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Decentralization Versus Centralization in IT Governance
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Decentralization Versus Centralization in IT Governance

It's not as simple as you might think.

Oracle v. Google
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Oracle v. Google: Are APIs Copyrightable?

Assessing the first phase of the trial based on claims that Google's Android platform infringes Oracle's Java-related copyrights and patents.

The Research Value of Publishing Attacks
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The Research Value of Publishing Attacks

Security research can be improved by more effectively sharing what is learned from attacks on information systems.

Science in an Election Year
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Science in an Election Year

More than a dozen science and engineering organizations worked with ScienceDebate.org to draft 14 top science questions to ask the two main presidential candidates...

Meet a Science Committee that Doesn't Get Science
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Meet a Science Committee that Doesn't Get Science

In general, we only become aware of a politician's position on scientific issues during the campaign season. And, with a few exceptions like energy and climate...

At Stanford, Scholars Debate the Promises, Pitfalls of Online Learning
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At Stanford, Scholars Debate the Promises, Pitfalls of Online Learning

Although online learning has great potential to enhance the education process, Princeton University president emeritus William Bowen cites three obstructions to...

Google's Little Nemo Tribute: Maybe The Best Google Doodle Ever
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Google's Little Nemo Tribute: Maybe The Best Google Doodle Ever

Winsor McCay (1869–1934) was one of the first important creators of both comic strips and animation, and a pretty fair political cartoonist to boot.

Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You
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Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You

In the spring of 2004, during my senior year of college, I faced a hard decision about my future career.

Apple Needs to Find Its Exit Strategy From China
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Apple Needs to Find Its Exit Strategy From China

"IPhone5 Launch Causes Riots" You'd expect to see headlines like this when consumers beat down doors and trample each other, yet these riots were in China, among...

Google News at 10: How the Algorithm Won Over the News Industry
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Google News at 10: How the Algorithm Won Over the News Industry

In April of 2010, Eric Schmidt delivered the keynote address at the conference of the American Society of News Editors in Washington, D.C. During the talk, thearticulate...

If Design's No Longer the Killer Differentiator, What Is?
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If Design's No Longer the Killer Differentiator, What Is?

We already know that design matters. Product design. Industrial design. Experience design. Supply chain design. Witness the renewed fervor for the iPhone 5 today...

The Tyranny of the Clock
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The Tyranny of the Clock

Promoting a clock-free paradigm that fits everything learned about programming since Turing.

Computing as If Infrastructure Mattered
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Computing as If Infrastructure Mattered

Understanding the technical and social fundamentals of the computing infrastructure is essential in the continuously evolving technological realm.

A Nice Piece of Code
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A Nice Piece of Code

Colorful metaphors and properly reusing functions.

The Foresight Saga, Redux
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The Foresight Saga, Redux

Short-term thinking is the enemy of the long-term future.

The Goldilocks Estimate
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The Goldilocks Estimate

Balancing two extremes in project estimation.

Reflecting on the Facebook IPO
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Reflecting on the Facebook IPO

Exploring some factors that reflect a company's worth.

Investing in Our Future; Investing in Research
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Investing in Our Future; Investing in Research

The future of the American university and of American innovation is in jeopardy, threatened by cuts in government-sponsored research funding, according to Caroline...

Review: Raspberry Pi
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Review: Raspberry Pi

You can get a lot for $35 these days. It bought me what looks like a credit card-size James Bond gadget prototype but is actually a fully functional computer.

The Jet Propulsion Lab Is Way Weirder (and Awesomer) Than You Even Imagined
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The Jet Propulsion Lab Is Way Weirder (and Awesomer) Than You Even Imagined

For a center of cutting-edge scientific research, Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab seems to be a pretty wacky place. Luke Johnson, a graphic designer at the lab, set...
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