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Blowing a Whistle

I'm glad I live in a country with people who are vigilant in defending civil liberties.

Fixing the Digital Economy
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Fixing the Digital Economy

Two big trends in the world appear to contradict each other.

Let's Rescue Metadata From the Spy Agencies
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Let's Rescue Metadata From the Spy Agencies

Once the civil libertarians have had their say, let's hope the really interesting questions start being asked.

What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?
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What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?

We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth.

'we Will Be Amazed By the Diversity of Exoplanets'
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'we Will Be Amazed By the Diversity of Exoplanets'

The Kepler space telescope's search may be at an end, but Didier Queloz, who found the first world around a sunlike star, says more planet hunts are afoot.

Apple's New Mobile Os Is All About Ive
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Apple's New Mobile Os Is All About Ive

For Apple, there's a lot riding on iOS 7, the newest version of its mobile software and the first refresh overseen by veteran industrial design head Jonathan Ive...

Why Americans Don't Fear the Nsa
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Why Americans Don't Fear the Nsa

Cybersnooping was always scheduled to be an important topic during President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

How to Protect Yourself from the Online Axis of Evil
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How to Protect Yourself from the Online Axis of Evil

North Korea and Iran are viewed as threats to the world because of their potential to field weapons of mass destruction, but they are far more likely to focus their...

Dave Farber, Internet's "grandfather," Seeks to Cut Through Fog of Cyberwar
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Dave Farber, Internet's "grandfather," Seeks to Cut Through Fog of Cyberwar

Over the last few years, the rhetoric if not the actuality of cyberwarfare has been escalating.

Who's Watching You? Not Just the Nsa.
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Who's Watching You? Not Just the Nsa.

While you were tweeting an Instagram of your home-cooked tikka masala last night, we learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on...

Opening Dropbox
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Opening Dropbox

If you walk the halls at MIT, you may notice a lot of students wearing T-shirts bearing the Dropbox logo. It's a simple design—an opened box—but one that carries...

Would You Go Full Cyborg?
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Would You Go Full Cyborg?

It's only a matter of time, really. Google Glass, Epson's Movierio, the Oculus Rift, and similar technologies are at the cutting edge of wearable technologies....

Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court
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Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court

From an early age we are taught the importance of fighting fairly.

Our Guts May Hate Mars
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Our Guts May Hate Mars

Eighty thousand people recently applied for a trip to Mars, an excursion that will allegedly be funded by selling reality-TV show rights for the voyage.

Mit's Magic Bag Of Sand
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Mit's Magic Bag Of Sand

The camera pushes in. And there, near the meridian line, you see a faint scattering of red lights. Something is in the tar. And it's glowing.

Patent Trolls Are a Serious Threat to ­.s. Innovation
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Patent Trolls Are a Serious Threat to ­.s. Innovation

At last, some good news about America's dysfunctional patent system: the White House has noticed there's a problem.

As Facebook Grows ­p, Grand Ambitions Get Reality Check
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As Facebook Grows ­p, Grand Ambitions Get Reality Check

Facebook, which once seemed poised to take over the Internet, is showing its limitations: a host of newer services are gaining ground among trend-setting youth;...

The Trouble With Neuroscience
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The Trouble With Neuroscience

No crevice of the human experience is safe.

Google+ Isn't a Social Network; It's The Matrix
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Google+ Isn't a Social Network; It's The Matrix

Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly.

Senator Rand Paul Talks Tech, Civil Liberties, and Keeping the Government Out of Your Email
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Senator Rand Paul Talks Tech, Civil Liberties, and Keeping the Government Out of Your Email

Rand Paul is having some problems with the jerks back at the office. So today he's bypassing them on a road trip through Silicon Valley.
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