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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...

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.

The Little-Known Programming Problem Inside Dynamic Scoring
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The Little-Known Programming Problem Inside Dynamic Scoring

Dynamic scoring, as adopted on Jan. 6 by the House of Representatives, seems like the ultimate no-brainer.

Why Rite Aid and Cvs Stopped Taking Apple Pay
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Why Rite Aid and Cvs Stopped Taking Apple Pay

The introduction of Apple Pay last Monday was widely described as the dawn of a new era for smartphone payments.

Ungoogle Me: The Case For Scrubbing Search Results
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Ungoogle Me: The Case For Scrubbing Search Results

The Internet has much to say about the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which determines that if a person wants some personal information...

The Dollar Will Never Fall to Bitcoin
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The Dollar Will Never Fall to Bitcoin

Last month, several people appeared before a U.S. Senate committee to defend bitcoin, among them Patrick Murck, general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation...

Why Bitcoin Needs Banks
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Why Bitcoin Needs Banks

On a mission to convince the world that Bitcoin is enduring and serious, enthusiasts convened at a place that symbolizes the ephemeral and the glitzy: Las Vegas...

Why the Googlification of Obamacare Really Matters
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Why the Googlification of Obamacare Really Matters

The Internet is piling yet more vitriol on the shoddy Obamacare rollout in response to a report, by Bloomberg's Alex Wayne, that the administration has recruited...

Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows
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Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows

The controversy over U.S. government surveillance has produced a king-size collection of strange bedfellows. Beneath the covers one finds both amusing ironies and...

Will Facebook's Robot Censors Know Porn When They See It?
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Will Facebook's Robot Censors Know Porn When They See It?

The old trope about pornography is that you’ll know it when you see it. Facebook is betting that not only will it know it, but that the social network will be able...

Balancing Security and Liberty in the Age of Big Data
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Balancing Security and Liberty in the Age of Big Data

A very large Internet company once had the noble impulse to share some of its data with the research community.

Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven
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Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven

One of the oddest bits of news to emerge from the economic collapse of Cyprus is a corresponding rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Internet’s favorite, media-friendly...

Why All Reporters (not Just J-School Students) Should Learn to Fly Drones
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Why All Reporters (not Just J-School Students) Should Learn to Fly Drones

These days the future of journalism may look cloudy. But one thing about the future of the business is clear, according to ABC News. It will be full of drones.

Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell
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Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell

Reading the news that Atari’s U.S. subsidiary is filing for bankruptcy was a little like hearing that Bob Hope died—in that you were surprised to discover he had...

Why We Should Remember Aaron Swartz
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Why We Should Remember Aaron Swartz

The Internet is not so old. Its graybeards live still. Vint Cerf, author of the Internet Protocol, has been installed as Google's "chief Internet evangelist," a...

Apple Needs to Find Its Exit Strategy From China
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Apple Needs to Find Its Exit Strategy From China

"IPhone5 Launch Causes Riots" You'd expect to see headlines like this when consumers beat down doors and trample each other, yet these riots were in China, among...

The Iphone 5's A6 Chip Could Be Apple's Sweetest Revenge Against Samsung
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The Iphone 5's A6 Chip Could Be Apple's Sweetest Revenge Against Samsung

Four years ago, Apple set out on a dangerous path. It spent about $300 million on a struggling chip designer called PA Semi. The purchase signaled that Apple intended...

Can Facebook 'monetize Eyeballs?'
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Can Facebook 'monetize Eyeballs?'

In the days of the Internet bubble of the mid to late 1990s, companies received millions of dollars of venture capital to offer products that weren't especially...

Move Over, Eye Candy. Here Comes the Business Tech Boom
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Move Over, Eye Candy. Here Comes the Business Tech Boom

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.

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Harvard Mapping My Dna Turns Scary as Threatening Gene Emerges

Four months after I walked into a lab at Harvard University and gave a vial of blood to have my genome sequenced, my search to understand my DNA led me to Mark...
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