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Search Undergoing Biggest Disruption Since the Dawn of Google

Facing criticism over the quality of search results, Google recently tweaked its famously secretive algorithm to weed out spam sites and so-called "content farms...

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Is It Better to Buy Apple Products or Apple Stock?

Sometimes, people have the most wonderful ideas. And not merely people at Apple. A software-engineering intern at Twilio (who also happens to be a computer science...

No Moammar, No Fly: How to Stop Gadhafi
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No Moammar, No Fly: How to Stop Gadhafi

Keep the surveillance planes flying. Fry the radar. While the sun hangs in the sky, let Libya’s pilots know they’re on borrowed time if they take off.

Another Win For Artificial Intelligence: The Turing Award
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Another Win For Artificial Intelligence: The Turing Award

It's been a banner year or so for artificial intelligence, from the recent triumph of I.B.M.'s Jeopardy-winning supercomputer to a wave of news coverage of the...

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Factcheck.org's Brooks Jackson on Overcoming Motivated Skepticism

Once upon a time, before the age of the Internet, we lived in a world of "many economists." If a newspaper reporter was writing a story on inflation, for instance...

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Social Media: 'essential Tool' In ­.s. Foreign Policy

What role do social media and other non-state actors play in foreign policy? James Lewis, director of technology and public policy at the Center for Strategic...

The Internet Is a Tyrant's Friend
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The Internet Is a Tyrant's Friend

As recent events in Egypt and Tunisia so aptly demonstrate, technology is a double-edged sword: while pro-democracy protesters used sites like Facebook to organise...

Eric Schmidt: What I Read
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Eric Schmidt: What I Read

What I read varies widely based on what kind of information I’m looking for at the time.

Eric Schmidt: What I Read
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Eric Schmidt: What I Read

What I read varies widely based on what kind of information I’m looking for at the time.

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Google Schools Its Algorithm

To humans, computer intelligence is a puzzle, as if the machines have split personalities. They can be so remarkably smart at times, yet so bafflingly dumb at...

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The 'Panda' That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google

Google's new update to its search engine addressed the growing complaint that low-quality content sites (derisively referred to as content farms) were ranked higher...

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Is the Navy Trying to Start the Robot Apocalypse?

Whenever the military rolls out a new robot program, folks like to joke about SkyNet or the Rise of the Machines. But this time, the military really is starting...

Keep the Internet Fair
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Keep the Internet Fair

The government's net neutrality compromise fell flat. Here's a simple fix.

Psych-Out Sexism
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Psych-Out Sexism

The innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science.

Twitter's Biz Stone On Starting A Revolution
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Twitter's Biz Stone On Starting A Revolution

In March, Twitter turns five years old. The microblogging service—which now has an estimated 200 million users worldwide—has been used by heads of state, astronauts...

Paul Buchheit, Creator of Gmail, Venture Capitalist
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Paul Buchheit, Creator of Gmail, Venture Capitalist

Soon after Paul Buchheit joined Google in 1999, he coined the phrase "Don't be evil," which along with profit and loss, remains the yardstick by which Google...

How We Know
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How We Know

James Gleick's first chapter has the title "Drums That Talk." It explains the concept of information by looking at a simple example.

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Have You Driven a Smartphone Lately?

I’m barreling along a rural Michigan highway at 75 miles per hour in a gray Ford Taurus X when I glance down to check a number on a screen.

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Gaming Social Networks For Influence and Propaganda

For a while now I have argued that the contemporary operating environment has two dimensions: "the first is the actual tactical field of battle in which bullets...

Tech Revolutionaries
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Tech Revolutionaries

The Arab Revolt shows that Google's and Twitter's corporate values are better than Facebook's.
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