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FORTUNE — Statistician Nate Silver isn’t famous because he’s a mathematical genius. (Although, he is.) Silver’s well-known because he knows how to apply his craft to the real world. The country’s most popular data cruncher is known for his spot-on election predictions — he accurately called the …

The IT department is flattening office hierarchy, one device at a time

Everyone is fretting over “bring your own device” policies and the headaches they mean for the information-technology department. But the silver lining is that they also help make workplaces, across titles and time zones, much more equitable places.<p>Corporate access to devices is being driven by the …

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The Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers

Which women social media experts have the strongest, most active followings? In that sense which are the real power influencers? Last year I researched that question and, with the help of Peek Analytics, produced a top 50 and a top 20 list. This year we’ve done the same.<p>So here are the Top 20 women …

A Different Approach To Foiling Hackers? Let Them In, Then Lie To Them.

Most systems administrators describe the task of network security as something like defending a castle. Kristin Heckman talks about fighting hackers in terms that sound more like a job as a Walmart greeter.<p>“We want to provide these individuals with an enjoyable experience,” she says of the …

You want to crunch top-secret data securely? CryptDB may be the app for that

There are lots of applications for data crunching in the security-obsessed worlds of the defense, healthcare, and financial services industries. The …

Pegleg Wants To Help You Find All Those Free, Full-Length Movies On YouTube

One of the worst kept secrets about YouTube is that it’s just teeming with full length movies, and I’m not talking about the ones that Google wants you to pay for. They’re not all that hard to come by despite the fact that uploaders presumably don’t want them getting yanked immediately, but those …

This Amazing, Zoomable Universe-In-A-Browser Puts Everything In Perspective

And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.<p>From nanoparticles to galaxies, we can understand a lot about how our universe works--but it's hard to keep things in context. Can you really grasp how far you'd have to travel to reach Mars? Or wrap your head around the infinitesimally small …