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Beware: Europe's 'unitary Patent' Could Mean ­nlimited Software Patents

Just as the U.S. software industry is experiencing the long-anticipated all-out software patent wars, the European Union has a plan to follow the same course....

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Jobs's Legacy: Changing How We Live

Steve Jobs's resignation as Chief Executive Officer of Apple is the end of an extraordinary era, not just for Apple, but for the global technology industry in...

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Apple Will Do Amazingly Well Without Steve Jobs

On Thursday morning, shares of Apple are going to plummet. As a journalist who covers the company, I'm ethically restricted from investing. But you're not, and...

Let's Get Back to Real Space Exploration
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Let's Get Back to Real Space Exploration

Time to ditch the black armbands and look beyond low Earth orbit again. The shuttle's passing marks the start of an exciting new era.

Judge Says Warrant Required For Cell Phone Location Data
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Judge Says Warrant Required For Cell Phone Location Data

In recent years, the courts have struggled to decide whether the government needs a warrant to access historical records about a cell phone user's location. Some...

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Why Software Is Eating the World

Last week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily...

Arrogance in Business Planning
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Arrogance in Business Planning

Technology business plans that assume no competition — ever.

Realizing the Value of Social Media Requires Innovative Computing Research
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Realizing the Value of Social Media Requires Innovative Computing Research

How social media are expanding traditional research and development topics for computer and information scientists.

Managing Time, Part 2
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Managing Time, Part 2

Masterful time management means not just tracking of messages in your personal environment, but managing your coordination network with others.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Global IT Outsourcing
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Global IT Outsourcing

How to improve IT outsourcing relationships while doing good for society.

In Praise of 'Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill'
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In Praise of 'Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill'

Sixty years ago, Maurice Wilkes, David Wheeler, and Stanley Gill produced the first textbook on programming: The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital...

Remix Nation
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Remix Nation

Assessing the threat the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act pose for fair use.

Why Cctv Has Failed to Deter Criminals
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Why Cctv Has Failed to Deter Criminals

I've lost track of the number of people who've asked me to comment on David Cameron's insane plan to cripple Britain's Internet in times of civil unrest by blocking...

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What Constitutes an Act of Cyberwar?

Before we get to that, there's a clue in the spelling of the word: cyberwar instead of cyber war. The U.S. Defense Department has determined that cyber is a fifth...

Nsf's Seidel: 'software Is the Modern Language of Science'
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Nsf's Seidel: 'software Is the Modern Language of Science'

Software is the core technology behind a dramatic acceleration in all areas of science, and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the science community...

Nsf's Seidel: 'software Is the Modern Language of Science'
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Nsf's Seidel: 'software Is the Modern Language of Science'

Software is the core technology behind a dramatic acceleration in all areas of science, and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the science community...

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Education Needs a Digital-Age ­pgrade

If you have a child entering grade school this fall, file away just one number with all those back-to-school forms: 65 percent. Chances are just that good that...

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Why Isn't America Innovating Like It ­sed To?

America isn't innovating like it used to. And by "like it used to," I mean the period from after World War II to 1973, when an explosion of new technologies increased...

When Knowledge Isn
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When Knowledge Isn

“Making fun of Wikipedia is so 2007,” a French journalist said recently to Sue Gardner, the executive director of the foundation that runs the Wikipedia project...

Director of Mit's Personal Robots Group on Designing Robots that Will Be ­seful in Our Everyday Lives
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Director of Mit's Personal Robots Group on Designing Robots that Will Be ­seful in Our Everyday Lives

It's all about human-robot interaction in this more interpersonal sense, like you saw in Star Wars. Until then, the way we reacted with robots was [by] remote...
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