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Technology will soon make officials at high-level sports events as obsolete as elevator operators, their skill set as useful as knowing how to make a wood tennis racket.
Jawbone is ascending into the top echelon of tech startups, joining the likes of Uber, Dropbox, and Square.
Glenn Greenwald is back reporting about the NSA, now with Pierre Omidyar's news organization FirstLook and its introductory publication, The Intercept.
Don Harrison became Google's head of mergers and acquisitions about a year ago.
Synthetic success. That's not to say that customized transposons are limited to the hypothetical.
The most serious relationship of my life so far ended last summer without a trace—physically at least.
The Industrial Revolution of the 18th century is not just the story of steam power, but steam started it all.
Mike McConnell, former director of the National Security Agency and of National Intelligence, talks about the details of the NSA's surveillance program and tells how Edward Snowden stole classified information from the agency…
We've imagined sending people to Mars since well before Gagarin's first spaceflight.
To ask what impact Bill Gates has had on computing is, in a way, too small a question.
Sam Hall, Amazon's vice president of Mobile, talks about speeding up the purchase process in the name of getting users to buy things as quickly as possible.
What the heck is NASA for? It's like asking what a panda is for.
In an interview, Apple co-founder and Fusion-io chief scientist Steve Wozniak discusses innovation and the importance of a human element in computing.
The most consistently creative and insightful people are explorers.
Money is always political.
Is Edward Snowden a whistleblower or a traitor?
Twenty-five years on from the web's inception, its creator has urged the public to re-engage with its original design: a decentralised internet that at its very core, remains open to all.
Since the beginning of this century, the most rapidly advancing field in the life sciences, and perhaps in human inquiry of any sort, has been genomics.
After an eight-year detour in which he served as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to his true calling as a cyborg assassin.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations have revealed that a huge capability resides within America's National Security Agency to collect and analyse communications.
It's time to stop throwing pity parties for Pluto.
Somebody hacked a refrigerator recently, and it could mark a tipping point for civilization.
Dropbox, the popular cloud storage system that lets people drag files to an icon that puts that data in the cloud and sync new versions across multiple devices (see "Hiding All the Complexities of Remote File Storage Behind a…
Every day, millions of singles crawl dating sites and apps, flipping through photos and profiles of potential matches.
Google's $2.9 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC maker Lenovo might seem like lousy business, given Google's $12.5 billion purchase in 2012 and losses of $1 billion in the interim.
Microsoft stands at a crossroads when it comes to mobile.
How does the NSA get the private crypto keys that allow it to bulk eavesdrop on some email providers and social networking sites?
Mark Zuckerberg doesn't usually observe sentimental anniversaries.
Anonymity forms a protective casing.
Scientists consider the limits of ethics in the realm of artificial intelligence, and how to mitigate its biases.
Morgan Ames' book highlights the missing HCI design process for the XO Laptop
Why it is good to have a systematic approach to software verification.
Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created …
Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new …
Cheryl Ingstad, the department's first director of its Artificial Intelligence and …