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Mature Mobile Industry Moves to Keep Customers It Has

In the pioneer days of the mobile phone industry, wireless carriers raced to put phones in the hands of the unconnected masses. With cellphones now ubiquitous...

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search
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The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

Pretend for a moment that you are Google’s search engine. Someone types the word “dresses” and hits enter. What will be the very first result?

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Web Words That Lure the Readers

The Huffington Post has hired veteran journalists to beef up its news coverage. But a significant chunk of its readers come instead for articles like one published...

More Schools Embracing Ipad as Learning Tool
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More Schools Embracing Ipad as Learning Tool

A growing number of schools across the United States are embracing the iPad as a teaching tool. Some parents and scholars have raised concerns that schools are...

Gadgets Bring New Opportunities For Hackers
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Gadgets Bring New Opportunities For Hackers

Researchers at Mocana, a security technology company in San Francisco, recently discovered they could hack into a best-selling Internet-ready HDTV model with...

Email Gets an Instant Makeover
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Email Gets an Instant Makeover

Signs you’re an old fogey: You still watch movies on a VCR, listen to vinyl records and shoot photos on film. And you enjoy using email.

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Cyberattacks Are Retaliation for Pressure on WikiLeaks

A small army of activist hackers orchestrated a broad campaign of cyberattacks on Wednesday in support of the beleaguered antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks,...

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WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Cyberattacks

An American provider of Internet domain names withdrew its service to the WikiLeaks Web site late Thursday after a barrage of attacks by hackers threatened to...

With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties
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With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties

When Oliver Kreylos, a computer scientist, heard about the capabilities of Microsoft's new Kinect gaming device, he couldn’t wait to get his hands on it. "I dropped...

Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn
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Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn

Silicon Valley is awash in tales of the "PayPal Mafia," the tight-knit group of PayPal alumni who have helped one another start and finance a crop of new companies...

Apple Looks to a New Computing Era
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Apple Looks to a New Computing Era

Remember the floppy disk? I'm willing to bet Steve Jobs does. I'm also willing to bet he remembers when he killed it.

Web Code Offers New Ways To See What ­sers Do Online
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Web Code Offers New Ways To See What ­sers Do Online

Worries over Internet privacy have spurred lawsuits, conspiracy theories and consumer anxiety as marketers and others invent new ways to track computer users...

Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars
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Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars

For all its success, Google is often criticized for being a one-trick pony. After 12 years, the Internet search company is still struggling to find a significant...

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Code That Tracks ­sers' Browsing Prompts Lawsuits

Sandra Person Burns used to love browsing and shopping online. Until she realized she was being tracked by software on her computer that she thought she had erased...

British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand
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British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest...

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Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe

Cloud-based breakthroughs face a formidable obstacle in Europe: strict privacy laws that place rigid limits on the movement of information beyond the borders...

A Professor
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A Professor

At this time of year, students are buying textbooks and looking for ways to avoid reading them.

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Google Speeds Queries With 'instant' Results

Those who find Google’s search engine to be impossibly slow will welcome Google Instant, an upgrade to the company’s search results that it unveiled Wednesday.

A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security
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A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security

Make your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks. But memorize it—never write it down. And, oh yes, change it every few...

Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites
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Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites

The shoes that Julie Matlin recently saw on Zappos.com were kind of cute, or so she thought. But Ms. Matlin wasn’t ready to buy and left the site. Then the shoes...
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