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Large Patent Holders Hate This Reform Proposal. That’s a Good Sign.
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Large Patent Holders Hate This Reform Proposal. That’s a Good Sign.

The fight over patent reform has turned into a two-front war.

The New York Times Was Losing $5 Per Second Thanks to Its Web Site Outage
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The New York Times Was Losing $5 Per Second Thanks to Its Web Site Outage

The New York Times is still reeling from a massive Web outage that took down its homepage, its corporate Web site, and everything in between.

Microsoft Is Doomed, But First It's Going to Make a Ton of Money
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Microsoft Is Doomed, But First It's Going to Make a Ton of Money

Microsoft stock lost about 10 percent of its value in the wake of a quarterly earnings report on Thursday that investors deemed sub-par. Yet revenue for the second...

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin
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The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin

Given that Bitcoin first broke into mainstream attention when Gawker explained how to use it to buy drugs, perhaps the surprise is that it took federal regulators...

Name-Brand Genes: Is Our Genetic Makeup What's Next in Personal Branding?
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Name-Brand Genes: Is Our Genetic Makeup What's Next in Personal Branding?

The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case that could decide whether it's possible to patent specific human genes that have been "snipped" out of our DNA...

Immigration and the Knowledge Economy
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Immigration and the Knowledge Economy

Earlier this year I started teaching a class on entrepreneurship at an after-school program in my community.

Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow on 'homeland,' Printed Guns, and Heart Hacking
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Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow on 'homeland,' Printed Guns, and Heart Hacking

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Cory Doctorow on Feb. 25 at the Jefferson Hotel here in the nation's capital.

What China's Hackers Get Wrong About Washington
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What China's Hackers Get Wrong About Washington

"Start asking security experts which powerful Washington institutions have been penetrated by Chinese cyberspies," report my colleagues Craig Timberg and Ellen...

Why Mapping the Human Brain Matters
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Why Mapping the Human Brain Matters

It turns out that President Barack Obama’s head-scratching mention of a project to map the human brain in his most recent State of the Union speech was more than...

Jill and Scott Kelley on the Petraeus Scandal and Loss of Privacy
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Jill and Scott Kelley on the Petraeus Scandal and Loss of Privacy

We woke up on the morning of Nov. 9 expecting the usual: for one of us, the tending to patients; for the other, the morning rush of packing lunches and getting...

What the Baseball Hall of Fame Decision Could Mean For the Singularity
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What the Baseball Hall of Fame Decision Could Mean For the Singularity

If you buy into Ray Kurzweil's vision of the Singularity, then the future is a marvelous place where we’re all physically and mentally enhanced and living longer...

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Lessons from an Iranian War Game

Perhaps it was the "fog of simulation." But the scariest aspect of a U.S.-Iran war game staged this week was the way each side miscalculated the other’s responses—and...

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Technology Can Be Harnessed to Fight Drug Cartels in Mexico

A couple of months ago we visited Juarez, Mexico, a city right across our border—yet so far away.

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Rethinking the Soul As the 'net Becomes More Lifelike

Does the Internet have a soul?

Dna: The Next Big Hacking Frontier
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Dna: The Next Big Hacking Frontier

Imagine computer-designed viruses that cure disease, new bacteria capable of synthesizing an unlimited fuel supply, new organisms that wipe out entire populations...

Apple
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Apple

In his recent biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson says the Apple visionary revealed to him that he had finally "cracked" the problem with TV and was...

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­.s. Cyber Approach 'too Predictable' For One Top General

The nation’s second-ranking military official said Thursday that the U.S. approach to protecting its computer systems was "too predictable" and failed to penalize...

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A Gold Standard in Cyber-Defense

The history of Internet security is both worrisome and instructive. When the first virus — the "Morris worm"—was launched in 1988, the Internet was a closed system...

Why I Don't Own a Kindle
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Why I Don't Own a Kindle

I've done my part to prop up the consumer-electronics industry in recent years: a flat-panel TV downstairs and one upstairs, his and hers smartphones, not-too...
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