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Hackers 1, Everyone Else 0

August 26th, 2016

Researchers earlier this month revealed the discovery of computer malware so sophisticated that it managed to hide undetected within enterprise and government computers for five years. Named after an omnipotent Lord of the Rings character, Project Sauron is an unusually well crafted piece of software. Once installed, it lives entirely in...

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Your cable box is toast

August 24th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.The battle for your TV racheted up August 4 when the U.S. Copyright Office said it did not want the federal government to unlock cable TV boxes. The fight to set TV boxes free from operators is more important that it might seem. Cable television is one of the few remaining parts of the economy...

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Pentagon funds our robot masters

August 22nd, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.In dystopian science fiction movies, it always starts this way: The Pentagon funds a contest of machines built to play war games using artificially intelligent software. End of civilization ensues.This time, in real life, teams of enthusiastic young hackers met in Las Vegas at Defcon. Taking...

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Google Electrifies Medical Research

August 19th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Verily Life Sciences unit of Alphabet (GOOGL) believe they can stand traditional medicine on its head with tiny implantable robots. The pharmaceutical industry has made tremendous gains in medicine through better chemistry. That’s the basis of...

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The car industry learns to share

August 15th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.The future of selling cars is bleak. At least that’s what the leading car makers seem to believe because they’re furiously gobbling up alternative mobility businesses. The latest move came in late July as Daimler AG (DDAIF), the company that owns Mercedes-Benz, bought 60% ...

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Twitter throws a Hail Mary pass

August 11th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Like so many Internet companies, Twitter (TWTR) is now in a game it probably can’t win. So July 26, it announced a deal to live stream baseball and hockey games. It’s a Hail Mary pass. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. From the beginning, the promise of the Internet was nimble, smart,...

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Social media foil a coup d'etat

August 8th, 2016

The virality of social media is changing the way we communicate. By all accounts, it changed the course of a political coup on the edge of Europe. Turkey is no stranger to armed insurrection. Uniquely perched between the Middle East and Europe, it is quite literally where the East meets the West. This clash of cultures has led to four...

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Medicine now designed just for you

August 8th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Precision medicine promises to change health sciences by using data analytics and what we know about ourselves to tailor personal therapies and treatments. Like most of the awesome ideas changing the current technology landscape, precision medicine is rooted in a fundamentally simple concept:...

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