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College Grads Find Economy Improving, But Slowly
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College Grads Find Economy Improving, But Slowly

New U.S. graduates with bachelor's degrees will be hired at an increased rate of about 10 percent this year, the first increase in two years, according to a survey...

Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)
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Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)

As U.S. special forces assaulted Osama bin Laden's walled compound in Pakistan, a Twitter user was already recording a rough outline of the events to come.  Sohaib...

IBM Says It Knows How Bad Your Commute Will Be
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IBM Says It Knows How Bad Your Commute Will Be

If you're a commuter stuck in traffic, it doesn't help you all that much to know what road conditions are like right now. You already know you're being delayed...

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Benchmark Battle: Chrome vs. Ie vs. Firefox

There's no doubt the latest crop of stable browsers from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla are the best the companies have ever produced. But how do they perform...

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Egypt's Internet Goes Dark During Political ­nrest

Egypt has gone offline.

Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma
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Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma

Wolfram Research, a software company with deep mathematical and scientific expertise, is expanding to the broad education market with a range of mobile apps.

Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off
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Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off

The easiest way to sum up the Web in 2010 is that it was a year of growth. The big got bigger and smaller companies came out of the woodwork with new plays on...

Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks
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Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks

As its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure, WikiLeaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses in an attempt to become...

­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad
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­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad

Behind the fly-off-the-shelf popularity of products like Apple's iPad and iPhone are hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs—mostly overseas. Is it possible...

Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules
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Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski recently previewed new Net neutrality rules designed to preserve the Web "as a platform...

Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance
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Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining "security measures, passwords, personalWikiLeaks...

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Survey of Women, Men in IT Shows Differing Views

A recent Technisource survey of men and women in information technology found differences in opinion in areas such as compensation and career challenges. Fewer...

Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America
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Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America

Among the scores of fabless chip companies and product design houses in Silicon Valley, Intel is a standout. It's an American high-tech company that not only...

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A Day Seen Through Google Searches

Google likes to think of itself as the world's information barometer, the most complete repository of human intent as measured by the Internet search query. Around...

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Why Rare Earth Metals Matter to Tech

A diplomatic dispute between Japan and China led China in September to temporarily suspend shipments of rare earth elements to Japan, a move that caused a spike...

From ACM News

Amid Criticism, Wikileaks Shifts Focus

When WikiLeaks launched with little fanfare in early 2007, its founders touted it as a unique collaboration that would rely on the same anyone-can-edit software...

Researchers Attack Transistors to Slay Vampire Power
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Researchers Attack Transistors to Slay Vampire Power

The European Union is sponsoring a multimillion-dollar research project to boost the efficiency of everyday electronics and choke the constant flow of wasted...

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Cell Phone Is 'gadget of Choice' For Americans

U.S. consumers crave their gadgets, but the cell phone rules them all, according to a new Pew Internet study.

Hey Robots, Census Wants to Know All About You
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Hey Robots, Census Wants to Know All About You

The Carnegie Mellon Robot Census 2010 has so far tallied 547 robots on the CMU campus.

Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw
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Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw

In a record Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released updates today for Windows, Internet Explorer, and the .NET framework that feature fixes for 49 holes, including...
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