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Human Evolution Isn't What It ­sed to Be
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Human Evolution Isn't What It ­sed to Be

If you write about genetics and evolution, one of the commonest questions you are likely to be asked at public events is whether human evolution has stopped.

The Robo-Help
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The Robo-Help

I have two robots that clean the floors in my apartment: the Evolution Robotics Mint and the iRobot Roomba 530. The Mint sweeps and mops. The Roomba vacuums.

The ­.n. Threat to Internet Freedom
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The ­.n. Threat to Internet Freedom

On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet.

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Confessions of an Iphone Data Hog

I'm not on the run yet. But I've been warned. AT&T doesn't like what I'm doing.

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10 Tech Wishes For 2012

2011 was top-notch gadget-wise, but there's always room for improvement. Here, some hopes and wants for the new year.

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The New Einsteins Will Be Scientists Who Share

In January 2009, a mathematician at Cambridge University named Tim Gowers decided to use his blog to run an unusual social experiment. He picked out a difficult...

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Jobs's Legacy: Changing How We Live

Steve Jobs's resignation as Chief Executive Officer of Apple is the end of an extraordinary era, not just for Apple, but for the global technology industry in...

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Why Software Is Eating the World

Last week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily...

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China's Cyberassault on America

In justifying U.S. involvement in Libya, the Obama administration cited the "responsibility to protect" citizens of other countries when their governments engage...

Reply All: The Button Everyone Loves to Hate
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Reply All: The Button Everyone Loves to Hate

I answered my phone recently to hear a friend shrieking in my ear. "Check your inbox for the email I just sent you," he wailed. "And please, please tell me I...

Why I Don't Want an Ipad For Christmas
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Why I Don't Want an Ipad For Christmas

Everyone wants an iPad this Christmas, right?

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Google Goes to the Cloud For New Idea in Pc System

In the personal-computer industry, where things change fast, one fact has been a constant for years: There are two major, mainstream operating systems for consumers...

Prosecute Assange ­nder the Espionage Act
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Prosecute Assange ­nder the Espionage Act

Just as the First Amendment is not a license to yell 'Fire!' in a crowded theater, it is also not a license to jeopardize national security.

In the Grip of the New Monopolists
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In the Grip of the New Monopolists

Do away with Google? Break up Facebook? We can't imagine life without them—and that's the problem.

On the Threshold of the Avatar Era
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On the Threshold of the Avatar Era

In a garage in Palo Alto, Calif., in the 1980s, some friends and I were the first humans to experience becoming avatars—that is, movable representations of ourselves...

Now Can We Have Instant Replay?
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Now Can We Have Instant Replay?

Two horrendous calls at the World Cup show the need for technology—but don't tell the 'slippery slopers'

Does the Internet Make You Dumber?
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Does the Internet Make You Dumber?

The cognitive effects are measurable: We're turning into shallow thinkers, says Nicholas Carr.

Does the Internet Make You Smarter or Dumber?
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Does the Internet Make You Smarter or Dumber?

Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky.

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What Apple's Ipad Means For Your Wallet

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