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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Lavabit Founder Says He Fought Feds to Protect the Constitution
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Lavabit Founder Says He Fought Feds to Protect the Constitution

Like a story straight out of the universe of Franz Kafka, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison found himself before a judge in Washington, representing himself against...

All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines
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All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines

On the evening of February 12, 2009, a Continental Connection commuter flight made its way through blustery weather between Newark, New Jersey, and Buffalo, New...

The Information-Gathering Paradox
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The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

Are Smartphones Turning ­s Into Bad Samaritans?
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Are Smartphones Turning ­s Into Bad Samaritans?

In late September, on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, a man shot and killed 20-year-old student Justin Valdez.

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

"It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence."

­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core
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­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core

When he read about the technical failures plaguing HealthCare.gov, Mike Bracken said it felt like a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day.

The Battle For Power on the Internet
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The Battle For Power on the Internet

We're in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace.

Inside Paul Allen's Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain
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Inside Paul Allen's Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain

In 2003, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen spent $100 million to build the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.

The Decline of Wikipedia
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The Decline of Wikipedia

The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10.

Former Nsa Chief: Nsa and ­.s. Cyber Command Are Now 'indistinguishable'
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Former Nsa Chief: Nsa and ­.s. Cyber Command Are Now 'indistinguishable'

The public's trust in government has been battered by repeated abuses of power, but it's not the NSA's fault.

Ron Wyden: Lonely Hero of the Battle Against the Surveillance State
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Ron Wyden: Lonely Hero of the Battle Against the Surveillance State

When historians write about the civil-liberties crisis of this decade, the story will be full of vivid figures—Bradley, now Chelsea, Manning, the fragile soldier...

Augmented Reality Browsers
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Augmented Reality Browsers: Essential Products or Only Gadgets?

How lessons learned from the evolution of the Web and Web browsers can influence the development of AR browsers.

Why Apple Wants Its Software to Be Free
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Why Apple Wants Its Software to Be Free

Who knew Apple would become such a big shareware company?

Why I Am ­napologetic About Paywalls or Promotion
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Why I Am ­napologetic About Paywalls or Promotion

Late last week I posted a short essay on LinkedIn, where I am an Influencer, called "The best case study you'll ever read."

Twitter: Tweets and Hashtags Will Shape How We Think
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Twitter: Tweets and Hashtags Will Shape How We Think

One day, a user of Twitter decided to do something no else had tried before.

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov
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Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov

HealthCare.gov, the Web site at the center of President Obama's federal health insurance exchange, has been plagued with problems since it opened for business Oct...

Dina Katabi
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Dina Katabi

Syrian-born Dina Katabi is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was awarded a MacArthur last...

Tony Fadell, Ceo of Nest, on Making Home Devices Cool
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Tony Fadell, Ceo of Nest, on Making Home Devices Cool

Nest Labs' first product has made it the darling of both the clean tech industry and design crowd.

Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security
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Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security

As the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, Huawei plays a part in the technology industry's efforts to ensure network security...
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