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The Mooc Racket
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The Mooc Racket

The word mooc sounds a bit like slang from Goodfellas or the affectionate shortening of the already-affectionate name of a former outfielder for the New York Mets...

Technology to Protect Against Mass Surveillance
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Technology to Protect Against Mass Surveillance

In the past several weeks, EFF has received many requests for advice about privacy tools that provide technological shields against mass surveillance.

How Protecting Your Privacy Could Make You the Bad Guy
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How Protecting Your Privacy Could Make You the Bad Guy

There's a funny catch-22 when it comes to privacy best practices.

Smart Phones Mean You Will No Longer Have to Memorize Facts
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Smart Phones Mean You Will No Longer Have to Memorize Facts

When my father was growing up, his father offered him 25 cents to memorize the complete list of U.S. presidents. "Number one, George Washington. Number two, John...

The Paradox of Wearable Technologies
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The Paradox of Wearable Technologies

Ever talk to someone at a party or conference reception only to discover that the person you are talking to is constantly scanning the room, looking this way and...

Did Facebook Miss a Massive Opportunity By Building a Walled Garden Instead of a Truly Open Platform?
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Did Facebook Miss a Massive Opportunity By Building a Walled Garden Instead of a Truly Open Platform?

When Facebook first launched its platform strategy in 2007, it seemed as though a new world of opportunity had opened up for anyone interested in the social web—a...

Money Models For MOOCs
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Money Models For MOOCs

Considering new business models for massive open online courses.

Success in Introductory Programming
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Success in Introductory Programming: What Works?

How pair programming, peer instruction, and media computation have improved computer science education.

Microsoft Is Doomed, But First It's Going to Make a Ton of Money
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Microsoft Is Doomed, But First It's Going to Make a Ton of Money

Microsoft stock lost about 10 percent of its value in the wake of a quarterly earnings report on Thursday that investors deemed sub-par. Yet revenue for the second...

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Explains Its Mission to Be Mainstream
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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Explains Its Mission to Be Mainstream

Wikipedia is expanding its major new "open data" initiative, expanding tools that allow developers to use its content on other websites and simplifying its editing...

Hands On the Wheel, Mind On the Road–not Cyberspace
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Hands On the Wheel, Mind On the Road–not Cyberspace

Makers of cars and mobile electronics are pushing a tempting vision of the future. It is one in which you can stay fully connected while driving.

E-Book Vs. P-Book
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E-Book Vs. P-Book

When Barnes & Noble announced, a couple of weeks ago, that its Nook division lost almost five hundred million dollars last year and that its C.E.O. was resigning...

Douglas Engelbart’s ­nfinished Revolution
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Douglas Engelbart’s ­nfinished Revolution

Doug Engelbart knew that his obituaries would laud him as "Inventor of the Mouse."

Nsa Can Reportedly Track Phones Even When They're Turned Off
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Nsa Can Reportedly Track Phones Even When They're Turned Off

The NSA has a diverse range of surveillance capabilities—from monitoring Google Maps use to sifting through millions of phone call records and spying on Web searches...

Your Creative, Open Hackathon Is Ripe For Legal Challenges
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Your Creative, Open Hackathon Is Ripe For Legal Challenges

NASA's Space Apps Challenge recently became the world's largest open hackathon, with over 8,000 participants spanning 44 countries.

Virtual Reality For Your Hands
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Virtual Reality For Your Hands

Computers already have keyboards. They have mice and touch pads. They even have touch screens. But is there room for a totally new interface?

Bradley Manning 'aiding the Enemy' Charge Is a Threat to Journalism
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Bradley Manning 'aiding the Enemy' Charge Is a Threat to Journalism

Thursday, Colonel Denise Lind, the judge in the Bradley Manning court martial, refused to dismiss the "aiding the enemy" charge.

Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning
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Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning

Sebastian Thrun has worn many hats in the tech world: Stanford research professor, founder of Google's X Labs, where he oversaw the development of self-drivingUdacity...

Meet the Designer Behind Some of the Web’s Newest Killer Fonts
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Meet the Designer Behind Some of the Web’s Newest Killer Fonts

Thanks to newer browsers and greater bandwidth, there's been an explosion of new Web fonts—tens of thousands of them over the last decade.

How to Be an Email Survivalist
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How to Be an Email Survivalist

In the early 2000s it was the height of geek fashion to run your own email server—then along came Gmail with two gigabytes of free storage and excellent spam filtering...
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