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Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?
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Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?

The goal of the U.S. patent system is clear: to provide individuals or companies with an incentive to innovate by offering them 20 years of exclusive rights to...

At Google Conference, Cameras Even in the Bathroom
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At Google Conference, Cameras Even in the Bathroom

The future came crashing down on me this week at the Google I/O developer conference while I stood at a bathroom urinal.

Google Glass Isn't Lame
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Google Glass Isn't Lame

I've spent the last few weeks lowering my expectations for Google Glass.

Strongbox and Aaron Swartz
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Strongbox and Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was not yet a legend when, almost two years ago, I asked him to build an open-source, anonymous in-box.

Moshe Vardi: Robots Could Put Humans Out of Work By 2045
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Moshe Vardi: Robots Could Put Humans Out of Work By 2045

Robots began replacing human brawn long ago—now they're poised to replace human brains.

Laptop ­
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Gregory Nagy, a professor of classical Greek literature at Harvard, is a gentle academic of the sort who, asked about the future, will begin speaking of Homer and...

Stanford Professor (former Nasa Official) Explains How Nasa Might Revive the Kepler Space Telescope
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Stanford Professor (former Nasa Official) Explains How Nasa Might Revive the Kepler Space Telescope

NASA officials announced Wednesday, May 15, that the Kepler space telescope—the agency's primary instrument for detecting planets beyond our solar system—had suffered...

Escape Plans
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Escape Plans

When the Russian asteroid became a fireball in the air over Chelyabinsk, destroying buildings and injuring hundreds, we were lucky it wasn’t worse.

A Multi-Screen and Conversational Search Experience
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A Multi-Screen and Conversational Search Experience

Search has always been about giving you the best answers quickly, regardless of what device you use.

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin
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The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin

Given that Bitcoin first broke into mainstream attention when Gawker explained how to use it to buy drugs, perhaps the surprise is that it took federal regulators...

Hear Ye, Future Deep Throats: This Is How to Leak to the Press
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Hear Ye, Future Deep Throats: This Is How to Leak to the Press

We now live in a world where public servants informing the public about government behavior or wrongdoing must practice the tradecraft of drug dealers and spies...

Ok, Glass, Don't Make Me Look Stupid
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Ok, Glass, Don't Make Me Look Stupid

A man sitting alone at his kitchen table pauses before eating his breakfast.

New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os
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New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os

For the past few years, Sundar Pichai has been part of a tag-team routine staged at Google's annual I/O developer conference.

Tedxstanford Highlights Breakthroughs in Research and Creativity, Stanford-Style
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Tedxstanford Highlights Breakthroughs in Research and Creativity, Stanford-Style

They sacrificed a spectacular sunny Saturday afternoon by the hundreds, forgoing all else to sit in a darkened hall to witness hours of intense lectures and art...

Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters
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Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters

In robotics, as in life, it often takes small steps to reach a big goal.

Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You
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Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You

Dear college graduates: The next month is going to be thrilling as you cross this major milestone in your education.

Nicole Ozer, Tech Policy Director For Aclu of Northern California
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Nicole Ozer, Tech Policy Director For Aclu of Northern California

If you think you're hearing about privacy all the time, you're probably right.

4 Big Problems with Social Security Numbers
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4 Big Problems with Social Security Numbers

A Social Security number is like a skeleton key, able to unlock a kingdom of untold riches for identity thieves.

Sal Khan: 'i Love Learning'
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Sal Khan: 'i Love Learning'

"If there was a Ph.D. in learning everything, I would do that," the always-enthusiastic Sal Khan '98, MEng '98 said in a talk Wednesday at MIT's Kresge Auditorium...

What Is the Syrian Electronic Army Trying to Accomplish, Anyway?
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What Is the Syrian Electronic Army Trying to Accomplish, Anyway?

In June 2011, just a few short months after protests first erupted in Syria, the country's president, Bashar Al-Assad, made a speech in which he thanked a group...
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