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Google Begins Tracking Swine Flu in Mexico

Google is attempting map how the swine flu is spreading through Mexico by compiling information from swine flu-related searches in Mexico. The mapping effort is...

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Workplace Wiki a Wakeup For Book-Smart ­niversity Grads

The University of Technology, Sydney, has developed the UTS Work-Ready Project, a new wiki intended to help better prepare university graduates for the workforce...

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H-1b Visas Cuts U.S. Tech Wages By Up to 6 Percent, Study Says

A new study from professors at New York University (NYU) and the University of Pennsylvania found that the use of H-1B workers by U.S. companies has decreased wages...

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Demand for H-1B Visas Tumbles

Applications for H-1B visas are down about a third from a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. The agency began accepting...

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White House Says ­U.S. Needs H-1b Visas to Avoid 'competitive Disadvantage'

President Barack Obama has already reversed several actions and policies established by President George W. Bush, but has shown little interest in revising a rule...

25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year
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25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year

The free and open source software community is hotly anticipating a large number of new releases this year, including an upgrade to Mozilla's Firefox browser that...

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Behind the Scenes at Gmail Labs

Google's Gmail Labs is constantly developing new features and applications, and while many of the projects and releases may appear to be casual or random, the Lab's...

Inside Hp Labs: 8 Cool Projects
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Inside Hp Labs: 8 Cool Projects

Hewlett-Packard Labs is hosting a number of research projects, including one on sustainable data centers that aims to determine how future data centers can be self...

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Future Shock: The Pc of 2019

The personal computer (PC) is expected to advance in both intelligence and form factor over the next 10 years, evolving into a merger of computing devices and peripherals...

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Information Architect Alex Wright Talks About the Lessons of It History

New York Times information architect Alex Wright says in an interview that there is a tendency to concentrate on information technology's future at the expenseView...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Bourne Shell, or Sh
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Bourne Shell, or Sh

Steve Bourne, creator of the Bourne shell or sh programming language, says in an interview that the language aimed to remedy the problem of designing the shellView...

The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat
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The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat

Carnegie Mellon University professor Jeannette M. Wing is an expert on computational thinking, the discipline of applying computer science's problem-solving methods...

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Mathematical Firepower (and Cash) Key to Solving Computing Problems

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's (CSIRO's) Louise Ryan says increasing funding for mathematical sciences is essential...

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Road to Grid Computing Remains Difficult

Grid computing pioneer Ian Foster says that grid and cloud computing have not yet reached their full potential. Foster says the reliable infrastructure management...

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Hospitals With Better It Have Fewer Deaths, Study Shows

Patients have better outcomes in hospitals that make greater use of technology, concludes a collaborative study involving multiple universities and healthcare systems...

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Researchers Cool Cpus With Nano-Size Fridges

As chips become increasingly dense, the extreme heat they generate has pushed researchers to search for ways to mitigate it. Intel, RTI International, and Arizona...

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AI Comes of Age

Artificial intelligence (AI) research has taken great strides in recent years, proliferating and being incorporated into practical applications. Significant AI...

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Group Details 25 Most Dangerous Coding Errors Hackers Exploit

A group of 35 high-profile organizations, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency's Information Assurance Division,...

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Get Them While They're Young: Tomorrow's It Pros

The Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's ICT Skills (CCICT) is hoping to increase the number of students studying information technology through its new National ICT...

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Leaving the Rat Race to Save the World

Companies are offering their IT employees the opportunity to volunteer for projects in developing countries, and some IT workers, frustrated by a lack of purpose...
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