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View from Washington

Google's rope-a-dope ain't working.

28 Nov 2014 by Paul Dempsey

It's tempting to see the European Parliament's symbolic vote to break up Google as an example of nanny again interfering in the free market. Then you look at the more powerful companies supporting lobbying towards both the vote and, they later hope, tough anti-trust measures against the search giant by the European Commission. You find that many come from the US, the supposed home of capitalism and creative destruction.

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View from Brussels

EU parliament mulls Google break-up proposal

26 Nov 2014 by Pelle Neroth

The guns are out for Google - again - in the European parliament.

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Electronic connections

Time is on craft's side, not so much technology

22 Nov 2014 by Chris Edwards

Let's say, for whatever reason, you find yourself compelled to buy a Twitter Chair - something that tweets when someone sits in it. It's a pretty safe bet that the electronics inside will stop working at some point. But the chair part will stay functional for years and probably decades to come. Unable to tweet, the chair might even be a bit more useful.

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After All

How to de-engineer a monument?

18 Nov 2014 by Vitali Vitaliev

The theme of this blog post was both unplanned and unexpected. It - almost literally - hit me on the head like a brick, or, to be more specific, like a fragment of the Lenin monument in my native Ukrainian city of Kharkiv which, according to the BBC website, was pulled down by "Ukraine nationalists" on the 28th of September. The site also reported that one "protester" was injured in the head as the massive statue was falling down. It could have been me!

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Eccentric engineer

Plant In A Suitcase

18 Nov 2014 by Justin Pollard

It is always dangerous to profess a desire to go to sea, especially to parents who might appreciate seeing less of you. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward found this out the hard way when, having admired the ships crowding the dock around his home in the East End of London, his parents promptly sent him off on one to Jamaica, on his own, at the tender age of thirteen.

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Editor's letter

The Turing Enigma

13 Nov 2014 by Dickon Ross

Standing in a small room of Hut 8 at Bletchley Park last year, I tried to explain to my kids how one mathematics professor working in this draughty, wood-partitioned room in such a drab looking, wartime bungalow hut 70 years ago became so important in breaking an 'unbreakable' code, shortening a world war by a couple of years and laying the foundations of the computer industry. The same man was later persecuted by the British government for his homosexuality and became driven to commit suicide. Hut 8 was almost allowed to rot away.

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