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Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You
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Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself," wrote Walt Whitman, America's great bard of self-promotion.

How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them
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How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them

I like to think of my Roomba as cute and industrious.

Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status
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Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status

Tien Wu, chief operating officer of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, has a problem: the brightest young people in Taiwan do not want to work in the island’s...

The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator
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The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator

Days before I was to meet Battushig Myanganbayar at his home in Mongolia, he sent me an e-mail with a modest request: Would I bring him a pair of tiny XBee wireless...

Intel's Extensive Makeover
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Intel's Extensive Makeover

While Apple talked about a couple of new products on Tuesday, Intel, with much less fanfare, talked about the transformation of a world, and itself.

Beyond Passwords: New Tools to Identify Humans
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Beyond Passwords: New Tools to Identify Humans

As everything around us becomes connected to the Internet, from cars to thermometers to the stuff inside our mobile phones, technologists are confronting a tough...

The Pentagon as Silicon Valley's Incubator
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The Pentagon as Silicon Valley's Incubator

In the ranks of technology incubator programs, there is AngelPad here in San Francisco and Y Combinator about 40 miles south in Mountain View. And then there is...

How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass
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How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass

Google wants to see what you see. And then, of course, make money from those images.

When You Can't Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard
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When You Can't Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard

On the Web, there's no place like .home.

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online
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Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the...

An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About
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An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About

Sometimes, there is an actual eureka moment.

As New Targets For Hackers, Your Car and Your House
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As New Targets For Hackers, Your Car and Your House

Imagine driving on the freeway at 60 miles per hour and your car suddenly screeches to a halt, causing a pileup that injures dozens of people.

From ACM News

N.s.a. Said to Search Content of Messages to and From U.s.

The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' email and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people...

Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps
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Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps

Scientists haven't yet found a way to mend a broken heart, but they're edging closer to manipulating memory and downloading instructions from a computer right into...

Apps That Know What You Want, Before You Do
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Apps That Know What You Want, Before You Do

In Hollywood, there are umbrella holders. Outside corner offices, there are people who know exactly how much cream to pour in the boss's coffee. In British castles...

I'm Still Waiting For My Phone to Become My Wallet
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I'm Still Waiting For My Phone to Become My Wallet

During the sweltering heat wave earlier this month, it seemed too hot to wear much, carry much or do much of anything at all.

Who Scores Games By Hand Anymore?
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Who Scores Games By Hand Anymore?

The first thing Bruce Levy did upon recent entry into Yankee Stadium while accompanied by his in-laws and teenage son was to purchase a program in the area of the...

Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell
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Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell

Like dozens of other brick-and-mortar retailers,Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers—how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors—the...

Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders
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Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders

When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter, or a similar Silicon Valley concern...

Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind
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Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind

In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo's top lawyers made their case.
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