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European Ruling Is Merely a Symbolic Victory For Privacy
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European Ruling Is Merely a Symbolic Victory For Privacy

A decision on Tuesday by the European Union’s highest court, striking down an agreement between the E.U. and the United States that allows companies like Facebook...

Big Tech Has Become Way Too Powerful
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Big Tech Has Become Way Too Powerful

Conservatives and liberals interminably debate the merits of "the free market" versus "the government."

The ­pside of a Downturn in Silicon Valley
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The ­pside of a Downturn in Silicon Valley

In October 2008, in the early days of the last economic collapse, Sequoia Capital invited founders of technology companies to a frank meeting outlining the new...

Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?
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Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?

Last month over a thousand scientists and tech-world luminaries, including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak, released an open letter calling for a global...

When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice
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When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice

In June, a father of six was shot dead on a Monday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., a suburb 10 miles north of Chicago.

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search
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With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search

Shortly after its founding, Google posted a document on its site called "Ten things we know to be true," an effort to distill its unusual corporate culture into...

'right to Be Forgotten' Online Is Poised to Spread
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'right to Be Forgotten' Online Is Poised to Spread

More than a year ago, in a decision that stunned many American Internet companies, Europe's highest court ruled that search engines were required to grant an unusual...

The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, ­ntil Hackers Cut Your Brakes
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The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, ­ntil Hackers Cut Your Brakes

When the history of the connected car is written, this week may go down as a pivotal moment for consumers worried about security.

What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy
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What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy

Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, delivered a speech last week that raised some eyebrows in the technology industry.

Why Robots Will Always Need ­S
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Why Robots Will Always Need ­S

"Human beings are ashamed to have been born instead of made," wrote the philosopher Günther Anders in 1956. Our shame has only deepened as our machines have grown...

'rise of the Robots' and 'shadow Work'
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'rise of the Robots' and 'shadow Work'

In the late 20th century, while the blue-collar working class gave way to the forces of globalization and automation, the educated elite looked on with benign condescension...

The Illegal Phone-Data Sweeps
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The Illegal Phone-Data Sweeps

There is a lot to praise in the powerful ruling issued by a three-judge federal appeals panel in New York on Thursday, which held that the government's vast, continuing...

Preparing For Warfare in Cyberspace
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Preparing For Warfare in Cyberspace

The Pentagon’s new 33-page cybersecurity strategy is an important evolution in how America proposes to address a top national security threat. It is intended to...

Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech
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Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech

The antitrust case against Google filed by European Union regulators on Wednesday will inevitably draw comparisons to the long-running prosecution of Microsoft,...

Here's What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official
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Here's What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened?

Google, Mighty Now, but Not Forever
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Google, Mighty Now, but Not Forever

Technology giants often meet their end not with a bang but a whimper, a slow, imperceptible descent into irrelevancy that may not immediately be reflected in the...

A Retreat For Google Glass and a Case Study in the Perils of Making Hardware
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A Retreat For Google Glass and a Case Study in the Perils of Making Hardware

You won't have Glass to kick around anymore. At least not for a while.

Death By Robot
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Death By Robot

Imagine it's a Sunday in the not-too-distant future.

Do Aliens Know It's Christmas?
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Do Aliens Know It's Christmas?

A star appeared in the East.

The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the 'erasable Internet'
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The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the 'erasable Internet'

This month's news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say anything to anyone, ever.
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