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The Internet Is Broken; We Need to Start Over

Last year, the level and ferocity of cyberattacks on the Internet reached such a horrendous level that some are now thinking the unthinkable: let the Internet wither...

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Apple's Mountain Lion Makes the Mac More Like the Ipad

Apple's iPhones and iPads get most of the attention, but Apple is now directing the spotlight on the Mac.

Lightsquared Blew It, and Here's Why
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Lightsquared Blew It, and Here's Why

LightSquared may have had a great case for building its wireless network, but the fledgling company lacked the political tact to see it through.

A High-Tech War on Leaks
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A High-Tech War on Leaks

Back in 2006, before the Obama administration made leak prosecutions routine, a panel of three federal appeals court judges in New York struggled to decide whether...

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Researchers Detail Flaw in Online Cryptography, but Don't Panic

First, the bad news: A small number of active RSA public encryption keys, a popular type of encryption protocol that secures billions of online transactions, offer...

The Delivery Guy Who Saw Jeremy Lin Coming
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The Delivery Guy Who Saw Jeremy Lin Coming

The morning after Jeremy Lin sank a thrilling, last-second three-pointer that lifted the New York Knicks over the Toronto Raptors and gave "Linsanity" its latest...

Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'
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Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'

"When I see an old movie, like from the '40s or '50s or '60s, the people look so calm. They don't have smart phones, they're not looking at computer screens, they're...

What Dropbox Can Teach US About Cloud Computing
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What Dropbox Can Teach US About Cloud Computing

Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services.

Inside Google's Bet on 'consumerization'
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Inside Google's Bet on 'consumerization'

Here's Google's strategy for selling to the enterprise: Take a popular consumer product, make a few small enhancements and tack the words "for business" on the...

The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash
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The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash

It was the holy grail of investors. The Black-Scholes equation, brainchild of economists Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, provided a rational way to price a financial...

Cyberwar Is the New Yellowcake, Fueling a Cybersecurity-Industrial Complex
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Cyberwar Is the New Yellowcake, Fueling a Cybersecurity-Industrial Complex

In last month's State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to pass "legislation that will secure our country from the growing dangers of cyber...

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A Cyber Risk to the U.s.

In a recent briefing to Congress about worldwide threats, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said that the danger of cyberattacks will equal or surpass the danger...

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Tides Are Changing For Web Surfers

David Weinberger has a new book out entitled Too Big to Know in which he argues that one of the implications of a comprehensively networked society is that the...

Apps For Ipad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand Unveiling
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Apps For Ipad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand Unveiling

All indicators suggest Apple will unveil the iPad 3 during the first week of March. That’s less than a month away, and sources at The Next Web say Apple is in "crunch...

Erasing the Boundaries
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Erasing the Boundaries

Technology used to be so simple.

Are Supercomputers Worth Their Super Price Tags?
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Are Supercomputers Worth Their Super Price Tags?

"Why do we have to aim for the world's No. 1 — what's wrong with being the world's No. 2?" That short question about Japan's vaunted K supercomputer program has...

Google Knows Too Much About You
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Google Knows Too Much About You

If you use Google, and I know you do, you may have noticed a little banner popping up at the top of the page announcing: "We're changing our privacy policy and...

Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia
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Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia

Few things seem more pathetic than a science fiction writer who pines for the "good old days." 

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The Science Fiction Effect

It's alive! Neurophysiology. Huddled around a warm fireplace one cold summer's night in 1816, a small group of friends decided to hold a competition to see who...

Five Reasons The Robo-Car Haters Are Wrong
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Five Reasons The Robo-Car Haters Are Wrong

The self-driving cars we’ve been promised since the dawn of the auto age are here.
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