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Study: Women Lagging in Internet Adoption in Many Countries
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Study: Women Lagging in Internet Adoption in Many Countries

Women and girls are falling behind men in terms of Internet access in many parts of the world, causing them to miss out on the economic and social benefits of being...

­S Gov't Agencies Embrace Collaborative Software Development
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­S Gov't Agencies Embrace Collaborative Software Development

Several U.S. federal agencies are embracing the collaborative model of open source software development and are releasing code back to the general public.  

Next-Gen Touchpads Respond to Pressure
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Next-Gen Touchpads Respond to Pressure

Researchers presenting at the recent User Interface Software Technology conference demonstrated projects that took advantage of Synaptics' new pressure-sensitive...

Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead to Cloud 'meltdowns'
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Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead to Cloud 'meltdowns'

As cloud computing becomes increasingly common, serious operational "meltdowns" could take place as end users and vendors mix, match, and bundle services for various...

IBM Says Future Computers Will Be Constant Learners
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IBM Says Future Computers Will Be Constant Learners

Tomorrow's computers will constantly improve their understanding of the data they work with, which will help them provide users with more appropriate information...

Activist-Backed Collaboration Platform Set for March Release
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Activist-Backed Collaboration Platform Set for March Release

A functional prototype of the Global Square, a social network collaboration platform for activists, will be available by March.  

'global Camera' Links Photos Taken By Thousands
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'global Camera' Links Photos Taken By Thousands

Cornell University professor Noah Snavely is leading an effort to develop a "global camera," software that mines pictures from Flickr and combines them to create...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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Novel Way to Cool Data Centers Passes First Test

A new system that could make the cooling of data centers vastly more efficient has been tested by a team of engineers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Taiwan ­niversity Students Build Tour Guide Robot
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Taiwan ­niversity Students Build Tour Guide Robot

Engineering students at National Taiwan University recently demonstrated a robot that is capable of creating two- and three-dimensional maps of an area and then...

Cheerleader For New Domain Names Defends Icann Plan
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Cheerleader For New Domain Names Defends Icann Plan

A pair of recently released reports, authored by University of Chicago professor Dennis Carlton, says that introducing new top-level domains (TLDs) will not force...

New Coalition Pushes for 'Big' Broadband
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New Coalition Pushes for 'Big' Broadband

A new report from the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition says that schools, libraries, and healthcare providers in the United States need...

China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software
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China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software

China will require that Web filtering software be included with all computers sold in the country, another step up in its efforts to control pornography and other...

Tech Can Help World's Problems, Ex-President Clinton Says
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Tech Can Help World's Problems, Ex-President Clinton Says

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says that technology companies can play a significant role in solving the world's most difficult challenges if they apply their...

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Government Cyberattacks Militarize the Web

Distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks are now being used by governments as another way to counter opposition, warns Arbor Networks senior security researcher...

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Bathrooms Become Smarter With Touch Screens

Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems have developed a touch screen mirror that can remind people when to takeView...
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