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Learning to Teach Computer Science
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Learning to Teach Computer Science: The Need For a Methods Course

A multipronged approach to preparing computer science teachers is critical to success.

Decentralization Versus Centralization in IT Governance
From Communications of the ACM

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.

Ipad Mini Launch: Why Steve Jobs Thought 7in Tablets Would Fail
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Ipad Mini Launch: Why Steve Jobs Thought 7in Tablets Would Fail

So if Apple is really launching a 7.85in "iPad mini", how does that square with what Steve Jobs said two years ago?

Fresh Windows, but Where’s the Start Button?
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Fresh Windows, but Where’s the Start Button?

Over the years, Keith McCarthy has become used to a certain way of doing things on his personal computers, which, like most others on the planet, have long run...

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...

Jack Dorsey: Leadership Secrets Of Twitter And Square
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Jack Dorsey: Leadership Secrets Of Twitter And Square

You cover a lot of ground hanging out with Jack Dorsey.

Why Is This Man Running For President of the Internet?
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Why Is This Man Running For President of the Internet?

It's an unseasonably cold early October evening in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is giving his elevator pitch to a flustered but rapt...

10 Predictions About Networking and Moore's Law from Andy Bechtolsheim
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10 Predictions About Networking and Moore's Law from Andy Bechtolsheim

Sun Microsystems cofounder and networking guru Andy Bechtholsheim predicted that networking chips—which determine how quickly you can surf the Internet—will keep...

In Digital War, Patents Are the Weapon of Choice
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In Digital War, Patents Are the Weapon of Choice

If you don't think of patents as a particularly exciting or interesting field, consider a point Charles Duhigg makes in his recent New York Times article, "...

Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?
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Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?

The Mykonos Vase, discovered in 1961 in the Cyclades, is one of the earliest accounts of the Trojan Horse, used as a subterfuge by the Greeks to enter the city...

The Limits of Big Data
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The Limits of Big Data

Stop me if you've heard this one: Three statisticians go rabbit hunting.

Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple Is the Defining Fight in the Industry Today
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Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple Is the Defining Fight in the Industry Today

The fight between Google and Apple over mobile devices is great for consumers, but the patent wars that have resulted are awful, said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt...

The Chinese Steve Jobs Is Probably a Pirate
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The Chinese Steve Jobs Is Probably a Pirate

When discussing innovation, the Chinese like to tout the country’s "Four Great Inventions"—paper, gunpowder, the compass, and woodblock printing—and their enormous...

Why Polaroid Inspired Both Steve Jobs and Andy Warhol
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Why Polaroid Inspired Both Steve Jobs and Andy Warhol

Few companies can claim they altered the path of an entire medium but that’s exactly what Polaroid did in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s to photography. Founded by Edwin...

A Better Approach to Huawei, Zte, and Chinese Cyberspying? Distrust and Verify
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A Better Approach to Huawei, Zte, and Chinese Cyberspying? Distrust and Verify

In the wake of the 60-page report from Congress’s Select Committee On Intelligence recommending U.S. companies stop buying Chinese-made telecommunications gear...

The Apple Maps Debate and the Real Future of Mapping
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The Apple Maps Debate and the Real Future of Mapping

The news of the last couple weeks about the stark differences between Apple and Google's mapshave shed light on how hard it is to build a mobile map.

Digital First Isn't an Option for Media—It's the Only Way Forward
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Digital First Isn't an Option for Media—It's the Only Way Forward

Everywhere you look in the traditional media industry, you can see signs of turmoil and disruption: to take just a few recent examples, the New York Times is ...

Hp: Why Bill And Dave Would Back A Break-­p Plan
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Hp: Why Bill And Dave Would Back A Break-­p Plan

The time has come to break up Hewlett-Packard into parts. That’s the view of UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, who goes so far as to assert that founders Bill Hewlett...
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