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October 2010


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Declare War on Wikileaks

The Pentagon looks defenseless against cyberwarfare.


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On the Threshold of the Avatar Era

On the Threshold of the Avatar Era

In a garage in Palo Alto, Calif., in the 1980s, some friends and I were the first humans to experience becoming avatars—that is, movable representations of ourselves in cyberspace. Amazingly, all these years later, almost…


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Ray Ozzie: Dawn of a New Day

Five years ago, having only recently arrived at the company, I wrote The Internet Services Disruption in order to kick off a major change management process across the company. In the opening section of that memo, I noted…


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Uefa President Platini Opposed to Goal-Line Technology

Uefa President Platini Opposed to Goal-Line Technology

Uefa president Michel Platini believes goal-line technology would lead to "Playstation football."


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3 Questions: Arpa-E Chief on the Energy Challenge

3 Questions: Arpa-E Chief on the Energy Challenge

During a visit to MIT, Arun Majumdar, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), discussed the global energy challenge and the role his agency plays in trying to foster transformational…


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Microsoft Lightspace, One Step Closer to Star Trek Holodeck

Microsoft Lightspace, One Step Closer to Star Trek Holodeck

Microsoft researchers Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko have developed LightSpace, a project that uses an array of projectors and depth-sensing cameras to sense human forms and enable users to move two-dimensional digital objects…


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Cybersecurity as a Catalyst For Economic Growth

Cybersecurity as a Catalyst For Economic Growth

Patrick Gorman, former associate director of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, says the United States should apply the lessons of the space race to the investment of educating and training a cohort of…


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What We're Driving At

Larry and Sergey founded Google because they wanted to help solve really big problems using technology. And one of the big problems we’re working on today is car safety and efficiency. Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents…


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William Gibson Says the Future Is Right Here, Right Now

William Gibson Says the Future Is Right Here, Right Now

"In the 1960s I think that in some sense the present was actually about three or four years long," he said, "because in three or four years relatively little would change."


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Why Telecom Regulation Needs to Change

Research suggests that the approach that worked with a few large companies with aligned interests needs revisiting in the Internet age.


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Don't Stick It In: The Dangers of Usb Drives

Don't Stick It In: The Dangers of Usb Drives

Talking to a computer security researcher about Stuxnet is like asking an art critic to describe the finer points of the Mona Lisa. The world's top cybersecurity minds are absolutely in awe.


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What Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness

What Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness

The saga of Steven P. Jobs is so well known that it has entered the nation’s mythology: he’s the prodigal who returned to Apple in 1997, righted a listing ship and built it into one of the most valuable companies in the world…


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Why Graphene Is the Stuff of the Future

Why Graphene Is the Stuff of the Future

Everything in our three-dimensional world has a width, length and height. That was what we thought, at least. But this picture overlooks a whole class of materials: crystals one atom or molecule thick, essentially two-dimensional…


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If We Aren't Ready For Cyberwar, We Will Lose the Next War

In an increasingly digital world, ironically, there may yet be a silver lining to the primitive nature of India's infrastructure: that it is not computer-controlled may make India less vulnerable than some other nations. Cyber…


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Sorkin vs. Zuckerberg

Sorkin vs. Zuckerberg

"The Social Network" is wonderful entertainment, but its message is actually kind of evil.


From Communications of the ACM

Platforms and Services: Understanding the Resurgence of Apple

Platforms and Services: Understanding the Resurgence of Apple

Combining new consumer devices and Internet platforms with online services and content is proving to be a successful strategy.


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Score: Agile Research Group Management

Score: Agile Research Group Management

Adapting agile software development methodology toward more efficient management of academic research groups.


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Victorian Data Processing

Victorian Data Processing

The Victorian world was awash with data and with organizations that processed it; and they usually used nothing more technologically advanced than pen and paper.


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Risks of Undisciplined Development

Risks of Undisciplined Development

An illustration of the problems caused by a lack of discipline in software development and our failure to apply what is known in the field.


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Version Aversion

Version Aversion

The way you number your releases communicates more than you might think.

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