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The IBM PC
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The IBM PC: From Beige Box to Industry Standard

Looking back at three decades of PC platform evolution.

The Difference Engine
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The Difference Engine

Observations on cognitive diversity and team performance.

The Yin and Yang of Copyright and Technology
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The Yin and Yang of Copyright and Technology

Examining the recurring conflicts between copyright and technology from piano rolls to domain-name filtering.

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The Year in Computing

2011 saw the personal computer continue to be marginalized. Although PCs are still the workhorse computing device in homes and offices, the most exciting innovations...

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A Few Simple Checks Would Transform Science Reporting

The U.K.'s Leveson inquiry is not just about illegally obtained tittle-tattle, it's a chance to curb sensationalist misreporting of science.

The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem
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The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem

At the beginning of this year I wrote that the transition to universal mobile digital money is likely to be among the most exciting, important and challenging...

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The Year on the Web

We've been living in the age of social media for a long time, but 2011 was the year that all the information we share online began to accrete into something greater...

Technology and Business in 2012
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Technology and Business in 2012

Although those of us following the Mayan long calendar may be heading into 2012 with some trepidation, for those taking a longer-term view here is our annual...

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Expanding Internet Domains

Come January, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers plans to allow businesses, nonprofits and others to apply for their own "top-level domain"...

Why Apple's Acquisition of Anobit Matters
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Why Apple's Acquisition of Anobit Matters

Apple reportedly acquired the Israeli flash memory design firm Anobit in a deal that cost the company $500 million.

Xbox 720: What Microsoft Should And Shouldn't Do
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Xbox 720: What Microsoft Should And Shouldn't Do

As whispers of a looming next generation Xbox announcement grow to a fever pitch, it's hard to open a browser window these days without encountering a screaming...

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Patents and the Public Interest

Next week, in a case closely watched both by analysts and retailers, the International Trade Commission will decide whether the handset maker HTC should be allowed...

Five Predictions For the Communications World in 2012
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Five Predictions For the Communications World in 2012

In the coming year, mobile Internet devices and in particular smartphones will continue to bring the biggest changes to the way we communicate. For the first...

Apple: Five Predictions For 2012
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Apple: Five Predictions For 2012

Expecting something from Apple can be a dangerous game, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to try and read the tea leaves every once in a while.

In Silicon Valley, Rose-Colored Glasses Sometimes Provide Best View
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In Silicon Valley, Rose-Colored Glasses Sometimes Provide Best View

When I heard the news that Google was moving into the indoor-mapping business, I called Ankit Agarwal to offer my condolences.

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...

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Intelligence, Honesty, and (my Friend) Steve Jobs

Can there be any doubt that Steve Jobs was a modern-day Renaissance man—a latter day da Vinci, brimming with creativity, invention, aesthetic and business acumen...

Programming Should Take Pride of Place in Our Schools
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Programming Should Take Pride of Place in Our Schools

If we don't change the way ICT is thought about and taught, we're shutting the door on our children's futures.

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The Personal Computer Is Dead

Power is fast shifting from end users and software developers to operating system vendors.

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Cutting Their Own Throats

Traditional publishing is dominated by the Big Six publishing groups—folks like Hachette, Holtzbrinck, Penguin-Putnam, and so on. In general these publishers...
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