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­.s. Building Next Wave of Supercomputers

Both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are building 20-petaflop supercomputer systems that are expected to ready in 2012....

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IBM, 15 European Partners to Develop 'Smart' Cloud

IBM is leading a joint research effort with 15 European partners to develop an object-based standardized smart cloud storage architecture. The project is called...

Top Software Designer Promotes '21st Century' Techniques
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Top Software Designer Promotes '21st Century' Techniques

At the recent QCon software development conference, ThoughtWorks chief scientist Martin Fowler hailed concepts such as domain specific languages, continuous integration...

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'net Pioneers: Open Internet Should Be Separate

A group of Internet and technology pioneers recently filed a document with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, advising the agency to allow for an open...

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W3c ­pdates Html5, Makes Math Easy

The W3C's updated MathML standard for rendering mathematical notations on Web pages better portrays math symbols and supports more languages. Designers will be...

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IBM Scientists Give Storage Some 'panache'

IBM's Almaden Research Center is developing several advanced technologies for storage and data analysis, including Panache, a clustered file system that provides...

Tablet, Phone Software Developers Face Multicore Challenge
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Tablet, Phone Software Developers Face Multicore Challenge

Industry experts at the recent Linley Tech Processor conference said that writing applications for mobile devices could become more challenging as central processing...

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Regulators Blame Computer Algorithm for Stock Market 'Flash Crash'

A new report calls the May 6 stock market flash crash the responsibility of an automated trade execution system that inundated the Chicago Exchange's e-trading...

China's 'Big Hole' Marks Scale of Supercomputing Race
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China's 'Big Hole' Marks Scale of Supercomputing Race

1,000 U.S. scientists are involved in exascale development, but China and Europe have stepped up their investment, IBM warns.

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Lead By Women in Graduate Degrees Doesn't Extend to It

Women received 60 percent of the master's degrees and 50.4 percent of the doctorates in the 2008-09 academic year, but degrees in computer and information sciences...

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Obama Calls For Permanent R&d Tax Credit

U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Congress to make permanent an R&D tax credit for U.S. companies. The plan would enlarge the tax credit from about $7 billion...

HTML5 May Help Web Pages Talk, Listen
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HTML5 May Help Web Pages Talk, Listen

A new World Wide Web Consortium project could lead to the incorporation of voice recognition and speech synthesis interfaces within Web pages.  

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Ready for 2020? Advice for Every Career Stage

Information technology has always been a fast-changing field. But nothing compares to the expected sea changes in the next decade that will impact the career...

Web Could Be Stylized By New W3c Font Platform
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Web Could Be Stylized By New W3c Font Platform

The World Wide Web Consortium's Web Fonts Working Group has launched version 1.0 of the Web Open File Format (WOFF), compression technology that will provide a...

Senator Schumer: H-1b ­se ­ndercuts Pay, Discourages Tech Enrollments
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Senator Schumer: H-1b ­se ­ndercuts Pay, Discourages Tech Enrollments

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the H-1B visa program has created "multinational temp agencies" that undercut U.S. wages and discourage students from entering...

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Some Experts Question Efforts to Identify Cyberattackers

Cybersecurity experts testifying at a recent U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing disagreed about whether the federal government should explore new...

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Robots as the Next Big Industry?

Although a lot of artificial intelligence (AI) research has moved away from robotics and into creating algorithms for business intelligence, finance, the Web, and...

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Feds Publish Final Ehealth 'meaningful Use' Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued the final guidelines that will determine how doctors, hospitals and other medical care facilities...

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Chinese Outsourcer Seeks ­.s. Workers with Iq of 125 and ­p

Bleum Inc. sets IQ threshold at 140 for its hires in China, however.

Intel to Focus on How Computers Will Be ­sed in the Future
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Intel to Focus on How Computers Will Be ­sed in the Future

Intel has created Interaction and Experience Research, a new research lab led by Intel fellow Genevieve Bell that will enable scientists to explore how people will...
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