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What Is Nasa For?
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What Is Nasa For?

What the heck is NASA for? It's like asking what a panda is for.

Pluto Wins
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Pluto Wins

It's time to stop throwing pity parties for Pluto.

Pretty Good Privacy
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Pretty Good Privacy

Few critics of the NSA will find much satisfaction in President Obama's speech this morning or in the set of reforms that he announced.

It's the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax
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It's the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax

Those of us who came of age in the Internet era may not know that they owe their ability to go online to a court decision 30 years ago today about a mechanically...

Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency
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Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency

I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot.

The Nsa's Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional
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The Nsa's Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional

Last month two judges issued two different opinions about the NSA's controversial bulk metadata collection program.

Whither Net Neutrality?
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Whither Net Neutrality?

As the new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Tom Wheeler, has kicked up some dust in the tech community by laying the groundwork for a grand vision for...

Metadata Isn't Going Away. Here's How to Control It.
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Metadata Isn't Going Away. Here's How to Control It.

It's a good bet that, in the next few weeks, President Obama will impose some serious reforms—and ask Congress to enact a few more—on how the National Security...

Why Obama Still ­ses a BlackBerry
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Why Obama Still ­ses a BlackBerry

Barack Obama is the world's most prominent BlackBerry user.

Can You Hack It?
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Can You Hack It?

Wherever you're sitting right now, take a moment to note the connected devices around you.

The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football
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The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football

Watching football means watching young men damage their brains.

In Search of Planetary Intelligence
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In Search of Planetary Intelligence

It is said that Mahatma Gandhi, when asked about Western civilization, remarked, "I think it would be a good idea."

To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now
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To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

On Aug. 20, NASA's administrator formally welcomed the newest candidates of the astronaut corpsand released a space exploration roadmap that includes robotic and...

It's a Myth That Entrepreneurs Drive New Technology
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It's a Myth That Entrepreneurs Drive New Technology

Images of tech entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are continually thrown at us by politicians, economists, and the media.

Maybe Everybody Should Not Learn to Code
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Maybe Everybody Should Not Learn to Code

In the past few years, programming has gone mainstream, as celebrities from Chris Bosh to President Obama jump on the "everyone should learn to code" bandwagon.

WikiLeaks' Teenage Benedict Arnold
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WikiLeaks' Teenage Benedict Arnold

When he met Julian Assange for the first time, Sigurdur Thordarson admired the WikiLeaks founder's attitude and quickly signed up to the cause.

The Mooc Racket
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The Mooc Racket

The word mooc sounds a bit like slang from Goodfellas or the affectionate shortening of the already-affectionate name of a former outfielder for the New York Mets...

Nsa Can Reportedly Track Phones Even When They're Turned Off
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Nsa Can Reportedly Track Phones Even When They're Turned Off

The NSA has a diverse range of surveillance capabilities—from monitoring Google Maps use to sifting through millions of phone call records and spying on Web searches...

Meet the Most Important Tech Company You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Meet the Most Important Tech Company You've Probably Never Heard Of

Never trust gadget-makers’ claims about battery life.

The Taming of the Spook
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The Taming of the Spook

On March 24, 2009, the National Security Agency’s inspector general issued a 51-page draft report on the President’s Surveillance Program, the warrantless authority...
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