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Why the I.R.S. Fears Bitcoin
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Why the I.R.S. Fears Bitcoin

The extraordinary rise in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has led many people to worry that this market is a giant bubble.

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
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Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid   The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm...

The Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018
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The Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018

Imagine this: When you leave the house, your air conditioner and lights turn off automatically. Then when a motion sensor detects a person in the house, like your...

The Bitcoin Boom: In Code We Trust
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The Bitcoin Boom: In Code We Trust

You don't need brilliant financial analysis skills to notice that Bitcoin is in a bubble.

The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet
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The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to let Comcast, Verizon and other broadband companies turn the internet into a latter-day version of...

Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality
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Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application...

How Evil Is Tech?
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How Evil Is Tech?

Can tech companies take the actions necessary to prevent their companies from becoming social pariahs?

It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data
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It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data

The personal data that users give to a company in exchange for a product or service is worth by some estimates $1,000 per person per year.  Companies shouldn't...

What Reality TV Teaches Us About Russia's Influence Campaign
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What Reality TV Teaches Us About Russia's Influence Campaign

In May 2016, a Facebook page called Heart of Texas urged its nearly 254,000 followers to rise up against what it considered to be an urgent cultural menace.

There's No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case
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There's No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case

In 2013, United States agents served a warrant on Microsoft seeking the emails of a suspect in a drug case.

Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.
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Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.

On my fourth day in a semi-driverless car, I finally felt comfortable enough to let it stop itself.

The 15 Most Influential Websites of All Time
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The 15 Most Influential Websites of All Time

The web, or "world wide web" as we used to say, turns 27 years old on December 20. On that date, nearly three decades ago, British engineer and scientist Tim Berners...

Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun
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Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun

Wandering among the engineers and strategy directors and managers of something called "connected customer experience" at the Smart Kitchen Summit, one had to wonder...

Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys?
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Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys?

When the owner of an automated Tesla was killed in a crash last year, the carmaker's founder, Elon Musk, urged journalists to peer into the future.

Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?
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Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?

Who's smarter—you, or the computer or mobile device on which you're reading this article? The answer is increasingly complex, and depends on definitions in flux...

Facebook's Belated Awakening
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Facebook's Belated Awakening

Chastened by criticism that Facebook had turned a blind eye to Russia's manipulation of the social network to interfere in the 2016 election, the company's executives...

Facebook's Ad Scandal Isn't a 'Fail,' It's a Feature
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Facebook's Ad Scandal Isn't a 'Fail,' It's a Feature

What does it take to advertise on Facebook to people who openly call themselves "Jew haters" and want to know "how to burn Jews"? About $10 and 15 minutes, according...

Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned
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Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned

NASA&'s Cassini spacecraft, the intrepid robotic explorer of Saturn's magnificent beauty, ended a journey of 20 years on Friday like a shooting star streaking across...

These Are Not the Robots We Were Promised
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These Are Not the Robots We Were Promised

From the moment we humans first imagined having mechanical servants at our beck and call, we've assumed they would be constructed in our own image.

A Reverie for the Voyager Probes, Humanity's Calling Cards
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A Reverie for the Voyager Probes, Humanity's Calling Cards

In the shadow, one might say, of the Great American Eclipse, a major anniversary in the history of space exploration—and indeed cosmic consciousness—is being celebrated...
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