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Apple Will Do Amazingly Well Without Steve Jobs

On Thursday morning, shares of Apple are going to plummet. As a journalist who covers the company, I'm ethically restricted from investing. But you're not, and...

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What Constitutes an Act of Cyberwar?

Before we get to that, there's a clue in the spelling of the word: cyberwar instead of cyber war. The U.S. Defense Department has determined that cyber is a fifth...

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The Death of Booting Up

Remember "booting up"? It was the first thing you did every morning—you waited two minutes, three minutes, sometimes even longer while your computer ran through...

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Google's Instant Pages and the Joys of a Computer that Can Read Your Mind

Chrome is reading my mind. When I type a search query in Google's Web browser, it offers me the most likely results right in the address bar. It doesn't justWikipedia...

Why Twitter Should Double Its Character Limit
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Why Twitter Should Double Its Character Limit

Five years ago this month, Twitter opened itself up to the public. The new service, initially called Twttr, was born out of software engineer Jack Dorsey's fascination...

Why Facebook Can't Match Ravelry, the Social Network For Knitters
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Why Facebook Can't Match Ravelry, the Social Network For Knitters

The best social network you've (probably) never heard of is one-five-hundredth the size of Facebook. It has no video chat feature, it doesn't let you check in...

Has Facebook Peaked?
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Has Facebook Peaked?

Facebook's active user base grew by only 1.7% in May. That's about half its usual growth rate, and it came after similarly slow growth in April. According to Inside...

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Weiner's Law

The Web makes it easier than ever to cheat—and easier than ever for cheaters to get caught.

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Let in the Super-Immigrants!

The best way to improve the U.S. economy fast is to poach entrepreneurs from the rest of the world. So why do we make it so difficult for them to immigrate?

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Will Amazon's Recent Server Failures Slow the Rise of Cloud Computing?

Last Thursday morning around 5 a.m. eastern time, Amazon suffered a major data center outage. These sorts of outages happen now and then, but they seldom makewhy...

No More Privacy Paranoia
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No More Privacy Paranoia

Want Web companies to stop using our personal data? Be ready to suffer the consequences.

Have Computers Made Architects Less Disciplined?
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Have Computers Made Architects Less Disciplined?

We generally assume that technological advances save time, boost efficiency, increase productivity, and so on. Once we get used to the latest conveniences, we...

Three Cheers For the Judge Who Smacked Down Google Books
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Three Cheers For the Judge Who Smacked Down Google Books

For a company with the audacity to make "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible" its mission statement, it takes a lot to take...

Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!
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Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!

What does Japan's earthquake mean for GPS? Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake was so powerful that it actually widened Japan. While parts of the country barely...

The Future of Mobile Gadgets
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The Future of Mobile Gadgets

I got my first cell phone a little more than a decade ago, just as I was finishing college and looking for my first job. I didn't need a mobile phone; none of...

Troll, Reveal Thyself
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Troll, Reveal Thyself

Why we need to get rid of anonymous comments.

Psych-Out Sexism
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Psych-Out Sexism

The innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science.

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Wiring in a Wireless Age

Is Intel's Thunderbolt cable a brilliant innovation or a worthless grasp at the past?

Tech Revolutionaries
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Tech Revolutionaries

The Arab Revolt shows that Google's and Twitter's corporate values are better than Facebook's.

My Puny Human Brain
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My Puny Human Brain

Jeopardy! genius Ken Jennings on what it's like to play against a supercomputer.
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