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The Limits of Big Data
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The Limits of Big Data

Stop me if you've heard this one: Three statisticians go rabbit hunting.

Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple Is the Defining Fight in the Industry Today
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Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple Is the Defining Fight in the Industry Today

The fight between Google and Apple over mobile devices is great for consumers, but the patent wars that have resulted are awful, said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt...

The Chinese Steve Jobs Is Probably a Pirate
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The Chinese Steve Jobs Is Probably a Pirate

When discussing innovation, the Chinese like to tout the country’s "Four Great Inventions"—paper, gunpowder, the compass, and woodblock printing—and their enormous...

Why Polaroid Inspired Both Steve Jobs and Andy Warhol
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Why Polaroid Inspired Both Steve Jobs and Andy Warhol

Few companies can claim they altered the path of an entire medium but that’s exactly what Polaroid did in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s to photography. Founded by Edwin...

A Better Approach to Huawei, Zte, and Chinese Cyberspying? Distrust and Verify
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A Better Approach to Huawei, Zte, and Chinese Cyberspying? Distrust and Verify

In the wake of the 60-page report from Congress’s Select Committee On Intelligence recommending U.S. companies stop buying Chinese-made telecommunications gear...

The Apple Maps Debate and the Real Future of Mapping
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The Apple Maps Debate and the Real Future of Mapping

The news of the last couple weeks about the stark differences between Apple and Google's mapshave shed light on how hard it is to build a mobile map.

Digital First Isn't an Option for Media—It's the Only Way Forward
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Digital First Isn't an Option for Media—It's the Only Way Forward

Everywhere you look in the traditional media industry, you can see signs of turmoil and disruption: to take just a few recent examples, the New York Times is ...

Even Ray Kurzweil Is Nervous About a Future with Hyper-Intelligent Machines
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Even Ray Kurzweil Is Nervous About a Future with Hyper-Intelligent Machines

Ray Kurzweil is looking forward to the year 2029.

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Rose's Law For Quantum Computers

When I first met Geordie Rose in 2002, I was struck by his ability to explain complex quantum physics and the "spooky" underpinnings of quantum computers. I had...

Hp: Why Bill And Dave Would Back A Break-­p Plan
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Hp: Why Bill And Dave Would Back A Break-­p Plan

The time has come to break up Hewlett-Packard into parts. That’s the view of UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, who goes so far as to assert that founders Bill Hewlett...

Twitter: Who Do the Politicians Follow?
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Twitter: Who Do the Politicians Follow?

You can tell a lot about a politician's priorities from who they deign to follow on Twitter. When David Cameron joined the service on Saturday, he started out following...

Facebook's 1 Billion ­sers and What They Say About the Future of Computing
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Facebook's 1 Billion ­sers and What They Say About the Future of Computing

After several months as the Internet's punching bag, Facebook finally has something to brag about: 1 billion active users.

Facebook's 'Next Billion': A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg
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Facebook's 'Next Billion': A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard University dorm room, hoping to see what his classmates were up to on campus. The following eight years...

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Ietf Approves Hsts as Proposed Standard

One of the things that makes attackers dance around their basement lairs is finding unencrypted Web sessions.

The Extremely Personal Computer: The Digital Future of Mental Health
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The Extremely Personal Computer: The Digital Future of Mental Health

It's 2018, and you're not feeling your best.

The Supreme Court Needs To Weigh In on Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking By Law Enforcement
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The Supreme Court Needs To Weigh In on Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking By Law Enforcement

Americans should have no reasonable expectation of privacy over the location data stored by their mobile phone.

Ibm's Ginni Rometty Looks Ahead
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Ibm's Ginni Rometty Looks Ahead

Ginni Rometty's first customer conference as CEO of IBM was an unusual affair, especially by Big Blue's buttoned-up standards.

Do Patent and Copyright Law Restrict Competition and Creativity Excessively?
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Do Patent and Copyright Law Restrict Competition and Creativity Excessively?

To evaluate optimal patent protection for an invention, one has to consider both the cost of inventing and the cost of copying; the higher the ratio of the former...

Meet the Man Who Gave the Mars Rover Its Eyes
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Meet the Man Who Gave the Mars Rover Its Eyes

Iconic pictures from the latest mission to the Red Planet are coming courtesy of space-imaging expert Michael Malin.

How Can We Make Devices Better? By Studying What People Actually Do
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How Can We Make Devices Better? By Studying What People Actually Do

Many new technologies are based on what companies and designers seem to think their users might want to do, or what they envision them wanting to do, but not as...
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