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Why Copyrighted Coffee May Cripple the Internet of Things
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Why Copyrighted Coffee May Cripple the Internet of Things

With its single-serving coffee pods, Green Mountain Coffee has transformed the business of brew.

Social Physics
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Social Physics

Since 2001, the Human Dynamics Laboratory at the MIT Media Lab has used digital technologies—from home-brewed portable sensors to cellphone call records—to try...

Remembering Mit, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000
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Remembering Mit, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000

When Radia Perlman attended MIT in the late '60s and '70s, she was one of just a few dozen women (about 50) out of a class of 1,000.

Encryption Would Have Stopped Snowden From ­sing Secrets
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Encryption Would Have Stopped Snowden From ­sing Secrets

Edward Snowden could have been thwarted from leaking classified U.S. documents if the National Security Agency encrypted the information to make it unreadable,...

The Job After Steve Jobs: Tim Cook and Apple
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The Job After Steve Jobs: Tim Cook and Apple

Shortly after Tim Cook succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple in August 2011, he told a confidant that he got up every morning reminding himself just to do the right...

What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?
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What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?

I once ran into a friend and her husband at the playground in our neighborhood in Manhattan.

Hackers Allegedly Stole $400 Million in Bitcoins. Here's How to Catch Them.
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Hackers Allegedly Stole $400 Million in Bitcoins. Here's How to Catch Them.

On Friday, what had been the world's leading Bitcoin exchange declared bankrutpcy, claiming that hackers had exploited a technical issue called "transaction malleability...

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Bitcoin Mania Worse Than Tulip Craze

The global bitcoin community was rocked this week by a pair of tragic mishaps.

How Movies and Tv Give Life to the Mundane Text Message
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How Movies and Tv Give Life to the Mundane Text Message

In the last decade, movies and television have sprouted a new plot weakness: if tension hinged in any way on a situation that could have been solved by a simple...

The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was
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The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was

So for the past 18 months, there has been a horrific security hole in many of Apple's products that has allowed "man in the middle" attacks on supposedly secure...

Good Riddance to Mt. Gox
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Good Riddance to Mt. Gox

It is over. Mt. Gox, bitcoin’s oldest—and once its most popular—exchange, was taken offline Monday night, leaving behind angry customers and acrimonious debate...

How to Build a Bad Research Center
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How to Build a Bad Research Center

Sharing lessons learned from experiences creating successful multidisciplinary research centers.

Everything You Need to Know About the Latest Bitcoin Crisis
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Everything You Need to Know About the Latest Bitcoin Crisis

The once-popular Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has gone dark.

Asimov's Predictions from 1964: A Brief Report Card
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Asimov's Predictions from 1964: A Brief Report Card

Predictions about technology's future are almost always doomed.

How I Quit Google
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How I Quit Google

I think it was the search for "pink glitter tiny toms" that finally prompted me to quit Google.

How to Get a Job at Google
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How to Get a Job at Google

Last June, in an interview with Adam Bryant of The Times, Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google—i.e., the guy in charge of hiring...

Are the Robots About to Rise?
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Are the Robots About to Rise?

It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil.

Comcast's Deal with Netflix Makes Network Neutrality Obsolete
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Comcast's Deal with Netflix Makes Network Neutrality Obsolete

For the past two decades, the Internet has operated as an unregulated, competitive free market.

The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook
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The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook

Over the last two decades, it can be argued, no area of study has seen larger growth in span and general application than computer science.

Life Before (and After) Page Numbers
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Life Before (and After) Page Numbers

Print media evolved into its present forms.
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