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Tech Pioneer Vint Cerf on the Age of Context and Why You Can't Be a Citizen of the Internet
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Tech Pioneer Vint Cerf on the Age of Context and Why You Can't Be a Citizen of the Internet

Few people have as much claim as Vint Cerf to the title "Father of the Internet," but as the technologies he helped develop in the 1970s and 1980s become increasingly...

The Nsa's Crypto "breakthrough"
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The Nsa's Crypto "breakthrough"

One difficulty of reporting on spy outfits like America's National Security Agency is the veil of secrecy they operate behind.

It's a Myth That Entrepreneurs Drive New Technology
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It's a Myth That Entrepreneurs Drive New Technology

Images of tech entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are continually thrown at us by politicians, economists, and the media.

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments
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Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with...

Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?
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Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?

As he closed the door, leaving me alone at the controls of a 41,000-pound bulldozer with list price of nearly $432,000, a Komatsu Ltd. executive shouted, "No worries...

Madden Turns 25: How the Video Game Sacked Its Rivals
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Madden Turns 25: How the Video Game Sacked Its Rivals

The year was 1988. George Michael's "Faith" was top of the pops. "Roseanne" was the number-one show on TV. Bruce Willis, starring in "Die Hard," still had hair.

How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata
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How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata

Sometimes you have to give up a little privacy in order to find out how much—or how little—privacy you really have.

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Visit to the World's Fair of 2014

The New York World's Fair of 1964 is dedicated to "Peace Through Understanding."

The Real, Terrifying Reason Why British Authorities Detained David Miranda
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The Real, Terrifying Reason Why British Authorities Detained David Miranda

Last Sunday, David Miranda was detained while changing planes at London Heathrow Airport by British authorities for nine hours under a controversial British law—the...

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On the Symmetry Between Microsoft and Apple

I am not a tech industry maven, so I am busy coming up to speed on the implications of the Ballmer resignation.

In Markets' Tuned-­p Machinery, Stubborn Ghosts Remain
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In Markets' Tuned-­p Machinery, Stubborn Ghosts Remain

A generation ago, when the stock market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987, the Nasdaq stock market appeared to have done much better than the New York Stock Exchange.

What Snowden and Manning Don't ­nderstand About Secrecy
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What Snowden and Manning Don't ­nderstand About Secrecy

As an old reporter who has from time to time outed classified information, I have watched the cases of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden with professional interest...

What to Do About Google?
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What to Do About Google?

Whether it is acting as a conduit, an editor, or an advisor, the search engine should put user interests first.

Software and Souls; Programs and Packages
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Software and Souls; Programs and Packages

How can historians tell stories about software without focusing solely on the code itself?

Research and Practice
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Research and Practice: The Curious Case of 'Small' Researchers-Practitioners

Seeking a more efficient combination of the best elements of the research and practice communities in small organizations.

An Interview with Hadi Partovi
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An Interview with Hadi Partovi

The Code.org founder discusses his first program, inspirations, and "seizing the day."

An Interview with Hadi Partovi
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An Interview with Hadi Partovi

The Code.org founder discusses his first program, inspirations, and "seizing the day."

Life After Siri: Nuance's ­phill Climb To Being Your Digital Assistant
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Life After Siri: Nuance's ­phill Climb To Being Your Digital Assistant

In the gleaming Silicon Valley branch office of speech-recognition firm Nuance Communications, a small room has been made to look like a homey den.

Welcome to the Age of Denial
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Welcome to the Age of Denial

In 1982, polls showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created human beings in their present form. Thirty years later, the fraction of the population...

­dacity Ceo Says Mooc 'magic Formula' Emerging
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­dacity Ceo Says Mooc 'magic Formula' Emerging

After weathering a round of negative publicity, Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun believes vindication is at hand.
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