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How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global
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How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and...

Intellectual Ventures: Why the Patent System Needs Aggregators Like ­S
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Intellectual Ventures: Why the Patent System Needs Aggregators Like ­S

The U.S. patent system borrowed from mainland Europe a concept that had evolved over hundreds of years: the "moral right" for inventors to protect their ideas....

A Plea to Google: Protect Our Email Privacy
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A Plea to Google: Protect Our Email Privacy

We recently learned that even the director of the CIA, David Petraeus, can't seem to secure his private email conversations properly, and over the past month tech...

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Internet Regulation Seen at National Level As Treaty Talks Fail

The world's major Internet companies, backed by U.S. policymakers, got much of what they wanted last week when many nations refused to sign a global telecommunications...

Red Pill, Blue Pill: Is the ­niverse Just a Giant Computer Simulation?
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Red Pill, Blue Pill: Is the ­niverse Just a Giant Computer Simulation?

I've started making my way (skeptically) through Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind, and at the recommendation of a friend, I've also started keeping tabs on ...

Opening the Doors to the Life of Pi
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Opening the Doors to the Life of Pi

For those of us who have been intoxicated by the powers and possibilities of mathematics, the mystery isn't why that fascination developed but why it isn't universal...

How the ­n's 'game-Changing' Internet Treaty Failed
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How the ­n's 'game-Changing' Internet Treaty Failed

Did you know that, for the past two weeks, the future of the Internet has been at stake?

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I Am Not Big Brother

I've grown accustomed to reading inaccurate accounts of my day job. I'm in political data.

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Zeitgeist 2012: What Piqued Your Curiosity This Year?

As 2012 comes to a close, it's time for our 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist—an in-depth look at the "spirit of the times" as seen through the billions of searches...

IBM Research Honcho: From the Pentagon to the 'toy Shop'
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IBM Research Honcho: From the Pentagon to the 'toy Shop'

Zachary Lemnios, who was U.S. assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, gave up his Pentagon role to become IBM's vice president of research...

Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article
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Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article

In the few minutes it takes to read this article, chances are you'll pause to check your phone, answer a text, switch to your desktop to read an email from the...

The Fog of Cyberwar
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The Fog of Cyberwar

In mid-2010, thousands of centrifuges, enriching uranium at Iranian nuclear research facilities, spun out of control.

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.

How London's Silicon Roundabout Really Got Started
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How London's Silicon Roundabout Really Got Started

Four years ago developer Matt Biddulph jokingly coined "Silicon Roundabout" as a description of East London's small but growing startup scene—now it's become the...

No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking
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No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking

The rise of the machines has begun: Steve Sande’s household fan is now self-aware.

Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?
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Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?

In many ways the Internet is the ultimate virtual laboratory.

How the ­nited Nations Could Ruin the Internet
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How the ­nited Nations Could Ruin the Internet

The Internet has sustained some pretty intense assaults in the past couple of years. There was the heavy-handed attempt to stamp out content piracy with SOPA/PIPA...

Intel Tech Chief Rattner Peers Into the Future
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Intel Tech Chief Rattner Peers Into the Future

What does the future of computing look like? Justin Rattner has a better inkling than most.

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At Dawn We Sleep

If you read the newspapers on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, you would have been led to believe that Japan was poised to attack—but in Southeast Asia, not Pearl Harbor...

No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data
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No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data

The U.S. government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the...
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