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Inside Intellectual Ventures, the Most Hated Company in Tech
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Inside Intellectual Ventures, the Most Hated Company in Tech

To many in the high-tech business, a troll plots his schemes in a white office building on a hill in this leafy suburb of Seattle.

Slow, But Rugged, Curiosity's Computer Was Built For Mars
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Slow, But Rugged, Curiosity's Computer Was Built For Mars

The electronic brain controlling NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has far less horsepower than the microchips typically found in a modern smart phone.

At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech
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At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech

Walking through gallery after gallery of classical European paintings, sculptures, and other antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum here, it's easy to get lost...

How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind
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How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind

It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.

The Man Who Keeps Facebook Humming
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The Man Who Keeps Facebook Humming

Jay Parikh is happy to never get a call from Mark Zuckerberg. Why? It means he's doing his job well. As the vice president of infrastructure engineering at Facebook...

Bravely Going Where Pixar Animation Tech Has Never Gone
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Bravely Going Where Pixar Animation Tech Has Never Gone

As people, we understand instinctively what flowing hair looks like. Or the way layers of clothes move on someone's body, or how water would splash when a bear...

How the White House Is Aiming the X Prize Model at Big Problems
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How the White House Is Aiming the X Prize Model at Big Problems

The U.S. government recently held Collaborative Innovation: Public Sector Prizes, a one-day forum in which public-sector employees, as well as representatives from...

From ACM News

Browser Choice: A Thing of the Past?

Like to pick your browser? Beware, because new mobile devices threaten to stifle the competitive vigor of the market for Web browsers on PCs.

Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound
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Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward.

Deaf IBM Researcher Scoffs at Not Talking on the Phone
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Deaf IBM Researcher Scoffs at Not Talking on the Phone

IBM researcher Dimitri Kanevsky was recently honored at the White House to celebrate his achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math...

Smart Shoes Step ­p the Wearable-Computing Pace
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Smart Shoes Step ­p the Wearable-Computing Pace

Researchers at the universities of Munich and Toronto have developed ShoeSense, a type of wearable computing system for smartphones.  

FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites
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FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites

The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require the firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build...

A Ride on MIT Media Lab's Digital Bandwagon
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A Ride on MIT Media Lab's Digital Bandwagon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab recently hosted its annual Inside Out conference where speakers from several projects discussed the future of...

Hackers Turn MIT Building Into Giant Tetris Game
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Hackers Turn MIT Building Into Giant Tetris Game

Hackers overrode the tallest building in Cambridge, Mass., last week, turning the 21-story Green Building at MIT into a giant Tetris puzzle game controllable from...

Pentagon Eyes Augmented Reality Displays
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Pentagon Eyes Augmented Reality Displays

The Defense Department has reportedly ordered augmented-reality displays from startup Innovega, only a week after Google disclosed its own augmented-reality project...

Global Manhunt Will Leverage Social Media to Find 'suspects'
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Global Manhunt Will Leverage Social Media to Find 'suspects'

If you had to track down fugitives hidden in five cities around the world, would one day and a $5,000 reward be enough to succeed?

Survey: Android Programmers Shifting Toward Web Apps
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Survey: Android Programmers Shifting Toward Web Apps

Android is gradually slipping down mobile programmers' priority list, with Web apps stepping in as an answer to development difficulties, according to a recent...

The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It
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The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It

For those of you reluctant to welcome our new robot overloads, it might be time to reconsider your stance.

Jeff Jaffe Lights a Fire ­nder Web Standardization
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Jeff Jaffe Lights a Fire ­nder Web Standardization

 It's been an action-packed two years since Jeff Jaffe took over as the World Wide Web Consortium's chief executive, but more action is the order of the day at...

Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure
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Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure

Every year, security vendors gather at the RSA conference here to reaffirm their commitment to fencing out hackers and keeping data safe. And every year, corporate...
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