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Researcher Teaches Computers to Detect Spam More Accurately
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Researcher Teaches Computers to Detect Spam More Accurately

Georgia Tech researcher Nina Balcan recently received a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship for her work in developing machine learning methods that can be...

Computer Scientist Predicts Your Next Facebook Friends
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Computer Scientist Predicts Your Next Facebook Friends

Stanford University professor Jure Leskovec is studying the traces human activity leaves on the Internet and how that data can be used to analyze human behavior...

European Security Group Issues Warning on HTML5
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European Security Group Issues Warning on HTML5

New standards under development as part of HTML5 neglect important security issues, according to a European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) report...

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Ibm Speeds Storage With Flash: 10b Files in 43 Minutes

IBM researchers have created a data storage system that can scan 10 billion files in 43 minutes, using flash memory to store the metadata, which the storage system...

U.s. Hails Progress With Russia on Cybersecurity
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U.s. Hails Progress With Russia on Cybersecurity

The United States and Russia are collaborating to lower the chances of a cybersecurity incident that could potentially harm relations between the two nations, according...

Xbrl Group Offers Cash Prize For Open Source Tools
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Xbrl Group Offers Cash Prize For Open Source Tools

XBRL U.S. has created a competition to encourage the development of better tools that work with the Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) standard for financial...

Study: World's Colleges Lack Bi, Analytics Concentration
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Study: World's Colleges Lack Bi, Analytics Concentration

Just a few colleges and universities worldwide offer dedicated degree programs for business intelligence, despite the quickly growing popularity of analytics technology...

Cerf: Streaming Network Crunch Could Be Eliminated
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Cerf: Streaming Network Crunch Could Be Eliminated

Google technology evangelist Vint Cerf recently suggested that increasing bandwidth capacity exponentially could lead to more efficient ways of streaming media...

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Google Builds Developer Tool to Flag Web App Vulnerabilities

Google has released DOM Snitch, an experimental extension for its Chrome browser that enables developers to scan Web applications and flag code that could be exploited...

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Planetlab Creates a More Advanced Sudo

A new program from Princeton University stands to give data center administrators far greater control over what end users can and cannot access on a computer. 

Cloud Storage Providers Need Sharper Billing Metrics
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Cloud Storage Providers Need Sharper Billing Metrics

Cloud service providers could be doing themselves or their customers a disservice by relying on imprecise metrics for billing, says Carnegie Mellon University researcher...

Sgi, Intel Plan to Speed Supercomputers 500 Times By 2018
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Sgi, Intel Plan to Speed Supercomputers 500 Times By 2018

By 2018, Silicon Graphics International plans to build supercomputers that are 500 times faster than the most powerful systems today, using Intel's many integrated...

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Microsoft Research Virtualizes Idle Desktops to Save Power

Microsoft Research India scientists have developed LiteGreen, power-saving technology that can virtualize enterprise desktops in a virtual machine and migrate them...

New Linux Kernel Gets a Speed Boost
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New Linux Kernel Gets a Speed Boost

Linux has announced an update to the Linux OS kernel, which includes deep changes that will enhance performance, especially for running databases and other programs...

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Law Enforcement Lobbies Hard For Icann Change

U.S. and U.K. law enforcement officials are lobbying ICANN to impose more stringent regulations on registrars for generic top-level domains.

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IBM Will Research Mobile Access For the Elderly, Illiterate

Researchers at IBM Research India, India's National Institute of Design, and the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology are investigating...

Group Seeks to Open Source Data-Center Design
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Group Seeks to Open Source Data-Center Design

The recently announced Open Source Data Center Initiative is looking to apply open source principles to the design and construction of data centers. 

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Researchers Develop 3D Graphics Capability For Firefox

Researchers have incorporated faster software for generating three-dimensional (3D) images into Firefox and plan to release the modified version of the browser...

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Ibm Speeds ­p Data Analysis With New Algorithm

Researchers at IBM's laboratories in Zurich have developed a new algorithm that can sort, correlate, and analyze millions of random data sets in minutes. 

New Groovy Cozies ­p to Java, Sql
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New Groovy Cozies ­p to Java, Sql

SpringSource recently released version 1.7 of Groovy, a dynamically compiled computer language that runs on Sun Microsystems' Java Virtual Machine (JVM). By running...
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