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How Isis Succeeds on Social Media Where #stopkony Fails
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How Isis Succeeds on Social Media Where #stopkony Fails

Social networks offer an incredible tool for tapping into the collective unconscious, a virtual Jungian arena in which competition might be expected to amplify...

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'...

The 12 Tech Nuisances That Annoy ­s Most
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The 12 Tech Nuisances That Annoy ­s Most

You know those days when your phone battery doesn't even make it to dinner?

Year Zero: Our Life Timelines Begin
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Year Zero: Our Life Timelines Begin

In 10 years, every human connected to the Internet will have a timeline.

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections
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Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections

Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.

The Robot That Knows When to Swipe Right
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The Robot That Knows When to Swipe Right

I have come to think of Tinder as a sort algorithm for the mind.

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...

Will the Internet of Things Finally Kill Privacy?
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Will the Internet of Things Finally Kill Privacy?

In the internet of things, the Federal Trade Commission sees the possibility of flourishing new markets. But it also sees a prologue to Black Mirror: in a new report...

Will Autocomplete Make You Too Predictable?
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Will Autocomplete Make You Too Predictable?

Do you know what you really want?

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.

Why Cheap Cameras and Boring Sensors Make the Best Smart Home Stuff
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Why Cheap Cameras and Boring Sensors Make the Best Smart Home Stuff

The twin fixations of CES this year are, to no one's surprise, wearable technology and the internet of things.

What the World Will Speak in 2115
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use.

Does the Internet Make Us Stupid?
From Communications of the ACM

Does the Internet Make Us Stupid?

Yes, but this may not be as bad as it sounds…

Wearables
From Communications of the ACM

Wearables: Has the Age of Smartwatches Finally Arrived?

Time will tell if smartwatches will find their niche.

Search Gives ­s Superpowers
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Search Gives ­s Superpowers

Machine learning—an area of AI focusing on systems that "learn" from data in order to navigate future similar scenarios—is one of the ways we’ve managed to give...

The World Cracks Down on the Internet
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The World Cracks Down on the Internet

In September of last year, Chinese authorities announced an unorthodox standard to help them decide whether to punish people for posting online comments that are...

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition
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How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware...

Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate
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Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate

When "Captain Ridley's shooting party" gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied...

The Internet That Facebook Built
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The Internet That Facebook Built

The on-ramp might appear free but exiting takes a toll.

Why the Surveillance State Lives On
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Why the Surveillance State Lives On

Once upon a time, Glenn Greenwald was a lonely voice in the blogging wilderness, and Edward Snowden was an isolated functionary at the heart of the American national...
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