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March 2011


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Twitter's Biz Stone On Starting A Revolution

Twitter's Biz Stone On Starting A Revolution

In March, Twitter turns five years old. The microblogging service—which now has an estimated 200 million users worldwide—has been used by heads of state, astronauts in outer space and protesters in Iran, Egypt and Tunisia…


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Paul Buchheit, Creator of Gmail, Venture Capitalist

Paul Buchheit, Creator of Gmail, Venture Capitalist

Soon after Paul Buchheit joined Google in 1999, he coined the phrase "Don't be evil," which along with profit and loss, remains the yardstick by which Google is most commonly judged. As employee No. 23, Buchheit created Gmail…


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A Program Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: The BPC Alliances

A Program Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Changing the trajectory of participation in computing for students at various stages of development.


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Surrounded By Machines

Surrounded By Machines

A chilling scenario portends a possible future.


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Managing Time

Managing Time

Professionals overwhelmed with information glut can find hope from new insights about time management.


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Do You Own the Software You Buy?

Do You Own the Software You Buy?

Examining the fine print concerning your rights in your copies of purchased software.


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Computer and Information Science and Engineering: One Discipline, Many Specialties

Computer and Information Science and Engineering: One Discipline, Many Specialties

Mathematics is no longer the only foundation for computing and information research and education in academia.

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