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Google's Approach to Government Requests For ­ser Data

Today, January 28, is Data Privacy Day, when the world recognizes the importance of preserving your online privacy and security.

Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity
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Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity

Ray Kurzweil's vision of the "singularity"—when nanobots make humans immortal and computer progress is so fast that the future becomes profoundly unknowable—is...

Don't Divorce Design from Manufacturing
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Don't Divorce Design from Manufacturing

The software company Autodesk doesn't manufacture anything.

IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave
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IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave

At year's end, IBM selects a new innovation that has the potential to change the world.

Crapware Won't Crap Out
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Crapware Won't Crap Out

For a few years now, I've been expecting to write an obituary for crapware. Or not an obit, exactly—I was hoping to dance on its grave.

Apple Shouldn't Make Software Look Like Real Objects
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Apple Shouldn't Make Software Look Like Real Objects

Last fall Apple fired executive Scott Forstall, considered by many to be a Steve Jobs protégé.

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Remembering Aaron By Taking Care of Each Other

My friend Will Morrell, brilliant and sardonic, was the first person I ever knew to make his living close to the machine.

Jill and Scott Kelley on the Petraeus Scandal and Loss of Privacy
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Jill and Scott Kelley on the Petraeus Scandal and Loss of Privacy

We woke up on the morning of Nov. 9 expecting the usual: for one of us, the tending to patients; for the other, the morning rush of packing lunches and getting...

Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime?
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Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime?

When Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide, he was facing up to 13 felony counts, 50 years in prison, and millions of dollars...

Samsung's Secret Weapon in the Mobile Wars: Tizen
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Samsung's Secret Weapon in the Mobile Wars: Tizen

You've probably never heard of Tizen, but the companies behind it are some of the most recognizable brands in the tech industry.

The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors
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The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors

Just imagine if all the applications and services you saw or heard about at CES earlier this month had to be designed to be "wiretap ready" before they could be...

Chipmaker Races to Save Stephen Hawking's Speech as His Condition Deteriorates
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Chipmaker Races to Save Stephen Hawking's Speech as His Condition Deteriorates

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has long relied on technology to help him connect with the outside world despite the degenerative motor neuron disease he has...

What the Fbi Doesn't Want You To Know About Its 'secret' Surveillance Techniques
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What the Fbi Doesn't Want You To Know About Its 'secret' Surveillance Techniques

The FBI had to rewrite the book on its domestic surveillance activities in the wake of last January’s landmark Supreme Court decision in United States v. Jones.

Forget Oracle's Latest Java Patch. Just Kill the Program in Your Browser For Good
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Forget Oracle's Latest Java Patch. Just Kill the Program in Your Browser For Good

After months of inaction and even a warning from the Department of Homeland Security, Oracle has finally released a fix for yet another security vulnerability in...

Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers
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Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers

Famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil joined Google last month to work on "some of the hardest problems in computer science," specifically machine learning and...

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Where Is Lt. Zuckerberg?

I often wonder how General Billy Mitchell must have felt as he relentlessly advocated for the use of strategic airpower while surrounded by leadership who did not...

Guns, Maps and Data That Disturb
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Guns, Maps and Data That Disturb

Should data have a conscience?

Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress
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Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress

There are plenty of Meg Whitman doubters out there. Some say the former EBay chief executive officer doesn't have the requisite big company experience to run a...

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President Reif Writes to Mit Community Regarding Aaron Swartz

Yesterday we received the shocking and terrible news that on Friday in New York, Aaron Swartz, a gifted young man well known and admired by many in the MIT community...

Meeting with Biden Is a Mistake for the Game Industry
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Meeting with Biden Is a Mistake for the Game Industry

A couple weeks ago, an industry friend of mine told me that the office for Vice President Joe Biden was reaching out to so-called "game industry leaders."
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