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Every Little Byte Counts
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Every Little Byte Counts

In "On What We Can Not Do," a short and pungent essay published a few years ago, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben outlined two ways in which power operates...

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.
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The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The best way to think about Aereo, the company at the center of this week's Supreme Court battle over the future of computing, is as an example of legal performance...

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Abstract Ideas Don't Deserve Patents

The Constitution gives Congress the power to grant inventors a temporary monopoly over their creations to "promote the progress of science and useful arts."

The Future of Internet Freedom
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The Future of Internet Freedom

Over the next decade, approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet.

Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role
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Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role

Q. What leadership lessons have you learned from your predecessor, Steve Ballmer?

Is the ­niverse a Simulation?
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Is the ­niverse a Simulation?

In Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita," the protagonist, a writer, burns a manuscript in a moment of despair, only to find out later from the Devil...

The Information-Gathering Paradox
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The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts
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N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to...

Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid
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Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid

It's electrifying.

In Markets' Tuned-­p Machinery, Stubborn Ghosts Remain
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In Markets' Tuned-­p Machinery, Stubborn Ghosts Remain

A generation ago, when the stock market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987, the Nasdaq stock market appeared to have done much better than the New York Stock Exchange.

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Blowing a Whistle

I'm glad I live in a country with people who are vigilant in defending civil liberties.

Fixing the Digital Economy
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Fixing the Digital Economy

Two big trends in the world appear to contradict each other.

Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court
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Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court

From an early age we are taught the importance of fighting fairly.

Human Genome, Then and Now
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Human Genome, Then and Now

Eight years of work, thousands of researchers around the world, $1 billion spent—and finally it was done.

Talking, Walking Objects
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Talking, Walking Objects

Meeting Simon for the first time was one of the most sublime experiences I've had. With every coy head nod, casual hand wave and deep eye gaze, I felt he already...

Ben Horowitz on the Impact of Software Everywhere
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Ben Horowitz on the Impact of Software Everywhere

Ben Horowitz may have the skeleton key to the decimation—sorry, transformation—of our economic and political lives.

Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company
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Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company

Jeff Hawkins has been a pioneer of mobile devices, a distinguished lecturer in neuroscience, and a published author of a revolutionary theory of how the brain works...

Fresh Windows, but Where’s the Start Button?
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Fresh Windows, but Where’s the Start Button?

Over the years, Keith McCarthy has become used to a certain way of doing things on his personal computers, which, like most others on the planet, have long run...

Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?
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Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?

The Mykonos Vase, discovered in 1961 in the Cyclades, is one of the earliest accounts of the Trojan Horse, used as a subterfuge by the Greeks to enter the city...

Exploring the Planets Enriches ­S at Home
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Exploring the Planets Enriches ­S at Home

NASA's newest marvel, a one-ton rover named Curiosity, has been set down with all the delicacy of a carton of eggs on the surface of Mars.
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