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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

The One Big Question About Rsa and Its Relationship With the Nsa
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The One Big Question About Rsa and Its Relationship With the Nsa

Last week, the Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the National Security...

The Dollar Will Never Fall to Bitcoin
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The Dollar Will Never Fall to Bitcoin

Last month, several people appeared before a U.S. Senate committee to defend bitcoin, among them Patrick Murck, general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation...

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Bits and Barbarism

This is a tale of three money pits.

Stanford Researchers: It Is Trivially Easy to Match Metadata to Real People
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Stanford Researchers: It Is Trivially Easy to Match Metadata to Real People

In defending the NSA's telephony metadata collection efforts, government officials have repeatedly resorted to one seemingly significant detail: This is just metadata—numbers...

Do We Want an Erasable Internet?
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Do We Want an Erasable Internet?

This is going to sound silly, but I think Snapchat was the most important technology of 2013.

James Kuffner, Google Robotics Researcher
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James Kuffner, Google Robotics Researcher

At a racetrack in Florida this weekend, 16 robots competed to complete a series of tasks inspired by challenges faced in cleaning up the destroyed Fukushima-Daiichi...

The Predictive Power of Big Data
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The Predictive Power of Big Data

Right now, the average person's data footprint—the annual amount of data produced worldwide, per capita—is just a little short of one terabyte.

Edward Snowden, After Months of Nsa Rvelations, Says His Mission's Accomplished
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Edward Snowden, After Months of Nsa Rvelations, Says His Mission's Accomplished

The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.

Nsa Debate Shifts in Favor of Surveillance Limits
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Nsa Debate Shifts in Favor of Surveillance Limits

In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency's...

Publish Now, Judge Later
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Publish Now, Judge Later

A proposal to address the problem of too many conference submissions and not enough time for reviewers to carefully evaluate each one.

Google's Robot Army
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Google's Robot Army

A couple of weeks ago, shortly after the Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos unveiled, on "60 Minutes," that his company plans to deliver packages to customers with a swarm...

Metadata Isn't Going Away. Here's How to Control It.
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Metadata Isn't Going Away. Here's How to Control It.

It's a good bet that, in the next few weeks, President Obama will impose some serious reforms—and ask Congress to enact a few more—on how the National Security...

Tor Is Supposed to Hide You Online. In This Harvard Student's Case, It Did the Opposite.
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Tor Is Supposed to Hide You Online. In This Harvard Student's Case, It Did the Opposite.

At 9 a.m. Monday, fire alarms went off in Harvard's Emerson Hall.

An Homage to Douglas Engelbart and a Critique of the State of Tech
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An Homage to Douglas Engelbart and a Critique of the State of Tech

Theodor Holm Nelson, who coined the term hypertext, has been a thorn in the side of the computing establishment for more than a half century.

The Judge and the Nsa
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The Judge and the Nsa

Federal Judge Richard Leon has become a sudden political celebrity after his remarkable opinion holding that antiterror surveillance is unconstitutional and, even...

Internet's Sad Legacy: No More Secrets
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Internet's Sad Legacy: No More Secrets

Anyone who can watch you will watch you.

An Nsa Coworker Remembers The Real Edward Snowden: 'a Genius Among Geniuses'
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An Nsa Coworker Remembers The Real Edward Snowden: 'a Genius Among Geniuses'

Perhaps Edward Snowden's hoodie should have raised suspicions.

Why Bitcoin Needs Banks
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Why Bitcoin Needs Banks

On a mission to convince the world that Bitcoin is enduring and serious, enthusiasts convened at a place that symbolizes the ephemeral and the glitzy: Las Vegas...
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