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We Don't Need More Data Scientists; Just Make Big Data Easier to ­se
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We Don't Need More Data Scientists; Just Make Big Data Easier to ­se

Virtually any article today about big data inevitably turns to the notion that the country is suffering from a crucial shortage of data scientists.

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Sneaky Apps That Track Cellphones

A perversion of smartphone technology called "stalking apps"—precise, secretive trackings of the movements of cellphone users—is increasingly a matter of national...

How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics
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How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics

In 1979, I was an aeronautical-engineering major at San Jose State University, sneaking time in the laser lab to make holograms or running over to the computer...

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?
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Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?

The outrage over Instagram's announcement that it is changing its terms and conditions has turned the spotlight on the relationship between websites and users who...

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
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The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

Conference-Journal Hybrids
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Conference-Journal Hybrids

Considering how to combine the best elements of conferences and journals.

What College Could Be Like
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What College Could Be Like

Imagining an optimized education model.

Five Lessons from Really Good History
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Five Lessons from Really Good History

Lessons learned from four award-winning books on the history of information technology.

Beyond Location
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Beyond Location: Data Security in the 21st Century

Viewing evolving data security issues as engineering problems to be solved.

How We Build Things
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How We Build Things: . . . and Why Things Are 90% Complete

It seems to be a law of software development that things always take longer than we expect. When a project manager talks to a designer, programmer, or tester...

The Apple-Samsung Lawsuits
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The Apple-Samsung Lawsuits

In search of a middle ground in the intellectual property wars.

Five Big Tech Stories to Watch For in 2013
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Five Big Tech Stories to Watch For in 2013

We were dazzled by an array of smartphones. We were fascinated and then disappointed by Facebook's initial public offering. And we held our breaths as we awaited...

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....

By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity
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By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity

Late last Friday, Google announced a jaw-dropping hire: Ray Kurzweil will join the company as a Director of Engineering. Has the world’s brainiest tech company"rapture...

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...

Video Games in 2012: Five Things We've Learned
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Video Games in 2012: Five Things We've Learned

From the crowd-funding explosion to the arrival of the first "next-generation" console, the games industry has had quite a time of it this year.

Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps
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Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps

There's a simple answer: people.
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