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How Much Do the Internet Giants Really Know?
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How Much Do the Internet Giants Really Know?

To briefly state the obvious, the Internet giants are seriously big: Google is not only the world's largest search engine, it's one of the top three email providers...

How Will the New Law on Cookies Affect Internet Browsing?
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How Will the New Law on Cookies Affect Internet Browsing?

We are being watched.

The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash
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The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash

It was the holy grail of investors. The Black-Scholes equation, brainchild of economists Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, provided a rational way to price a financial...

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Tides Are Changing For Web Surfers

David Weinberger has a new book out entitled Too Big to Know in which he argues that one of the implications of a comprehensively networked society is that the...

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Welcome to the Desktop Degree

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, in 1995 to be precise, a scholar named Eli Noam published an article in the prestigious journal Science under the titleElectronics...

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Beware: Europe's 'unitary Patent' Could Mean ­nlimited Software Patents

Just as the U.S. software industry is experiencing the long-anticipated all-out software patent wars, the European Union has a plan to follow the same course....

Steve, Please Buy ­S a Carrier!
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Steve, Please Buy ­S a Carrier!

What should Apple do with its $76bn in cash? It could do worse than spend some of it on acquiring its own mobile carrier.

Why Cctv Has Failed to Deter Criminals
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Why Cctv Has Failed to Deter Criminals

I've lost track of the number of people who've asked me to comment on David Cameron's insane plan to cripple Britain's Internet in times of civil unrest by blocking...

Why Lulzsec Had No Choice but to Disband
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Why Lulzsec Had No Choice but to Disband

After just 50 days, the group said it was ceasing individual operations. Why, when you might have thought things were going so well?

Networks Are Not Always Revolutionary
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Networks Are Not Always Revolutionary

"For most artists," as the famous Tim O'Reilly aphorism has it "the problem isn't piracy, it's obscurity." To me, this is inarguably true and self-evident—the...

Feds Versus the Hacker ­nderground: Army of Informers Turned By Fear
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Feds Versus the Hacker ­nderground: Army of Informers Turned By Fear

When Jeff Moss, popularly known as the Dark Tangent, started holding underground hacker conferences in Las Vegas he knew he had a problem. All previous gatherings...

In the Digital Era Free Is Easy, So How Do You Persuade People to Pay?
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In the Digital Era Free Is Easy, So How Do You Persuade People to Pay?

To compete with piracy, content providers need clear value propositions that don't conflict with the product.

Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?
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Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?

In the 10 years since the last time Larry Page was Google's chief executive, the company has changed a bit. It has gone from an ambitious startup to a publicly...

Berners-Lee Warns Isps on Net Neutrality
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Berners-Lee Warns Isps on Net Neutrality

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned internet service providers (ISPs) that plans for a "two-speed" Internet go against the principles...

Google Is Polluting the Internet
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Google Is Polluting the Internet

The danger of allowing an advertising company to control the index of human knowledge is too obvious to ignore.
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