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Under a World War II-era law, the US president appears to have authority to disconnect computer systems and servers from the internet in the event of a national emergency.


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New models of online collaboration are bringing people and information together in ways that were unimaginable just a short time ago. But what has yet to materialize is the quintessential protocol of a network civilization: an elegant solution for enabling ad hoc collective coordination and collective action without market mechanisms or central authority—until now... Ideologi (pronounced "ideology") is a collaborative...
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Egyptian security forces are on high alert, with thousands of people expected to join anti-government rallies after Friday prayers. The government says it is open to dialogue but also warned of "decisive measures" as the fourth day of violent protests loomed. Widespread disruption has been reported to the internet and mobile phone messaging services...


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Internet connections across Egypt have been cut, as authorities geared up for a day of mass protest.


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Researchers map thousands of letters exchanged in the 18th century's "Republic of Letters" and learn at a glance what it once took a lifetime of study to comprehend...
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Like gambling, Facebook keeps users in a neurotic limbo, not knowing whether they should hang on in there just in case they miss out on something good.


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A small research arm of the U.S. government's intelligence establishment wants to understand how speakers of Farsi, Russian, English, and Spanish see the world by building software that automatically evaluates their use of metaphors...


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KISS is an acronym for the design principle "Keep it simple, Stupid!"...
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The Dutch may become the first in Europe to use Skype and other web-based services on smartphones for no extra charge.


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