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For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program
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For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her, drawn to her knowing sense of humor and...

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children
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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children...

The Future of Car Keys? Smartphone Apps, Maybe
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The Future of Car Keys? Smartphone Apps, Maybe

It' not fun getting into a car when the interior is 130 degrees, but that's a typical problem during the summer for those who live in a city like Phoenix, where...

When a Company Is Put ­p For Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too
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When a Company Is Put ­p For Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too

The privacy policy for Hulu, a video-streaming service with about nine million subscribers, opens with a declaration that the company "respects your privacy."

Can the Swiss Watchmaker Survive the Digital Age?
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Can the Swiss Watchmaker Survive the Digital Age?

Pim Koeslag designs and fabricates some of the world's most complicated mechanical timepieces.

Supreme Court Overturns Conviction in Online Threats Case, Citing Intent
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Supreme Court Overturns Conviction in Online Threats Case, Citing Intent

The Supreme Court on Monday made it harder to prosecute people for threats made on Facebook and other social media, reversing the conviction of a Pennsylvania man...

Behind the Downfall at Blackberry
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Behind the Downfall at Blackberry

Ever since Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down as co-chairmen and co-chief executives of BlackBerry, neither has spoken much in public about the once-dominant...

With Boxing Match, Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps
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With Boxing Match, Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps

The method used by thousands of people to watch unauthorized broadcasts of Saturday night's big boxing match might have been new, but to longtime media executives...

Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the Dsl Internet Technology, Dies at 82
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Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the Dsl Internet Technology, Dies at 82

In the late 1980s, Joseph W. Lechleider came up with a clever solution to a puzzling technical problem, making it possible to bring high-speed Internet service...

Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data
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Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data

The bookshelves in Natasha Dow Schüll’s office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are punctuated here and there with kitchen timers: a windup orange plastic...

Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech
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Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech

The antitrust case against Google filed by European Union regulators on Wednesday will inevitably draw comparisons to the long-running prosecution of Microsoft,...

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's ­neasy Glare
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Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's ­neasy Glare

Before Betsy Chao, a senior here at Rutgers University, could take midterm exams in her online courses this semester, her instructors sent emails directing students...

Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech's Least Friended Man
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Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech's Least Friended Man

When technology executives imagine the boogeyman, they see a baby-face guy in wire-rim glasses. His name is Jay Edelson.

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley
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The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

Shariq Hashme squints at his laptop screen as he scrolls through hundreds of lines of computer code.

To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea
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To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea

Few technologies have generated more attention than virtual reality, which promises to immerse people in 3-D games and video.

Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker
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Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker

Google's research arm, Google X, is called the company's Moonshot Factory. One reason the company picked the word "Moonshot" was to remind people to tackle big...

Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way For the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99
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Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way For the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure...

Ftc Says Internet-Connected Devices Pose Big Risks
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Ftc Says Internet-Connected Devices Pose Big Risks

Internet-connected devices present serious data security and privacy risks, according to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission report released this week.

The Scoreboards Where You Can't See Your Score
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The Scoreboards Where You Can't See Your Score

The characters in Gary Shteyngart's novel "Super Sad True Love Story" inhabit a continuously surveilled and scored society.

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper
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Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper

When a major Chinese-American Internet conference convenes in Washington on Tuesday, a middle-aged Communist Party propaganda chief will be seated amid a room full...
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