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World Web War I: Why Egypt's Digital ­prising Is Different

We've seen cyberwar declared before, but the one playing out in Egypt is my own candidate for World Web War I.

Keep Assange Free, Keep Internet Free
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Keep Assange Free, Keep Internet Free

It is time for the United States to drop the case against WikiLeaks. Pressing forward with efforts to prosecute an Internet publisher at home while standing up...

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What Is Artificial Intelligence?

In the category "What Do You Know?," for $1 million: This four-year-old upstart the size of a small R.V. has digested 200 million pages of data about everything...

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Space Stasis

What the strange persistence of rockets can teach us about innovation.

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Bing Is Copying Your Clicks, Not Google's Results

Google's results can be accessed because Bing is snooping on IE users.

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Beware the Cyber War Boomerang?

Stuxnet, most sophisticated cyber weapon ever developed, could turn on vulnerable U.S. infrastructure.

The Purpose of Science Fiction
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The Purpose of Science Fiction

How it teaches governments—and citizens—how to understand the future of technology.

25 Years of Digital Vandalism
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25 Years of Digital Vandalism

In January 1986, Basit and Amjad Alvi, sibling programmers living near the main train station in Lahore, Pakistan, wrote a piece of code to safeguard the latest...

Technology, Conferences, and Community
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Technology, Conferences, and Community

Considering the impact and implications of changes in scholarly communication.

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled
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Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication....

Why Buying Coffee with Your Iphone Matters
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Why Buying Coffee with Your Iphone Matters

Starbucks app Cash, credit, or gadget?

Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period
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Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere...

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Stuxnet Authors Made Several Basic Errors

There is a growing sentiment among security researchers that the programmers behind the Stuxnet attack may not have been the super-elite cadre of developers that...

What Does Jobs' Absence Mean For the Future of Apple?
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What Does Jobs' Absence Mean For the Future of Apple?

With Steve Jobs' third medical-related absence in six years, Silicon Valley must again confront one of its great mysteries: How much does Jobs matter to Apple?

Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma
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Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma

Wolfram Research, a software company with deep mathematical and scientific expertise, is expanding to the broad education market with a range of mobile apps.

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Nsa's Home Base May Have Crappiest Web Site Ever

Through the gates of Fort George Meade pass the most powerful technical minds that the government employs. But Fort Meade's website contains pixelized, faux-shaded...

The Case Against the Consumer Electronics Show
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The Case Against the Consumer Electronics Show

A year ago, Steve Ballmer took the stage of the Consumer Electronics Show to tout a technology that he promised would change the world: the Windows operating...

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Hackers Find New Way to Cheat on Wall Street

High-frequency trading networks, which complete stock market transactions in microseconds, are vulnerable to manipulation by hackers who can inject tiny amounts...

Don't Track Me, Bro
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Don't Track Me, Bro

Here is how Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, describes the current state of affairs on the Internet: "Say I’m walking through a mall...

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10 Things Web ­sers Should Fear in 2011

As in the real world, cyberspace has bad neighborhoods. But unlike the real world, risks in cyberspace are not easy to spot—and the location of those digital...
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