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Why Lightsquared Failed: It Was Science, Not Politics
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Why Lightsquared Failed: It Was Science, Not Politics

The seeds of LightSquared's failure to win government clearance to build a 4G-LTE network can, ironically, be found in the "approval" the company received just...

Tech Pioneer Channels Hard Lessons Into Silicon Valley Success
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Tech Pioneer Channels Hard Lessons Into Silicon Valley Success

Modern computer games and their fast-paced graphics require an incredible amount of computing horsepower. So much, in fact, that the kinds of chips commonly used...

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Graphic Designers Are Ruining the Web

What happens when you click on a Weblink? Here's one answer: A request goes from your computer to a server identified by the URL of the desired link. The server...

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The Internet Is Broken; We Need to Start Over

Last year, the level and ferocity of cyberattacks on the Internet reached such a horrendous level that some are now thinking the unthinkable: let the Internet wither...

Lightsquared Blew It, and Here's Why
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Lightsquared Blew It, and Here's Why

LightSquared may have had a great case for building its wireless network, but the fledgling company lacked the political tact to see it through.

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Researchers Detail Flaw in Online Cryptography, but Don't Panic

First, the bad news: A small number of active RSA public encryption keys, a popular type of encryption protocol that secures billions of online transactions, offer...

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing
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What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing

Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services.

The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash
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The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash

It was the holy grail of investors. The Black-Scholes equation, brainchild of economists Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, provided a rational way to price a financial...

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A Cyber Risk to the ­.s.

In a recent briefing to Congress about worldwide threats, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said that the danger of cyberattacks will equal or surpass the danger...

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Tides Are Changing For Web Surfers

David Weinberger has a new book out entitled Too Big to Know in which he argues that one of the implications of a comprehensively networked society is that the...

Apps For Ipad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand ­nveiling
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Apps For Ipad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand ­nveiling

All indicators suggest Apple will unveil the iPad 3 during the first week of March. That’s less than a month away, and sources at The Next Web say Apple is in "crunch...

Erasing the Boundaries
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Erasing the Boundaries

Technology used to be so simple.

Google Knows Too Much About You
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Google Knows Too Much About You

If you use Google, and I know you do, you may have noticed a little banner popping up at the top of the page announcing: "We're changing our privacy policy and...

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Who Cares About Apple TV? Bring Us the Apple Car

The much-mythologized Apple television could be a terrible next step for the company.

Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit
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Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit

Sam Ramji met AT&T chief technology officer John Donovan on a speed date—or at least the tech world equivalent of a speed date.

Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion
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Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion

There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest of all. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken...

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Facebook Is Using You

Last week, Facebook filed documents with the government that will allow it to sell shares of stock to the public. It is estimated to be worth at least $75 billion...

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Welcome to the Desktop Degree

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, in 1995 to be precise, a scholar named Eli Noam published an article in the prestigious journal Science under the titleElectronics...

Facebook
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Facebook

Facebook is finally going public. 

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David Karp, Founder of Tumblr, on Realizing His Dream

David Karp, the founder of the blogging platform Tumblr, was 17 when he decided to cut the apron strings and move to Tokyo. With a smattering of Japanese and a...
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