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Boutin, who began writing for Wired in 1997, has written for the New York Times since 2003, covers emerging technologies for MIT's Technology Review, and is a freelancer for Newsweek. From 2009-2010 he covered Internet business and culture for VentureBeat. He was a senior writer and editor for Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag from 2006 to 2008, and a tech columnist for Slate from 2002 to 2008. Slate editor Josh Levin has praised "his sense of a good idea, sparkling sentence-level writing, and knack for translating tech-speak."
Before turning pro as a journalist, he spent 15 years as an engineer and manager at MIT, where he worked on Project Athena, and at several Internet-related startup companies in Silicon Valley including Splunk. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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