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The Lessons of Aaron Swartz
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The Lessons of Aaron Swartz

On the day after Aaron Swartz's death in January, President Reif and I spoke about how MIT might respond to the breaking news of his suicide.

What the Future of Sports Games Should Look Like
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What the Future of Sports Games Should Look Like

What is realism?

How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife
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How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife

After their son's suicide, one Wisconsin couple was desperate for answers.

Putting 'quantumness' to the Test
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Putting 'quantumness' to the Test

What is a quantum computer?

Students Are 'hacking' Their School-Issued Ipads: Good For Them
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Students Are 'hacking' Their School-Issued Ipads: Good For Them

Almost immediately after receiving their new school-issued iPads this fall, students in Indiana and in California (and probably elsewhere) managed to bypass the...

From Technology Executive to Counterterrorism Expert
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From Technology Executive to Counterterrorism Expert

Former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has been anything but idle since stepping out of his role as computer technology czar, founding a controversial patent hoarding...

Frax App Brings Fractal-Exploration Glory to iOS
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Frax App Brings Fractal-Exploration Glory to iOS

In 1983, intrigued by an article on fractals, I wrote a program to display the Mandelbrot set on my family's TRS-80 Color Computer.

Scientists Must Spearhead Ethical ­se of Big Data
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Scientists Must Spearhead Ethical ­se of Big Data

The recent revelation that the National Security Agency collects the personal data of United States citizens, allies and enemies alike has broken the traditional...

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You
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Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You

While the collection of private information by the National Security Agency is under scrutiny worldwide, a remarkable amount of your digital trail is also available...

Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before
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Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

It is now 30 years since I launched the campaign for freedom in computing, that is, for software to be free or "libre" (we use that word to emphasize that we're...

In Search of Planetary Intelligence
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In Search of Planetary Intelligence

It is said that Mahatma Gandhi, when asked about Western civilization, remarked, "I think it would be a good idea."

Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)
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Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)

In a double dose of irony, the National Security Agency's prying has given a big helping hand to Phil Zimmermann's business, Silent Circle.

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data
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Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data

The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes...

At 15, Google's Ambitions Remain ­nbridled
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At 15, Google's Ambitions Remain ­nbridled

Google turned 15 on Friday, smack in the middle of its adolescence.

Design Thinker Don Norman on His Stealth Startup, Apple vs. Android vs. Microsoft, and Experience Design
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Design Thinker Don Norman on His Stealth Startup, Apple vs. Android vs. Microsoft, and Experience Design

Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things is the bible for design thinking and technology.

Finally: Bill Gates Admits Control-Alt-Delete Was a Mistake
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Finally: Bill Gates Admits Control-Alt-Delete Was a Mistake

Bill Gates made many exceptional decisions while he was leading Microsoft to immense success. He did, however, make a few errors.

Why I'll Never Ditch My Blackberry
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Why I'll Never Ditch My Blackberry

My BlackBerry is my lifeline.

Large Patent Holders Hate This Reform Proposal. That’s a Good Sign.
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Large Patent Holders Hate This Reform Proposal. That’s a Good Sign.

The fight over patent reform has turned into a two-front war.

The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Blackberry
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The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Blackberry

Beleaguered gadgetmaker BlackBerry said on Monday that it's signed a tentative agreement to be purchased by a group led by Canadian holding company Fairfax Financial...

Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments
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Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments

Comments can be bad for science. That's why, here at PopularScience.com, we're shutting them off.
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