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The Other Ed Snowdens

Ladar Levison and William Binney each paid the price for a moral stand against the U.S. government. And your digital privacy is slightly better for it. 

Containing Disease Like They Did in This Video Game

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Governments need to be able to predict how outbreaks spread and grow. But that's not so easy. Here's how one bizarre and totally accidental video game incident made the modeling smarter.
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She'd Pay Anything to Go to Space

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lina Borozdina took out a second mortgage. Anousheh Ansari forewent motherhood. All either of them wanted was to see earth from above, and the way they tell it, it's worth the sacrifice.
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How Twitter Has Changed Nonfiction

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Harvested properly, social media status updates are a narrative gold mine for writers. Here are the clever tricks Nick Bilton used when writing the book about Twitter. 
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How the Techies Parent

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Parenting in world of screens means tough choices with no right answers. So we asked techies -- the people who design our apps and devices -- what rules they set for their own kids. 
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Robots at War

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

We have the war machines, but the laws of modern warfare aren't written in computer code. How can robots programmed to fight also carry out war in a more humane way?
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Why Live Music Won't Be Live For Long

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Is your favorite band really playing live when you go see them? Not so much. This isn't about Milli Vanilli. It's about something artists love called backing tracks.
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What Reading on Screens Does to Our Brains

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How should you read? Paper or screen? Your brain wants to choose one. Switching back and forth may not be effective. That is, unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain. 
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The View from Inside the Glass Cube

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We asked ex-Apple employees what they think of iPhone hype, product launch mania, and you.
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Ana and Mia: How Eating Disorders Evolved Online

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

This is the story of one lonely young girl who used the Internet to get better at starving herself behind her family's back, and the online moment that changed her course to recovery. 
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How to Be Smarter than Facebook

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Habits are powerful. Tech companies know that when they build you new gadgets and websites. But if you are wise to their tactics, you can drive your habits, not them.
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Learning To Code and Losing My Mind (Reprise)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Computer coding isn't for everybody. But we should all take at least a peek inside the computers and devices that power our lives. It's empowering.
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Me and My Girlfriend Texted Only in Emoji for a Month

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As one couple found out, visual texting is surprisingly good for emotional expression.
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The Way Colleges Teach Computer Science Hurts Women

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The ratio of women to men in tech is appalling. But it's not hopeless. One thing that works: quashing "the macho effect" in college. 

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Knowing Your N@ighbor, Hacking Your Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It’s not always so easy to make friends with your neighbors. Can technology help? 

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Mining Your Voice for Hidden Feelings and Company Profits

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

There's a subtle difference between feeling 'exasperated and furious' and 'exasperated but ready to listen.' Hear how new technology aims to decode true meaning from the messy signal of the human voice.

 

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Treating Bipolar with a Microphone

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amber Smith is bipolar. Her mood swings are dangerous. But she's testing new technology that could spot trouble early by detecting patterns in the sound of her voice.

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It's Business School Types vs the U.S. Post Office

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

They had a plan for the future of paper mail. It was visionary. It was also naive. 

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Mindy Kaling: The New Face of Girls in Tech

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sure we want more girls to try computer coding. But is the way to do it by using code to make bracelets and "selfie accessories"? This trailblazing girly girl says, 'hell yes!' 

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Trying to Get Google to Forget You

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our brains are wired to forget. The internet, not so much. That mismatch is a risk to our humanity.

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The Bus of the Future Will Catch You

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Matt George runs a new bus company that doesn't own buses. And he's making some big promises. He says his technology will be the first fundamental evolution in mass transit since subway tracks were laid.

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