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Tony Fadell: What Will Google's $3.2bn Guru Do Next?
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Tony Fadell: What Will Google's $3.2bn Guru Do Next?

When Google paid $3.2bn (£2.1bn) to buy Tony Fadell's start-up Nest in 2014, it got much more than just an internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector.

Why I'm Addicted to Browsing Sepia Photos of Old-School Nyc
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Why I'm Addicted to Browsing Sepia Photos of Old-School Nyc

It's not a game or social media site, but OldNYC.org is as addictive as Angry Birds and as time consuming as Facebook.

Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants
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Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants

Ants are capable of remarkable feats of coordination.

Ad Tech Is Killing the Online Experience
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Ad Tech Is Killing the Online Experience

There's something so wonderfully easy about reading this column in a physical newspaper.

How Worried Should You Be About Artificial Intelligence?
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How Worried Should You Be About Artificial Intelligence?

Intelligent machines come in myriad forms, so which ones pose a danger to us, and how likely are they to actually happen?

The Social Security Number's Insecurities
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The Social Security Number's Insecurities

In both the Anthem insurance hack and the two Office of Personnel Management hacks this year, attackers gained access to Social Security numbers, affecting 80 million...

Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps
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Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps

Amit Singhal, Google's search chief, has spent the past 15 years creating the miracle that is the Google search box.

'minority Report' Interface Designer: Future Tech Needs a Better Dictionary
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'minority Report' Interface Designer: Future Tech Needs a Better Dictionary

There's this game I like to play when I'm out reporting. Whenever I’m doing an interview or attending a presentation about virtual or augmented reality, I count...

Preserving the Digital Record of Computing History
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Preserving the Digital Record of Computing History

Reflecting on the complexities associated with maintaining rapidly changing information technology.

What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?
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What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?

Given the amount of mobile phone traffic that cell phone towers transmit, it is no wonder law enforcement agencies target these devices as a rich source of data...

Is Facial Recognition Tech Really a Threat to Privacy?
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Is Facial Recognition Tech Really a Threat to Privacy?

Facebook has decided not to offer its photo-sharing app Moments in Europe because of regulator concerns over its facial recognition technology.

Intelligent Life in the ­niverse? Phone Home, Dammit!
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Intelligent Life in the ­niverse? Phone Home, Dammit!

We've been conditioned by television and movies to accept the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

No One Questions Google's Ability to Innovate, So Why Do Its Moonshots Look Like Money Pits?
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No One Questions Google's Ability to Innovate, So Why Do Its Moonshots Look Like Money Pits?

Consider a question that we have been puzzling over at the World Economic Forum.

Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.
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Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.

Being anonymous in public might be a thing of the past.

What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy
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What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy

Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, delivered a speech last week that raised some eyebrows in the technology industry.

Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'
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Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'

Google is in hot water in Europe, and its head of European operations is trying to cool things off.

The Myth of a Borderless Internet
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The Myth of a Borderless Internet

Almost a decade ago now, McDonald's made a seemingly innocuous decision.

A Murky Road Ahead For Android, Despite Market Dominance
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A Murky Road Ahead For Android, Despite Market Dominance

In 2005, Google bought a tiny mobile software company named Android, and almost nobody in the technology industry saw its potential—not even Eric Schmidt, Google's...

Created Computed Universe
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Created Computed Universe

Computing crosses cosmology and makes the case for agnosticism.

Crispr Germline Engineering—the Community Speaks
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Crispr Germline Engineering—the Community Speaks

With the first papers appearing in the literature that describe CRISPR-Cas9 engineering of human reproductive cells, are we at a new Asilomar moment?
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