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Can Facebook 'monetize Eyeballs?'
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Can Facebook 'monetize Eyeballs?'

In the days of the Internet bubble of the mid to late 1990s, companies received millions of dollars of venture capital to offer products that weren't especially...

Daniela Rus Named Csail Director
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Daniela Rus Named Csail Director

Daniela Rus, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the next director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial...

The Facebook Fallacy
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The Facebook Fallacy

Facebook is not only on course to go bust, but will take the rest of the ad-supported Web with it.

'barcode Everyone at Birth'
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'barcode Everyone at Birth'

If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached—a barcode if you will—an implanted chip to provide...

Why Gm and Others Fail with Facebook Ads
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Why Gm and Others Fail with Facebook Ads

Facebook got a black eye last week when General Motors announced it would cease advertising on the platform, yanking $10 million in annual ad spending away from...

Why the Internet Makes It Impossible to Stop Giant Wall Street Losses
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Why the Internet Makes It Impossible to Stop Giant Wall Street Losses

In 1984, Yale sociologist Charles Perrow published his classic book, Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies. The odd term, "normal accident," Perrow...

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet
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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.

Bre Pettis: 3d Printing's First Celebrity
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Bre Pettis: 3d Printing's First Celebrity

Bre Pettis looks like a throwback. He’s got an Elvis Presley-meets-Buddy Holly thing going on with his chunky sideburns, thick-rimmed black glasses, and sculpted...

What Does Facebook's $100 Billion Ipo Mean For You?
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What Does Facebook's $100 Billion Ipo Mean For You?

More ads.

Intel Futurist on Why We Should Not Fear the Future
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Intel Futurist on Why We Should Not Fear the Future

Much of Intel's success as a microprocessor manufacturer over the past four decades has come from the company's ability to understand and anticipate the future...

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The Giants Among ­S

The patent world is quietly undergoing a change of seismic proportions. In a few short years, a handful of entities have amassed vast treasuries of patents on an...

Now 4 Billion People Know the Joy of Txt
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Now 4 Billion People Know the Joy of Txt

Here's a question: What's bigger and far more important than Facebook? Hint: it's very low-tech and doesn't need a smartphone or even an Internet connection.

­.n. Efforts Put Internet Freedom at Risk
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­.n. Efforts Put Internet Freedom at Risk

A mounting effort to transform a United Nations agency into a global Internet regulator is threatening to undo decades of policymaking that helped the Internet...

I (robot) Thee Wed
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I (robot) Thee Wed

It's hard to think of a more attention-grabbing title than "Robots, Men, and Sex Tourism"—especially in the academic world.

Is This Data Scientist a Consumer's Best Friend?
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Is This Data Scientist a Consumer's Best Friend?

In Oren Etzioni's world, telling you where to buy a product is so 20 years ago.

How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook
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How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook

To justify its sky-high valuation, Facebook will have to increase its profit per user at rates that seem unlikely, even by the most generous predictions.

The Flight From Conversation
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The Flight From Conversation

We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.

The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton
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The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton

"The pursuit of ever more 'natural' ways of interacting with systems" is a key focus at Microsoft, according to Microsoft Research human-computer interaction researcher...

Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers
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Why the Death of DRM Would Be Good News for Readers, Writers, and Publishers

At the end of April, Tor Books, the world's largest science fiction publisher, and its UK sister company, Tor UK, announced that they would be eliminating digital...

Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'
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Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'

Today we drive cars, shell out enormous sums for higher education, and navigate the world with electronics that demand the unwavering attention of our ears, eyes...
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