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Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice for Governments Across the World
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Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice for Governments Across the World

Campaigns to manipulate public opinion through false or misleading social media postings have become standard political practice across much of the world, with...

Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?
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Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?

In the months since Donald Trump took office, Washington has been leaking like a sieve.

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom
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Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students' shopping wish lists: a laptop computer...

Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn't Understand the E.U.'s Antitrust Fine Against Google
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Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn't Understand the E.U.'s Antitrust Fine Against Google

Back in 1980, Milton Friedman, the University of Chicago economist, starred in a public-television series called "Free to Choose," in which he presented his free...

For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest
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For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest

When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially...

The IPhone's Turning 10. What Will It Look Like at 20?
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The IPhone's Turning 10. What Will It Look Like at 20?

You wake up refreshed. Ever since you got that alarm clock that adapts to your sleep cycle, your calendar, and the traffic report, you practically leap out of bed...

Why Net Neutrality Matters Even in the Age of Oligopoly
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Why Net Neutrality Matters Even in the Age of Oligopoly

Next month, Amazon, Netflix, and dozens of other companies and organizations will host a "day of action" aimed at saving net neutrality as we know it.

Building Privacy Right Into Software Code
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Building Privacy Right Into Software Code

When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule.

The Next iPhone Could Have a Lot in Common with Google Glass
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The Next iPhone Could Have a Lot in Common with Google Glass

A new report from UBS Securities analyst Steven Milunovich offers some interesting possibilities of how Apple may use augmented reality on its next iPhone.

Before the Internet
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Before the Internet

Before the Internet, you would just sit in an armchair with a book open on your lap, staring into space or staring at a decorative broom on the wall—kind of shifting...

The iPhone Is 10 Years Old. Here's the Story of Its Birth.
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The iPhone Is 10 Years Old. Here's the Story of Its Birth.

Before anybody outside Apple was aware of it, the project that would become the iPhone was referred to internally by the code name Purple.

Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet
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Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet

In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet.

Humans Can't Expect AI to Just Fight Fake News for Them
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Humans Can't Expect AI to Just Fight Fake News for Them

Here's some news that's not fake: Not everything you can read on the internet is true.

Privacy in the Cellphone Age
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Privacy in the Cellphone Age

Odds are you need to use that phone in your pocket many times a day—and doing so leaves you no choice but to constantly relay data revealing your location and movements...

Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse
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Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse

In 2011, Apple became the first company to place artificial intelligence in the pockets of millions of consumers when it launched the voice assistant Siri on the...

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide
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How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told...

7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services
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7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services

Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with...

Here's How Trump's FCC Affects You
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Here's How Trump's FCC Affects You

President Trump rarely spoke about the Federal Communications Commission during his campaign or after entering the White House.

The VR Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name for It
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The VR Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name for It

At the VR keynote at Google's IO developer conference, a slide appeared on screen to start the morning's presentation. Clay Bavor, head of AR and VR for Google,...

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future
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Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.
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