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The Snoop In Your Browser

Everyone and his Big Brother wants to log your browsing habits, the better to build a profile of who you are and how you live your life—online and off. Search...

Google's Earth
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Google's Earth

"I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions," said the search giant's chief executive, Eric Schmidt, in a recent and controversial...

Ban Drone-Porn War Crimes
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Ban Drone-Porn War Crimes

Death by joystick is immoral and illegal.

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Why Isn't There A Better Way to Text While Driving?

It's deadly. It's irresponsible. And we've all done it. Before you commute home think about this: Why isn't there a better solution to texting while driving.

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The Government Can ­se Gps to Track Your Moves

Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This...

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Why Intel Bought Mcafee

There's been quite a bit of head-scratching over Intel's decision to purchase McAfee, but, despite all the breathless talk about mobile security and ARM and virus...

Facebook Knows Where You Are
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Facebook Knows Where You Are

The social network's new Places feature will make it more difficult to lie to your friends.

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Beloit College Mindset List For the Class of 2014

Born when Ross Perot was warning about a giant sucking sound and Bill Clinton was apologizing for pain in his marriage, members of this fall’s entering college...

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Location Services Show the Way to the Next Great Internet Bubble

When Silicon Valley misses the mark on a new technology, the problem usually is an issue of timing. It's not what is going to happen, but when it will happen...

The Itch of Curiosity
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The Itch of Curiosity

Curiosity is one of those personality traits that gets short scientific shrift. It strikes me as a really important mental habit—how many successful people are...

I Tweet, Therefore I Am
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I Tweet, Therefore I Am

On a recent lazy Saturday morning, my daughter and I lolled on a blanket in our front yard, snacking on apricots, listening to a download of E. B. White reading...

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Protecting Privacy

On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog but advertisers may infer that you own one. The flow of information from users of the internet both to social networks...

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Apple, Trackpads, and the Long Death of the Mouse

Another day, another envelope-pushing design from Apple intended to make us rethink the way we interact with our computers. Welcome to the Magic Trackpad.

Remembrances of Things Pest
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Remembrances of Things Pest

Recalling malware milestones.

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Killed By Code: Software Transparency in Implantable Medical Devices

Software is an integral component of a range of devices that perform critical, lifesaving functions and basic daily tasks. As patients grow more reliant on computerized...

How Often Does Your Phone Drop Calls?
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How Often Does Your Phone Drop Calls?

Apple, Research in Motion, and the rest of the cell phone industry don't want you to know.

Five Things that Could Topple Facebook's Empire
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Five Things that Could Topple Facebook's Empire

Facebook is primed to announce this week that it's amassed a half billion active friends, a milestone reinforcing its status as the king of social networks—a company...

What Apple Must Do to Stop the Iphone 4 Bleeding
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What Apple Must Do to Stop the Iphone 4 Bleeding

It'd be an understatement to say that this has been a terrible week for Apple, and we haven't even reached the halfway point.

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Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis By (insert Name)

A friend who teaches at a well-known eastern university told me recently that plagiarism was turning him into a cop.

The Medium Is the Medium
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The Medium Is the Medium

Recently, book publishers got some good news. Researchers gave 852 disadvantaged students 12 books (of their own choosing) to take home at the end of the school...
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