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Storing and Sorting Big Data, in Messy DNA Memory

With the reams of digital data we’re creating, there’s an immense potential for DNA to be a stable, long-term archive for ordinary information, such as photographs, books, financial records, medical files, and videos—all of which today are stored as computer code on fallible, power-hungry storage devices that, unlike DNA, become obsolete.


How to recover data from a dead or erased hard drive

Hard drive

I have a hard drive with valuable information on it, but I can't seem to access it — the drive is either damaged or erased. Is there any way I can see what's on the drive and get it off?


Data Loss Prevention Is Better -- And Cheaper -- Than The Cure

If you don't have an up-to-date backup of your important data, then this tale of woe should encourage you to make one over the weekend. A couple of weeks ago I reported the story of Matt Honan. He's a smart guy and former journalist for Gizmodo and former contributing editor to WIRED magazine.


FCC fines Google for hindering probe into street-mapping program


The agency imposes a $25,000 penalty after the tech giant 'apparently willfully and repeatedly violated commission orders' during its data-collection investigation into Google Street View.


Sidekick Data Returns, Users' Time Is Gone For Good

Sidekick Data Returns, Users' Time Is Gone For Good

While Microsoft is recovering Sidekick users' lost data, many are wishing Redmond could also give them back their time. What about the days people spent recreating their T-Mobile contact list and calendar? For their time, angst, and considerable ...


The T-Mobile Sidekick Fiasco

The T-Mobile Sidekick Fiasco

The fiasco over the weekend with T-Mobile Sidekick and Danger, a subsidiary of Microsoft, struck a cord with me. If you haven't heard, their server that held nearly a million users' contacts, emails, photos, and appointments went kaput.


Man downloads brain into 'e-memory'

Man downloads brain into 'e-memory'

For the past decade, Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell has been moving the data from his brain onto computers -- where he knows it will be safe.


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