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The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors
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The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors

Just imagine if all the applications and services you saw or heard about at CES earlier this month had to be designed to be "wiretap ready" before they could be...

For Amusement Only: The Life and Death of the American Arcade
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For Amusement Only: The Life and Death of the American Arcade

If you’ve never been inside a "real" arcade, it could be hard to distinguish one from say, oh, a Dave & Buster's. Authenticity is a hard nut to crack, but there...

Chipmaker Races to Save Stephen Hawking's Speech as His Condition Deteriorates
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Chipmaker Races to Save Stephen Hawking's Speech as His Condition Deteriorates

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has long relied on technology to help him connect with the outside world despite the degenerative motor neuron disease he has...

What the Fbi Doesn't Want You To Know About Its 'secret' Surveillance Techniques
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What the Fbi Doesn't Want You To Know About Its 'secret' Surveillance Techniques

The FBI had to rewrite the book on its domestic surveillance activities in the wake of last January’s landmark Supreme Court decision in United States v. Jones.

Forget Oracle's Latest Java Patch. Just Kill the Program in Your Browser For Good
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Forget Oracle's Latest Java Patch. Just Kill the Program in Your Browser For Good

After months of inaction and even a warning from the Department of Homeland Security, Oracle has finally released a fix for yet another security vulnerability in...

Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers
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Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers

Famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil joined Google last month to work on "some of the hardest problems in computer science," specifically machine learning and...

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Where Is Lt. Zuckerberg?

I often wonder how General Billy Mitchell must have felt as he relentlessly advocated for the use of strategic airpower while surrounded by leadership who did not...

Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress
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Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress

There are plenty of Meg Whitman doubters out there. Some say the former EBay chief executive officer doesn't have the requisite big company experience to run a...

Meeting with Biden Is a Mistake for the Game Industry
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Meeting with Biden Is a Mistake for the Game Industry

A couple weeks ago, an industry friend of mine told me that the office for Vice President Joe Biden was reaching out to so-called "game industry leaders."

 Aaron Swartz and Me, Over a Loosely Intertwined Decade
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Aaron Swartz and Me, Over a Loosely Intertwined Decade

I don't remember the first time I heard about Aaron Swartz. It probably was from reading Dave Winer's blog more than 10 years ago when I was an undergraduate at...

Why We Should Remember Aaron Swartz
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Why We Should Remember Aaron Swartz

The Internet is not so old. Its graybeards live still. Vint Cerf, author of the Internet Protocol, has been installed as Google's "chief Internet evangelist," a...

The Future According to Google's Larry Page
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The Future According to Google's Larry Page

When Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, the giant advertising agency, visited Google this past fall, CEO Larry Page sent a car to pick him up at the Rosewood...

Nvidia Is Taking Big Risks Moving Into Game Hardware
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Nvidia Is Taking Big Risks Moving Into Game Hardware

Nvidia grabbed a lot of the coveted media attention this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The world's biggest standalone graphics-chips company...

On Stephen Hawking, Vader, and Being More Machine Than Human
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On Stephen Hawking, Vader, and Being More Machine Than Human

Click-click-click: This is what you hear when having a conversation with Stephen Hawking. No voice, no other sounds, no facial expressions.

The Small Business of 2063
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The Small Business of 2063

Our world is changing faster than ever and, in recent years, a number of transformative technologies have moved from science fiction and the research and development...

Fonts of Inspiration
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Fonts of Inspiration

When did we all become amateur typography experts?

Make Guns Smart
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Make Guns Smart

Voices across the political spectrum are debating how to prevent mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, Connecticut.

Why Smart Glasses Might Not Make You Smarter
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Why Smart Glasses Might Not Make You Smarter

Steve Mann built his first smart eyeglasses when he was still in high school and has continued to improve on his designs ever since—as a graduate student at MIT...

It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines
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It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines

The amount of time and money needed to sequence genomes continued to fall in 2012, perhaps to no one’s surprise.

Move Over Halo: Beautiful, Provocative Indie Games Step Into the Spotlight
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Move Over Halo: Beautiful, Provocative Indie Games Step Into the Spotlight

If you play video games, then you've probably heard a lot about games like "Halo 4" and "Assassin's Creed III" and "Bordelands 2."
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