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The Human Process Behind Google's Algorithm
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The Human Process Behind Google's Algorithm

Google is famous for evangelizing the power of the algorithm. It spends less time talking about the several hundred human beings who influence its algorithm.

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Google Finding Its Voice

Google's Mike Cohen won't be satisfied until anyone who wants to talk to their computer can do so without laughing at the hideous translation or sighing in frustration...

Emotionml: Will Computers Tap Into Your Feelings?
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Emotionml: Will Computers Tap Into Your Feelings?

For all those who believe the computing industry is populated by people who are out of touch with the world of emotion, it's time to think again.

Virtual Farm Games Absorb Real Money, Real Lives
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Virtual Farm Games Absorb Real Money, Real Lives

Last century's cash crops included tobacco, cotton, and sugar cane. Now we have magic cauliflower and super berries, too—and even though they can't be sold at...

For Kevin Mitnick, Staying Legal Is Job One
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For Kevin Mitnick, Staying Legal Is Job One

Kevin Mitnick was eager to participate in a social-engineering contest at the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas last weekend and was told he would target Microsoft...

­.s. Military Cyberwar: What's Off-Limits?
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­.s. Military Cyberwar: What's Off-Limits?

The United States should decide on rules for attacking other nations' networks in advance of an actual cyberwar, which could include an international agreement...

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Working to Make Combat Soldiers' Lives Easier

In combat, things can be so chaotic and loud that soldiers sometimes aren't even aware they're being shot at.

A Decade Later, Internet Appliance Dream Is Realized
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A Decade Later, Internet Appliance Dream Is Realized

Ten years ago, the next big thing in tech was supposed to be the Internet appliance: a device that offered tech newbies a simpler and cheaper way to get onto the...

IBM Names Firefox Its Default Browser
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IBM Names Firefox Its Default Browser

Firefox has become the default browser for nearly 400,000 IBM employees, a big coup for the open-source project during a time of increasing browser competition.

Japan's Creepy Kid Robots Perfect Pals For Chucky
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Japan's Creepy Kid Robots Perfect Pals For Chucky

Japanese engineers have created two robots designed to interact with children and mimic human growth. Researchers say the robots could inform cognitive development...

Behind the Scenes of Windows Phone 7
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Behind the Scenes of Windows Phone 7

The first Windows Phone 7 devices won't hit the market until the holidays. But in various conference rooms here on this Thursday in late May, it's already crunch...

Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect
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Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect

After more than a year of speculation, we finally know what Microsoft's new motion-control system is called. For those that have referred to it for a year as Project...

Augmented Reality Edges Closer to Mainstream
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Augmented Reality Edges Closer to Mainstream

To an unenlightened observer, Ron Haidenger's demonstration of playing a video game by tilting a piece of cardboard back and forth looks more than a little bit...

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Google Rolls Out Encrypted Web Search Option

Google began offering an encrypted option for Web searchers on Friday and said it planned to roll it out for all of its services eventually.

MIT Gestural Gloves Bring Back the '80s
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MIT Gestural Gloves Bring Back the '80s

Somewhere in your closet there's a pair of gloves straight out of "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo."  Well, if you dust them off and fire up your Webcam, you'll have...

Legal Experts: LimeWire Likely Doomed
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Legal Experts: LimeWire Likely Doomed

A federal court judge has likely dealt a death blow to LimeWire, one of the most popular and oldest file-sharing systems, according to legal experts.

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Jobs: Why Apple Banned Flash from the Iphone

In a rare open letter published Thursday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has detailed the technological reasons why his company refuses to let Adobe Systems':...

Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid
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Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid

Intel wants you to take more interest in your energy use but isn't fussy about how you do it. The chip giant has developed a broad strategy to make money on smart...

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Internet's Future on Display at Singularity U.

The Internet of the future is an intelligent network capable of proactively acting on our needs, following us wherever we go, helping provide us with focused health...

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Feds Push For Tracking Cell Phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with aconvicted...
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