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The Increasingly Blurry Line Between Big Data and Big Brother
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The Increasingly Blurry Line Between Big Data and Big Brother

The potential benefits of "big data" have been well described, both by us and others: the ability to spot flu trends earlier and potentially save lives, for example...

Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book
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Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.

After Adding Online Privacy Protections, F.t.c. Chief Resigns
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After Adding Online Privacy Protections, F.t.c. Chief Resigns

Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, said on Thursday that he would resign effective mid-February.

Google's Eric Schmidt: Drone Wars, Virtual Kidnaps, and Privacy For Kids
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Google's Eric Schmidt: Drone Wars, Virtual Kidnaps, and Privacy For Kids

Google's chairman has sketched out a future world in which cyberterrorists are targeted by government drone strikes, online identities are taken hostage and held...

How to Build the Perfect Gaming Pc For 2013–and Beyond
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How to Build the Perfect Gaming Pc For 2013–and Beyond

There's little doubt that PC gaming is undergoing a renaissance at the moment.

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Does Not Fear Dropbox or an Office-Less Ipad
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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Does Not Fear Dropbox or an Office-Less Ipad

When Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer does his bounding these days, it's often in front of an 82-inch interactive display mounted on the wall of...

Reflections on Stanford's MOOCs
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Reflections on Stanford's MOOCs

New possibilities in online education create new challenges.

Talking, Walking Objects
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Talking, Walking Objects

Meeting Simon for the first time was one of the most sublime experiences I've had. With every coy head nod, casual hand wave and deep eye gaze, I felt he already...

Meet the Man Who Would Make Blackberry Apps Cool
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Meet the Man Who Would Make Blackberry Apps Cool

Alec Saunders needed a little bait.

Becoming Biohackers: Learning the Game
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Becoming Biohackers: Learning the Game

When you have lunch courtesy of the FBI, you are offered chicken Caesar salad, hamburger, or fish.

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Google's Approach to Government Requests For ­ser Data

Today, January 28, is Data Privacy Day, when the world recognizes the importance of preserving your online privacy and security.

Innovation Is Messy Business
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Innovation Is Messy Business

Nine years ago, Boeing Co. BA executives decided to take the biggest leap in airliner technology in a generation and develop the 787 Dreamliner.

Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity
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Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity

Ray Kurzweil's vision of the "singularity"—when nanobots make humans immortal and computer progress is so fast that the future becomes profoundly unknowable—is...

Don't Divorce Design from Manufacturing
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Don't Divorce Design from Manufacturing

The software company Autodesk doesn't manufacture anything.

Neil Degrasse Tyson: Science Funding Can 'guarantee Your Economic Future'
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Neil Degrasse Tyson: Science Funding Can 'guarantee Your Economic Future'

Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Washington on Wednesday to deliver the science-specific version of President Barack Obama's second inaugural address.

IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave
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IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave

At year's end, IBM selects a new innovation that has the potential to change the world.

Crapware Won't Crap Out
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Crapware Won't Crap Out

For a few years now, I've been expecting to write an obituary for crapware. Or not an obit, exactly—I was hoping to dance on its grave.

Apple Shouldn't Make Software Look Like Real Objects
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Apple Shouldn't Make Software Look Like Real Objects

Last fall Apple fired executive Scott Forstall, considered by many to be a Steve Jobs protégé.

Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime?
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Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime?

When Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide, he was facing up to 13 felony counts, 50 years in prison, and millions of dollars...

The Trouble With Tinkering Time
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The Trouble With Tinkering Time

It's the latest R&D trend: penciling in tinkering time on the company clock.
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