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Why Google Kept Motorola's Research Lab
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Why Google Kept Motorola's Research Lab

Google's $2.9 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC maker Lenovo might seem like lousy business, given Google's $12.5 billion purchase in 2012 and losses...

Microsoft Ceo Nadella's Top Challenge: Figuring Out Mobile
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Microsoft Ceo Nadella's Top Challenge: Figuring Out Mobile

Microsoft stands at a crossroads when it comes to mobile.

Judges Poised to Hand ­.s. Spies the Keys to the Internet
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Judges Poised to Hand ­.s. Spies the Keys to the Internet

How does the NSA get the private crypto keys that allow it to bulk eavesdrop on some email providers and social networking sites?

Facebook Turns 10: The Mark Zuckerberg Interview
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Facebook Turns 10: The Mark Zuckerberg Interview

Mark Zuckerberg doesn't usually observe sentimental anniversaries.

Through a Face Scanner Darkly
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Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Anonymity forms a protective casing.

When Big Data Marketing Becomes Stalking
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When Big Data Marketing Becomes Stalking

Many of us now expect our online activities to be recorded and analyzed, but we assume the physical spaces we inhabit are different.

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...
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