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Communications Archive

  • Who's Afraid of 1984?

    Orwell’s nightmare vision of technology wedded to tyranny was fatally flawed.

  • Getting AOL to Talk to MSN

    Instant messaging products are everywhere, but the proliferation is turning the Internet into a tower of Babel. New technologies that promise interoperability are trying to change that.

  • When Patenting Works

    Despite its flaws, the system does protect inventors against big companies who might usurp their ideas.

  • The Wireless Arcade

    They don’t have fancy 3-D graphics, but video games for handheld devices stand poised to capture a huge U.S. market. Why? Because we all have to wait.

  • Declare E-Mail Independence

    Big e-mail providers snap their fingers, and the masses obey, like sheep. But there’s a way to reclaim control.

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