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What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson
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What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson

What if artificial intelligence can't cure cancer after all?

Borders in the Cloud
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Borders in the Cloud

Amazon may well be one of the companies with the strongest data security in the world.

Google Is Listening
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Google Is Listening

You know the cliché that if you're not paying for the product, you are the product?

You'll Never Guess This One Crazy Thing Governs Online Speech
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You'll Never Guess This One Crazy Thing Governs Online Speech

Early last week, Twitter announced that it would be using new tools to curb hate speech and harassment on its site.

The Social Security Number's Insecurities
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The Social Security Number's Insecurities

In both the Anthem insurance hack and the two Office of Personnel Management hacks this year, attackers gained access to Social Security numbers, affecting 80 million...

Why Mlb Fans Should Lament the Failure of Google Glass
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Why Mlb Fans Should Lament the Failure of Google Glass

The consumer tech world received a jolt in January when the Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives were freezing all sales of its futuristically goofy...

So Sayeth Google
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So Sayeth Google

Search for "vaccines." At least within our filter bubble, the top item in Google's "In the news" section earlier this week was an anti-vax column about the "feds'...

How to Fight the Next $1 Billion Bank Hack
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How to Fight the Next $1 Billion Bank Hack

Good news! A major hack you don't have to worry about! Unless, that is, you happen to be an executive or security employee at one of the hundreds of banks targeted...

The Sony Hackers Are Terrorists
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The Sony Hackers Are Terrorists

The Sony Pictures hack is important, and the Sony Pictures hack is terrifying.

How Not to Build a Brain
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How Not to Build a Brain

Building a brain sounds like a worthy goal, one that makes it seem as though the future is within reach.

Google's Eyes in the Sky
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Google's Eyes in the Sky

When Sergey Brin and Larry Page built the search engine that would become Google, they started by making maps.

Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die
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Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die

As any historian, psychologist, sociologist, or scientist will tell you, the truth of an idea has very little to do with how fast it spreads and how well it's believed...

Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?
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Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?

At first glance, the Justice Department's 31-count indictment of five Chinese military officers for hacking into the computers of six American corporations, in...

The Internet's History Isn’t As "open" As You Think
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The Internet's History Isn’t As "open" As You Think

This spring, the Federal Communications Commission is deciding how to regulate the "Open Internet"—a term it uses to refer to the movement for net neutrality.

The Lewis Effect
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The Lewis Effect

Michael Lewis couldn't have timed it better if he'd tried.

Bots on the Beat
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Bots on the Beat

On March 24 at 2:36 p.m., the New York Post reported that the body of former Nets basketball player Quinton Ross had been found in a shallow grave on Long Island...

Language Barriers
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Language Barriers

The British scientist and polymath Stephen Wolfram has always had big ambitions.

Good Riddance to Mt. Gox
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Good Riddance to Mt. Gox

It is over. Mt. Gox, bitcoin’s oldest—and once its most popular—exchange, was taken offline Monday night, leaving behind angry customers and acrimonious debate...

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.

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...
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