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How Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown Demonstrates Wikipedia’s Woman Problem

How Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown Demonstrates Wikipedia’s Woman Problem

According to Wikipedia’s 2011 Editor Survey, just 9 percent of Wiki editors are women. While the gender gap is better than it was—in the early ‘00s, it...

10 Characters Whose Genders Were Swapped in Production
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10 Characters Whose Genders Were Swapped in Production | The Mary Sue

As you're about to see, there are many reasons why a writer or director might want to change the gender of a character mid-production: a change in actor, a change in social mores, or simply a sudden good idea. To our mind, it almost always makes the character more interesting if you know that their particular personality was considered fine for any gender.

5 Trends Entrepreneurs Will See in 2013

5 Trends Entrepreneurs Will See in 2013

Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell's "entrepreneur in residence" who works with the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs says startups will see some big changes this year.

Why I’m Cutting the Cord, and How Cable Can Get Me Back

Why I'm Cutting the Cord, and How Cable Can Get Me Back

Pay TV, like electricity and hot water, has become a vital source of comfort in my home. But unlike the basic utilities, pay TV has become incredibly expensive. So while it'll take a radical change in how I consume media, pay TV has got to go.

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How software-defined radio could revolutionize wireless
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How software-defined radio could revolutionize wireless

The Phi hopes to do for radio what Apple I did for computing—spark innovation.

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas
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The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas

The bizarre tale of John McAfee, spymaster

The bizarre tale of John McAfee, spymaster

75 laptops, 29 "pillow talk" operatives, and one crazy gringo.

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U.S. Spies See Superhumans, Instant Cities by 2030

U.S. Spies See Superhumans, Instant Cities by 2030

3-D printed organs. Brain chips providing superhuman abilities. Megacities, built from scratch. The U.S. intelligence community is taking a look at the world of 2030. And it is very, very sci-fi.

California’s taking the lead on self-driving cars

California’s taking the lead on self-driving cars

Intrigued by the idea of eliminating human error from driving, a California legislator has introduced a bill to clarify that driverless cars are street

Nook version of War and Peace turns the word "kindled" into "Nookd"
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Nook version of War and Peace turns the word "kindled" into "Nookd"

Tolstoy's text victimized by modern technology, laziness.

The Internet's most hated man

The Internet's most hated man

Ars goes one-on-one with FunnyJunk’s lawyer, Charles Carreon.

Rethinking how we give out gaming's "academy awards"

Rethinking how we give out gaming's "academy awards"

Last night's DICE Awards could have done with fewer genre- and platform-specific nods.

Developers take a stand against pay-to-review app sites

Developers take a stand against pay-to-review app sites

Asking for money in exchange for favorable reviews is unfortunately common.

Digital Jiminy Crickets  Do apps that promote ethical behavior diminish our ability to make just decisions?
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Do Apps Promoting Ethical Behavior Undermine Our Sense of Right and Wrong?

As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to distrust Wall Street, a new study finds that a troubling number of financial services professionals...