very different—and ICANN Chief Executive Fadi Chehade is the one who'll get both the credit and the blame.

Here's Why Tech Companies' Nsa 'transparency Reports' Are Mostly a Pr Stunt
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Here's Why Tech Companies' Nsa 'transparency Reports' Are Mostly a Pr Stunt

Technology companies will soon be able to disclose more details about the number of national security orders and requests they receive, according to a joint statement...

How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...

Virtual Worlds Are Real
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Virtual Worlds Are Real

Ever since virtual worlds and online games emerged in the mainstream consciousness around 2005, the media has insisted on framing them as escapist fantasies.

­dacity Founder: Moocs Can Help the Economy, Even If They Can't Replace College
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­dacity Founder: Moocs Can Help the Economy, Even If They Can't Replace College

Sebastian Thrun was instrumental in building Google's self-driving car and Glass projects, and helped launch the company's Google X wing to spearhead "moonshot"...

Bitcoin and the Fictions of Money
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Bitcoin and the Fictions of Money

How should we think about a currency like Bitcoin?

I See You: The Databases That Facial-Recognition Apps Need to Survive
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I See You: The Databases That Facial-Recognition Apps Need to Survive

Privacy concerns have been ignited by "NameTag," a facial-recognition app designed to reveal personal information after analyzing photos taken on mobile devices...

How a Database of the World's Knowledge Shapes Google's Future
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How a Database of the World's Knowledge Shapes Google's Future

For all its success, Google's famous Page Rank algorithm has never understood a word of the billions of Web pages it has directed people to over the years.

Establishing a Nationwide CS Curriculum in New Zealand High Schools
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Establishing a Nationwide CS Curriculum in New Zealand High Schools

Providing students, teachers, and parents with a better understanding of computer science and programming.

The White House Is Going to Study Big Data. Here Are 5 Things It Should Know
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The White House Is Going to Study Big Data. Here Are 5 Things It Should Know

The White House announced via blog post on Thursday that it's forming working group focused on understanding the promises and pitfalls of big data (with a heavy...

An AI Pal That Is Better Than 'her'
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An AI Pal That Is Better Than 'her'

In the movie Her, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture this year, a middle-aged writer named Theodore Twombly installs and rapidly falls in love with...

5 Questions For Edward Snowden That Aren't Exactly About the Nsa
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5 Questions For Edward Snowden That Aren't Exactly About the Nsa

The world's most famous former intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, is scheduled to answer questions posted on Twitter in an hour-long Webcast on Thursday.

What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?
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What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?

On a future road trip, your robot car decides to take a new route, driving you past a Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop.

Why Bitcoin Matters
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Why Bitcoin Matters

A mysterious new technology emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually the result of two decades of intense research and development by nearly anonymous researchers...

Ann Cavoukian
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Ann Cavoukian

Ann Cavoukian is the information and privacy commissioner in Ontario, Canada, and a longtime advocate of default online confidentiality.

Pretty Good Privacy
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Pretty Good Privacy

Few critics of the NSA will find much satisfaction in President Obama's speech this morning or in the set of reforms that he announced.

Bitcoin Is Not Just Digital Currency. It's Napster For Finance.
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Bitcoin Is Not Just Digital Currency. It's Napster For Finance.

In 2013, bitcoin's valuation didn't just skyrocket, but its infrastructure, services, and adoption exploded as well, culminating in recent announcements that major...

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Bitcoin—boom or Bubble?

The baffling Bitcoin boom is either an exercise in self-delusion—a high-tech Ponzi scheme that will come crashing down—or an imaginative new Internet technology...

It's the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax
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It's the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax

Those of us who came of age in the Internet era may not know that they owe their ability to go online to a court decision 30 years ago today about a mechanically...

When Google Closes the Nest Deal, Privacy Issues For the Internet of Things Will Hit the Big Time
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When Google Closes the Nest Deal, Privacy Issues For the Internet of Things Will Hit the Big Time

Google rocked the smart home market Monday with its intention to purchase connected home thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, which will force a much-needed...
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