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Dhs Built Domestic Surveillance Tech Into Predator Drones
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Dhs Built Domestic Surveillance Tech Into Predator Drones

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance...

Feds Crack Down on Mobile-Phone Spammers
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Feds Crack Down on Mobile-Phone Spammers

The U.S Federal Trade Commission said today that it is cracking down on marketers that are allegedly bombarding consumers with hundreds of millions of unwanted on...

Big Blue, Big Bang, Big Data: Telescope Funds Computing R&d
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Big Blue, Big Bang, Big Data: Telescope Funds Computing R&d

IBM wants to advance supercomputing technology in processing, optical communications, and memory by using the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope. 

Why Teens Are Tiring of Facebook
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Why Teens Are Tiring of Facebook

To understand where teens like to spend their virtual time nowadways, just watch them on their smartphones.

Vint Cerf Sees an 'Interspecies Internet' to Talk With Animals
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Vint Cerf Sees an 'Interspecies Internet' to Talk With Animals

Technology evangelists have proposed a new inter-species Internet that would facilitate communication between humans and animals. 

Amateur Effort Finds New Largest Prime Number
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Amateur Effort Finds New Largest Prime Number

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) project has scored its 14th consecutive victory, discovering the largest prime number so far.

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What It Really Takes to Make a Flexible Phone

Had Dr. Dipak Chowdhury known just how accident-prone I really am, he never would have handed over the 0.1-millimeter sheet of glass for me to bend between my fingers...

David Gelernter: Bring on the 'stream Browser'
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David Gelernter: Bring on the 'stream Browser'

Yale University professor David Gelernter recently predicted the end of current Web and search technology as the focus shifts from a space-based Web to a time-based...

Hevc Video Standard Finished; High-End Improvements Coming
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Hevc Video Standard Finished; High-End Improvements Coming

The Moving Picture Experts Group has developed the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC). The video-compression technology will enable higher-quality video, and also...

Web Founder Berners-Lee: Share Info, Improve the World
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Web Founder Berners-Lee: Share Info, Improve the World

Sharing information online has the potential to improve society worldwide, said World Wide Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the recent 2013 World Economic Forum...

Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity
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Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity

Ray Kurzweil's vision of the "singularity"—when nanobots make humans immortal and computer progress is so fast that the future becomes profoundly unknowable—is...

Samsung's Secret Weapon in the Mobile Wars: Tizen
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Samsung's Secret Weapon in the Mobile Wars: Tizen

You've probably never heard of Tizen, but the companies behind it are some of the most recognizable brands in the tech industry.

Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers
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Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers

Famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil joined Google last month to work on "some of the hardest problems in computer science," specifically machine learning and...

Revealed: Nsa Targeting Domestic Computer Systems in Secret Test
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Revealed: Nsa Targeting Domestic Computer Systems in Secret Test

The U.S. National Security Agency has launched Perfect Citizen, a program to find security vulnerabilities in the computerized systems that control utilities....

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global
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How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and...

Privacy Professor to Try to Break Do Not Track Logjam
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Privacy Professor to Try to Break Do Not Track Logjam

  Ohio State University professor and new World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) co-chair Peter Swire is attempting to create a standard way to let users stop Web sites...

Nvidia Still Has a Lot to Prove in the Mobile Market
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Nvidia Still Has a Lot to Prove in the Mobile Market

Nvidia may be flying high on its tablet wins, but it still has a long way to go before it can call itself a real mobile player.

Otellini's Legacy of Intel Profit Marred By Arm Competition
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Otellini's Legacy of Intel Profit Marred By Arm Competition

When Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini retires in May, he'll leave a mixed record.

Obama's Win a Big Vindication for Nate Silver, King of the Quants
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Obama's Win a Big Vindication for Nate Silver, King of the Quants

In the end, big data won.

­.s. Looks to Replace Human Surveillance with Computers
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­.s. Looks to Replace Human Surveillance with Computers

Computer software programmed to detect and report illicit behavior could eventually replace the fallible humans who monitor surveillance cameras.
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