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I can imagine Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle Wednesday morning, reading the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit on a gigantic Kindle Fire XL prototype, and grinning ear to ear, savoring every word.
We are being watched.
Another terrorist overseas dies in a U.S. armed drone strike. This far from uncommon occurrence is an impressive reminder of the U.S. drone program’s remarkable success rate. Washington’s success, however, is proving a double…
When word came that Instagram had been acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, the tweets came fast, and they were furious.
Sometimes an IPO is more than just another IPO, and that's the case with Palo Alto Networks, which has just filed to go public.
Susan Buck advises parents to get their daughters involved in technology at an early age. Part of her job at the University of Pennsylvania is teaching students how to think like programmers, which involves building the confidence…
The world was stunned by the first real look at Google's Project Glass. In a video released by the search giant, we got a a captivating look at how its glasses could help you get a weather forecast by looking up at the sky, or…
Larry Page is surrounded.
Over the past year, the U.S. government has begun to think of Anonymous, the online network phenomenon, as a threat to national security.
Pinterest's growth is stabilizing after exploding onto the scene.
When I tell people that I work on "evolving robots," their common response is to joke—semi-seriously—about Skynet or some other sci-fi nightmare in which machines develop self-awareness and rebel against their human creators.
The chances that your tombstone will read "Killed by Asteroid" are about the same as they'd be for "Killed in Airplane Crash."
Jeffrey Bigham's research uses Web-based applications and crowdsourcing to help people with disabilities in near real-time. Is it any surprise he won a NSF Career Award?
When you "like" something on Facebook or read an online newspaper, perhaps a dozen or more companies are squirreling away data on your tastes, your habits, whether you're male or female, old or young, gay or straight.
For the last two months, senior government officials and private-sector experts have paraded before Congress and described in alarming terms a silent threat: cyberattacks carried out by foreign governments.
The country could be a model for how economic innovation can help the changing Middle East succeed.
Revisiting required reading.
Considering the trade-offs associated with human mobility tracking.
Combining academic and industry representation, the NCWIT Pacesetters program works to increase the participation of girls and women in computing.
How the U.S. Postal Service might improve the efficiency of its delivery platform.
Connecting digital technologies and happiness.
A tale of hubris and zealotry.
SQL represents data stored in rows and tables, while high-growth NoSQL is data stores arranged via nested documents as columnar …
The design of today's electronic computers is usually not very appealing, in contrast to magnificent mechanical calculating machines from earlier …
The algorithm should be respected; the malgorithm should be rejected.