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Will Amazon's Recent Server Failures Slow the Rise of Cloud Computing?

Last Thursday morning around 5 a.m. eastern time, Amazon suffered a major data center outage. These sorts of outages happen now and then, but they seldom makewhy...

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Iran's Answer to Stuxnet

Might a "halal Internet" be in the wings?

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Video Game Shapes Leadership Style of the New Head of Mit's Media Lab

Joi Ito has a knack for leading people, which he demonstrated, of all places, in World of Warcraft.

Your Iphone Is Tracking You. So What.
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Your Iphone Is Tracking You. So What.

Have you heard the news? Two researchers have discovered that the iPhone keeps a minute-by-minute, time-stamped log of everywhere you go. That’s right: Your phone...

Electronic Health Records Face Human Hurdles More Than Technological Ones
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Electronic Health Records Face Human Hurdles More Than Technological Ones

In medicine, there's the patient and there's the chart. And the chart is paper.

Online Advertising, Behavioral Targeting, and Privacy
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Online Advertising, Behavioral Targeting, and Privacy

Studying how privacy regulation might impact economic activity on the advertising-supported Internet.

In the Digital Era Free Is Easy, So How Do You Persuade People to Pay?
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In the Digital Era Free Is Easy, So How Do You Persuade People to Pay?

To compete with piracy, content providers need clear value propositions that don't conflict with the product.

Are You Following a Bot?
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Are You Following a Bot?

How to manipulate social movements by hacking Twitter.

Got an Iphone or 3g Ipad? Apple Is Recording Your Moves
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Got an Iphone or 3g Ipad? Apple Is Recording Your Moves

A hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording the position of devices.

The Web's Trust Issues
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The Web's Trust Issues

The most dubious phrase in English after "act natural" is "trust me." A party asking for trust without offering a reason why is probably untrustworthy. And yet...

Just How Creepy Is 'creepy'? A Test-Drive
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Just How Creepy Is 'creepy'? A Test-Drive

You probably know that some Internet and cell phone applications like Foursquare or Twitter can broadcast your location to the world. And you might know that...

Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business
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Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business

Cisco is shutting down a business unit that it bought for over half-a-billion dollars: the Flip camcorder division. That's a shame, considering how high the Flip...

Forget Space Travel: It's Just a Dream
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Forget Space Travel: It's Just a Dream

The clash of two titans—physics and chemistry—are major barriers to human space travel to Mars and beyond, and may well make it impossible... at least with current...

No More Privacy Paranoia
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No More Privacy Paranoia

Want Web companies to stop using our personal data? Be ready to suffer the consequences.

­biquity Symposium: What Have We Said About Computation?
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­biquity Symposium: What Have We Said About Computation?

A recent ACM Ubiquity symposium considered the question: “What is computation?” In this closing article, Ubiquity's editor-in-chief Peter J. Denning shares what...

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...

In Praise of Distraction
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In Praise of Distraction

For many Americans, March Madness has been a time to worry about office pools, busted brackets, and buzzer beaters. For American businesses, though, the N.C.A...

Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?
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Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?

In the 10 years since the last time Larry Page was Google's chief executive, the company has changed a bit. It has gone from an ambitious startup to a publicly...

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China's War in Cyberspace, August

Strategic theorists frequently lament that military planners are very effective at preparing for the last war, not the next one. Planners today must cope with...

Have Computers Made Architects Less Disciplined?
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Have Computers Made Architects Less Disciplined?

We generally assume that technological advances save time, boost efficiency, increase productivity, and so on. Once we get used to the latest conveniences, we...
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