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February 2012


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Tides Are Changing For Web Surfers

David Weinberger has a new book out entitled Too Big to Know in which he argues that one of the implications of a comprehensively networked society is that the nature of knowledge itself is changing.


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Apps For Ipad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand ­nveiling

Apps For Ipad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand ­nveiling

All indicators suggest Apple will unveil the iPad 3 during the first week of March. That’s less than a month away, and sources at The Next Web say Apple is in "crunch mode," working hard to line up apps that show off the unique…


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Erasing the Boundaries

Erasing the Boundaries

Technology used to be so simple.


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Are Supercomputers Worth Their Super Price Tags?

Are Supercomputers Worth Their Super Price Tags?

"Why do we have to aim for the world's No. 1 — what's wrong with being the world's No. 2?" That short question about Japan's vaunted K supercomputer program has haunted  policymakers since it was posed live on national television…


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Google Knows Too Much About You

Google Knows Too Much About You

If you use Google, and I know you do, you may have noticed a little banner popping up at the top of the page announcing: "We're changing our privacy policy and terms."


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Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia

Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia

Few things seem more pathetic than a science fiction writer who pines for the "good old days." 


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The Science Fiction Effect

It's alive! Neurophysiology. Huddled around a warm fireplace one cold summer's night in 1816, a small group of friends decided to hold a competition to see who could write the scariest horror story.


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Five Reasons The Robo-Car Haters Are Wrong

Five Reasons The Robo-Car Haters Are Wrong

The self-driving cars we’ve been promised since the dawn of the auto age are here.


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Who Cares About Apple TV? Bring Us the Apple Car

The much-mythologized Apple television could be a terrible next step for the company.


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Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit

Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit

Sam Ramji met AT&T chief technology officer John Donovan on a speed date—or at least the tech world equivalent of a speed date.


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No Objections to Nano?

Some forms of biotechnology have become notoriously controversial. Genetic modification of crops, for example, altered the food supply in ways some consumers found troublesome, either because of anticipated consequences, a…


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Hp R&d Chief Shows Road to Terabyte Backplane

Hp R&d Chief Shows Road to Terabyte Backplane

New technologies will be the key to dealing with the coming flood of digital data, says HP Labs director Prith Banerjee.  


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Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion

Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion

There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest of all. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken on the tiny task of redesigning the operating system used by like…


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A Discussion With David Farber: Bandwidth, Cyber Security, and the Obsolescence of the Internet

A Discussion With David Farber: Bandwidth, Cyber Security, and the Obsolescence of the Internet

Internet technology veteran David Farber projects that within a decade, computers will be outfitted with optical connections rather than pins for networking, and routers will be swamped by the sheer volume of transmitted data…


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Facebook Is Using You

Last week, Facebook filed documents with the government that will allow it to sell shares of stock to the public. It is estimated to be worth at least $75 billion. But unlike other big-ticket corporations, it doesn't have an…


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Welcome to the Desktop Degree

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, in 1995 to be precise, a scholar named Eli Noam published an article in the prestigious journal Science under the title "Electronics and the Dim Future of the University."


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'a Clockwork Orange' Strikes 40

'a Clockwork Orange' Strikes 40

The New York Times recently ran an opinion piece about the concept of a morality pill, a theoretical-but-apparently-not-implausible panacea for humankind's ethical shortcomings.


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Rethinking the Soul As the 'net Becomes More Lifelike

Does the Internet have a soul?


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Facebook

Facebook

Facebook is finally going public. 


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Privacy, Technology, and Law

Every day, those of us who live in the digital world give little bits of ourselves away. On Facebook and LinkedIn. To servers that store our email, Google searches, online banking, and shopping records. Does the fact that so…


From Communications of the ACM

Wanton Acts of Debuggery

Wanton Acts of Debuggery

Keep your debug messages clear, useful, and not annoying.


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Incentive Auctions

Incentive Auctions

Reallocating valuable wireless spectrum can generate billions of dollars in revenue to the U.S. federal government while also benefiting consumers.


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Emotion and Security

Emotion and Security

Examining the role of human emotional response in making complex security-related decisions.


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Peer Instruction: A Teaching Method to Foster Deep Understanding

Peer Instruction

How the computing education community can learn from physics education.


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Yet Another Technology Cusp: Confusion, Vendor Wars, and Opportunities

Yet Another Technology Cusp

Considering the unexpected risks associated with seemingly minor technological changes.


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What Have We Learned About Software Engineering?

What Have We Learned About Software Engineering?

Upon closer examination, everything old appears to be new again in the realm of software engineering.

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