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Neal Stephenson on Kickstarter, Swordfighting, and the Big Novel's Staying Power
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Neal Stephenson on Kickstarter, Swordfighting, and the Big Novel's Staying Power

The first line in any story about Neal Stephenson will reference his massive, massively complicated, and massively successful novels.

Why Apple Might Be Better Off Losing Its Patent Lawsuit
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Why Apple Might Be Better Off Losing Its Patent Lawsuit

Could it be in Apple’s self-interest to lose its bitter court battle with Samsung?

Forget the Desktop
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Forget the Desktop

Every morning I wake up too early, reach for my iPad, and scan the morning's tech headlines. This is a pathetic enough existence, but the Web sites I frequent aren't...

Plagiarism, Defamation, and the Power of Hyperlinks
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Plagiarism, Defamation, and the Power of Hyperlinks

What do Fareed Zakaria, Jonah Lehrer, and Gawker Media have in common? In different ways, the incidents that have thrust all three into the news recently help to...

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email
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Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email

It's been 20 years since I got my first-ever email address. Back then, I read email with a 2,400 bps modem. Today, emails reach me instantaneously on my phone whereever...

Epic Mickey Creator Wants to 'shame' Doom and ­nreal Makers: Why He's Not Wrong
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Epic Mickey Creator Wants to 'shame' Doom and ­nreal Makers: Why He's Not Wrong

I never got around to playing Epic Mickey, and that’s a shame, because I’ve played nearly everything else by game design luminary Warren Spector.

Paul Otellini 
on Intel and the Pc's Evolution
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Paul Otellini 
on Intel and the Pc's Evolution

Since taking over as CEO in 2005, Otellini has focused on pushing Intel beyond the PC.

Exploring the Planets Enriches ­S at Home
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Exploring the Planets Enriches ­S at Home

NASA's newest marvel, a one-ton rover named Curiosity, has been set down with all the delicacy of a carton of eggs on the surface of Mars.

There's Only One Truly Open Platform: The Web
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There's Only One Truly Open Platform: The Web

As Twitter and Facebook continue to fight a variety of skirmishes in the ongoing "platform wars," with both companies trying to control as much of their networks...

Why High-Frequency Trading Doesn't Compute
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Why High-Frequency Trading Doesn't Compute

Wall Street is no autobahn. Traders pushing pedal to the metal risk hurtling into the Buttonwood Trees.

15 Technologies of Today We'll Still Be ­sing in 2030
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15 Technologies of Today We'll Still Be ­sing in 2030

Sure, we now have faster, smaller computers, smartphones that talk back to you, and smart TVs, but in so many areas of technology the pace of change is slower than ...

Trust: Ill-Advised in a Digital Age
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Trust: Ill-Advised in a Digital Age

Bruce Schneieer ordered a Coke, no ice, at the Rio casino on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered Diet Coke, also no ice, and handed the bartender an American Express...

Nasa Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi on Sci-Fi, Legos, and Becoming a Meme
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Nasa Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi on Sci-Fi, Legos, and Becoming a Meme

As space geeks watched nervously to see if NASA's Curiosity rover would land safely on Mars, many found themselves wondering, "Hey, who's that cool dude with the...

Meet Gauss, the Latest Weapon in the ­nfolding ­.s.-Israeli Cyberwar
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Meet Gauss, the Latest Weapon in the ­nfolding ­.s.-Israeli Cyberwar

To the steadily growing list of digital weapons that appear to have been jointly created by the combined resources of the U.S. and Israel, we can now add another...

Robot Master
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Robot Master

When you visit Manuela Veloso at Carnegie Mellon University, you're not guided to her office by a security officer or even issued instructions by a secretary at...

Why I Love Mars
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Why I Love Mars

Every now and then, I spend time on Mars. I dig my naked toes into the fine, red-orange soil, watch how it clings to my skin—and feel an incipient itch.

How Will Apple Restore Icloud Trust?
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How Will Apple Restore Icloud Trust?

After being on the receiving end of a truly awful hacking attack, Wired writer Mat Honan explained how it happened in detail. And he was very clear about two of...

How the Icloud Hack Happened and How to Avoid Being Next
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How the Icloud Hack Happened and How to Avoid Being Next

Mat Honan, the technology reporter who was digitally disemboweled this past weekend, has revealed exactly how he was so spectacularly owned. His case, a cascade...

How Cyber Security Could Be a Winning Issue for Obama
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How Cyber Security Could Be a Winning Issue for Obama

A blackout in Manhattan. A major dam failure. Mayhem at a chemical plant. Those are all potential, and entirely plausible, consequences of a cyber attack, according...
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