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Breaking ­p the Echo
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Breaking ­p the Echo

It is well known that when like-minded people get together, they tend to end up thinking a more extreme version of what they thought before they started to talk...

It's Official: The Era of the Personal Computer Is Over
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It's Official: The Era of the Personal Computer Is Over

As a signpost on the road to the so-called Post-PC Era we’ve been hearing about for so many years, this one is pretty hard to argue with: As of this year, personal...

Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?
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Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?

The near-term future of phones is fairly well-established. The iPhone 5 was released Wednesday and its similarity to every Apple phone since 2007 serves as a reminder...

Should Google Be Censoring Videos Just Because They Are Linked to Violence?
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Should Google Be Censoring Videos Just Because They Are Linked to Violence?

After violent attacks on Americans in both Egypt and Libya—including an attack in Libya on Tuesday that killed the American ambassador to that country—Google said...

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The Iphone Stimulus

Are you, or is someone you know, a gadget freak? If so, you doubtless know that Wednesday was iPhone 5 day, the day Apple unveiled its latest way for people to...

Why '­ser Friendly' Is So Friendly: A Tribute to Bill Moggridge
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Why '­ser Friendly' Is So Friendly: A Tribute to Bill Moggridge

Some considered it an inspired choice, others simply surprising, when Bill Moggridge was appointed director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum...

Difference Engine: The Pc All Over Again?
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Difference Engine: The Pc All Over Again?

What could well be the next great technological disruption is fermenting away, out of sight, in small workshops, college labs, garages, and basements. Tinkerers...

William Gibson on Why Sci-Fi Writers Are (thankfully) Almost Always Wrong
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William Gibson on Why Sci-Fi Writers Are (thankfully) Almost Always Wrong

William Gibson, one of science fiction's most visionary and distinctive voices, maintains that he and his fellow writers don't possess some mystical ability to...

How Apple Really Invented the Iphone
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How Apple Really Invented the Iphone

Like many of Apple's inventions, the iPhone began not with a vision, but with a problem.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Mobile Efforts Will 'Make a Lot More Money' than Website
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Mobile Efforts Will 'Make a Lot More Money' than Website

In his first public appearance since Facebook's trouble-plagued Wall Street debut, CEO Mark Zuckerberg conceded Tuesday the company's stock performance "has obviously...

Curious About Life: Interview with Danny Glavin
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Curious About Life: Interview with Danny Glavin

The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment...

Top Tech Hurdles Facing Next President, Congress
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Top Tech Hurdles Facing Next President, Congress

With the U.S. in high political season, partisan rhetoric is in no short supply. But one area of agreement stands out: both parties have put solid endorsements...

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Sometimes, One Little Phone Can Have a Big Impact on the Economy

The next iPhone, which Apple Inc. AAPL plans to unveil this week, could do something the White House, Congress, and Federal Reserve have struggled to do: boost...

Facebook's China Problem
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Facebook's China Problem

Last May when Mark Zuckerberg wed his Chinese-American girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, a joke began to make the rounds on China's version of Twitter, a microblog—or...

Seven Questions For Tom Leighton, Chief Scientist of Akamai
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Seven Questions For Tom Leighton, Chief Scientist of Akamai

You probably never think much about it, but there's a pretty good chance that in the course of doing your routine business on the Internet every day, you're also...

How Smartphones Make ­S Superhuman
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How Smartphones Make ­S Superhuman

Both men lit themselves on fire in protest. But only one of them is credited with starting a revolution.

Mow Yard. Drop Off Kids. Take a Drive on Mars.
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Mow Yard. Drop Off Kids. Take a Drive on Mars.

Matt Heverly, 36, started a recent workday as any young father might: up at 5:30, gulping coffee, fixing a bottle for the baby. 

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A New Kind of Warfare

Cybersecurity efforts in the United States have largely centered on defending computer networks against attacks by hackers, criminals, and foreign governments,...

Rumor Review: What to Expect from Apple's September 12 Media Event
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Rumor Review: What to Expect from Apple's September 12 Media Event

Six years since its debut, the iPhone shows no signs of slowing in popularity.

Why Your Cellphone Could Be Called a 'tracker'
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Why Your Cellphone Could Be Called a 'tracker'

Your cellphone is a tracking device collecting a lot more information about you than you may think, says ProPublica investigative reporter Peter Maass.
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