Students at the Oakland Military Institute took several courses offered by San Jose State and the online course provider Udacity this year. The university is now scaling back its relationship with Udacity. Laura A. Oda/MCT/Landov hide caption

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The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

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In Syria, Conflict In Cyberspace Complements Ground War

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The game Don't Starve casts you in the role of "gentleman scientist" Wilson, with just one goal: Survive. Its unique mix of survival horror and crafting gameplay, paired with a charming Tim Burton-esque art style, made this a standout game of 2013. Klei Entertainment hide caption

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Could a countdown to death help you lead a more ecstatic life? Daniel Horowitz for NPR hide caption

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Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death

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Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

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Twitter made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange in November. Both the social media giant and the relative newcomer Snapchat are valued in the billions, but neither company has yet turned a profit. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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$0 Profits Couldn't Hold Back This Year's Tech Darlings

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Looking Ahead At The Next Top Tech IPOs

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A screengrab of a YouTube video of the game Walking Dead from the Swedish gamer known as PewDiePie. Videos of people offering commentary while playing video games are wildly popular on YouTube. YouTube/PewDiePie hide caption

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Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too

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Several Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are developing services that manage consumers' investment portfolios with algorithms rather than people. iStockphoto hide caption

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Can Robots Manage Your Money Better Than You? Startups Say Yes

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The Internet Hoaxes That Had Us All Clicking For More

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To Make Intersections Smarter, We Need Cars To Be Smarter, Too

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Workers in Oakland, Calif., check the damage to Interstate 880 on Oct. 19, 1989; this portion of the freeway had collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake two days earlier. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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West Coast's Early Warning System For Quakes Still Spotty

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