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One on One: Jaron Lanier
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One on One: Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier, a partner architect at Microsoft Research, has had a long and varied career in technology. Mr. Lanier popularized the term "virtual reality" in...

Ethernet Inventor Bob Metcalfe
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Ethernet Inventor Bob Metcalfe

It's hard to overestimate the importance of Ethernet to networking over the past 25 years. When Network World started, the technology had been around a while,...

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Why You Can't Really Anonymize Your Data

One of the joys of the last few years has been the flood of real-world data sets being released by all sorts of organizations. These usually involve some record...

Andy Rubin: Why Android Is Only Quasi-Open
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Andy Rubin: Why Android Is Only Quasi-Open

Android is open-source software, but it doesn't come with much of an open-source community, and the Google leader of the project explained why.

How Computers Got US Into Space
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How Computers Got US Into Space

When you look back at the past 50 years of human spaceflight, don't forget the computer scientists who helped make it possible.

Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats
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Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats

A year ago, Ralph Langner was plugging away in relative obscurity, doing security consulting work for the industrial control system industry in his Hamburg headquarters...

Workplace Robots Need a Better View
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Workplace Robots Need a Better View

Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks says a new generation of industrial robots could be enabled by better machine vision.

Air France 447: How Scientists Found a Needle in a Haystack
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Air France 447: How Scientists Found a Needle in a Haystack

Two weekends ago, investigators announced that they had recovered the flight data recorder from the wreckage of Air France 447—a jetliner that crashed in the deep...

There's No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web
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There's No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web

A company suffers a catastrophic attack on its servers. Gone are names, email addresses, home phone numbers, passwords, credit card numbers. Everything ends up...

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The Names

As long as it took to find and kill Osama bin Laden after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, it has taken even longer to commemorate the thousands...

Customers Had More Faith in Sony Than It Deserved
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Customers Had More Faith in Sony Than It Deserved

In the wake of the recent hacking attacks, which compromised more than 100 million account records on its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services...

Sorry But the Game Does Not Build Anymore
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Sorry But the Game Does Not Build Anymore

Continuous integration and an automated asset pipeline should guarantee that you can produce an up-to-date working version of the game you are working on in very...

Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing
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Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing

Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell, paperless for more than a decade, envisions data centers saturated with information and services readily available via the...

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Facebook "the most appalling spying machine ever invented" in an interview with Russia Today, pointing to the popular social...

Data Privacy, Put to the Test
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Data Privacy, Put to the Test

To the catalog of corporate "bigs" that worry a lot of us little people, add this: Big Data.

Jobs and Apple Execs on Tracking Down the Facts About Iphones and Location
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Jobs and Apple Execs on Tracking Down the Facts About Iphones and Location

Although Apple was silent for several days after researchers raised issues about location information being stored on the iPhone, that wasn’t because it was ignoring...

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Will Amazon's Recent Server Failures Slow the Rise of Cloud Computing?

Last Thursday morning around 5 a.m. eastern time, Amazon suffered a major data center outage. These sorts of outages happen now and then, but they seldom makewhy...

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Iran's Answer to Stuxnet

Might a "halal Internet" be in the wings?

Your Iphone Is Tracking You. So What.
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Your Iphone Is Tracking You. So What.

Have you heard the news? Two researchers have discovered that the iPhone keeps a minute-by-minute, time-stamped log of everywhere you go. That’s right: Your phone...

Electronic Health Records Face Human Hurdles More Than Technological Ones
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Electronic Health Records Face Human Hurdles More Than Technological Ones

In medicine, there's the patient and there's the chart. And the chart is paper.
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