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7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services
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7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services

Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with...

Here's How Trump's FCC Affects You
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Here's How Trump's FCC Affects You

President Trump rarely spoke about the Federal Communications Commission during his campaign or after entering the White House.

The Vr Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name For It
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The Vr Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name For It

At the VR keynote at Google's IO developer conference, a slide appeared on screen to start the morning's presentation. Clay Bavor, head of AR and VR for Google,...

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future
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Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.

How Privacy Became a Commodity For the Rich and Powerful
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How Privacy Became a Commodity For the Rich and Powerful

Recently I handed over the keys to my email account to a service that promised to turn my spam-bloated inbox into a sparkling model of efficiency in just a few...

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads
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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small...

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...

The 'fix' For Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need
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The 'fix' For Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need

Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies...

Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be ­nwinnable
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Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be ­nwinnable

"What if you could type directly from your brain?" Regina Dugan said, as the same words appeared on the towering screen behind her, one digital character at a time...

You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'almost Everything'
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You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'almost Everything'


The Anonymization Debate Should Be About Risk, Not Perfection
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The Anonymization Debate Should Be About Risk, Not Perfection

Focusing on the process of anonymity rather than pursuing the unattainable goal of guaranteed safety.

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'hire American' Too
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President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'hire American' Too

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the...

How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller
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How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.

How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets
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How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets

Steve Wozniak is one half of Silicon Valley's most prototypical founder's myth.

How to Keep the Government from Breaking the Internet
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How to Keep the Government from Breaking the Internet

Telecommunications policy has been in flux since President Trump designated Ajit Pai the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in January.

The Future of Net Neutrality in Trump's America
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The Future of Net Neutrality in Trump's America

Now that President Trump has signed legislation repealing landmark federal privacy protections for Internet users, many in Washington are trying to decipher what...

There's Nowhere to Hide on the Internet
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There's Nowhere to Hide on the Internet

Sometime before dawn on March 29th, not too many hours after Congress approved legislation that allows Internet-service providers to sell your browsing historyInternet...

The Inventor of the Web Predicts 'a Massive Outcry' Over Online Privacy
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The Inventor of the Web Predicts 'a Massive Outcry' Over Online Privacy

More than two decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the thing you're using to read this story right now—the World Wide Web.

In ­kraine, Russia Weaponizes Fake News to Fight a Real War
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In ­kraine, Russia Weaponizes Fake News to Fight a Real War

As the Russian shells and rockets rained down on them in the front-line town of Debaltseve in February 2015, Ukrainian troops began to receive curious, anonymous...

What to Expect Now That Internet Providers Can Collect and Sell Your Web Browser History
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What to Expect Now That Internet Providers Can Collect and Sell Your Web Browser History

After Congress handed President Trump legislation Tuesday that would wipe away landmark privacy protections for Internet users, we received a lot of reader questions...
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