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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?
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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first...

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media
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How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney's Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories.

Why a 24-Year-Old chipmaker Is One Of tech's Hot Prospects
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Why a 24-Year-Old chipmaker Is One Of tech's Hot Prospects

Engineers at CTA.ai, an imaging-technology start-up in Poland, are trying to popularize a more comfortable alternative to the colonoscopy.

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind
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A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.

How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
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How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Innovators are using deep neural networks to train machines to produce artwork by analyzing massive datasets. Google researcher Douglas Eck envisions artificial...

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
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The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Google's Alphago Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win For AI
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Google's Alphago Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win For AI

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

How Youtube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
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How Youtube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents
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Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents

Apple's iPhone is a technological marvel.

The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer
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The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer...

When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer
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When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer

Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites...

The Minecraft Generation
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The Minecraft Generation

The extremely popular Minecraft computer game is turning children into a generation of computing tinkerers and engineers.

The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future
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The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future

The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence program over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement—not so much to professional...

Alphabet Program Beats the European Human Go Champion
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Alphabet Program Beats the European Human Go Champion

The AlphaGo program beat European Go champion Fan Hui in a series of five matches and achieved a 99.8-percent winning rate against other Go programs. 

Can’t Put Down Your Device? That's By Design
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Can’t Put Down Your Device? That's By Design

Greg Hochmuth was one of the first software engineers hired at Instagram.

Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child
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Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child

It looked like a child's playroom: toys in cubbies, a little desk for doing homework, a whimsical painting of a tree on the wall.

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google
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European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate...

In a Data-Driven N.f.l., the Pings May Soon Outstrip the X's and O's
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In a Data-Driven N.f.l., the Pings May Soon Outstrip the X's and O's

When 80,000 fans pack MetLife Stadium each time the Giants and the Jets play this season, they are unlikely to notice the 22 new radio receivers placed discreetly...
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