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How Drudge Has Stayed on Top

For most big news Web sites, about 60 percent of the traffic is homegrown, people who come directly to the site by dint of a bookmark or typing in www.latimes...

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Calculating the Potential Return on Your Major

As the cost of college climbs ever higher each year, amid a national economic forecast that remains cloudy, questions about the value of a four-year degree are...

Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight
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Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight

University of California, San Diego researchers recently completed a study aimed at finding a choke point that could reduce the flow of spam emails. 

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Divorce Lawyers' New Friend: Social Networks

Discretion and privacy have become antiquated notions on social networks, and the generous revelation of secrets make some people cringe—though not divorce lawyers...

For Buyers of Web Start-­ps, Quest to Corral Young Talent
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For Buyers of Web Start-­ps, Quest to Corral Young Talent

Sam Lessin sold his Web start-up to Facebook for millions last year, and Facebook promptly shut it down. All Facebook wanted was Mr. Lessin.

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New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says

Math majors, rejoice. Businesses are going to need tens of thousands of you in the coming years as companies grapple with a growing mountain of data.

Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars
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Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars

Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public...

Engineers Gather, Asking What Makes the City Tick
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Engineers Gather, Asking What Makes the City Tick

It was the last Tuesday of the month, and, like clockwork, the geeks arrived in droves.

The Class That Built Apps, and Fortunes
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The Class That Built Apps, and Fortunes

All right, class, here’s your homework assignment: Devise an app. Get people to use it. Repeat.

Intel Increases Transistor Speed by Building ­pward
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Intel Increases Transistor Speed by Building ­pward

Intel announced that by building a key portion of a microprocessor's transistor above the chip's surface, it has found a way to make smaller, faster, lower-power...

How Credit Card Data Is Stolen and Sold
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How Credit Card Data Is Stolen and Sold

Last week, after the Sony PlayStation Network was attacked by a group of unknown hackers, Sony's 77 million customers, along with security specialists and government...

Europe Leads in Pushing For Privacy of User Data
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Europe Leads in Pushing For Privacy of User Data

Europe is preparing to the lead the way in establishing new regulations for user data privacy, with plans to propose extending EU-wide rules about privacy breaches...

Data Privacy, Put to the Test
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Data Privacy, Put to the Test

To the catalog of corporate "bigs" that worry a lot of us little people, add this: Big Data.

Google, a Giant in Mobile Search, Seeks New Ways to Make It Pay
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Google, a Giant in Mobile Search, Seeks New Ways to Make It Pay

In early 2008, in the early days of the iPhone era, Google engineers began noticing something unusual in the search engine’s logs. Owners of these new phones...

Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science
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Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science

Inside a darkened theater a viewer floats in a redwood forest displayed with Imax-like clarity on a cavernous overhead screen.

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When There

Information overload is a headache for individuals and a huge challenge for businesses. Companies are swimming, if not drowning, in wave after wave of data—from...

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What Location Data, Exactly, Does an Iphone Reveal?

On Wednesday, security researchers demonstrated that the certain versions of the iPhone and iPad were logging and storing location data about their owners. Long...

In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers
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In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers

Deep into one of her favorite computer games, Lesly Lopez, 10, moves her mouse to click on a cartoon bee. She drags and drops it into an empty panel, creating...

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Busy Job of Judging Video-Game Content to Be Ceded to Machines

The little E's, T's, and M's that appear on the covers of video games get there the old-fashioned way: People working for the Entertainment Software Rating Board...

The Business Market Plays Cloud Computing Catch-­p
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The Business Market Plays Cloud Computing Catch-­p

The big spenders on technology are businesses and government agencies. They buy about 75% of the computing goods and services sold worldwide. Yet it is increasingly...
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