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The ­U.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War
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The ­U.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War

A swathe of the world is adopting China's vision for a tightly controlled internet over the unfettered American approach, a stunning ideological coup for Beijing...

Facebook and Google Aren't the Only Ones Tracking Your Clicks
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Facebook and Google Aren't the Only Ones Tracking Your Clicks

Criticism of big tech companies that track us across the internet without our informed consent misses a bigger picture: There are hundreds of ad-tracking companies...

Huawei Reveals the Real Trade War With China
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Huawei Reveals the Real Trade War With China

If you only scan the headlines, you could be forgiven for thinking that the U.S.-China trade war is mainly about tariffs.

The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid ­.S. Dispute With China
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The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid ­.S. Dispute With China

Western bigwigs were a no-show at China's biggest web conference. But in their absence, the local overseers of the nation's technology industry were only too happy...

China Is Overtaking the ­.S. in Scientific Research
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China Is Overtaking the ­.S. in Scientific Research

Thirty years ago in December, the modern exchange of scholars between the U.S. and China began.

As Moore's Law Dies, the Chip Giants Seek Fresh Prey
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As Moore's Law Dies, the Chip Giants Seek Fresh Prey

After a five-year, $240 billion acquisition spree, there's a suspicion that the nature of deal-making in the semiconductor industry may be starting to change.

What the Supreme Court Vacancy Means for the Internet
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What the Supreme Court Vacancy Means for the Internet

The retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from the Supreme Court might change the game for environmental protections, abortion rights and civil rights. But what...

I Tried to Get an AI to Write This Story
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I Tried to Get an AI to Write This Story

What a time for artificial intelligence!

The 'Terms and Conditions' Reckoning Is Coming
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The 'Terms and Conditions' Reckoning Is Coming

Eleanor Margolis had used PayPal for more than a decade when the online payment provider blocked her account in January. The reason: She was 16 years old when she...

Enough About Cryptocurrency. Let's Talk About Virtual Cats
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Enough About Cryptocurrency. Let's Talk About Virtual Cats

We spend way too much time talking about digital currencies and not nearly enough time on digital cats.

The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret
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The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a problem with harmful content.

Blockchain ≠ Bitcoin
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Blockchain ≠ Bitcoin

Bitcoin ≠ blockchain. Blockchain ≠ bitcoin. This message bears repeating: You can be pro-blockchain and anti-bitcoin.

Google's 'quantum Supremacy' Moment May Not Mean What You Think
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Google's 'quantum Supremacy' Moment May Not Mean What You Think

Any day now, Google is expected to achieve quantum supremacy—the use of a quantum computer to solve a problem that even the most advanced supercomputer can't unravel...

How to Close the Gender Gap in Tech
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How to Close the Gender Gap in Tech

Why do so few women work in tech? It isn't that they can't do math or are biologically unsuited to the tasks.

Kids Should Know How to Code
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Kids Should Know How to Code

During a recent White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked that "coding should be a requirement in every public school." 

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads
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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small...

Remembering Silicon Valley's First Giant, Intel's Andrew Grove
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Remembering Silicon Valley's First Giant, Intel's Andrew Grove

Silicon Valley is full of logical absolutists, people who will follow a line of argument wherever it goes, no matter what the human repercussions.

The Apple Fight Isn't About Encryption
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The Apple Fight Isn't About Encryption

The most striking aspect of Apple's message to customers on Tuesday wasn't the rejection of U.S. authorities' demand that the company help them break the encryption...

Apple's Deep Learning Curve
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Apple's Deep Learning Curve

In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year's biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference.

Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?
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Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo, and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle.
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