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Will Massive Open Online Courses Change How We Teach?
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Will Massive Open Online Courses Change How We Teach?

Sharing recent experiences with the massive open artificial intelligence course developed and conducted by Stanford faculty Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig.  

Inside the Hermit Kingdom
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Inside the Hermit Kingdom: IT and Outsourcing in North Korea

North Korea has a sizeable IT sector. Some 10,000 professionals work in the field, and many more have IT degrees. They are already engaged in outsourcing contracts...

Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet
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Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet

Earlier this month, President Obama argued that wealthy business people owe some of their success to the government's investment in education and basic infrastructure...

Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals
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Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals

It's early February in Cancun, Mexico. A group of 60 or so financial analysts, reporters, diplomats, and cybersecurity specialists shake off the previous night's...

So, Who Really Did Invent the Internet?
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So, Who Really Did Invent the Internet?

Gordon Crovitz of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page reopens the ancient debate over who invented the Internet with a column Monday calling out the notion...

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Wsj Mangles History to Argue Government Didn't Launch the Internet

"It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet," writes L. Gordon Crovitz in Monday's Wall Street Journal, launching into just one of a myriad...

Who Really Invented the Internet?
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Who Really Invented the Internet?

A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen...

Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself
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Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself

For almost 30 years, Will Wright’s creations have attracted people who would never have played videogames. He's also managed the trick of developing games that...

The Trouble With Online Education
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The Trouble With Online Education

"Ah, you're a professor. You must learn so much from your students."

Stuxnet Shifts the Cyber Arms Race ­p a Gear
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Stuxnet Shifts the Cyber Arms Race ­p a Gear

Over the last 25 years we've seen a massive change in how we think about information.

Marissa Mayer Is in Over Her Head
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Marissa Mayer Is in Over Her Head

One evening in the spring of 1999, Marissa Mayer got a recruiting email from a tiny search company. "I was in a long-distance relationship at the time, so I was...

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Why Did Reddit Succeed Where Digg Failed?

In August 2006, less than two years after its launch, the social content aggregation site Digg was an Internet darling. That month, founder Kevin Rose grinned from...

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Technology Can Be Harnessed to Fight Drug Cartels in Mexico

A couple of months ago we visited Juarez, Mexico, a city right across our border—yet so far away.

Can We Fix Computer Science Education in America?
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Can We Fix Computer Science Education in America?

The tech sector is set to grow faster than all but five industries by 2020. Out of those fields, half of which are related to healthcare, tech pays the best with...

Why Our Innovators Traffic in Trifles
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Why Our Innovators Traffic in Trifles

When Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced in April that his company would pay $1 billion in cash and stock to buy Instagram, the deal put an exclamation mark on...

How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind
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How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind

It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.

Why There Are Too Many Patents in America
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Why There Are Too Many Patents in America

Recently, while sitting as a trial judge, I dismissed a case in which Apple and Motorola had sued each other for alleged infringement of patents for components...

Talking To Your Mac: The Coolest Feature of Mountain Lion, and the Future of Computers
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Talking To Your Mac: The Coolest Feature of Mountain Lion, and the Future of Computers

Mountain Lion, the next big software cat for your Mac, has a gazillion new features. Too many to name, and frankly, to care about. But there's one you should pay...

The Sun Shines on 'the Cloud'
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The Sun Shines on 'the Cloud'

What's the real lesson to be learned from Amazon's cloud computing failure two weeks ago, the one that knocked Netflix and other Websites offline?

Why the Days Are Numbered For Hadoop As We Know It
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Why the Days Are Numbered For Hadoop As We Know It

Hadoop is everywhere. For better or worse, it has become synonymous with big data. In just a few years it has gone from a fringe technology to the de facto standard...
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